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Mesa mayor joins state, local officials to kick off homelessness initiative

Mesa Mayor John Giles was one of a number of leaders from around the country who joined HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge to kick off House America, a new plan that will focus on creating more affordable housing and finding permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness.... Read more»

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ADHS expanding vaccine pilot program aimed at low vaccination ZIP codes

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»

An inside look at a drive-through COVID vaccine center for health care workers

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»

Nonprofit Soldier’s Best Friend pairs rescues with veterans to become service dogs

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»

COVID-19 & Veterans Day: Remember your mask as you remember our vets

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»

Lacking guidance, Az schools offer range of 'pandemic schooling' plans

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»

Health experts link rise In Az COVID cases to end of stay-at-home order

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»

Amid conflict over Salt River horses, a controversial fence is finished

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

Buckeye bumped from top spot; Valley cities still post big population gains

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»

10 CVS drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites opening Friday

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»

CV-19 outbreak grows at Az private prison with most U.S. Marshal detainees in nation

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»

Analysis

McSally gave the worst possible excuse for telling cities they’re all alone

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»

Analysis

McSally to struggling Az cities: Cavalry isn’t coming to help you

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»

Ducey OKs re-opening for salons, barbers, dine-in restaurants

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»

Arizona hospitals could be overwhelmed by COVID-19 surge

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»

Campaigns come to town, often leave unpaid bills behind

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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