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Arizona has one of highest COVID-19 death rates in US

Over the course of the past 18 months, Arizona has amassed one of the highest COVID-19 fatality rates in the country. As of Friday, the U.S. has counted more than 670,000 deaths since the first American death was reported in early 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Just 54.86% of the country’s population has been vaccinated. Arizona has reported 19,379 deaths from the virus overall, with 19 more added to the tally on Friday. The state’s vaccination rate is a little higher than the country’s at 57.1%.
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Expensive items on Buckeye Council’s consent agenda

A lengthy list of expenditures could be approved by the Buckeye City Council Tuesday night without any discussion. The Council’s consent agenda for Tuesday's regular 6 p.m. meeting includes more than $4 million in expenditures, mainly for aspects of infrastructure upgrades and annual contracts. Consent agendas are lists of action...
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Here’s how cool pavement pilot program is impacting Phoenix

The City of Phoenix will expand its research on cool pavement technology for local roads after phase one of “the largest installment in North America,” city officials said. Phoenix officials unveiled a new city program named “Cool Corridors” to plant more shade trees into neighborhoods and along city streets where...

Groups demand Mark Kelly ‘not hide’ behind parliamentarian opinion on citizenship

Immigration community advocates are pushing U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly to find “whatever means” to pass a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants following a setback on Sunday when the policy change to secure a permanent immigration status for millions was blocked from being part of the budget reconciliation process. On Sunday, the U.S. Senate parliamentarian […] The post Groups demand Mark Kelly ‘not hide’ behind parliamentarian opinion on citizenship appeared first on Arizona Mirror.

What’s behind the West Valley’s explosive growth

The equivalent of a mid-sized city sprouted in the West Valley this past decade with about 178,000 new residents scattered among the metro cities and towns west of Phoenix, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. Some of the key take-aways on the growth that is reshaping the region:. Glendale remains...
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Court says Cyber Ninjas must provide records

A judge has rejected the latest claim by Cyber Ninjas that it doesn’t have to respond to demands for public records — at least not from the public. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah rebuffed a claim by the private firm that it cannot be sued under the state’s public records law. Attorneys for the company argued that such demands can be made only of what are traditionally considered public officials and agencies.

600K SF Falcon Park 303 Phase I breaks ground in Glendale

A new industrial developer has arrived in Arizona, and it’s one that is going to be popping up more and more across the Phoenix market. US Capital Development, which is based in St. Louis, MO and has several active projects east of the Mississippi, broke ground on its first development in Arizona recently. Falcon Park 303 Phase I will be a 599,468 square foot speculative industrial product located along the red-hot Loop 303 Corridor in Glendale.

Arizona judge may issue ruling in lawsuit over mask mandate ban

PHOENIX - We may see a decision in a lawsuit challenging mask mandates on school campuses this week. Opponents call it unconstitutional, because it was tucked into a budget bill. Meanwhile, lawyers for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich say it's an issue for lawmakers, not the courts. Maricopa County Superior...

Plan to bring light rail to west Phoenix might be getting a reboot

Roughly two years after the Phoenix City Council scuttled a proposed light rail line in west Phoenix, it’s looking like the plan might be getting revived. Some quick background: In 2015, Phoenix voters approved a whopping $31 billion in funding to invest in transportation infrastructure, ranging from bike lanes to frequency bus routes, as part of a plan called Transportation 2050. Included in that was funding for an additional 42 miles of light rail track and stations, including a line to west Phoenix. The idea was to extend the existing light rail line on Camelback Road west past Grand Canyon University at North 35th Avenue.

Arizona expects 1,600 Afghan evacuees to arrive through March

The federal government has notified Arizona that it should expect 1,610 Afghan evacuees to arrive through the end of March, according to the state Department of Economic Security.  DES administers the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program, which partners with the federal government to service refugees as they adjust to making Arizona their new home. The people […] The post Arizona expects 1,600 Afghan evacuees to arrive through March appeared first on Arizona Mirror.

Tempe Expands Shelter, Transitional Housing Options for Those in Need

The City of Tempe has expanded shelter and housing options for individuals and families with the purchase of a 40-room motel and two significant nonprofit grants that add more than 60 new shelter beds. The action provides more options and stability for those in need as they work with Human...

Remodel planned for downtown Scottsdale office building

A downtown Scottsdale office building is slated for a makeover. Plans have been filed with the City of Scottsdale for renovations including a new facade and ground floor addition at 4141 North Scottsdale Road. The office building totals 156,000 square feet and is only 20% leased, according to design plans...

Rep. Lieberman resigns to run for governor

Rep. Aaron Lieberman announced Monday he is resigning from the state House of Representatives to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. Lieberman, a Paradise Valley Democrat, represents Legislative District 28, which includes Paradise Valley and much of north-central Phoenix. He is running for his party’s gubernatorial nomination in 2022 against former Nogales Mayor Marco López and now-Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. His resignation is effective today.
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Arizona Lawmaker Quits to Focus on Run for Governor

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Rep. Aaron Lieberman has become the second Democratic lawmaker to leave office to focus on a run for higher office. Lieberman announced Monday that he's immediately resigning from the House so he can devote himself fulltime to his campaign for governor. The second-term lawmaker from Paradise Valley represents one of the most competitive legislative districts in the state.

Democrat Aaron Lieberman leaves Arizona House to focus on governor run

PHOENIX – Democratic state Rep. Aaron Lieberman said Monday he is leaving the Arizona Legislature to focus on his 2022 campaign for governor. “I am all in on this race for governor, and for that reason, I have decided that it is both logistically practical and ethically imperative to resign my seat in the state Legislature,” he said in a press release.