COVID-19 in Arizona

Inmate numbers are dropping. So why is the Corrections budget growing?

As the 2021 Legislative session drags into the summer, the state budgeting process has ground to a halt while Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican leaders try to force through a catastrophic flat tax — one which cities, towns and even other conservative Republicans oppose. 

Concert, theater owners call pandemic relief fund efforts a ‘disaster’

WASHINGTON -- Arizona business owners said a federal program aimed at helping theaters and concert venues shuttered by COVID-19 “has been a disaster,” taking until this month to deliver the first grants from a fund that was approved last year.

Vaccination rates drop, but officials still hopeful state can hit goal

COVID-19 vaccination rates have fallen sharply in Arizona, but health officials are still hopeful the state can reach a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goal of vaccinating 70% of Arizonans by July 4.
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A year after the first Arizona COVID surge, by the numbers

A year after Arizona’s first surge of COVID-19 cases, the state is seeing some of the lowest numbers of cases it has since the start of the pandemic, though hospital intensive care units still remain filled at similar levels to a year ago. 

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets...

Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month.

Corrections department will allow visitation for vaccinated inmates

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, prison inmates in Arizona will be able to receive visitors, though only if they’re vaccinated and haven’t had any disciplinary issues. 

Protesting masks and racism education, the ‘patriots’ take on Arizona’s school boards

It all seemed to have started in the small Southern Arizona town of Vail, where a school board meeting in late April was overrun by an angry and yelling crowd furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools — one seemingly led by people not from the small town of 10,000. 
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Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. 
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Community groups tell Fann to stop Senate election audit, focus on struggling Arizonans

Two community groups and Democratic lawmakers asked Senate President Karen Fann to stop the controversial election audit and focus instead on hearing from families...
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Health officials look to combat declining COVID vaccination rates

More than 2.5 million Arizonans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but the numbers of people getting the shots are on the decline. “We’re starting...
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