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The measure was the last Senate vote of the current Congress; lawmakers will reconvene in January.

The U.S. Senate passed a massive $1.7 trillion funding package that carries emergency aid for natural disaster recovery and the Ukrainian war effort, pushing past disputes over immigration policy and barely meeting a Friday deadline when current funding runs out. Read more»

After a brief pause, the Pima County Health Department will extend a free COVID-19 "test-to-treat" program that offers Paxlovid therapy, with some changes. Read more»

Since the 2020 election, elections officials across the country have faced an unprecedented number of violent threats.

With less than three months until the midterm election, election officials say a continuing onslaught of violent threats makes them worried about safety, but federal efforts to provide financial support to state and local election officials appear to have fallen short. Read more»

Pima County will extend a "test-to-treat" program another month and continue to offer Paxlovid antiviral oral medication to anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. The program has been extended once already due to popular response. Read more»

The Bighorn Fire burning along the Catalina Mountains near Golder Ranch and Oracle Roads in 2020.

In theory, summarizing risk information for flooding, hurricanes and even wildfires should help homebuyers and renters make more informed housing choices, but surveys show it isn’t working that way, at least not yet. Read more»

Pima County will continue to offer the oral antiviral Paxlovid for free as part of the federally sponsored test-to-treat program. The program has been extended until August 24.

Pima County’s free test-to-treat program for COVID-19 patients has been extended through August 24, after the federally supported Paxlovid program was set to end. Read more»

Pima County residents should stay safe and wear masks indoors in public for the July 4 weekend, the Health Department warned, as COVID cases and hospitalizations remain "high" in Maricopa and Pinal counties and "medium" closer to Tucson. Read more»

In April 2021, FEMA offered to reimburse funeral expenses for COVID victims - up to $9,000 - and though the federal government has paid more than $2 billion to cover funeral costs, fewer than half of eligible families have started applications. Read more»

Flooding in Nogales.

The federal government will allocate more than $8.6 million to mitigate flash flooding in the Nogales area, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva announced. Read more»

A young boy seeking asylum in Nogales, Ariz. in November 2021.

Over the last few months, Pima County spent around $1.3 million per month to shelter migrants released by Homeland Security officials, and the county faces a funding crunch as federal grants that helped cover theses expenses are held up in Congress. Read more»

Water rate increases in Oro Valley will be just part of a week that could have local government leaders sweating their agendas.

Local governments are wading into dicey political territory with potentially unpopular agenda items on water rate hikes, raises for elected leaders and payouts of unused COVID leave. Read more»

Thousands have been tested for COVID-19 at a site operated by FEMA at Pima Community College's West Campus.

Wind and rain predicted for Wednesday will force Pima County officials to close the COVID-19 testing site at Pima Community College's West Campus for the day. Read more»

Cars line up at the Pima Community College West Campus COVID-19 testing site in Tucson on Jan. 24, 2022. Employees of the clinical service provider eTrueNorth staffed the site.

Two COVID-19 testing sites funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency opened last week to mitigate the shortage of rapid testing in Pima County, a problem that’s especially acute for businesses and public schools. Read more»

Almost two years after the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Arizona, new infections in the state have reached a “bizarre plateau,” rising from summertime lows in the hundreds to more than 3,000 new cases a day through the fall. Read more»

A Pima County coronavirus testing at the Abrams Public Health Center near the Kino Sport Complex on Tucson's South Side.

President Biden will announce new actions to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, measures that include dispatching 500 million at-home tests to Americans, creating new federal testing sites and deploying 1,000 service members to hospitals across the county. Read more»

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