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10 CVS drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites opening Friday

CVS Health announced it will open 10 COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Arizona Friday, as part of the company’s second phase of efforts to help slow the spread of the virus. ... Read more»0

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Walgreens to set up drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Arizona this week

Arizona will be one of seven states where Walgreens will open 15 drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers later this week. The locations of the testing centers were not disclosed as the company said it is still finalizing them.... Read more»0

Arizona third-worst in per capita health care workers amid pandemic

Arizona ranked 48 in health care workers per capita, slightly ahead of California and Nevada, according to a new report by Self Financial.... Read more»0

ASU aiming to produce thousands of COVID-19 test kits, process tests

Arizona State University said it is ready to help state efforts to mitigate the viral spread of COVID-19 by conducting 400 tests a day and producing thousands of coronavirus test kits using automation and robots. ... Read more»0

Hernandez bill to define anti-Semitism passes state House; ACLU opposes measure

A bill from a Tucson Democratic legislator that would incorporate a definition of anti-Semitism into Arizona law has sparked opposition from critics who say it would criminalize speech protected by the First Amendment.... Read more»0

For seventh straight decade, Arizona should gain House seat from Census

For the last six decades, Arizona has gained seats in Congress due to population growth. That streak is likely to continue in 2020.... Read more»0

Arizona veterans of 1998 Clinton impeachment see similarities, deeper divides

Arizonans who served in Congress back in 1998 and 1999 remember the heady days of the Clinton impeachment as House vote looms on Donald Trump's presidency. ... Read more»0

Arizona lawmakers stick to party line in Weds. impeachment hearing

The House Judiciary Committee ended a daylong hearing into possible articles of impeachment Wednesday against President Donald Trump with bitter partisan sparring.... Read more»0

House panel advances bill to expand farmworker visas, green card access

A House committee gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would add 20,000 farmworker visas and let some workers apply for permanent legal residency, despite Republican concerns that it could open the door to more illegal immigration.... Read more»0

Grijalva, House Dems demand probe of troops deployed to border

Dozens of House Democrats renewed calls Friday for the Defense Department to investigate the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy thousands of active-duty and National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border.... Read more»0

Advocates aim to energize Latino voters, as their clout at polls grows

Hispanics are expected to be the largest bloc of minority voters by the 2020 elections, but advocates say those numbers will be of little use if potential voters aren’t motivated to turn out at the polls.... Read more»0

Dems ready to sink 'unprecedented investment' into Arizona; GOP says it's ready

National Democrats hope Arizona's shifting demographics and Trump's sagging approval rating means the state has turned purple.... Read more»0

Arizona lawmakers split by party as House OKs next impeachment steps

Arizona lawmakers split on party lines Thursday as the House passed a resolution that lays out the framework for the next public phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.... Read more»0

Fundraising shows Schweikert down, but analysts say he’s not out yet

David Schweikert’s campaign fundraising is down sharply against a possible Democratic challenger with a larger warchest, his office is dogged by ethics complaints and he appears to be running what one analyst called a “zombie” campaign.... Read more»0

Town hollow: Report says lawmakers had few town halls; GOP had none

Arizona Republicans shy away from town halls that they call theater. Democrats have noticed and are pressing the issue.... Read more»0

Biggs take reins of Freedom Caucus at tough time for conservatives

Against the backdrop of an impeachment inquiry, Rep. Andy Biggs is taking over chairmanship of the conservative Freedom Caucus – a fight the Gilbert Republican says he’s ready to have.... Read more»0

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