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Report shows several Arizona counties with high poverty and COVID death rates

Six Arizona counties ended up as part of a report that showcased the top 300 counties nationwide with high poverty and COVID-19 death rates, with Apache County landing at No. 17.... Read more»

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Border counties: Az rural hospitals are 'nearing collapse' & 'overwhelmed' with COVID

Supervisors from Arizona's four border counties — Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma — have asked officials to allow rural hospitals to transfer critically ill patients to larger regional facilities because providers are "nearing collapse" due to patients infected with COVID-19.... Read more»

'It was an open country': Gadsden, Arizona resident reflects on life along the border

One Arizona couple has witnessed many changes in the country and in their little town, as a tall wall bristling with razor wire and a dry trickle in a riverbed have replaced open country and a flowing river that controlled life along the border.... Read more»

Former Justice Andrew Gould joins race for Arizona attorney general

Former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould has joined the race for attorney general. The Yuma Republican filed a statement of interest and campaign committee paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office on April 14.... Read more»

2 women charged with collecting 4 ballots under Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law

Two Yuma County women were indicted for turning in four ballots in the August primary as, for the first time, Arizona is prosecuting someone under a 2016 law banning collection of early ballots — a practice dubbed "ballot harvesting" by opponents.... Read more»

Several counties didn’t hand count ballots because political parties didn’t participate

Several counties didn't conduct post-election hand counts of ballots because one or more of Arizona's political parties declined to participate.... Read more»

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Valadez & Bronson: Ducey must allow counties to mandate CV-19 masks in public

Two Pima County supervisors signed a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey declaring that he must allow counties and cities to mandate face masks be worn in public to stem the spike in coronavirus cases in Arizona.... Read more»

Court lets Yuma police, fire dep'ts know all COVID-19 cases in county

A Yuma County judge last week ordered that county’s director of public health to provide the Yuma Police and Fire departments the names and addresses of all people in the county who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those with pending test results. ... Read more»

DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall

The Trump administration took another step toward expediting construction of a border wall Tuesday, announcing it is waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states, including Arizona. ... Read more»

Feds waived environment, other regs on 90 miles of Arizona border in 2019

The Trump administration waived environmental and other regulations on nearly one-quarter of Arizona’s border with Mexico last year to ease the way for border wall construction, a review of government documents shows.... Read more»1

Yuma mayor declares state of emergency over migrant influx

Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls has declared a state of emergency in response to what he described as an overwhelming flow of migrants dropped off by federal officials, and he’s asking for state and federal funds to deal with it.... Read more»

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... Read more»

Arizona budget spends millions for unwanted Border Strike Force

The new budget deal spends millions of dollars on a new Border Strike Force created at Gov. Ducey’s request last year, but border county sheriffs say they want no part of it.... Read more»

Report: Voting system flawed in Yuma, Coconino, Pinal counties

Yuma, Pinal and Coconino counties had Arizona’s worst overall election performances in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by a progressive advocacy group.... Read more»1

Border Roundup: Feds debate border security, voter rights while border deaths rise

The Supreme Court heard arguments on one Arizona voter law while more are proposed at the Capitol, protestors weigh in on state laws, Homeland Security tries to define border security and updates on border crossers during a busy week for law enforcement.... Read more»1

Feds may put minority farmers on Az county panels

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it could appoint “socially disadvantaged” farmers in six state counties where the elected county committees may be lacking in representation by women and minorities.... Read more»

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