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No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious Omicron variant - which continues to spread in the state - as demands on health care workers remain high and staffing remains a huge issue in emergency rooms.... Read more»0

Obscure law denies Dreamers congressional jobs

A little-known law – specifically section 704 of Title VII of Division E of the federal budget –prohibits undocumented residents of the U.S. from holding a federal job, which includes paid internships and jobs on Capitol Hill, something the American Dream Employment Act seeks to change.... Read more»0

Border deployment the latest in Arizona National Guard’s 'roller coaster' year

From stocking pandemic-depleted grocery shelves to fighting wildfires, from setting up vaccination sites to providing support in cities hit by civil unrest, the nearly 8,300 members of the Arizona National Guard have been constantly pulled in different directions for the past year.... Read more»0

Arizona tribes get $88 million more for housing in COVID-relief bill

Tribes in Arizona will get another $88 million in housing grants – the most of any state – from the $450 million in tribal housing assistance released Thursday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The national funding, which was included in the American Rescue Plan, will come in addition to the $651 million that tribes across the country were already scheduled to get in fiscal 2021 under the annual Indian Housing Block Grant.... Read more»0

Tribes welcome COVID-19 relief funds, say deep-rooted problems remain

Advocates said the billions in aid slated for Native Americans under the latest COVID-19 relief bill is welcome, but they told a House committee Tuesday that a one-shot infusion will not solve all the challenges facing tribes.... Read more»0

COVID-19 relief would overhaul, boost aid for 1.5 million Arizona kids

As many as 1.5 million Arizona children could benefit from an expansion of the child tax credit that would mean monthly checks to parents of up to $300 per child if approved by Congress this week.... Read more»0

Ducey back-to-school order leaves educators shocked, scrambling, upset

Educators across the state Thursday were calling Gov. Doug Ducey’s surprise back-to-school order disruptive, challenging and frustrating, a last-minute complication to reopening plans that many schools already had in the works. School officials, from the state level on down, said they were given little notice before Ducey’s announcement on Wednesday and are now scrambling to properly prepare classrooms for the return of teachers and students less than two weeks away.... Read more»0

Senators press Capitol police on security breakdowns before Jan. 6 riot

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema joined other senators asking police officials Tuesday how it is that an FBI report issued Jan. 5 warning of the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol did not reach the right people before the attack. Witnesses also detailed other problems, including a lack of riot gear due to delayed deliveries and delayed requests for National Guard troops. ... Read more»0

As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

The number of food stamp recipients in Arizona has surged over the past year, but advocates worry that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is still only reaching a portion of those eligible for assistance. ... Read more»0

The deadliest year: Overall death toll grew by 25% in Arizona in 2020

Total deaths in Arizona rose 25% in 2020 over the previous year, with some counties seeing increases approaching 50% for the year in which COVID-19 became a leading killer in the state. ... Read more»0