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Nogales businesses hope reopening the border will reverse losses from pandemic

After 19 months, Nogales reopened Monday to fully vaccinated, nonessential travelers from Mexico, giving its 20,000 residents hope that business – and life – may return to pre-pandemic normal and just in time for the holidays, normally a booming time of year for merchants.... Read more»

Low-income voters cast nearly 40% of Arizona votes in 2020, study says

Low-income voters accounted for an estimated 35% of the 168 million votes cast nationwide in the 2020 presidential election, and in Arizona that percentage was estimated to be nearly 40, according to a recent study by the Poor People’s Campaign.... Read more»

Public favors masks in classrooms but balks at mandating vaccinations for students

As the Delta variant spread threatens the safety of classrooms, a poll found nearly two-thirds of parents support schools’ requiring unvaccinated students and teachers to wear masks, but a majority of parents oppose requiring students now eligible for a COVID vaccine to get one.... Read more»

Lower income, Hispanic neighborhoods in Arizona lag on vaccinations

A March report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention praised only two states for their efforts in getting vaccines to vulnerable communities. One of them was Arizona. But while the federal report shows strong outreach at the broader county level, ZIP code data from the state health department reveals disparities with the vaccination rates in several neighborhoods where residents are predominantly people of color and more impoverished.... Read more»

Officials question if enough is being done to prevent the spread of CV-19 in immigration detention centers

Coronavirus infections continue to rise at migrant detention facilities in towns with limited resources. Some local governments want details on what’s being done to safeguard the public.... Read more»

The push to get vital COVID-19 information to non-English speakers

On March 16, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public alert aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The problem: For days, it was in English only – leaving millions of non-English speakers in the U.S. without direct guidance from the federal government amid the deadly and fast-moving pandemic.... Read more»

Poll puts Biden firmly leading in Arizona

A new poll of Arizona voters gives former Vice President Joe Biden a sizable lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the state’s March 17 primary and suggests Arizona could be in play for the Democrats come the November general election. ... Read more»

Punk with purpose: Hardcore band’s shows help flood of migrant families in Tucson

The Tucson hardcore quartet Crossfire uses lyrics and their shows to educate fans about issues that migrant and indigenous communities face daily.... Read more»

Minority advocates, Trump transition team hold closed-door meeting

Leaders of about 20 minority advocacy organizations met with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team in a closed-door meeting Wednesday in what advocates said they hope was one of many meetings to come.... Read more»

Latin stereotypes prevalent in film, TV. Will Disney’s new princess be another?

Disney introduced a new princess to its Magic Kingdom this month, but the public’s response was about much more than the style of her dress or what type of animal friends she will have. Princess Elena of Avalor will arrive to the Disney Junior network in 2016 as the first Latina princess and her character is spurring conversations on what it truly means to represent a Latin American in pop culture.... Read more»

News analysis

CPAC: Tancredo says immigration destroying U.S. culture

Immigration, the political issue, came and went with a whimper at this year's CPAC convention. But that didn't stop Tom Tancredo from predicting Armageddon to his shrinking base. One Arizona activist said Cochise County is "in the control of the Sinaloa cartel."... Read more»3

Analysis

Latino voters make their mark

Latino voters had a lot to be steamed about in this midterm election. Immigrant bashing reached a new low this campaign season and Latino voters reacted, causing significant reverberations. ... Read more»1

'Ya es hora'

Latino participation in census pushed

To get its fair share of federal funding and congressional representation out of the U.S. census, Arizona must alleviate fears and generate interest among Latino residents, Democratic leaders and community activists said Friday.... Read more»