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Ballots continue to be counted across Arizona, and most of the races have now been called. Our Friday NewsCap panelists analyze that and the rest of the week’s top stories. Plus, ‘tis the season to ask how early is too early to start playing Christmas music. That and more on The Show.

Kari Lake
This week saw Republicans call for the resignation of the state Republican Party chair, Kelli Ward, following disappointing midterm results. And a number of high-profile elections saw their conclusions this week, but there are still races that have not yet been called.
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The Valley’s red-hot housing market is finally balancing out after years of massive price jumps. We’ll hear about the role Wall Street investors have played in pricing out regular homebuyers. Plus, one local chef says you can make a delicious Thanksgiving feast without the turkey. That and more on The Show.

damon brasch in his restaurant's kitchen
It's almost Thanksgiving, and chef Damon Brasch wants foodies to set aside the turkey and give a vegan feast a chance.
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There’s been an increase in recent years in the number of journalists murdered in Mexico. What the investigation into one of those cases turned up. Plus, how Latinos have shaped Hollywood. That and more on The Show.

Luis Reyes Viva Hollywood
“Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in American Film” by Luis Reyes is an extensive history of Latino celebrities, producers, make-up artists and more — and their influence over the last century of American moviemaking.
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Arizonans continue to watch as ballots are counted and leads fluctuate. Where the results stand a week after Election Day. And Mesa preservationists are trying to save an historic roadside motel. That and more on The Show.

Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake
Arizona Democrat Katie Hobbs was elected governor in a hotly contested race against election-denying Republican Kari Lake, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, according to a race call by the Associated Press on Monday night.
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California will likely be getting another desalination plant, although a separate plan was rejected. What that might mean for the region’s water supplies. Plus, the effort to grow new saguaros to replace those lost in the 2020 Bush Fire.

After running through a vote-counting machine, an election worker gathers ballots
Political watchers have turned into mathematicians over the past few days, as new batches of Arizona votes have been reported, and people try to figure out what they mean for the overall results. Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Agenda joined The Show on Monday to talk through what the latest numbers mean.