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The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

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Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - AZ: Senior

The number of days in Arizona with extreme heat - at or above 110 degrees - was 24 in 2019, up by more than 60% since the 1970s. (Nate Hovee/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- New research finds while Arizona's blazing summer heat already is dangerous for seniors, COVID-19 could increase those hazards as older folks are encouraged to be especially careful to avoid potential infection. Public health officials, who note that three-quarters of Arizonans who have

Despite a state-backed

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Despite calls for more transparency over COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, Arizona officials are refusing to release details of those establishments. AARP Arizona and others have called on the state to name facilities with significant coronavirus outbreaks and deaths

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund advises never to give out financial information by phone or online, especially if you don't know who you're talking with. (daisy/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- It may seem like there's always a new scam making the rounds to try to take Arizonans' hard-earned money or steal their identity, and in this coronavirus pandemic, there are more schemes than ever to watch out for. With so much upheaval in the economy, con artists are looking to take adv

Certified volunteers with the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program help almost 50,000 Arizonans file their federal and state income taxes each year. (rogerphoto/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- No one really looks forward to doing their taxes this time of year, but most Arizonans can get that chore taken care of at no cost, through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. The service is designed to help seniors and low- to moderate-income Arizonans. But with a few exception

The average public pension in Arizona provides a retirement income of $1,992 per month.  (gballgiggs/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Healthy pension plans for public workers help the Arizona economy, not just the retirees who get the checks, according to the latest research. Backers of Arizona's public pension system say their defined-benefit retirement plans are doing well, although critics have claimed that s

More than 150 Arizonans attended the dedication of AARP Arizona’s new fitness park at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in north Phoenix. (AARP Arizona)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – AARP is just one organization that wants Arizonans to be fit and healthy, and the group dedicated an outdoor fitness park in north Phoenix this week to help. In conjunction with the nonprofit group "FitLot," AARP Arizona sponsored construction of the park, which contains exe

Sweltering temperatures and increased utility power rates in the Arizona summers often bring extremely high bills to electric customers, many of whom struggle to pay their bills. (TebNad/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX — A summer moratorium on electric service cut-offs for unpaid bills ends today, but there is concern that many Arizona utility customers still may not be able to pay those bills. After several deaths reportedly linked to power cut-offs during the state's sweltering summers, the Arizo

Seniors, a growing part of Arizona's homeless population, are stressing the resources of many social-service agencies. (Iakobchuk/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX - Being homeless can be difficult for anyone, but social-service agencies say it's particularly daunting for a growing number of older Arizonans. These agencies say about one-third of people seeking shelter or other assistance are age 55 or older, and while there are numerous reasons for se

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