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Phoenix, Tucson close bars, limit restaurant dining to stop coronavirus spread

BY: - March 17, 2020

The cities of Phoenix and Tucson have declared a state of emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic, shutting down bars and sharply limiting restaurant operations. 

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One-third of AZ lawmakers at ‘high risk’ of coronavirus due to age

BY: - March 17, 2020

Public health authorities have warned against large gatherings and said that older Americans have a high risk of the coronavirus, but the Arizona Legislature — where 30 of 90 lawmakers meet that age-based risk factor — will continue to meet through the end of the week.

Public health chief: Limit gatherings to 10 people due to coronavirus

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Arizona Department of Health Services is suggesting limiting public gatherings of more than 10 people, in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the number of positive cases of coronavirus in Arizona continues to rise. 

Lawmakers prepare to suspend or end session due to coronavirus

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Arizona House of Representatives has cancelled its committee hearings for the week after federal public health officials said people shouldn’t gather in groups larger than 10 people to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Monday Musings: Will AZ’s GOP trifecta vanish in 2021?

BY: - March 16, 2020

Political junkies who love a good soap opera should tune in to Arizona’s Legislative District 6, where the 2020 election could end the Republican’s “trifecta” control of the Governor’s Office, the State House and the Senate.

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Ducey: Events larger than 50 people should be cancelled

BY: - March 15, 2020

Arizona public health officials are adopting recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that any events larger than 50 people scheduled for the next eight weeks be cancelled to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Arizona schools closed until March 27 due to coronavirus

BY: - March 15, 2020

Arizona schools will be closed until March 27 as public health officials work to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in Arizona: There are now 12 confirmed cases

BY: - March 14, 2020

State health officials have identified two more cases of the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 illness, bringing the total number of Arizona cases to 12. 

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Ariz. Latinos closely split between Biden, Sanders

BY: - March 13, 2020

Unlike the Nevada, Texas and California primaries where Sen. Bernie Sanders carried the Latino vote in large margins over former Vice President Joe Biden, Latino voters in Arizona are split almost evenly among the two likely Democratic nominees for president, according to a new poll by Univision Noticias and Arizona State University. 

Court blocks Fontes’s plan to mail ballots to all MariCo Dems

BY: - March 13, 2020

An attempt by Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes on Friday to address coronavirus fears by mailing early ballots to all registered Democrats who didn’t already request one for the March 17 presidential preference election was blocked by a judge. 

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AG: Remote meetings due to coronavirus OK under open-meeting law

BY: - March 13, 2020

In an informal opinion, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the state’s open meeting law allows for public bodies – like city councils and school boards – to conduct public meetings remotely through technological means as they navigate public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Government watchdog: Trump hasn’t justified BLM move

BY: - March 12, 2020

The Bureau of Land Management is losing at least half of the employees designated to move west as part of the Trump administration’s controversial relocation plan, leaving a bare-bones workforce to lead the agency.