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As pandemic rages, farmworkers say employers are ‘prioritizing production over … lives’

Bertha spent 17 days in her bedroom after testing positive for COVID-19.... Read more»0

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Report: Thousands of DACA recipients work on COVID-19 front lines

An estimated 29,000 health care workers in the U.S. are undocumented, according to a recent report, but have remained in this country under the DACA program. A program that the Trump administration is trying to abolish.... Read more»0

Feds kill 4 Mexican gray wolves, days after announcing population gains

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the killing of four endangered Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico during one week in late March, a move conservation groups call a significant setback to wolf recovery.... Read more»0

EPA won’t expand air pollution rule; Critics assail ‘mistake’ during pandemic

The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it will not expand Obama-era air quality standards, a move environmentalists call “the wrong thing to be doing” during a global pandemic that threatens lung health. ... Read more»0

Gun sales rose to record levels in March, as COVID-19 fears climbed

Arizona processed a record 82,771 background checks on would-be gun buyers in March, as fears of the coronavirus drove people to gun shops in what one shop owner called “panic time.” ... Read more»0

SNAP Benefits

Food-stamp purchases could soon go online under SNAP pilot program

The Agriculture Department added Arizona to the list of states where people can use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits – SNAP, or food stamps – to buy their groceries online.... Read more»0

EPA defends plan to ease compliance requirements in face of coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency this week defended its plans to waive some environmental compliance requirements in the face of the coronavirus, insisting the temporary policy is “not a license to pollute.” ... Read more»0

Jobless claims jump 3 million in a week, Arizona mirrors national trend

New unemployment claims rose to almost 3.3 million last week, an increase of 3 million over the previous week and the highest on record, according to numbers released Thursday by the Labor Department. ... Read more»0

Az mayors 'flabbergasted' at list of services Ducey order defines 'essential'

Arizona mayors Tuesday questioned Gov. Doug Ducey’s inclusion of golf courses, pawnshops, laundries and other businesses in the definition of “essential services” that local governments would be barred from closing in response to the coronavirus.... Read more»0

Senate OKs COVID-19 bill mandating paid leave, readies new relief bill

The Senate gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill, the second such bill in two weeks, and immediately turned its attention to a third bill that could have a $1 trillion price tag.... Read more»0

Man vs. mussel: Buckeye mayor testifies on threat from invasive species

Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck said drinking water is scarce enough for cities in the West – they don’t need to be competing with invasive species for it, too. ... Read more»0

Az small-business owners outline problems with online sales tax ruling

Prescott businessman Brad Scott told lawmakers Tuesday that a Supreme Court ruling that was supposed to help small businesses compete against online retailers is instead threatening to drive small firms like his out of business. ... Read more»0

Blasting sacred sites for border wall 'forever damaged' tribes

An emotional Tohono O’odham Nation chairman told lawmakers Wednesday that blasting on sacred sites in national monuments to build a border wall near his reservation has “forever damaged our people.” ... Read more»0

Officials say Arizona Boy Scouting unaffected by national bankruptcy

Arizona officials said Boy Scouting in the state will not be affected by the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to file for bankruptcy Tuesday as the national group grapples with up to $1 billion in damages from decades of sexual abuse lawsuits. ... Read more»0

Divided House votes to reset deadline to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

Arizona lawmakers split on party lines Thursday as the House voted to give the Equal Rights Amendment another chance by removing the deadline for states to ratify the proposed constitutional amendment. ... Read more»1

Grijalva gets power to subpoena ‘stonewalling’ Trump officials

The House Natural Resources Committee granted Chairman Raul Grijalva the authority to subpoena administration officials, after committee Democrats said they were “left with no choice” in the face of bureaucrats’ resistance.... Read more»0

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