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1 big thing: Coyotes reportedly moving to Utah

Coyotes head coach André Tourigny on Thursday in Vancouver. Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

It was a weekend of despair and hand-wringing for Arizona Coyotes fans, who learned Friday night that the team is likely headed for Salt Lake City in the offseason.

Why it matters: Wednesday's season-ending home game against the Edmonton Oilers could be the Coyotes' last in the Valley, PHNX Sports first reported.

Driving the news: Team management informed players Friday that the Coyotes are moving to Utah for next season, per ESPN.

  • The relocation will be publicly announced Thursday — the same day as the end of the NHL regular season, according to multiple reports.

Catch up quick: The news comes as the Coyotes have struggled to find a new permanent home since vacating Desert Diamond Arena in 2022. They've been playing at ASU's Mullett Arena.

  • Tempe voters last year rejected a proposal for a new arena and entertainment complex near Tempe Town Lake.

Zoom in: The NHL is facilitating the sale of the team to Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith, according to multiple reports.

  • The Coyotes would initially play at the Delta Center, home of the Jazz.
  • Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo would get $1 billion from the sale, according to multiple reports.

What they're saying: In a statement on X, Meruelo neither confirmed nor denied the reports, saying only that there's been a lot of "discussion in recent days" about the team's future and "I hope to address these issues as soon as I am able to speak on the topics."

What's next: Per multiple outlets, Meruelo will maintain the rights to the team's name, logos and trademarks.

  • The NHL will give him five years to reactivate the team and trigger an expansion draft if it secures a new arena, Arizona Sports reported.

What we're watching: The team has been planning to buy about 100 acres of state trust land in north Phoenix for a new arena. The Coyotes even posted an artist's rendering on X earlier this month.

  • Meruelo still plans to bid on the land, per multiple reports.

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2. Suns avoid play-in game with 6-seed

Bradley Beal scored 36 points yesterday against the Timberwolves. Photo: David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

The Phoenix Suns head into the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Western Conference, avoiding a play-in game thanks to a strong end to the regular season and a little help from some rivals in Los Angeles.

The big picture: The Suns beat the Minnesota Timberwolves yesterday, ending the season with a 49-33 record.

  • With the Suns' win and the New Orleans Pelicans' loss to the Lakers yesterday, Phoenix climbed out of the seventh-place spot in the West.
  • Why it matters: The seventh- through 10th-place teams in each conference must win winner-take-all play-in games to advance to the first round of the playoffs.

The intrigue: Everything fell into place for the Suns over the weekend. They not only needed to win yesterday, but they also needed the Pelicans to lose their final game to bump them out of sixth place.

What's next: Phoenix faces the third-place Timberwolves in the first round, which starts Saturday.

Zoom in: Phoenix had a tough schedule to end the season, playing its last 10 games against other playoff teams with winning records.

  • The Suns went 7-3 in that stretch.

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3. What are they building?

The future site of Juniper Square and 67 Flats, apartment complexes in Glendale. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Two affordable housing projects, including one aimed at older adults, are going up in Glendale.

Why it matters: The Phoenix area faces a massive housing shortage, which is driving up prices for both single-family homes and apartments.

State of play: A massive construction site at the northwest corner of 67th and Maryland avenues will be home to two projects from Dominium, an affordable housing developer with projects in the Valley and across the U.S.

  • Juniper Square will have 221 age-restricted units for people 55 or older.
  • The second project, 67 Flats, will have 384 apartments with no age restrictions.
  • Dominium purchased the land in December and broke ground in February.

Zoom in: Juniper Square is expected to open in the spring of 2025, and 67 Flats is slated to open a year later.

  • Income restrictions are based on the number of occupants, ranging from $45,120 for one person to $74,700 for six.

Between the lines: The projects will include environmentally sustainable features such as solar panels on carports, low-flow appliances and smart water meters, the Arizona Republic reported.

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4. Chips & salsa: GOP eyes rival abortion ballot measure

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🗳 Legislative Republicans may refer a measure to the ballot that would compete with the abortion rights initiative that's collecting signatures. (Arizona Mirror)

🛩 Peoria is looking to buy 500 acres of state trust land where it potentially will build a municipal airport. (AZcentral)

🏈 ASU hired former Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward as its wide receivers coach. (CBS Sports)

5. 📍 Mapped: Abortion access in the U.S.

How late into pregnancy abortion is legal
Data: KFF, Guttmacher Institute, Axios research; Map: Simran Parwani/Axios Visuals

With last week's state Supreme Court opinion that reinstated a pre-Roe ban on nearly all abortions, Arizona will join 16 states where the procedure is restricted to six weeks of pregnancy or less.

Zoom in: If no legislation or legal challenges block the 1864 law from going into effect, Arizona will become the 15th state where abortion is effectively banned.

In Florida, a six-week ban will go into effect on May 1.

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6. Quote du jour: Harris visits Tucson

Kamala Harris visited Tucson's El Rio Neighborhood Center on Friday. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Tucson on Friday in the wake of the ruling that reinstated what she referred to as a "Trump abortion ban."

  • She said the ban was the direct result of the former president's appointment of three U.S. Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"The overturning of Roe was, without any question, a seismic event. And this ban here in Arizona is one of the biggest aftershocks yet."

🎸 Jeremy finally got to see Social Distortion in concert, making up for the show he missed a year and a half ago because he got COVID.

🎊 Jessica had a great time at her friend's wedding!

This newsletter was edited by Emma Hurt and copy edited by Jay Bennett.

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