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CDC: Adults 65+ should get latest COVID-19 booster
On Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Mandy Cohen endorsed the recommendation for adults 65 and older to receive an additional, updated dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sinema Introduces Bill To Protect Veterans Education Benefits During University Closures
GI Bill benefits usually require student veterans to be enrolled in in-person classes to receive full benefits. A bipartisan bill introduced by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema seeks to protect those benefits as schools shift to online instruction during the coronavirus outbreak.
March 17, 2020
Arizona Voters Head To The Polls For The Democratic Presidential Preference Election
Arizona’s Democratic Presidential Preference Election is Tuesday, and the Maricopa County Elections Department has made several changes due to coronavirus concerns. In-person voters no longer have an assigned polling location and can select any vote center to cast their ballots.
March 17, 2020
Arizona Health Officials: Positive Cases May Spike Since Private Labs To Outpace State Testing
As private labs begin testing patients for the coronavirus, Maricopa County health officials warned that the number of positive cases in Arizona is about to spike dramatically. As of Monday morning, the state public health laboratory had conducted 200 tests. But that doesn’t include the number of tests now conducted by private labs.
March 16, 2020
ASU, UA, NAU Will Keep Classes Online All Semester
Arizona’s three public universities – Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona – have decided to shift all their classes online for the rest of their semesters. UA Provost Lisel Folks said the university is preparing to move all classes online by Wednesday.
March 16, 2020
Hoffman: AZ Schools Analyzing Short- And Long-Term Options
In response to the spread of the coronavirus, state Superintendent Kathy Hoffman said school leaders are analyzing their short- and long-term options.
March 16, 2020
ADC Suspends In-Person Visitations At All State Prisons
The Arizona Department of Corrections has canceled in-person visitations for all publicly and privately run-prisons. But there are still ways for families to communicate with loved ones.
March 16, 2020
Hobbs: Presidential Preference Election Will Move Forward
Federal and state officials on Monday recommend people avoid gatherings of 10 or more people to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said that won’t stop Arizona from hosting an election for the state’s preferred Democratic presidential nominee.
March 16, 2020
AZ Corrections Ordered To Create Coronavirus Plan
A federal judge has ordered the Arizona Department of Corrections to submit its plans for preparing and managing the coronavirus in state prisons.
March 16, 2020
Mexico Promotes ‘Healthy Distance’ While President Continues Hugging And Kissing People At Rallies
Compared to the United States, Mexico has far fewer cases of people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. And while many Mexicans are concerned with an eventual larger outbreak, the government has used a light hand in dealing with the pandemic.
March 16, 2020
1st Coronavirus Case Confirmed In Sonora; Prevention Measures Enacted
Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, confirmed its first COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, case Monday. The patient is a 72-year-old Hermosillo resident who had recently returned from travel in the United States, including visits to Chicago and Los Angeles. State authorities are monitoring his close contacts to prevent further spread.
March 16, 2020
Cyber Experts, Government Officials Warn Of Malware, Malicious Apps
As people search for health-related information online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, cybersecurity experts and government officials are warning of malware, malicious apps and false information.
March 16, 2020
Boys And Girls Club In The Valley Providing Child Care In Response To Coronavirus
Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the Valley have expanded their business hours to provide child care options for working families, health care workers, first responders and others providing essential services during this crisis. This comes as Gov. Doug Ducey announced Sunday a two-week closures of all Arizona schools in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 16, 2020
Cox Aims To Ensure Internet Access During Coronavirus Pandemic
Cox Communications says it will not cut off service to homes or small businesses if they can’t afford to pay their bill because of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 16, 2020
Coronavirus Impacts People With Disability And Their Caregivers
We know that older adults are most at risk of dying from the coronavirus. But there’s another population that could potentially be hard hit by the virus: people with disabilities and their caregivers.
March 16, 2020
Concerns Over School Closures For Low-Income Students
Arizona's school closures may have implications beyond child care and continuing education for some families. Title I schools serve low-income students — students who may depend on their schools for reliable meals and a safe place to go during the day. Carly Whitehead, the Title I coordinator for the Glendale Union High School District, joined The Show to talk about what could this mean for Title I students.
March 16, 2020
County Recorder Fontes: My Job Is To Keep Voters Safe
On Friday, Arizona’s Secretary of State Katie Hobbs accused the Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes of violating orders to not mail ballots to Arizonans who aren’t on early voting lists. Fontes, for his part, insists that his actions are within the scope of the law and his efforts are to insure all Arizonans get a chance to cast their vote as polling locations close down to prevent the coronavirus transmission.
Hobbs: Arizona will Move Forward With Presidential Preference Election
March 16, 2020
Coronavirus Slows 2020 Ballot Petitions
Even as public health officials encourage social distancing and an end to large events, campaigns are ramping up to get both candidates and causes on the 2020 ballot. Some consultants are worried there isn’t nearly enough to get the job done.
March 16, 2020
As Coronavirus Moves School And Work Online, Can Broadband Keep Up?
As schools across Arizona and the rest of the country close down, and more and more businesses are having their workers telecommute to avoid spread of the coronavirus. That’s putting renewed attention on broadband capabilities and access.
March 16, 2020
Arizona Cities Close Public Places, Cancel Events Due To Coronavirus
Some of Arizona’s largest cities are taking additional steps to combat the spread of the coronavirus. That includes the closure of many public places. Based on new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all Phoenix libraries and indoor rec centers will be closed beginning Monday.
March 16, 2020
Legislature Considering If Session Can — And Should — Continue
Widespread disruptions caused by the coronavirus are forcing Republicans who lead the Arizona Legislature to consider drastic steps that could include shutting down the 2020 session early. House and Senate leaders plan to meet Monday to sort through a variety of options.
March 16, 2020

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