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Schools Reopen For In-Person Classes Against State Health Guidelines
It’s about a month into the school year here in Arizona, and we are starting to see many schools begin to reopen in-person classes. But as Lily Altavena reports, it often goes against the state’s health guidelines.
Sept. 24, 2020
Valley Doctor Explains How A Hospital Visit Has Changed
Phoenix-area hospitals are generally starting to relax their restrictions on visitors, as the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases the state saw earlier this summer has eased. Valleywise Health is one of those systems that’s now allowing many patients to have a visitor.
Sept. 24, 2020
Ducey Asks Brnovich To Join Fight Over Election Procedures
Gov. Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs are feuding over election procedures, specifically around the ability of people in nursing homes or similar facilities to vote even if in-person assistance isn’t possible. The governor has asked Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate.
Sept. 24, 2020
Scottsdale To Repeal Mask Mandate; County Rule Still In Effect
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane announced Sept. 21 the city would be rescinding a mask mandate that had been put in place in mid-June. On Sept. 22, Honor Health — Scottsdale’s largest employer — as well as the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce issued statements criticizing the rollback of the mandate.
Sept. 24, 2020
Roller Derby, Jane Austens Perspective On Pandemics
Devoney Looser is an Austen scholar and author of "The Making of Jane Austen." She’s also a roller derby player who wrote recently about the difference derby made in her life and how much she has missed it during the pandemic.
Sept. 24, 2020
Indigenous Groups Protest Border Wall Construction
Construction pushes forward on President Donald Trump's border wall in southern Arizona, despite a cascade of lawsuits over the environmental impacts and considerations, and after a brutal battle in Washington over how to fund it. But a small group of indigenous protesters, some from tribes not even recognized by the federal government, are not giving up.
Sept. 24, 2020
Book Explores How College Admissions Work And Whats Changing
Some institutions of higher learning are feeling pressure to enroll more students, while others are moving toward being even more selective. In his new book, "Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions," Jeffrey Selingo explores what the college admissions process looks like now.
Sept. 24, 2020
Phoenix Cox Customers Experiencing Outages Due To Power Pole Fire
Some Cox internet customers are experiencing outages, due to an APS power pole that caught fire near Third Street and Bell Road on Wednesday.
Sept. 24, 2020
Group Gives $875K To 8 Dem Legislative Candidates
The political arm of the League of Conservation Voters is funneling $875,000 towards eight Democratic incumbents and challengers.
Sept. 24, 2020
Schools South Of The Border: Some Sonoran Students, Families Struggle For Education
Like parents, teachers and students everywhere, many people are struggling to adapt to new distance learning in Mexico, where going to class now means watching TV — for those who have access to one. We check in on how schooling is going south of the border.
The Impact Of COVID-19 In Arizona: 6 Months In
Sept. 24, 2020
For Some Scientists, Shutdown Is Not An Option During Pandemic
Neither pandemics nor natural disasters can stay one group of unsung essential workers from their appointed rounds: Scientists who work with living things.
The Impact Of COVID-19 In Arizona: 6 Months In
Sept. 24, 2020
Tempe Announces New Interim Police Chief
Former Tempe Police Cmdr. Jeff Glover will serve as the city's interim police chief, it announced Wednesday. This come about a week after current Police Chief Sylvia Moir announced she would be stepping down in October.
Sept. 23, 2020
Commission On Judicial Performance Review Publishes 2020 Ratings
The Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review has published its official findings for the judges on the 2020 general election ballot.
Sept. 23, 2020
SRP Extends Shut-Off Moratorium, But Only For Some
Salt River Project has announced it won’t disconnect utility services for some limited-income customers through the end of this year in response to COVID-19 hardships.
Sept. 23, 2020
West Valley Plans For Growth As Luke Base Expands
Luke Air Force Base projects its expansion will bring more than 7,000 people, including military personnel and their families, to the West Valley by 2026. A management plan released this week addresses how cities like Glendale, Surprise and Goodyear can adapt.
Sept. 23, 2020
AZ Long Term Care Task Force Updates Recommendations
Earlier this month, Arizona’s Long Term Care Task Force developed recommendations to allow families to visit loved ones in nursing homes. But the recommendations did not allow families to hug or hold hands. Now, that's changing.
Sept. 23, 2020
Disability Groups Working To Ensure People With Disabilities Can Vote
People with intellectual or developmental disabilities can face several hurdles when it comes to exercising their right to vote. One hurdle comes down to stigma. Another is access.
Sept. 23, 2020
Maricopa County Attorney Calls For Body Cameras For All AZ Officers
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel is calling for body-cameras statewide just days after she announced she would not seek criminal charges against the trooper who fatally shot a Black man during a May traffic stop in Phoenix. Trooper George Cervantes was not wearing a body camera when he shot Dion Johnson.
Sept. 23, 2020
Project Could Get $1 Yearly Lease To Transform Landfill
Under the terms presented to the city’s Economic Development Subcommittee on Wednesday, Arizona Fresh Holdings would pay a dollar a year for 100 years. In exchange, the company pledges to transform a former landfill in south Phoenix into a food innovation center and build a public park.
Sept. 23, 2020
For this young Latino, spending more time with family is an upside to the pandemic
Izcan Ordaz, an 18-year-old college freshman, expected to move to campus at the University of Texas at Austin last month. Instead, he's taking classes virtually from home — and learning a lot more about his parents' upbringing.
Sept. 23, 2020

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