Page Man Accused Of Urging Violence Against Navajos
Police have arrested a Page man accused of writing a racist social media post accusing Navajo people of carrying the coronavirus and calling for their deaths. Daniel Franzen, 34, was taken into custody on suspicion of attempting to incite an act of terrorism.
April 8, 2020
TGen, NAU And UA Form COVID-19 Research Union
TGen, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona have formed the Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union. The collaboration will use genomics, big data analysis and computer models to analyze and track coronavirus strains.
April 8, 2020
Countys COVID-19 Hospitalization Rate Beginning To Slow
Social distancing measures are helping to slow the rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maricopa County, said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, the county’s medical director for disease control. Sunenshine couldn’t say when it’ll be safe to relax social distancing measures. She said pulling them back too fast could result in a second peak of cases.
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April 8, 2020
SRP Election Results Show Status Quo
The utility Salt River Project held an election for its board on Tuesday, and almost every incumbent won his race for the board. The lone exception did not run for re-election.
April 8, 2020
Traffic, Emissions Reduced As Arizonans Stay Home
Arizonans staying home amid the pandemic are making a measurable impact on road congestion. Traffic volume is down by a third since early March.
April 8, 2020
Immigration Legal Groups Seek Emergency Restraining Order Against Feds
Legal groups want a federal judge to call an emergency timeout on in-person immigration court hearings to protect people from the coronavirus. The move is part of a recent lawsuit in which most of the detained plaintiffs are being held in Arizona.
April 8, 2020
New Report Documents Labor Abuses Of Migrant Agricultural Workers
A new report finds that migrant workers who come to the United States on agricultural guestworker visas face systemic abuse in the workplace. And the report’s authors say the coronavirus pandemic only amplifies existing flaws in the farmworker program.
April 8, 2020
AZ Study Links Brain Injuries To Endocrine Disorders in Youths
Adults with traumatic brain injuries are more likely to develop diabetes and other endocrine system disorders, but scientists know far less about how this link plays out in children. A new study of Arizona children seeks to address that issue.
April 8, 2020
Strawberry Hedgehog Soap: Made In Arizona
Tracy Perkins is the founder and owner of Strawberry Hedgehog, a vegan soap shop in Phoenix that celebrates sustainability in cleanliness.
April 8, 2020
How Coronavirus May Change Medical Education
Some fourth-year med students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine will be allowed to graduate early, so they can start working on the COVID-19 response. But even with that happening, the ways med schools are teaching the next generation of doctors has changed.
April 8, 2020
What Data Mapping Reveals About The Coronavirus
Scientists around the world are working to learn about COVID-19, including trying to figure out the deepest aspects of how it is spread. One of the more popular elements to come about is run by Johns Hopkins University, and its map is attracting viewers from all over.
April 8, 2020
What Coronavirus Has Changed In The County Attorneys Office
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel recently directed her team of prosecutors to prioritize charging decisions to reduce the number of people coming into contact with the system. It’s a move to walk the fine line between public safety and public health.
April 8, 2020
How Valley Metro Is Planning For Coronavirus, Recovery
Valley Metro cut transit service this week as ridership plummets. The coronavirus pandemic caused a 50% decline in light rail use and 45% decrease in bus ridership. The transit organization has stepped up efforts to clean trains, buses and facilities.
April 8, 2020
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.
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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