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Some Relief Funds Released To AZ Communities
With a possible lawsuit looming, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday finally let go of some of the federal cash he got for communities. But not all of it.
May 28, 2020
Pinal Drops Threat Of Lawsuit After Funds Released
Pinal County has dropped its threat to sue the federal government in an effort to force Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to distribute coronavirus relief funds. The threat was dropped after Ducey announced Wednesday that he was finally allocating over $400 million to the state’s smaller communities.
May 28, 2020
Petitioner: Public Comment Is Not Use It Or Lose It
As cities work to reopen their parks and libraries, they’re also evaluating public meetings. Some city councils continue to meet in-person while others work remotely. At least one Phoenix resident thinks the city should rethink its meeting times.
May 28, 2020
‘Sanitation Tunnels’ At The Border May Do More Harm Than Good
A growing number of Mexican cities are using so-called “sanitation tunnels,” to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The plastic, sometimes inflatable, tunnels mist people with disinfectant. But experts say they may do more harm than good in fighting the disease.
May 28, 2020
Many Sonoran Plants Get OK To Reopen, But Uncertainty Remains
The massive Ford plant in Hermosillo is among those preparing to begin production again soon. Among the plants preparing to reopen is the massive Ford plant in Hermosillo.
May 27, 2020
AZ Summer Camps Are Open, But With Safety Guidelines In Place
Most schools in the Valley have officially wrapped up until the fall, meaning dozens of summer camps are set to open for the next few months. However, public health officials have laid out specific safety guidelines that camps will need to follow.
May 27, 2020
Mexico Cancer Patients Families Protest For Support During Pandemic
Mexico’s public health budget and services decreased or changed as a result of the president’s frugal policies, affecting cancer patients. Now, activists claim that the government focuses on the coronavirus, leaving this high-risk group unprotected.
May 27, 2020
Pima County Urges Public Health Officials To Reduce Prison Populations
Representatives of Pima County are urging public health officials and the Arizona Department of Corrections to reduce prison populations in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Community leaders made a call to action Wednesday after several requests sent to the DOC and the Governor’s Office were ignored.
May 27, 2020
Report: Phoenix Leads In Solar Production, Has Potential For More
Phoenix’s desert setting makes it a good candidate for solar power, but the Environment America report points out solar growth has more to do with policy decisions than sunshine. The report ranks Phoenix eighth in the nation in terms of solar power production per capita.
May 27, 2020
UA Testing A COVID-19 Contact Tracing Mobile App
The University of Arizona’s Campus Reentry Task Force is holding weekly briefings to update the public on its plans for the fall semester. Officials discussed Wednesday using a mobile app to expand the university's contact tracing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on its campus.
May 27, 2020
Sonora Could Have ‘Long Stretch’ Ahead For COVID-19 Transmission
Mexico’s health secretary says neighboring Sonora, Mexico, may be close to reaching a peak in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. But that doesn’t mean residents can start easing restrictions on movement.
May 27, 2020
Phoenix Contractors In Trouble After Consumers Complain
The Arizona Registrar of Contractors is revoking the licenses of two Phoenix contractors. The Registrar said seven homeowners across Arizona are out $92,768 after Precision Remodeling and Designs LLC failed to do the work consumers paid for and a subcontractor was never paid $2,569 for work done.
May 27, 2020
Inspector General Audits Company Building Border Wall
The Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a contract to a North Dakota company with a presence in the Southwest. Fisher Sand and Gravel has earned wall building contracts in the past that are under scrutiny by federal inspectors.
May 27, 2020
AZ Memory Project Preserves Navajo Times Beginnings
The Navajo Times newspaper is publishing news right now in the midst of a crisis for its people. But the paper began back in the 1950s as something very different. And now, the earliest years of the paper are being digitized as part of the Arizona State Library's Arizona Memory Project.
May 27, 2020
The Challenges Of Enforcing Social Distancing Guidelines
Social distance enforcers have often been local police officers, in several cases that have wound up on the news — cases involving groups of people gathered at a bar or restaurant seemingly without regard for the precautions Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is still encouraging. But what can officers do to keep people safe?
May 27, 2020
Arizona Attractions Become Drive-In Movie Theaters
Movie theaters in Arizona are allowed to reopen after stay-at-home orders were lifted by Gov. Ducey May 16. However, many of them are choosing to stay closed for the time being. Which may leave some people asking: where can I see a movie that isn’t my couch? Well, the answer is drive-ins.
May 27, 2020
The Harm And Pain Caused When U.S. Workers Lose Their Jobs
Worries about economic inequality have increased as the coronavirus pandemic has led to near-record unemployment figures in many states. In a similar category is economic dignity, and a large percentage of people have been able to achieve that by having regular, consistent employment.
May 27, 2020
Cactus High Graduate:
Hannah Manzanares graduated from Cactus High School during a drive-by ceremony Friday. The Peoria Unified School District has plans for an in-person event at State Farm Stadium in Glendale in late June, if conditions allow.
May 27, 2020
Word S3 E10: Ecopoetry And Asian And Pacific Islander American Heritage Month — Part 2
Before we go on summer break, we close out Season 3 of “Word” by continuing our celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month with honest conversations about how those communities are coping in the age of COVID-19.
May 27, 2020
Salvation Army Opens Heat Relief Stations In Phoenix Area
An excessive heat warning is in effect for Wednesday as daytime temperatures in the Phoenix area area expected to reach 108 and 110 by Friday. To assist those in need, heat relief stations will open at the Salvation Army on Wednesday.
May 27, 2020

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