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'God’s will Is being thwarted:' Even in solid Republican counties, hard-liners seek more partisan control of elections

Hood County stands out because it offers a rare view into the distrust and political pressure facing elections administrators even in communities that Trump safely won, and also represents the escalation to replace independent administrators with more actively partisan election officials.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona's millionth coronavirus case: State leaders won't inhale the truth yet exhale hypocrisy

Arizona's rules for schools expose a contradiction: Parents have every right to make their kid spread a deadly virus, but can't send their daughter to class with bare shoulders.... Read more»

Arizona judge says law doesn’t yet block Phoenix school mask mandate

Republican lawmakers can’t sidestep a provision of the Arizona Constitution that dictates when new laws go into effect by adding a retroactivity clause, a Maricopa County judge ruled in a case attempting to overturn Phoenix Union High School District’s new face mask mandate.... 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»

At Texas border, pandemic’s high toll lays bare gaps in health and insurance

In Texas border communities, not only did people die of COVID-19 at significantly higher rates than elsewhere, but people under age 65 were also more likely to die, highlighting higher-than-normal prevalence of underlying health issues combined with high uninsurance rates and flagging access to care for residents.... Read more»

Class action lawsuit filed against City of Phoenix, police chief for mass arrests

Twenty three people rounded up and arrested for unfounded felony rioting charges following a May 30, 2020 protest in downtown Phoenix filed a federal class action lawsuit, alleging a conspiracy that included the “mass arrests of 124 individuals, and the use of a manufactured, cut-and-paste probable cause statement to support false felony charges.”... Read more»

Vaccinated and restless, holiday travelers return at near-2019 levels

Travel experts say that with more people getting vaccinated and the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic easing, they expect the number of Memorial Day travelers to bounce back to almost pre-pandemic levels this holiday weekend.... Read more»

Protesting masks and racism education, the 'patriots' take on Arizona’s school boards

Arizona school board meetings have been seeing an unprecedented number of disruptions by far-right, angry and yelling crowds furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools, many organized by outside groups led by Steven Tyler Daniels, a self-identified conservative “patriot” activist who is trying to launch a new fringe-right political party.... Read more»


Can people vaccinated against COVID-19 still spread the coronavirus?

When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines about mask-wearing on May 13, 2021, plenty of Americans were left a little confused. Now anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing.... Read more»

Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned

Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was condemned by politicians from both sides for remarks she made comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. ... Read more»

CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point in the pandemic.... Read more»

COVID-19 takes toll on Arizona farmworkers

Of the more than half a million agricultural workers that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. as of March 10, it estimated that just under 7,200 of those cases were in Arizona and about 1,000 of which were in Yuma County, where farming brings an estimated $2.5 billion a year into the local economy.... Read more»

CDC eases outdoor mask guidelines for fully vaccinated Americans

While life isn’t quite back to normal yet, the new CDC guidelines say people who are vaccinated can congregate outdoors with other people in small groups without a mask, even with people who haven’t gotten a shot yet. ... Read more»

Christ: Slight bump in Arizona COVID-19 numbers cause for concern, not alarm

The state health director said that a “very, very small” increase in COVID-19 numbers is cause for concern but not alarm, and should serve as a reminder that people still need to observe health protocols. ... Read more»

Wear your mask despite Ducey’s order, COVID researchers advise

As Arizona cities debate whether to loosen or lift mask mandates, a leading health expert warned Wednesday that wearing masks in public is essential to prevent another wave of COVID-19 cases. ... Read more»

12 months of trauma: More than 3,600 U.S. health workers died in COVID’s first year

More than 3,600 U.S. health care workers perished in the first year of the pandemic, according to “Lost on the Frontline,” a 12-month investigation by The Guardian and KHN to track such deaths, who died and why.... Read more»

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