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Arizona, like the rest of the country, has seen its economy hurt by the current recession. Even though Arizona's poverty rate dropped in 2019, the pandemic could signal worse is to come. And, the new president of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns on her priorities and the state’s relationship with its cities. That and more on The Show.

Phoenix Raceway
Phoenix Raceway is scheduled to host NASCAR’s Championship Weekend in early November. Four title races over three days add up to the next mega sports event here in the Valley. But the pandemic means NASCAR can’t fill all of the track’s 42,000 seats. This story is part of a six-part podcast project called Empty Seats, the pandemic versus a sports capital.
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The first presidential debate dominated the week’s political headlines, as Arizona starts early voting in just days. Our Friday NewsCap panelists discuss the week’s top stories. Plus, how Census officials are trying to get more Arizona households counted. That and more on The Show.

Counter-protesters came to the event saying "deport families together."
Late spring into earlier summer, protests mounted online and at the Capitol to reopen Arizona. Many of the protesters were more than just loosely connected citizens — they were a part of a group called the Patriot Movement AZ.
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Many Arizonans felt cooped up over the summer, both because of the heat and COVID-19. With temperatures and positive cases going down, what’s safe to do outside? Plus, the calls for Congress to help states and counties pay for additional election-related costs. That and more on The Show.

Medical marijuana cannabis plant leaf
More than $6 million was spent against the 2016 marijuana ballot initiative. Of that, about half came from three key sources. None are available in 2020 as proponents of legalized, recreational marijuana push a new measure at the ballot.
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There’s a lot of attention being paid this election to making voting more accessible. We'll look at the barriers facing people with disabilities when they go to vote. Plus, how the current recession is affecting Arizona and how the state might climb out of it. That and more on The Show.

Nikola electric truck
General Motors has pushed back the signing date on its pending partnership with Phoenix-based electric car company Nikola Motors. The Tuesday announcement came just one day before the deal was originally set to close.
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We are entering the seventh month of the COVID-19 pandemic with no end in sight. We'll hear why growing public apathy is prompting hospitals to prepare for a second wave. Plus, we dive into a massive black hole 17 billion light years away. That and more on The Show.

University of Arizona Old Main
Tuesday marks the end of the University of Arizona's two-week shelter-in-place recommendation it issued after a spike in COVID-19 cases, mainly among students.