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This Weeks #AZNumber: 171
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 171.
May 29, 2020
Activist Influence Pushes More Phoenix Leaders To Help Undocumented During COVID-19
A state lawmaker says $250,000 have been raised to help undocumented Arizonans not eligible for government aid during COVID-19. The money isn’t enough to go around. But with Phoenix's mayor and some City Council members having agreed to do private fundraising, advocates hope more will donate to help people pay rent, buy food and cover medical expenses.
May 29, 2020
Gas Prices Are On The Rise Across U.S.
Gas prices are on the rise nationwide as businesses reopen and people start going back to work. The national average is $1.97, up 4 cents from a week ago.
May 28, 2020
Sonoran Governor Concerned About Looming Reopening
Cases are expected to peak in late May or early June, just as some businesses start reopening.
May 28, 2020
Grand Canyon To Increase Access Starting May 29
Starting Friday, the Grand Canyon will increase access to the park. Park rangers will start by opening the South Rim entrance every day from 4 a.m. till 2 p.m. Those already in the park by 2 p.m. will be allowed to stay until sundown.
May 28, 2020
Attorney General Brnovich Files Lawsuit Against Google
Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly using deceptive tactics to gather location data.
May 28, 2020
AZ University Presidents Propose Suspending Their Pay Increases
An Arizona Board of Regents committee is supporting a proposal to suspend previously scheduled pay increases for university presidents.
May 28, 2020
Valley-based Insys Therapeutics Ex-CFO To Pay Investor Claims Of $2M
Insys Therapeutics' former chief financial officer has agreed to pay the $2 million to resolve a class action lawsuit. It alleges investors were unaware that the company was involved in a fraud scheme — paying kickbacks to doctors — that generated millions in sales for the company for its highly addictive fentanyl spray.
May 28, 2020
Ducey Proud Of AZ Mail-In Voting Despite Trump Claims
President Trump is no fan of voting by mail, despite the fact that’s how he casts his own ballot. Gov. Doug Ducey said he’s proud of Arizona's vote-by-mail system.
May 28, 2020
Charges Filed In 3 AZ COVID-19 Fraud Cases
In one case, a health care provider in Gold Canyon is accused of offering free COVID-19 tests to patients, but then billing an Arizona insurer for additional services the patients didn’t need.
May 28, 2020
Ducey Distributes COVID-19  Funds, But Some AZ Mayors Still Want Direct Federal Relief
When the CARES Act was passed by Congress in March, it allowed cities with more than 500,000 residents to apply directly to the federal government for relief. Smaller Arizona towns have waited more than a month for the state to distribute some of the federal funding it received.
May 28, 2020
Gov. Ducey: Schools Will Reopen In Fall, Youth Sports Can Resume
Arizona youth sports and summer day camps can resume, and schools will reopen in the fall following closures because of the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Thursday. But it won't be a complete return to normal.
May 28, 2020
Poet Alberto Ríos: Finding Inspiration In A Pandemic
Many artists have found themselves exploring different avenues of their creativity — or, in some cases, their process — during the pandemic. Despite the circumstances around them, some have found remaining in place to be an inspiration and providing a level of quiet that opens up their minds.
May 28, 2020
Quest Diagnostics To Offer Workforce-Level Testing Services
Quest Diagnostics, a parent company of Arizona’s SonoraQuest Laboratories, is offering an array of new workforce-level services for coronavirus.
May 28, 2020
How AZ Hotels And Resorts Can Be Certified Safe And Clean
Arizona hotels and resorts have a new way to boost consumer confidence when it comes to cleanliness and safety.
May 28, 2020
Arizona State Senators Explain The Surprising Vote To Adjourn
The 2020 legislative session came to a close in stunning fashion this week after three Republican senators sided with Democrats to adjourn.
May 28, 2020
How Latino Businesses Are Impacted By The Pandemic
There is a widening gap in how different demographics are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only are minorities continuing to become infected and die from the disease at much higher rates than white people, but now, it seems clear that minorities are being hit economically harder as well.
May 28, 2020
Fall At UA Could Include A Quarantined Dorm, Sports With No Fans
The University of Arizona has fewer than 90 days to decide what its fall semester will look like and whether–and how many students–will be living and taking classes on campus. The university began holding regular updates by its task force last week, and its latest was Wednesday.
May 28, 2020
Chandler High Graduate:
The Show is giving a few graduating Arizona seniors an opportunity to share their observations. Miranda Gonzalez is graduating Thursday from Chandler High School, which is holding a virtual ceremony.
May 28, 2020
How A Yuma Hospital Handled Its Biggest COVID Spike
Yuma Regional Medical Center saw its largest increase in COVID-19 patients this past weekend. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials expressed concern that smaller communities might not have the capacity to handle this kind of surge.
May 28, 2020

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