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Arizona National Guard members set up a medical station in Chinle on the Navajo Nation Reservation to support COVID-19 health care on May 2. The guard activated more than 800 members to support grocery stores, food banks and other community needs.

With COVID-19 taking an especially heavy toll on Native Americans, tribal leaders and mental health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional suffering brought on by ongoing lockdowns and so much loss. Read more»

Climate activists hoist a banner declaring a climate emergency as they cross Washington Street in downtown Phoenix on Friday, Dec. 6. The activists joined others for a protest outside City Hall.

Protesters, as part of a global "Climate Strike," demand Phoenix update its 12-year-old climate-change plan, continuing the #FridaysforFuture climate strikes inspired by Greta Thunberg, who has reached international recognition since she demanded action before Sweden’s parliament at age 15. Read more»

As a special education assistant at Santa Clara Elementary, Laura Garcia assists students with such personal care tasks as eating, using the restroom and switching classrooms. She hopes to become a teacher through the pilot program Pathways to Teaching.

The University of Arizona and a neighboring school district are working on a pilot program to “grow” Tucson residents into teachers, offering free tuition and paying them $1,000 monthly stipends. Read more»

Gina Mendez, a community organizer, notes law-enforcement confrontations with riders on public transit elsewhere in the country. 'Within the past month, we’ve seen an increase in police, an increase of security guards, we’ve seen an increase of people being criminalized for poverty,' she says.

On Friday, an immigration advocacy group led a protest of about 30 people at the Valley Metro office downtown, demanding Valley Metro stop working with Phoenix police on fare payment crackdowns. Read more»

Dawn Grove hosts Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, center, and Tom Gilman, assistant secretary for administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, at Ping’s headquarters Tuesday in Phoenix. Grove, who works for Ping’s parent company, Karsten, thanked Ducey for supporting the golf equipment manufacturer.

A boom in manufacturing in Arizona – from electric cars to high-end golf clubs – is helping to lower unemployment in the U.S., Gov. Doug Ducey told business leaders this week, noting that manufacturing jobs in the state now outnumber construction jobs. Read more»

The Census Bureau is making changes to its process in an effort to better communicate its purpose, diversify workers and improve its representation of hard-to-count communities.

Federal officials are determined to recruit workers and accurately count residents for the 2020 census, especially such historically underserved minorities as Native Americans and Hispanics, census leaders said. Read more»

Consumer spending is up and economic growth in Arizona and the rest of the U.S. is on the rise, but investor caution is one sign pointing to a potential recession in 2020, a global economist told Arizona business leaders. Read more» 1