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Stronger clean energy standards will mean a stronger Arizona economy

Updating and improving the state’s energy policy for the utilities the ACC regulates could address two looming issues: COVID-19 job losses and the pollution that leads to climate change in Arizona.

Phoenix mayor: Abrazo hospitals have ‘run out of morgue beds’

Maricopa County has requested refrigerated trucks because a hospital system ran out of morgue space for people who died from COVID-19 complications, according to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. 

Ducey limits restaurant dining, but resists tougher COVID-19 measures

Amid what continues to be one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he’s limiting in-person dining at restaurants in Arizona but not shutting it down entirely, resisting calls for stricter measures despite his own acknowledgement that increased economic activity correlates with the spread of the virus.

Biodesign Institute head: COVID-19 cases are plateauing, but way too high

Arizona may have hit a plateau in its daily number of new COVID-19 cases, but not necessarily in a good way, according to the head of Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, which is closing tracking data on the state’s coronavirus crisis. 

COVID-19 outbreaks in AZ child detention centers worry advocates

As COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations continue to reach record levels in Arizona, some advocates worry that children in detention and rehabilitation centers are at risk and in the blind spot of public health agencies that are grappling with a furious spread of the illness in the broader community.

U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives.

As COVID-19 worsens, AZ is the first state to enact ‘crisis care’ standards

Arizona’s failure to contain COVID-19 means the state has the dubious distinction of being the first in the nation’s history to activate crisis standards of care for hospitals, according to a top administrator at the state’s largest hospital system.

Citizen initiatives file petitions with signatures to spare

Four ballot measures submitted their petitions by the deadline Thursday, and the campaigns say they are confident they have enough signatures to fend off any potential legal challenges aimed at keeping them off the...

Start date, online learning issues a concern for K-12 schools

Even with the start of the new school year pushed back to mid-August, with the possibility that it could be delayed further, some education officials are skeptical that the COVID-19 crisis will have abated enough for students to safely return to campus and want Gov. Doug Ducey to allow for more online learning to start the academic year.

‘Brutal’ COVID-19 numbers mean more shut-downs, delay in school year

As Arizona’s COVID-19 cases continue to climb, the state’s bars and nightclubs have once again been ordered closed, and Gov. Doug Ducey said the “brutal facts” mean that students won’t be returning to school until mid-August, at the earliest.
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