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Immigration courts shut down only after weeks of complaints and concerns by employees and as judges pressured to clear cases fast.

Reduced immigration operations came after weeks of employees raising concerns privately and, they say, receiving few and unhelpful answers. Read more»

President Donald Trump at press briefing to discuss coronavirus.

President Donald Trump dismissed the idea that he could have foreseen a pandemic, despite multiple high-placed warnings. Read more»

A Maricopa County man in his 50s has died of coronavirus, officials announced Friday night. He was among 79 diagnosed cases in the state, and is the first death to be announced here. Read more»

The Evo A. DeConcini U.S. District courthouse in downtown Tucson on Thursday.

Federal courts in Arizona are pushing back criminal and civil trials until May, but the government will continue to hold hearings for initial appearances and detention hearings. Read more»

The Pima County Fair, which was scheduled to begin in mid-April, has been canceled for this year, organizers announced Friday. Read more»

Arizona's schools will remain closed for a further two weeks than previously ordered, with Gov. Doug Ducey and state schools chief Kathy Hoffman announcing the extension of the coronavirus closure Friday afternoon. Read more»

79 Arizonans have now tested positive for COVID-19 as the pandemic continues Friday. 8 Pima County residents have been diagnosed, and the first cases have been found in Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties. A Navajo community has been quarantined, with a total of 14 cases on that reservation. 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»

The Evo A. DeConcini U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Tucson.

A federal prosecutor has been appointed to serve as a "fraud coordinator," investigating scams related to the coronavirus outbreak. Read more»

Tucson bus riders will get a bit of a financial break during the coronavirus outbreak, with Sun Tran zeroing out all fares. Riders should enter by the rear door, and sit apart as much as possible, officials said. Read more»

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said during Friday’s briefing that both closures would go into effect Saturday at midnight and would include exceptions that allow people to continue crossing for things like work, school, medical services and business.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the closing of the southern border during a press briefing Friday, saying the U.S. and Mexico had reached an agreement to restrict all “nonessential” travel. Read more»

A new report says the number of hospital beds typically available in Arizona could be quickly overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 cases, a problem mirrored in most states. Arizona officials say they are working to prepare for the problem, but say the report paints an unusually pessimistic picture.

A surge in coronavirus patients could overwhelm Arizona hospitals in the coming months if action is not taken now to expand hospital capacity and curb infections, according to a new study by the Harvard Global Health Institute. Read more»

Ducey during a Tuesday press conference in Tucson.

The Arizona National Guard will be stocking shelves in grocery stores and food banks, activated by Gov. Doug Ducey, who also ordered that bars in counties with COVID-19 cases be closed, and restaurants halt dine-in service. Read more»

Oro Valley will shutter bars and many gathering places, and prohibit dine-in restaurant service, over the coronavirus outbreak, expanding on a Tuesday declaration of emergency. Read more»

Congress passed, and the president signed, the second multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill in as many weeks on Wednesday. Lawmakers and the administration now say they need a stimulus package of up to $1 trillion to offset economic harm from COVID-19.

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»

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