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Nearly 70,000 Arizona Kids Are in Need of Child Care, Particularly in Poor, Rural Communities

One-third of the state’s licensed and regulated child care providers were forced to close due to the pandemic.

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Arizona Hate Crimes Spiked in 2019; Experts Fear 2020 Could Be Worse

Hate crimes in Arizona bounced back in 2019 after a sharp drop the year before, and advocates say they fear the numbers are only going to continue to rise when the tumult of 2020 is reported.

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Navajo Health Director Dr. Jill Jim Named to Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board

Dr. Jill Jim has served as executive director of the Navajo Department of Health since 2019. President-elect Joe Biden has said dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic will be one of the first orders of business for his administration, and the head of the Navajo Health Department will be there to advise him on it. Biden’s...

Mesa Mayor John Giles joined other mayors from around the country on a call expressing concerns about the accuracy of the 2020 census, which ended last week, and calling for a delay so that Census Bureau analysts can completely analyze the data for accuracy. (Photo courtesy U.S. Conference of Mayors)
In Pro-Democracy Plea, Mesa Mayor Calls for Census Deadline Extension

Local leaders came together during the U.S. Conference of Mayors in support of extending the deadline for the 2020 Census.

Volunteer Monroy Martinez, left, hands out a free to-go lunch to a boy at the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance due to the Arizona teachers strike and closure of schools Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Food Insecurity Among Arizona Children Skyrockets Amidst Pandemic

Nearly 30 million households nationwide say they don’t have enough food to feed their family.

A pedestrian with a takeout lunch in hand walks through an area of Scottsdale, Ariz., known for busy restaurants, bars and nightlife Tuesday, June 30, 2020, with most businesses closed for the next 30 days due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Analysts Don’t Think Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral Is Worth It for Arizona Businesses

Employers that decide to take advantage of the payroll tax deferral will be leaving their workers to foot a big bill in April.