COVID-19

Bipartisan congressional group rolls out new pandemic relief proposal

WASHINGTON—More than a dozen U.S. House and Senate members are pushing for a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to aid struggling states and local governments and fund programs such as unemployment and rental assistance that...

Only YOU can prevent the spread of coronavirus — because our feckless leaders won’t

We’ve heard the same mantra for months: mask up, wash your hands, physically distance, yadda, yadda, yadda. I don’t wish to downplay the message. We all need to do our part to control the spread...

Phoenix distributes help to refugee businesses, but other immigrant groups left out

The City of Phoenix has helped about 40 refugee and asylee-owned businesses navigate the economic crisis due the COVID-19 pandemic through grants funded with federal relief dollars.  Meanwhile, a federal judge is expected to decide...

Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON—More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially...

State revenues again exceed pessimistic projections

State revenues continued to exceed projections amid the pandemic and economic slump, a positive sign as newly elected and re-elected lawmakers prepare to head back to the Capitol in less than two months to...

COVID-19, 25 years later, a Thanksgiving story

SCENE:  It’s 2045, about 30 or 40 people have gathered at a downtown Phoenix cafe for a night of storytelling. The theme for the evening is Thanksgiving Memories. The emcee introduces local storyteller and...

‘It’s creating a new normal’: A Navajo school district and its students fight to overcome amid COVID-19

PIÑON – One student runs 85 feet up a hill every morning, just to get a cellphone signal so he can call in his attendance. Another moved to Phoenix by himself, after his only...

Arizona breaks weekly record for new COVID cases

Arizona has set a new record for the number of cases of COVID-19 reported in a seven-day period, with over 25,000 cases being reported in the past week.  The previous high-water mark was July 5-11,...

Why face masks belong at your Thanksgiving gathering

COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, and it is poised to completely disrupt the holiday season. As people make holiday plans and think about ways to reduce the risks to their loved ones, a...

Arizona nearing ICU capacity, reports that some hospitals have none left

As Arizona continues to post higher counts of COVID-19 patients, intensive care unit beds are becoming increasingly hard to come by, especially in rural areas of the state. 
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