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More than 418,000 Arizonans – and 26 million Americans – have filed for unemployment in the past five weeks, a record pace for jobless claims. The losses, traceable to the COVID-19 shutdown, amount to two-thirds of the jobs added to the Arizona economy in the past 10 years.

New jobless claims in Arizona over the past five weeks have wiped out two-thirds of the new jobs created in the state over 10 years, according to the latest numbers from the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Read more»

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez joined other tribal leaders who said Friday that tribes are not getting the coronavirus relief they need.

The Navajo Nation has the country’s third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has had to watch as funds go to less hard-hit areas in a “very slow” federal aid process, Navajo President Jonathan Nez said Friday. Read more»

Unemployment claims set a record for a third straight week last week, when 129,215 Arizonans filed jobless claims. They were among the 6.6 million Americans who filed first-time jobless claims in the week as COVID-19 continued to batter the economy.

Unemployment claims set a record for a third straight week last week, when 129,215 Arizonans filed jobless claims. They were among the 6.6 million Americans who filed first-time jobless claims in the week as COVID-19 continued to batter the economy. Read more»

About one-third of Americans have responded to the 2020 Census, which was sent out in mid-March, but tribal response rates are drastically lower so far. Census officials said problems with counting in Indian Country, including remoteness and low internet access, have been complicated by COVID-19.

Tribal response to the 2020 Census badly trails state and national rates, according to Census Bureau data, with the already-challenging task of counting in tribal areas further complicated by the arrival of COVID-19. Read more»

Cars line up to enter at the south entrance to the Grand Canyon in this 2018 file photo. Service at the park have been cut in response to the coronavirus, but the park remains open and the Interior Department this week waived entrance fees to all national parks.

Grand Canyon National Park is still open, but the same cannot be said for lodging and food services in the park that will be shuttered for the next two months by concerns over coronavirus. Read more»

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, was one of just two House members to vote against a bill allocating $8.3 billion to fight the coronavirush Wednesday.

The House late Wednesday approved $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus, passing the measure an overwhelming 415-2 vote – with an Arizona Republican counting for one of the two “nays.” Read more»

Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., at President Donald Trump’s rally in Phoenix this month, faces a difficult election this fall to fill out the remaining two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s term, who she was appointed to replace in 2018.

Martha McSally can still claim the title of United States senator after a federal court last week rejected a claim that her 2018 appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey was unconstitutional. Read more»

Arizona State Troopers watch the crowd gather outside Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in advance of President Donald Trump’s rally Wednesday in Phoenix.

President Donald Trump brought thousands out to his rally Wednesday at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum – what he likely did not bring was $145,000 to reimburse local governments for costs from previous rallies in Arizona. Read more»

More than 1,700 workers from a number of unions have been on strike against Asarco copper mining and refining operations in Arizona and Texas for four months now.

Striking Asarco workers passed four months on the picket line last week, but union officials insist they have strong community support and that workers are committed to staying out until they get a fair deal. Read more»

Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, center, said his tribe is working to solve funding problems, but the federal government has to do its share. He is with Muckleshoot Tribe Council Member Louie Ungaro, left, and Martina Hinds, president of the National Indian Education Association.

Tribal officials this week raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for House lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner on critical projects. Read more»

Trucks line up on the Mexico site of the border to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa Port of Entry near Nogales in this 2011 file photo. Trade with Mexico is one of the reasons Arizona officials welcomed the signing of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Arizona businesses and elected officials hailed Wednesday’s signing of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that they say preserves markets worth more than $20 billion in trade and 228,000 jobs in the state in 2018. Read more» 1

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry did two tours in Iraq as a Marine before joining the border agency, where he was killed while patrolling in December 2010.

A federal appeals court has affirmed the convictions of two Mexican men in the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a gun battle near Rio Rico, south of Tucson. Read more»

Oro Valley Police Cmdr. Chris Olson said Arizona’s recently enacted law banning texting behind the wheel is 'a good start' toward safer driving in the state, as distracted driving is a problem that police see all too often.

Arizona enacted a ban on texting while driving last year, after 10 years of trying, but it still wasn’t enough to pull the state from the bottom of a national report card on traffic safety laws. Read more»