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The Friday NewsCap April 2, 2021
KJZZ's Friday NewsCap revisits some of the biggest stories of the week. The Show discussed the week in news with former congressional candidate Christine Jones and Chad Campbell of Strategies 360.
April 2, 2021
State Farm Stadium COVID-19 Vaccination Site Will Move Indoors At Gila River Arena
Arizona’s largest mass vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale will relocate to Gila River Arena later this month as the state health department looks for a solution to keep workers and volunteers cool in hot weather.
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April 2, 2021
Mesa Community College Premiers First Film, Antigone
Mesa Community College (MCC) will premier its first feature film April 2. Students, faculty and alumni created a version of the Greek tragedy "Antigone," which was written by Sophocles.
April 2, 2021
100 Degrees Forecast For Easter In Phoenix
Following Thursday's high of 95 degrees, the National Weather Service in Phoenix predicts a heat wave for Easter weekend. Meteorologist Marvin Percha says Friday will be a little cooler at 92 degrees, but by Easter it’s predicted to hit 100.
April 2, 2021
State House OKs Bill Banning Abortion For Genetic Issues
The Republican-controlled Arizona House approved a sweeping abortion bill making it a felony for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy because the child has a survivable genetic abnormality and imposing a raft of other provisions. The Senate must agree with the House changes before it heads to GOP Gov. Doug Ducey's desk.
April 2, 2021
Comcaac Nation Demands Water With Historic Gathering
In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, members of the Indigenous Comcaac Nation, often called the Seris, have long struggled for access to clean water in their two towns on the Sea of Cortez. Last Saturday, they walked miles to a sacred site for their people to demand the Mexican government provide them with potable water and other basic services.
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April 2, 2021
Large-Scale Vaccination Set To Begin In Hermosillo Next Week
As of this week, more than 2 million Arizonans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, large-scale vaccination hasn’t even started in the capital city. But older adults are set to begin receiving doses next week.
April 1, 2021
Senate President Defends Auditors Over Election Fraud Tweets
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann is denying that anyone involved in a sweeping audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County has links to conspiracies of stolen elections or fraud.
April 1, 2021
State Department’s Report Alerts On Mexico’s Impunity Levels, Attacks To The Press
The State Department recently published an annual report on human rights, which points to a variety of issues in Mexico. The report cites high levels of impunity, attacks on human rights defenders and the media, as well as low rates of prosecution. Mexico’s president is questioning the State Department’s motives.
April 1, 2021
Tensions At Mexico-Guatemala Border After Shooting
Mexico has been facing accusations from human rights activists since the current administration beefed up military presence on the Guatemalan border. And new tensions flared in the area this week after a soldier shot and killed a Guatemalan citizen.
April 1, 2021
Why COVID-19 Effects On Brain Occur —  And Linger
Studies in Germany and the United Kingdom show that 20-70% of COVID-19 patients experience neurological and psychiatric problems months after other symptoms have subsided. A recent review explains some of the ways the virus might affect the brain.
April 1, 2021
Is The Phoenix Area Poised To Become Silicon Desert?
Last week, Intel announced it would spend $20 billion to expand its Arizona facilities. That followed on the heels of Taiwan Semiconductor’s plans to invest $12 billion in a north Phoenix factory. But is the area poised to become the “Silicon Desert” that has been pushed for years?
April 1, 2021
Nez: How Navajo Nation Is Handling Renewed Concerns Over COVID-19
The Navajo Nation was one of the hottest spots for transmission of COVID-19 in the world. So it was good news last week when the Nation had its first day in more than six months without a new reported COVID-19 case. But this week there have been renewed concerns as the Nation saw its first confirmed case of the U.K. variant of the virus.
April 1, 2021
FEMA Vaccination Site In Pima County Could Be Up Within 10 Days
Pima County says it’ll continue to enforce its mask mandate, despite Gov. Ducey’s order that ended them on the local level. This comes on the heels of a dustup between Pima County and the state over whether or not the FEMA could set up a federal vaccination site. The Show spoke with Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.
April 1, 2021
UA Womens Basketball Coach On Taking Program To First Final Four
The University of Arizona women’s basketball team has made it to its first-ever Final Four. The Show spoke with University of Arizona head coach Adia Barnes and asked what this first Final Four appearance means for the program.
April 1, 2021
More Workers Being Added At State-Run Vaccine Sites
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Wednesday that additional workers are being added to meet the high demand at state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites.
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April 1, 2021
ASU Discovers New Arizona Coronavirus Variant
Scientists at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have discovered a new Arizona variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. It includes a mutation that may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines and antibody treatments.
April 1, 2021
Bill To Ban Abortions After Fetal Heartbeat Heads To AZ Senate Floor
On a party-line vote, an Arizona Senate Committee approved legislation that would ban physicians from performing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, with some exceptions. For some pregnancies, that can be as early as six weeks and before a woman knows she is pregnant.
April 1, 2021
Vaccine Disparities A Challenge For Border Communities
The vaccine effort in Arizona is proceeding apace, with tens of thousands of doses administered daily. But the picture is very different in neighboring Sonora and across Mexico, where the vaccine rollout has been much slower. For border communities like Nogales, that disparity could spell unique challenges.
April 1, 2021
Word S5:E4: National Poetry Month Part 1 — The Tucson Episode
Coming up on “Word," we’re back from spring break and just in time for National Poetry Month. On this episode, we head to the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson — well via Zoom anyway. Plus, we sample some poetry and talk verse with Tucson writers.
April 1, 2021

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