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Arizona Teachers Union Lays Out Vision For Next School Year
As the school year winds down, educators are looking ahead to next school year. The President of the Arizona Education Association, Joe Thomas, predicts districts will look into hybrid programs where students alternate between in-person and online learning. But the future remains uncertain.
May 13, 2020
NAU Testing Wastewater To Track COVID-19
Northern Arizona University researchers are studying wastewater to track the spread of COVID-19. Assistant Professor Crystal Hepp says if a lot of people in that area are asymptomatic, the wastewater would be able to detect that, and researchers could predict a possible outbreak.
May 13, 2020
Task Force To Address Domestic Violence In Arizona
Before the stay-at-home order for Arizona, the United Nations was recording a surge in domestic violence cases in countries already under isolation. Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has now confirmed a similar trend in the Phoenix area. She and Arizona’s 14 other county attorneys are creating a task force to curb the abuse.
May 13, 2020
Health Services Will Increase COVID-19 Testing In Prisons
At a press conference Tuesday, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ announced the state would increase the testing of correctional officers and inmates for COVID-19.
May 13, 2020
Phoenix Offers COVID-19 Tests To All City Workers
Coronavirus testing will begin Thursday for any city of Phoenix employee who wants it. Employees can make appointments for drive-up service at the state fairgrounds at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road.
May 13, 2020
Too Soon Or Time? How Phoenix Restaurants Deal With Reopening
Despite being able to resume dine-in service, it’s far from business as usual for Arizona restaurants. In April, we featured two Phoenix restaurants coping with COVID-19 in different ways. Four weeks later, we check in to see how they’re doing.
Gyms, Pools To Open As Gov. Ducey Continues To Relax Restrictions
May 13, 2020
Ireland Pays It Forward To Navajos After An Act Of Kindness By Choctaws In 1830s
A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $3.5 million to help Navajo and Hopi Tribes who have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus. Some of those donations came from as far away as Ireland. That’s because of one act of kindness made more than a century ago.
May 13, 2020
Gyms, Pools To Open As Ducey Relaxes Restrictions
Gov. Ducey says Arizona meets White House criteria to begin gradually reopening. Gyms and pools will be allowed to reopen May 13, and professional sports will be allowed to play in Arizona with no fans May 16.
May 12, 2020
DHS Secretary Visits Arizona Border, Doesnt Wear Mask
The acting secretary of the Homeland Security Department visited Nogales and Tucson to watch U.S.-Mexico border security operations in Arizona on Tuesday. Like U.S. government officials, the issue of masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus came up.
May 12, 2020
Federal Data Shows Big Border Crossing Drops In March
Pedestrian and personal vehicle crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border have fallen sharply since restrictions to slow coronavirus spread were put in place. Cross-border trade was exempted, and commercial truck crossings were largely unimpacted.
May 12, 2020
If You See A Baby Animal On Its Own, The Best Thing To Do Is Nothing
While in the backyard or on a walk, you may notice a baby animal that looks in need of help. In most cases, the best course of action is to do nothing.
May 12, 2020
Mexican President Orders The Military To Attend Public Safety
Mexico will experience a new phase in its fight against crime, as the president ordered the military to help with the task. And while some see it as an opportunity to stop violence, skeptics fear a militarization of the country.
May 12, 2020
How a trip to Honduras shaped one young US Afro Latino voter
Brayan Guevara, a 19-year-old Afro Latino from Greensboro, North Carolina, had never visited Honduras, where many of his relatives live. His first trip there last summer made him proud of his heritage — and that's shaping how he'll vote in the US presidential election this November.
May 12, 2020
AZ Trail Association: Border Fence Threatens Trailhead
The Trump administration wants to build a new section of border fence through the Huachuca Mountains in Cochise County. The Arizona Trail Association says that would destroy the trailhead to the legacy hiking path.
May 12, 2020
How Governments Can Weather The COVID-19 Budget Hit
Anticipated budget surpluses disappeared almost overnight as the economy ground to a halt with businesses closing and layoffs related to COVID-19. Cities and counties are going to have to make extremely difficult decisions, as uncertainty reigns.
May 12, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Do AZ Prisons Require In-Person Attendance For GED Classes During COVID-19 Pandemic?
Most K-12 schools, colleges and universities in Arizona have gone digital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in prisons across the state, students are still being forced to go to class in-person every day. A Q&AZ listener asked why hasn't the prison education system gone to correspondence work.
May 12, 2020
Education Group Gauges Needs Of Latino Community
Hispanics are more likely to say someone in their household has lost their job or taken a pay cut because of the coronavirus pandemic than Americans as a whole. It’s one of the reasons the new Executive Director of the group ALL in Education wants to hear from Latino families in Arizona.
May 12, 2020
How A Lack Of Touch Impacts Us During Social Distancing
There’s a lot missing from all of our lives right now – but one of the most important ones is touch. But, right now, when we’re being told we can’t touch others, to be careful what you touch out in the world, to not even touch your own face —what’s lost?
May 12, 2020
ASUs Longtime Graduation Reader Takes Talents Online
It’s graduation time for many students across Arizona. For 2020 grads at ASU, today would have been the big day. But for one individual, the ceremony is not about getting his degree. Rather he has been part of ASU commencements for more than 25 years, reading the names of graduates.
May 12, 2020
Arizona Voices Of COVID-19: Glen Spencer
Those living with HIV can be particularly vulnerable to a wide range of illnesses. And for many of them, living through this current pandemic mirrors living through the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s and '90s. Glen Spencer, executive director of Aunt Rita’s Foundation, says the pandemic is changing the lives of those who are HIV positive.
May 12, 2020

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