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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 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.
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

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