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Democratic National Convention: Arizona teacher to announce state's roll call vote, 3 other Arizonans featured in 2nd night

Democratic National Convention: Arizona teacher to announce state's roll call vote, 3 other Arizonans featured in 2nd night

Arizona RepublicSteve Gomez’s baby boy, Anthony, was born almost five years ago.Since then, there’s only been one day where his parents weren’t fighting for him.They didn’t know he was sick until the day after he was born.Born with a rare heart defect, Anthony had a heart transplant at 6 weeks old. Since then, his parents have fought every day for their little boy to have access to the medical therapies, devices and insurance coverage that have saved his life and kept him thriving. Gomez has become a vocal advocate for the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care...

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Aug 18
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Cindy McCain talks about John McCain's friendship with Joe Biden in Democratic National Convention video

Cindy McCain talks about John McCain's friendship with Joe Biden in Democratic National Convention video

Arizona RepublicIn a prerecorded video, Cindy McCain highlights the late Sen. John McCain's close friendship with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in another high-profile instance of a Republican lending her voice to the Democratic National Convention.In the video, first reported on by The Associated Press, McCain narrates key moments of the Biden-McCain friendship, with photos and video clips of the two men. A snippet of the video on YouTube does not contain an explicit endorsement of Biden over Republican President Donald Trump. "My husband and Vice President Biden...

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Phoenix tries 'cool pavement' to curb heat island effect

Phoenix tries 'cool pavement' to curb heat island effect

Arizona RepublicAs temperatures continue to rise this summer in Phoenix, the city is piloting a tool they hope will help curb the urban heat island effect — cool pavement.Cities are hotter than rural areas because they’re covered in more dark, impermeable surfaces that absorb heat from sunlight. As the surfaces get hot, they warm the air above, creating a heat island.Light-colored surfaces, however, reflect more of the sunlight back, theoretically keeping cities cooler.That’s where cool pavement comes in — it’s a light gray water-based coating that’s applied on top of existing...

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'A raging crisis': Metro Phoenix is losing its family farms and local food sources

'A raging crisis': Metro Phoenix is losing its family farms and local food sources

Arizona RepublicAs David Vose looked out at acres of his farmland that will soon be covered in houses,  his daughter Addison tugged on his pant leg. "Papa, now can I have a tractor ride?" she asked.Vose is the proud owner of Blue Sky Organic Farms in Litchfield Park, where he's been growing organic produce for 25 years.His wife, Sara Dolan, raises goats, oversees the farm store and helps keep everything running smoothly. Their two daughters, Scout, 4, and Addison, 2, enjoy spending their days running around outside, playing with the baby goats and getting tractor rides from their dad.But...

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Aug 16
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With no help from the monsoon, state crews deliver water to wildlife

With no help from the monsoon, state crews deliver water to wildlife

Arizona RepublicFrom Tuesday morning to Tuesday evening of the next week, Nate Solomon and his six-man crew are hauling water to places left dry by the lack of summer rains.Solomon is a wildlife habitat construction field crew supervisor and is in charge of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s lone water hauling crew, which resupplies wildlife water catchments across the state. To reach the catchments in critical condition and in time, the crew often camps in the desert by the water trucks. They work eight days on and six days off.“Water hauling is more of a lifestyle than a job,” Solomon...

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema not participating in Democratic National Convention

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema not participating in Democratic National Convention

Arizona RepublicSen. Kyrsten Sinema is not participating this week in the Democratic National Convention's virtual program or festivities surrounding the formal nomination of the presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris.The absence of Sinema, D-Ariz., from official programming, including Arizona-specific appearances before the state's delegates, is consistent with the profile of a politician who rarely attends the state's Democratic Party fundraisers and dinners and has sought to .Hannah Hurley, a spokeswoman for Sinema's office, did not say whether Sinema...

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Aug 17
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EoS Fitness gyms reopen with approval from Arizona health officials

EoS Fitness gyms reopen with approval from Arizona health officials

Arizona RepublicThe Arizona Department of Health Services has approved a reopening plan for more than 20 gyms in the Phoenix area operated by EoS Fitness.The gyms will be some of the first to open their doors after the state announced a number of health benchmarks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and guide the reopening of certain businesses.When the on Aug. 10, the spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa County was "substantial" by state guidelines and had not slowed to a safe threshold for opening gyms. Still, the state said it would consider plans for reopening that followed stricter safety...

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Phoenix area could see thunderstorms and wind on Sunday

Phoenix area could see thunderstorms and wind on Sunday

Arizona RepublicTemperatures were expected to remain high in the Phoenix area despite weather officials saying there's a chance of thunderstorms and wind on Sunday.Isolated thunderstorms with strong winds were forecast Sunday afternoon in parts of Phoenix and southern Arizona, said Jaret Rogers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. The combination could likely produce widespread dust storms in the area, he said. "It looks like areas to the south of Phoenix will have the best shot, so down towards Casa Grande and those areas. Phoenix will still have at least a chance...

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Man missing in Tonto National Forest near Weaver's Needle

Man missing in Tonto National Forest near Weaver's Needle

Arizona RepublicA man went missing after he was seen on Wednesday in Tonto National Forest about 7:15 p.m., according to officials. Khayman Welch, 25, was last seen walking southeast from the parking area at Weaver's Needle Vista Viewpoint near State Route 88 in the forest, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a "Ghost Busters" image, black jeans, Army-style boots, a buzz haircut and full tattoo sleeves on both arms, according to the missing-person report. Welch told family members he wanted to get a better view of the sunset and...

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Aug 14
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Migratory birds keep protections as judge strikes down Trump administration rule change

Migratory birds keep protections as judge strikes down Trump administration rule change

Arizona RepublicVashti “Tice” Supplee breathed a huge sigh of relief when she saw the news about the birds.A federal judge struck down the Trump administration’s attempt to scale back federal regulations for species protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Under the Trump rule change, companies that accidentally killed migratory birds during the course of their work would no longer face the possibility of criminal prosecution.“Without this act, we would have no way of holding people accountable for the incidental deaths of migratory birds. I hope this court ruling ends this debate and we...

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