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Arizona Medicaid recipients topped 2 million after five-month surge

The number of people on Arizona’s Medicaid rolls topped 2 million this summer, after a five-month surge in enrollment that coincided with COVID-19’s hit to the state’s health and its economy.... Read more»0

Good roads, bad drivers: Az interstates deadliest in nation, report says

Arizona’s interstate highways are in generally good shape, but they experienced the highest rate of fatalities in the nation in 2018, according to a national report released Tuesday.... Read more»1

Arizona business leaders have high hopes as USMCA takes effect

There’s often not much agreement on news out of Washington, but Arizona business leaders were hard-pressed this week to come up with negatives about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that took effect Wednesday.... Read more»0

Arizona jobless rate drops sharply, but still at twice pre-COVID levels

Arizona posted one of the sharpest unemployment drops in the country in May, falling from a historic high of 13.4% in April to 8.9% last month, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»0

Arizona cities, counties to get $441 million in direct COVID-19 relief funds

Arizona cities and counties will get access to nearly $600 million in COVID-19 relief funding, part of the more than $1.8 billion awarded two months ago to Arizona under the federal CARES Act.... Read more»0