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Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.


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Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - AZ: Livable Wages/Working Families

The Arizona Legislature reversed an earlier vote and reinstated the KidsCare health insurance program last week. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Under intense political pressure from all directions, the Arizona Legislature reversed itself late last week and reinstated the state's Children's Health Insurance Program. The KidsCare bill, which was signed immediately by Gov. Doug Ducey, passed when 14 Republicans in the House and fiv

The ancient Petrified Forest near Holbrook is one of Arizona's iconic national parks. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - A coalition of civil rights, environmental justice, conservation and community leaders is asking for more representation for all Americans in national parks and other public lands. The groups are using the upcoming 100th anniversary of the National Park Service to start a change.org petit

The Census Bureau estimates Arizona gained about 100,000 new residents in 2014-15, most of them moving in from other states. (XiXinXing/iStockphoto)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona's population, which has been somewhat stagnant for the past several years, has begun growing again. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates between July 2014 and 2015, the state added about 100,000 people, bringing its total population to around 6.8 million. George Hammond, direc

Gooding, lead singer for the band of the same name, talks with high school students about how to make smart financial decisions in their lives. (Gooding Music)

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Most people don't think of putting financial literacy to a rock 'n' roll beat, but a program coming to an Arizona high school today does just that. Through the music of the band "Gooding," the Funding the Future program will both entertain students at Jefferson Prep in Glendale a

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is warning taxpayers that con artists and identity thieves are out to scam them during tax season. (cohdra/morguefile)

PHOENIX - It's not just tax season, it's also tax-scam season. AARP Arizona is warning its members to take steps to avoid tax rip-offs by con artists and other criminals that could cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. Cynthia Fagyas, communications director for AARP Arizona, says AARP's Fraud Watch

Arizona residents can get free, in-person help signing up for health insurance coverage before the Sunday deadline at coveraz.org/connector. (HealthCare.gov)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

PHOENIX - People who are uninsured and have not signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act have until this Sunday to enroll. Information and registration for the health insurance marketplace, also known as 'Obamacare,' is available on healthcare.gov, but Arizonans can also get free

A new report says lighting up costs the average New Mexico smoker more than $30,000 a year. (Alvimann/morguefile)

PHOENIX - We all know smoking cigarettes is an expensive habit, but have you ever thought about just how much money it costs a person over their lifetime? New research compiled by the online survey company WalletHub determined the average cost to each of America's 66 million tobacco users is between

Arizona officials are looking for volunteers to help count the number of people who are homeless in a one-night effort coming up Jan. 25. (ArielleJay/morguefile)

PHOENIX - Arizona officials are looking for volunteers to help count the number of people who are homeless in all of the state's towns and cities. This year's annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count takes place on Monday night, Jan. 25, and into the following morning. Anne Scott, human services plann

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