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    Trump-endorsed Arizona Senate nominee Blake Masters received another big-ticket endorsement Thursday, this time from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the leading national small business advocacy group. “Blake Masters has experience working in the business community and will be a strong supporter of Arizona’s small businesses in the U.S. Senate,” said Chad Heinrich, NFIB Arizona State Director. “His top priority in Congress will be to get the economy back on track and to create a pro-small business environment. He has also expressed an interest in improving workforce training, which will help small businesses immensely as they continue to manage a worker shortage. We are proud to endorse Blake Masters today and look forward to working with him.” The NFIB outlined that inflation is one of the biggest challenges small businesses face in the country, making it harder for them to operate and make a profit. The organization opposes taxes, mandates, or penalties that could harm small businesses. Sharon Sussin, the NFIB’s Senior National Political Director, also spoke in Masters’s favor, calling him dependable. “We know Blake Masters will be...
    It was a heist that was as brazen as it was simple. On the morning of Nov. 29, 1985, a couple entered The University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona. Within minutes, "Woman-Ochre" — a painting by the Dutch-American artist Willem de Kooning — was gone. The museum's curator Olivia Miller described the theft in a podcast interview on The J. Paul Getty Museum's website: "The building was just starting to open up for the day. There was a man and woman sitting outside in the courtyard, and a staff member entered the building, and they came in behind them. The security guards are not yet all taken their positions in the building. The man proceeded upstairs to the second floor, and the security guard began upstairs to go take her position up there. But the woman stopped her to talk to her about the painting that hangs in the stairwell. We now know that that was clearly a method to distract her and prevent her from going upstairs. About five to 10 minutes later, the man came...
    Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips of True the Vote endorsed Eli Crane in the race for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District seat, the campaign announced on Wednesday. In an interview, Engelbrecht gave Crane a significant amount of credit for the work True the Vote has done on election integrity. “Eli deserves a huge amount of credit by being that muse, that inspiration, behind the scenes,” Engelbrecht said. “True the Vote is a [nonprofit]. We can’t endorse [as an organization]. I want to be very clear about that bit of it, but I also want to say personally, as Catherine Engelbrecht – someone who is in the trenches and knows a warrior when she sees one – Eli Crane is that warrior and I just think the world of him,” she said. “I think the world of him and I think that anybody that he represents would be very well served. He is a a godly man. He is someone that has incredible follow-through and does what he says he is going to do, and I think he’s great.” Crane has a...
    A SMALL town in Arizona have become gripped by the mystery of a married couple who scooped a huge $473 million on the state lottery. The lucky pair, who wished for “permanent anonymity,” claimed the eye-watering cash prize on Friday. 2The lucky couple bought the ticket from their local QuikTrip store in Glibert, ArizonaCredit: ABC15 Officials say scoop is the biggest Powerball jackpot win in Arizona’s history. They believe the ticket was reportedly sold last Tuesday at the Quicktrip near Gilbert. The winning numbers, drawn the following night, were 11, 36, 61, 62, 68, with the Powerball number 4 and the Power Play number two. Arizona Lottery executive director Gregg Edgar said: “The Arizona Lottery is all about making dreams come true and doing good in our community. Read more on US lottery EYES ON THE PRIZE I won $2m after picking a scratchcard on a WHIM - here’s why I choose itDATE WITH DESTINY Couple who picked their lotto numbers on their first date win $66 million “As the Powerball rolled over the past few weeks, we saw...
    Wednesday marks the San Jose Sharks’ last trip to Gila River Arena in Glendale, as the Arizona Coyotes announced plans last month to play its home games for the next three seasons at a still unfinished 5,000-seat arena on the campus of Arizona State in Tempe. Count Sharks coach Bob Boughner as being among those wondering how that’s going to work in the short term. “I was surprised to hear it,” Boughner said Wednesday morning before the Sharks played the Coyotes. “I’m sure that’s going to present a ton of challenges for the organization and the team. But my personal opinion is the NHL doesn’t want to lose this market and I don’t blame them for that.” With their lease at Gila River Arena set to expire at the end of this season, and no desire on the part of Glendale City Council to extend it, the Coyotes in February said they would be playing at ASU for three years while they develop a $1.7 billion arena and entertainment complex on a 40-acre site in Tempe. The city council in...
              by Cole Lauterbach   Copper State small business owners appear to have embraced the local colloquialism “Don’t California my Arizona,” according to results of a new survey. The Arizona chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business released its annual poll of Main St. entrepreneurs Monday. NFIB got responses to three questions from 247 small business owners across the state this month. The first of those questions was about California’s use of the “ABC test” to determine whether an employee is eligible as an independent contractor or a higher-priced full-time worker entitled to benefits and leave. The legal test asks if the worker “is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact; the worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business;” and whether the worker is “customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as that involved in the work performed.” The test was implemented with the...
    A helicopter pilot and his passenger were killed in a midair crash as the chopper collided with a small plane that was coming in to land, clipping the rotors of the copter in Arizona on Friday morning.  The accident happened at around 7:30am in Chandler, southeast of Phoenix, as the fixed-wing plane, owned by Flight Operations Academy, clipped the chopper close to the perimeter of Chandler Municipal Airport, witnesses said. 'It looked like the landing gear caught one of the rotors, broke the rotor off, chopped the fuselage in half, took its tail off and then...the helicopter went straight down,' said Matthew Trent, who witnessed tragedy unfold.  Incredibly, the two occupants of the plane, a flight instructor and a student pilot, managed to land safely on the runway at the airport and walked away without injury. A helicopter crashed and burned after the copter collided in midair over suburban Phoenix with a single-engine plane that landed safely at the airport Both occupants of the helicopter were killed while those in the plane walked out The collision happened Friday morning near Chandler Municipal...
                        A new report from the payroll company PayChex ranked the states in order of small business job growth and Arizona came out No. 1, with nearly 6% growth over the past year. Phoenix ranked third among the country’s 20 most populated cities. The Arizona Legislature released a report shortly before that showing Arizona is in great condition, breaking records. The state passed historic tax cuts this year, preventing a 77% increase on small business taxes, reducing small business property taxes by 10%, and capping the maximum tax rate on businesses at 4.5%. Frank Fiorelle, vice president of risk, compliance and data analytics at Paychex, explained that much of the job growth is due to the pandemic ending. “A lot of those restaurants are coming back online, opening the doors and turning on the lights,” he said. He added that states which reopened their economies earlier have higher job creation rates. The states with the next highest percentages of small business job growth after Arizona were Texas, North Carolina,...
    Arizona Republicans have endorsed a plan to shield small businesses from a new tax to better fund public schools. The Senate voted along party lines Monday to pass Senate Bill 1783, which would create a new tax class for small business owners who would otherwise file as a pass-through entity. This would allow them to forego the 3.5% income tax surcharge established by Proposition 208. Sponsored by Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, it passed along partisan lines. If a business owner elects to enter the new class, they will set their tax rate at 4.5%, exempting them from the Prop. 208 surcharge. It also drops the rate by half of a percentage point every year until 2025, when the rate hits 2.5%. Prop. 208, approved in the 2020 General Election, added a 3.5% income tax surcharge on those in the top-earning bracket in Arizona who were previously paying a 4.5% rate to fund education. The surcharge required single filers with incomes exceeding $250,000 to pay 8% of their total income. Prop. 208 opponents believed the surcharge would...
    (CNN)The area near where two large wildfires have been growing for days in eastern Arizona is so dry that firefighters trying to tame the blaze have started fires sparked by their own equipment, officials said Tuesday. The Telegraph Fire has burned more than 76,000 acres and the Mescal Fire has scorched more than 65,000 acres, according to the Interagency Incident Information Center.Two Arizona wildfires continue to grow, but some residents allowed to go home"Even our own fire equipment is starting fires," said Dean McAlister, a fire information officer. "The blades and the tracks of the (heavy equipment) sparking against the fuels have actually created some fires along the fire line."In his Tuesday night update, McAlister added that crews have been able to put out those smaller fires as they happen, but they are asking people to keep their own vehicles away from the area to avoid their own accidental ignition.The Telegraph Fire was 18% contained, according to according to the information center. The nearby Mescal wildfire was 23% contained. Read MoreMcAlister expressed optimism to increase containment despite the dry conditions...
    State lawmakers have taken the first steps toward scrapping Arizona’s multitiered income tax system and lowering the rate for all taxpayers, but the proposal does not yet have the votes to make it to Gov. Doug Ducey. As part of several bills, lawmakers advanced House Bill 2900 from the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday afternoon. Should it be enacted, it would transition the state’s four income tax rates to one 2.5% rate over two years. A 3.5% surcharge for earnings over $250,000 for single filers, enacted by Prop. 208 in 2020, would remain, but the total tax rate for the state’s highest earners would be capped at 4.5%. It would amount to a $1.5 billion tax cut. Advocates got their chance to weigh in on the prospect of retooling the state’s income tax brackets. “It’s a huge step in putting more money back in the pockets of Arizona families and small businesses to make their own decisions,” said Boaz Witbeck, deputy state director for Arizona’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Witbeck said the majority of...
    Loading the player... Arizona’s Aari McDonald is used to being overlooked. Now that people are paying attention, she asks they pronounce her name correctly. For the record, it’s Air-ee, not Ahh-ree. She noted that after scoring 26 points in the Wildcats’ upset of UConn to reach the women’s NCAA Tournament championship for the first time. Might as well get it right. McDonald has been a revelation for much of the country in an impressive two-week run for a program that hadn’t even made the tournament since 2005, and had won just six games the year she arrived on the Arizona campus. Arizona guard Aari McDonald celebrates after a women’s Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal game against Connecticut Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Arizona won 69-59. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) McDonald is just 5-foot-6, standing head-to-shoulder to many of the players she’s expected to guard or shoot over. As a recruit coming out of high school, she was a top 100 player but not among those hyped and branded as the “can’t miss” prospects....
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A small plane heading for Arizona crashed in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora on Saturday, killing six people and injuring another, authorities said. The Cessna had taken off from the city of Hermosillo in Sonora on a flight to Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed shortly after takeoff. The dead included a Sonora state government economic development official, Leonardo Ciscomani. The pilot was also among the dead. The state prosecutors’ office said the cause of the crash was under investigation. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Border Patrol released 350 migrants onto the streets of a small Arizona border city over the past two weeks, according to a city official, who anticipates that thousands more people could be released by early spring. The releases on the Arizona-California border with Mexico add to similar instances in South Texas and signify a worsening situation, in which the Biden administration's rescinding of Trump-era policies means tens of thousands of migrants crossing monthly across the 2,000-mile border will be waved into the interior of the United States. Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls told the Washington Examiner in an interview that the city lacks the resources, manpower, and money to help the hundreds of people who, because Border Patrol lacks space and transportation, cannot be held or taken to Phoenix, where Immigration and Customs Enforcement would normally detain families. Instead, the federal government is releasing families directly into his community, putting the town of 96,000 residents in a predicament. “If there was a plan, the plan ignored situations like Yuma," said Nicholls. "That's why I believe this is a federal...
    Despite calls from medical professionals and state Democrats, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is so far refusing to issue another statewide stay-at-home order due to rising COVID-19 infection rates. Ducey spoke to reporters Wednesday to announce new support for restaurants and other businesses to announce his latest executive order ensuring the coming COVID-19 vaccination would not cost anything for low-income residents. Days before, both the ASU Biodesign Institute and the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health released modeling showing the holidays could bring a significant spread of COVID-19 without additional mitigation. When asked about why he’s not going to heed their call, Ducey made clear that it was inappropriate to shut down the economy again. “I hear the very loud calls from folks yelling ‘lockdown,’” he said. “I just don’t think it’s the right policy. I think that we have put aggressive mitigation out there. We know that we can slow the spread, but when you say the word ‘lockdown,’ you’re talking about shutting down entire industries, closing classrooms, bankrupting small businesses....
    Here are the latest vote counts in the presidential race as of noon Wednesday. ARIZONA Presumptive president-elect Joe Biden leads President Trump by 12,813 votes in Arizona. Reports of ballots counted Tuesday helped Trump close the gap by 1,933 votes. In total, Biden has 1,655,192 votes, an increase of 6,550 since Tuesday, and Trump has 1,642,379 votes, an increase of 8,483. About 15,200 regular ballots in Arizona still need to be tabulated, nearly all of which are in Arizona's Maricopa County, the most populous county in the state. Another 28,500 provisional ballots need to be processed, and 3,000 mail-in ballots need signature verification. PENNSYLVANIA Biden added just under 10,000 votes in Pennsylvania since Tuesday, making his total 3,376,367. The president, meanwhile, added roughly 8,200 to his. Trump remains behind Biden by roughly 50,000 votes at 3,328,801. State officials say there are still hundreds of thousands of ballots left to count, even as most networks have called the race for Biden. GEORGIA In Georgia, Biden's lead over Trump declined slightly from 14,747 at midday Tuesday to 14,112 Wednesday, with an estimated...
    CORDES LAKES, Ariz. (AP) — Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say a small plane has apparently crashed near Cordes Lakes. They say an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter located a downed non-commercial aircraft in a remote area about 5 ½ miles east southeast of Cordes Lakes shortly after noon Monday. Authorities say it’s unclear how many people were aboard the plane or if there are any survivors. Aerial video from TV news helicopters show a single-engine plane in a desert area with severe damage to its cabin. Law enforcement and medical personnel had a hard time accessing the crash site because of its remote location. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Arizona, transportation
    An Arizona family reportedly lost eight members to the coronavirus while their small business closed permanently under the state’s lockdown. The Aguirre family had spent a decade expanding Tamales y Tacos Puebla — a food truck and catering business they first launched out of their van in Phoenix — only to have the company fold when business dried up in March, CNN reported. “My checking account went negative,” Ricardo Aguirre, 42, told the station. “It was just like, literally a matter of seconds, when I started seeing my livelihood go away.” Aguirre said his family had tried to stay safe, but a member still got sick on May 1. The infectious virus then bounced to more and more of his family; his wife, parents and two of his three sons came down with COVID-19. Eventually, seven members of his extended family — in addition to his 67-year-old father, Jesus — reportedly passed away. “I don’t want to cry, because I know God has something better for me,” Ricardo added. “I feel so incompetent.” His mother, who was intubated along with...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a fire that destroyed part of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters Friday may have been arson. Phoenix police said they are treating the incident as an arson investigation based on evidence collected at the scene by police, firefighters and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Police did not describe the evidence but said more information should be available in the coming days. Firefighters got first word of the blaze about 1 a.m. Nobody was hurt, but the fire destroyed the part of the building housing the county Democratic offices, including computers, tablets, phone-banking equipment, campaign literature and years of candidate and organizing information, county Chair Steven Slugocki said. It also destroyed political memorabilia accumulated over decades, including campaign materials for John F. Kennedy, he said. “The Democratic Party in Arizona is pretty small. We’re a small group family,” Slugocki said. “Everything has come out of that building. Elected officials. All meetings. Everything goes through that office. At some point, every Democrat has been through that building....
    SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — A small plane had to make an emergency landing in the middle of a busy road in the northern Arizona town of Sedona. Authorities said the plane took off from the Sedona Airport with a pilot and a passenger about 11 a.m. Sunday and it began to have problems. Phoenix TV station KTVK reports the pilot decided he needed to put the plane down and lined up for an emergency landing on State Route 89A. Sedona police said plane touched down on Oak Creek Boulevard, bounced over cars and touched down a second time near Mountain Shadows Drive before coming to a stop. The plane had some damage. The two unidentified people aboard the aircraft appeared unhurt, although they both were taken to a hospital for evaluation, according to authorities. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Arizona
    SAFFORD, Ariz. (AP) - Federal transportation officials said Wednesday they are investigating the crash of a small plane that killed the pilot, the lone occupant aboard. The Graham County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday it received a report shortly before midday on Tuesday about a plane on a hillside near the airport in the small city of Safford, Arizona. The agency said law enforcement and emergency medical workers arrived to find the pilot had died. It identified him as 79-year-old Delos “Dee” Echlin, 79, described by family as an experienced former Navy pilot. Officials said an autopsy will be performed. TOP STORIES Bill de Blasio defends ongoing lockdown: Protesting and going to church not the same HBO Max pulls Gone With the Wind Democrats exploit well-meaning passions in cities seeking relief There was extensive damage to the aircraft, but there was no fire. The sheriff’s office said the two-seat plane took off from from Tucson International Airport between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. Tuesday on a trip for the day to Saffard. The plane was near Saffard...
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