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ABOR Responds To AGs Criticism Of Universities
The Arizona Board of Regents’ attorney has sent a scathing five-page letter to Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Their criticism comes after Brnovich issued a legal opinion critical of the universities' handling of information related to COVID-19 cases on their campuses.
April 8, 2020
Arizonans On Unemployment Struggle With Overloaded DES
In a press conference, Gov. Ducey introduced Tom Betlach, the recently-appointed acting director of the Department of Economic Security which manages the state’s unemployment benefits program.
April 8, 2020
DES Director Urges Patience For Unemployment Applicants
Newly appointed Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Tom Betlach has since confirmed his office is combining federal weekly benefits of $600 with the state's maximum weekly payment of $240. He said his office became overwhelmed in late March as fallout from the coronavirus shutdown shot up claims by 68% within one week.
April 8, 2020
Ducey Signs New Executive Orders As AZ Prepares
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued several new executive orders on Tuesday as the state continues to ramp up its efforts against COVID-19. Arizona’s Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said shows that 64% of the state’s ICU capacity, 68% of its medical surgical beds and 25% — or nearly 400 — of its state’s ventilators are currently in use.
April 8, 2020
Groups Provide Relief To Indian Country As Coronavirus Cases Climb
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb on the Navajo Nation, the number of people showing up to help one another is also growing. Navajo and Hopi tribes have started a GoFundMe that’s raised more than $400,000.
Lacking Water And Electricity, Navajo COVID-19 Cases Surge
April 8, 2020
Creatives Face Challenges Amid The Age Of COVID-19
As we hunker down amid the coronavirus pandemic, creatives are facing tough times, too. As creatives and teachers find themselves social distancing with the rest of us, many are switching to social media to try and turn a buck — or at least stay in digital contact with audiences they usually connect to in person.
April 8, 2020
Department Of Corrections Confirms First Cases Of Coronavirus In State Prisons
The Arizona Department of Corrections said Tuesday it had been notified that "two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19." The statement said 60 inmates out of a total of more than 42,000 in custody have been tested.
April 7, 2020
AZ Governor, Corrections Director Not Planning To Release Inmates
Despite Attorney General William Barr ordering the release of some inmates from federal prisons to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, Arizona’s governor and Department of Corrections director say they will not be releasing inmates from state prisons.
Department Of Corrections Confirms First Cases Of Coronavirus In State Prisons
April 7, 2020
No Elective Surgeries Means Loss Of Millions For Tucson Medical Center
Last week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order that suspends elective surgeries to conserve protective equipment for COVID-19 patients. Now, the Tucson Medical Center is in jeopardy of losing tens of millions of dollars.
April 7, 2020
During Pandemic, Activists From Home Protest Femicide
On April, a 13-year-old girl was killed in her home just south of the border in Nogales, Sonora. And despite the coronavirus pandemic, many women are still finding ways to honor the victim and speak out against gender-based violence.
April 7, 2020
Candidates Qualify For Primary Ballots In County Attorney, Sheriff Races
The Maricopa County Recorder's Office has updated its list of candidates who have qualified for the upcoming primary election ballot.
April 7, 2020
McSally Backs White House, Calls China, WHO Reckless
Sen. Martha McSally on Tuesday told a conservative media outlet that China was reckless and lied about the extent of the coronavirus early this year.
April 7, 2020
Arizona Lowers Federal Ventilator Request As Supply Dwindles
With little hope of getting the 5,000 ventilators it requested from the dwindling national stockpile, Arizona has revised its request down to just the 500 it expects to need soon to treat coronavirus patients, the state's health director said.
April 7, 2020
Amid coronavirus, grassroots groups move online to capture Latino vote
An estimated 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in November. Registering them to vote requires a substantial in-person effort that grassroots groups can't do right now because of the coronavirus outbreak. Some are shifting their strategies to the internet.
April 7, 2020
Arizona Legislature Wont Reconvene In April
Arizona lawmakers won't return to work on April 13 as scheduled. House Speaker Rusty Bowers said it's not yet safe to return to work amid the pandemic.
April 7, 2020
Secretary Of State Supports Citizens E-Signature Initiatives
On April 6, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has said she won’t oppose citizens’ initiatives collecting signatures online, as their typical operations have been interrupted by the coronavirus.
April 7, 2020
Doctors Without Borders Calls On Mexico To Release Detained Migrants
Doctors Without Borders is calling on Mexican authorities to release all migrants in detention centers because of overcrowding and lack of medical care. Detained migrants have also been protesting poor conditions and calling for protection from the coronavirus.
April 7, 2020
Dairy Farmers Forced To Dump Milk Due To Business Closures
Arizona dairy farmers are dumping more 100,000 gallons of milk per day because of slowed-down restaurant service, shut-down school cafeterias and canceled catered events.
April 7, 2020
How One Salon Owners Clients Are Helping Her Through The Pandemic
Salons, barbershops, massage parlors and other personal services have joined the list of businesses forced to close as the state tries to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
April 7, 2020
Ducey Signs Commutation Papers For 3 Ill Inmates
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed the commutations papers for three people incarcerated in state prisons who were approved for release based on their imminent death. There are five people in state prisons who have been approved for release based on recommendations from the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency.
April 7, 2020

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