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Jobless benefits expand next month, but advocates worry it’s not enough

Arizona unemployment benefits will expand next month to cover workers who are not now eligible, to last longer than before and to pay more in weekly benefits to some jobless workers. But economists and advocates say that while the change is welcome, it’s probably too little, and too late.... Read more»0

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Court upholds real-world conviction in case that used virtual currency

Laundering money with virtual currency is still a real-world crime, a federal appeals court ruled, as it upheld a five-count conviction against an Arizona man. ... Read more»0

Driving’s down – and that’s driving down car insurance claims, premiums

While social distancing and staying at home may be driving you up the wall, it could also be driving down your auto insurance premiums. ... Read more»0

Kirkpatrick says Air Force targets Davis-Monthan for bulk of A-10 cuts

The Air Force plans to retire 42 A-10 aircraft at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson next year, according to a state lawmaker, a move that would cut the base’s fleet of the storied “Warthogs” in half.... Read more»0

Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread

Arizona lawmakers joined local and tribal officials Tuesday calling on the Interior Department to reverse its “reckless” decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»0

Arizona jobless claims skyrocket, as coronavirus starts to hit economy

Nearly 30,000 Arizonans filed unemployment claims last week, more than eight times the average weekly rate of 3,500 claims before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, state officials said Tuesday.... Read more»0

Az primary voting will go on Tuesday, with appropriate precautions, officials say

The Democratic presidential primary will be held Tuesday as scheduled, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision by some other states to cancel in-person voting, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said in a video statement Monday. ... Read more»0

Grape news: Verde Valley close to becoming a designated wine region

If local wineries and vineyards have their way, the Verde Valley will soon be designated as a federally recognized American Viticultural Area..... Read more»0

Arizona universities scramble to evacuate students from foreign coronavirus hot spots

Universities across the state are scrambling to bring students home from study abroad programs in countries with a high number of cases of COVID-19, the flu-like disease caused by the novel coronavirus.... Read more»0

Phoenix coronavirus victim out of quarantine, officials see ‘no risk’ of spread

The Maricopa County individual who tested positive for novel coronavirus has been released from quarantine after receiving multiple negative tests for the virus, the Maricopa County Public Health Department said in a statement Friday. ... Read more»0

DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall

The Trump administration took another step toward expediting construction of a border wall Tuesday, announcing it is waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states, including Arizona. ... Read more»0

Az officials wary as Defense budget again targets A-10

Arizona officials said they will fight to make sure that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base does not take a hit as a result of the Pentagon’s decision to retire 44 A-10 fighter jets, a mainstay at the Tucson base. ... Read more»0

Native leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said the “controlled blasting” for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes. ... Read more»0

Arizonans among surprise Trump guests for State of the Union

A young boy from Scottsdale and the parents of slain Prescott native Kayla Mueller were among President Donald Trump’s surprise guests for his State of the Union address Tuesday night.... Read more»0

Trump vows ‘positive’ State of the Union; analysts aren’t so sure

President Donald Trump said this weekend that Tuesday’s State of the Union Address will have a “very, very positive message.” Political experts say they’ll believe it when they see it.... Read more»0

Jury duty: After week of sitting, senators take active impeachment role

When senators return to their roles as jurors Wednesday in the impeachment trial of President Trump, they will get to do something jurors in a normal trial never get to do – question the attorneys.... Read more»0

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