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Ducey lifts some restrictions, extends stay-at-home order

Retail stores will be permitted to reopen with physical distancing measures in place, while the remainder of Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order will stay in effect for another two weeks as Arizona continues its fight against COVID-19.

Arizona hospitals will soon be able to decontaminate N95 masks

A system that sterilizes used N95 masks using vaporized hydrogen peroxide will be available to health care facilities in Arizona in May, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

Community groups launch COVID relief fund for undocumented families

More than 20 community groups launched the Arizona Undocumented Workers Relief Fund to privately raise funds to help families make rent payments, buy food and cover other essential needs.

Jobless benefits expand next month, but is it too little, too late?

Arizona unemployment benefits will expand next month to cover workers who are not now eligible, to last longer than before and to pay more in weekly benefits to some jobless workers.

Now is the time to care for the small businesses we love

Government aid packages do not replace our individual support of the small businesses around us.

Judge blocks feds from giving tribal aid to corporations

A federal judge temporarily blocked the U.S. Treasury Department from giving financial aid intended to help tribal governments fight COVID-19 to Alaska Native Corporations, though he stopped short of ordering the federal government to distribute the full $8 billion to tribes.

U.S. Supreme Court tosses gun case as Kavanaugh urges future debate

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a landmark Second Amendment ruling in a closely watched gun rights case, but set the stage for future legal battles. A divided court ruled that a challenge...

Ducey, cities want federal COVID aid. Will Trump, McConnell agree?

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have questioned whether the federal government should provide aid to state and local governments that are facing massive fiscal problems as they grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, dimming the hopes of governors and mayors who have asked Congress and the White House for financial lifelines.

With later COVID-19 peak predicted, re-opening AZ may be weeks off still

Lifting the restrictions implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 that have shut down large portions of Arizona's economy might be several weeks further away than initially thought, as new predictive models suggest the peak of cases won’t happen for at least a month.

Arizona tribes: Companies shouldn’t get tribal COVID-19 aid money

Several Native American nations and other tribal entities from Arizona have joined a lawsuit seeking to block the federal government from giving COVID-19 relief funds designated for tribes to for-profit corporations in Alaska.
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