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Fund the police: Biden wants stimulus dollars spent on crime prevention

Gun violence has soared across the United States during the pandemic, and President Joe Biden urged local leaders Friday to help police quell the bloodletting with money they got through his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. ... Read more»

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Few eligible families have applied for government help to pay for COVID funerals

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»

How to plan for a future of education where disruption is the norm

Whether it’s a pandemic or climate change, the future of education looks like disruption - and by accepting that the COVID-19 virus is going to be a constant, school districts can innovate and prepare for a multitude of unknowns, including disaster.... Read more»

As women return to jobs, remote work could lock in gains

The pandemic “shecession” is fading as more women return to jobs across the country, aided by new workplace flexibility that could lock in future increases in female employment.... Read more»

Many Medicaid recipients could lose coverage as pandemic ends

Most of the nation will rejoice when the Biden administration lifts the public health emergency that has been in force since March 2020 - but when that moment comes, it could put many millions of adults and children currently on Medicaid at risk of losing health care coverage.... Read more»

Arizona teachers eligible for $14 million in classroom COVID relief grants

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman has announced the Arizona Department of Education would distribute $14 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to directly help Pre K through12th grade public school educators.... Read more»

States craft their COVID exit strategies

Polls indicate pandemic-weary Americans are desperate to get their old lives back, and as Omicron fades and scientists consider when to declare COVID-19 endemic - and, therefore, here to stay - in the United States, some states are beginning to lift pandemic restrictions.... Read more»

'They shouldn’t be afraid': Non-profit provides relief for COVID-positive Navajo & Hopi families

The Direct Relief Program - operated by the Navajo & Hopi COVID-19 Relief Fund - is available to those living on the Navajo and Hopi Nations who are currently sick with COVID-19 and are isolated or have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID and are currently quarantining.... Read more»

Analysis

Americans are returning to the labor force at a quickening rate – do they just really need the work?

The U.S. economy surprised analysts by adding 467,000 jobs in January, yet at the same time, the unemployment rate ticked up a notch, from 3.9% to 4% - conflicting results that are usually caused by an increase in the number of people rejoining the labor market.... Read more»

Arizona lawmaker urges better COVID test distribution for rural, tribal areas

Arizona Democrat Rep. Tom O’Halleran is expressing concern over details of the federal plan to distribute free COVID tests, saying it is not well designed for tribal and rural and communities and the execution will leave behind some who live in underserved communities.... Read more»

Ducey defends use of Arizona school funding in face of feds’ threat to reclaim it

Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that the state’s use of money to support schools that reject mask mandates is “well within” federal guidelines for the funds, despite a Treasury Department threat to take the money back - but Arizona educators said the governor needs to back down.... Read more»

Biden to provide 400 million N95 masks to Americans

As the Omicron variant surges and hospitals are pushed to capacity, the Biden administration announced a new program Wednesday to give 400 million nonsurgical N95 masks to Americans free of charge to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

They promised quick and easy PPP loans, but often only delivered hassle and heartache

More than a million government-approved Paycheck Protection Program loans ended up being canceled by the Small Business Administration, including some that would have gone to people who needed the loans and applied just as they were told. ... Read more»

Federal aid propping up child care isn't a long-term fix

Federal COVID-19 relief dollars for child care providers will continue to flow this year, but advocates warn that the money won’t solve the industry’s fundamental, long-term challenge: how to provide quality services and pay workers a competitive wage while keeping prices affordable.... Read more»

Free Wi-Fi headed to Phoenix school districts to help end digital divide

An initiative funded by the 2020 CARES Act will help Phoenix schools bridge the digital divide by creating the Phoenix Digital Education Connection Canopy, a broadband network designed to provide free Wi-Fi to 250,000 families who have students in 13 Phoenix districts.... Read more»

Navajo Nation will send $2,000 to adults and $600 to kids in COVID-19 hardship aid

The Navajo people are getting some much needed help from their Tribal government as another round of COVID-19 hardship assistance checks are expected to roll out soon.... Read more»

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