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Az adds $2 million for rental aid program that has only helped 7% of applicants

The state will make an additional $2 million available for Arizona renters who need assistance paying their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Wednesday.... Read more»

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Legislative committee hopes to curb Ducey’s emergency powers

GOP lawmakers who have chafed under fellow Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's use of his emergency powers to combat the COVID-19 outbreak will convene an ad hoc committee tasked with examining that authority and proposing possible limitations to it.... Read more»

Ducey begins plan to equip DPS troopers with body cameras

Gov. Doug Ducey plans to acquire 150 body cameras for the Department of Public Safety, the first step in a larger proposal to equip all state troopers with cameras.... Read more»

Thousands of evictions loom as moratorium set to expire this month

Legal advocates are preparing for what could be a tsunami of evictions in the next few weeks when a temporary state ban on most evictions expires. But there is evidence that hundreds of evictions have been filed in violation of a federal ban in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

As COVID-19 worsens, Arizona is first state to enact 'crisis care' standards

Arizona’s failure to contain COVID-19 means the state has the dubious distinction of being the first in the nation’s history to activate crisis standards of care for hospitals, according to a top administrator at the state’s largest hospital system.... Read more»6

Pima County issues regs for restaurants reopening after CV-19 shutdowns

Pima County has adopted temporary measures for the reopening of restaurants, gyms, pools, spas and venues. The county vote established 15 mandatory health guidelines and two recommendations for restaurants, including allowing outdoor expansions.... Read more»

Ducey, cities want federal COVID aid

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have questioned whether the federal government should provide aid to state and local governments that are facing massive fiscal problems as they grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, dimming the hopes of governors and mayors who have asked Congress and the White House for financial lifelines.... Read more»

2nd day of protest demanding Arizona 're-open' during COVID-19 pandemic

Hundreds of demonstrators demanding an immediate lift of restrictions to blunt the spread of COVID-19 descended on the state Capitol Monday and crowd into the building that houses Gov. Doug Ducey's office.... Read more»

2 Arizona prison inmates test positive for COVID-19

Two Arizona prison inmates have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said — one a state prisoner now at a hospital, and another an inmate at a Marana private prison. ADOC has been clearing space in a storage building for a COVID-19 ward.... Read more»

Arizona clears prison 'warehouse' in prep for COVID-19 inmate infections

Arizona prison officials are prepping storage buildings as potential coronavirus wards, as guards — 300 of whom are on sick leave already — worry about possible outbreaks, and ADOC's policies shift day-by-day.... Read more»

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Too many F (Anns) dropped; Mayor reveals true 5 T's of Tucson

Unmasking a 30-year cover-up (what is F. Ann Rodriguez's first name, anyway?) and who jumps in to take her place? Plus: Revealed: Mayor Rothschild drops the real 5 T's of Tucson, and a great many more rumors and real truths.... Read more»

State boards waste little time approving professional licenses under new law

A new Arizona law requires most professional licensing boards and commissions in the state to accept valid out-of-state licenses for people looking to hang a shingle here.... Read more»

School districts, education groups sue Arizona over funding shortfalls

Lawmakers have violated the Arizona Constitution by failing to adequately fund school facilities and repairs, according to a lawsuit filed against the state on Monday by school districts and education groups. ... Read more»

McSally raises millions, Dems trail in cash flow in close district

Rep. Martha McSally’s aggressive fundraising gives her an edge over her competitors in the CD2 House race, but the district will likely still be competitive come November. Even so, national Democratic fundraisers have left Southern Arizona off their list of targeted districts.... Read more»

Az lawmakers see mixed demand for tickets to watch pope’s speech

When Pope Francis gives a historic address to Congress next week, up to 50,000 people could be standing in a ticketed area of the West Front of the Capitol to watch the speech on large TV screens. Not as many of them will be Arizonans, however, as could be.... Read more»

McSally refiles reports after Sentinel investigates campaign issues

After TucsonSentinel.com reported last week on millions of dollars in errors in the campaign filings of Rep. Martha McSally, the GOP freshman handed in new tallies of her fundraising to federal officials on Monday. While her totals now add up, hundreds of information gaps remain.... Read more»3

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