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The Arizona Department of Health Services is planning to expand a pilot program to get more vaccines for those living in ZIP codes with high numbers of COVID-19 cases but low vaccination rates, but inequities still exist. Read more»

Cars wait in line at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Chandler on Dec. 31, 2020.

Hundreds of cars came and went at a steady pace on Dec. 31 through the multiple lanes set up at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The state has been looking to speed up the rollout of the vaccine and get the 314,000 doses it has received so far into distribution. Read more»

Koda is an Anatolian shepherd, weighing over 100 pounds. Army Staff Sgt. Terry Stallings said Koda takes his service-dog job seriously, but when he is able to play and relax, he does.

Soldier’s Best Friend, an Arizona nonprofit, trains dogs to work with veterans with PTSD – or a combat-related traumatic brain injury – as service dogs. The organization either pairs the veteran with a dog adopted from a local shelter, or they train a dog already owned by the veteran. Read more»

There will be a new uniform this Veterans Day – one that includes a mask to stem the spread of COVID-19. Organizations around the state are coming up with creative ways to honor veterans this holiday while accommodating social distancing, sanitizing and other health and safety measures during the pandemic.

In addition to wearing the traditional red, white and blue, people watching the Veterans Day parade in Prescott are being encouraged to wear something else this year: a mask. It’s just one of the ways that organizations across Arizona have responded to the coronavirus, trying to balance the usual parades and picnics with the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more»

Arizona school districts are starting the year wirh virtual classes, but have been ordered to have in-school teaching available by Aug. 17 for those families who want or need and that has left school administrators scrambling to come up with plans that educate while protecting student and teacher health.

When Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman ordered state schools to open for some type of in-person instruction on Aug. 17, they gave school administrators the flexibility to design a plan that best suits their districts. What they didn’t give them were directions. Read more»

A crowded table of patrons at a Downtown Tucson ice cream shop on June 16, 2020.

An explosion of new infections in Arizona is stretching some hospitals and alarming public health experts who link the surge in cases to the state’s lifting of a stay-at-home order a month ago. Read more»

Advocates for wild horses clash with Tonto National Forest officials over new fencing project along the Salt River. Read more»

The cities of Buckeye and Phoenix capped a decade of strong population growth in 2019, according to a new Census Bureau report. It showed Buckeye had the nation’s second-fastest growth rate from 2010-2019 while Phoenix gained the largest number of residents in that time.

The Census numbers showed Buckeye, bumped from the top spot for population growth rate in 2019, is still the second-fastest growing city in the nation for the decade. Phoenix maintained its perch as the city with the largest number of new residents in 2019, keeping it in fifth place for overall population behind New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. Read more»

A New York National Guard private administers a drive-thru COVID-19 test in Brooklyn, April 20.

CVS Health announced it will open 10 COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Arizona Friday, as part of the company’s second phase of efforts to help slow the spread of the virus. Read more»

A flock of birds flies over the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona on April 10, 2020.

A private prison in Florence, Ariz., that houses more than 3,000 defendants awaiting court proceedings is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 in which at least 20 jail staff and detainees have tested positive. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally speaks at a rally for President Donald Trump on Feb. 19, 2020, in Phoenix.

If you want to see a mesmerizing combination of desperation and ineptitude on display, just take a look at Sen. Martha McSally. Her absurd (and wildly untrue) response to a column about COVID-19 aid is "You weren't supposed to hear that!" Read more»

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally listens to President Donald Trump speak at Honeywell International’s mask-making operation in Phoenix May 5, 2020.

Martha McSally has the solution for Arizona cities that have seen a gaping hole blown in their budgets because of the coronavirus pandemic: Sit tight and hope that the federal government loosens the strings on a too-small pot of money that you can't access. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a news conference regarding the latest updates on the coronavirus May 4, 2020.

At a press briefing on Monday, Ducey announced a second round of eased restrictions for his March 30 stay-at-home order, which shuttered Arizona businesses deemed non-essential, restricted when people could leave their homes and barred large gatherings. 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»

Arizona State Troopers watch the crowd gather outside Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in advance of President Donald Trump’s rally Wednesday in Phoenix.

President Donald Trump brought thousands out to his rally Wednesday at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum – what he likely did not bring was $145,000 to reimburse local governments for costs from previous rallies in Arizona. Read more»

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