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Arizona Schools To Close For At Least 2 Weeks Amid Virus Concerns
Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman on Sunday ordered a statewide closure of schools through at least March 27 as authorities rush to contain the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The leaders said they'll work with health officials to decide whether schools should remain closed longer.
List Of Arizona Schools Offering Meals During Closures
March 15, 2020
Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Reacts To Debate
Sunday's Democratic debate, which was originally scheduled to be hosted in downtown Phoenix, was moved to a studio in Washington, D.C., over coronavirus concerns. The chairwoman of the Arizona Democratic Party, Felicia Rotellini, says the development marks a lost opportunity.
March 15, 2020
Another Storm Likely For The Week Ahead In Arizona
It won't be as wet as last week's storm, but we can expect rainy weather and cooler temperatures this coming week.
March 15, 2020
Arizona Education Association Calls For Students To Stay Home
The Arizona Education Association is encouraging all students in Arizona to stay home from school until Gov. Doug Ducey presents a plan to curb the spread of the coronavirus and ensure safe schools.
March 15, 2020
Arizona Now Has 13 Coronavirus Cases
Arizona has another case of the coronavirus, raising the state's total to 13, authorities said Sunday. The Pima County Health Department announced its third presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Pima County. They said the person is an older adult currently recovering in a Tucson-area hospital.
March 15, 2020
Arizona Coronavirus Cases Grow To 12
Arizona has three more cases of the coronavirus, raising the state's total to 12 and including the first in rural Graham County where a town's school district had already shut down before test results were available on a school employee who now has tested positive, officials said Saturday.
March 14, 2020
Inmates, Officers Say Prisons Not Ready For Coronavirus
Attorneys representing the people incarcerated in state prisons say the Arizona Department of Corrections and its private health care provider, Centurion, are not adequately prepared for a possible coronavirus outbreak.
March 14, 2020
Biggs, Lesko Vote Against Bipartisan Relief Package
The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a coronavirus relief package early Saturday that would offer free tests and increase paid sick leave for the public. President Donald Trump said he supported the bill, which now heads to the Senate, and said he would sign it as soon as possible. But 40 Republicans voted no on the bill — including two from Arizona.
March 14, 2020
Phoenix-Area Shoppers Brave Crowds, Long Lines
People are eschewing public gatherings, and employees are being sent home from offices, instructed to work from home. But people are still gathering in large numbers at Phoenix-area stores, with lines stretching out the door as they attempt to stock up on supplies, preparing to remain home with their families for an unknown amount of time.
March 14, 2020
Camelback Mountain Closed After Hiker Gets Trapped Under Boulder
The city of Phoenix has closed the hiking trails along Camelback Mountain until further notice after a hiker was trapped under a boulder. The Phoenix Fire Department rescued the out-of-town hiker, whose lower body became stuck under the 300-pound rock as he leaned against it to stabilize himself.
March 14, 2020
Ducey Signs Bill Allocating $55 Million To Health Services
The Arizona Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey fast-tracked an emergency measure Thursday allocating up to $55 million to the Arizona Department of Health Services to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
March 14, 2020
Great Wolf Lodge Temporarily Closes Arizona Resort
Less than six months after it opened, Arizona’s first indoor water park resort is temporarily closing. Starting Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m., the Great Wolf Lodge will close. It's part of the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District.
March 14, 2020
AZ School Employee Tests Presumptively Positive For The Coronavirus
Pima Unified School District in Graham County in southeastern Arizona said on Friday evening that an elementary school employee has presumptively tested positive for the coronavirus. An estimated 166 students are believed to have come in contact with her, said superintendent Sean Rickert.
March 14, 2020
Beauty Retailer Glossier Delays Phoenix Opening
Many businesses are being affected by the coronavirus and some — like those in the beauty industry — face unique challenges.
March 14, 2020
Phoenix Closes Senior Centers, Suspends Evictions From City-Owned Housing
The city of Phoenix is shutting down its senior centers, suspending city-sponsored public gatherings, and imposing a moratorium on evictions from city-owned public housing. Mayor Kate Gallego says there’s no estimate on when these services could be re-established.
March 13, 2020
This Week
This week's number: 250,000. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it at KJZZ.org.
March 13, 2020
Blood Banks Seeing Shortages As The Coronavirus Fears Increase
Fears over the coronavirus have led to a drop in blood donations, which is endangering those in need of transfusions. More than 100 blood drives and donor appointments have been canceled in recent days. The coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, and the risk of spreading the virus through blood is minimal.
March 13, 2020
Phoenix Mother Of 5 Worries School Closure Will Hurt Her Financially
The Alhambra Elementary School District announced Thursday afternoon that it’s closing all of its schools starting Monday until further notice in response to the global coronavirus outbreak. One Phoenix mother has two childcare choices: hire an expensive sitter or take time off work. She said both will hurt her finances.
March 13, 2020
Uproar Over Mailing Of Primary Ballots In Maricopa County
As polling places in nursing homes, senior centers, and schools close over coronavirus fears, the Maricopa County Recorders Office is sending mail-in ballots to all voters, regardless of whether or not they're on the early voting list. Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit and sought a temporary restraining order to keep the Recorder's Office from mailing out ballots.
March 13, 2020
How Coronavirus Could Affect Phoenix Spending On Police, Fire, Parks
The coronavirus outbreak and economic uncertainty is creating challenges for local governments as they plan their budgets. Going into the next fiscal year that starts July 1, Phoenix has a general fund surplus of about $28 million.
March 13, 2020

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