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Seder-in-a-box and drive-in church: Worship during social distancing

TEMPE - Seder in a box, drive-in services and televised Masses are just some of the ways religious leaders are coping with social distancing guidelines as they try to celebrate some of the most-important holidays on the religious calendar, with Easter, Passover and Ramadan all in April.


On the verge of something special, GCU beach volleyball’s season upended

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon Beach Volleyball was ranked No. 7 in the nation, having notched three wins over ranked opponents already this year, before the coronavirus pandemic upended its season.


EPA defends plan to ease compliance requirements in face of coronavirus

PHOENIX - The Environmental Protection Agency defended its plans to waive some environmental compliance requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak, insisting the policy chage is "not a license to pollute," but environmentalists were not convinced.


COVID-19 being felt in donations, hours, adoptions at animal shelters

PHOENIX - The spread of COVID-19 has "deeply affected" Arizona animal shelters, which are discontinuing some services, cutting hours and trying to juggle between taking animals in and adopting them out to stretch resources while protecting pets and people.


Arizona’s three universities hope to increase Arizona Teachers Academy enrollment

PHOENIX – Arizona’s state universities are working to enroll more students in the Arizona Teachers Academy as Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposes more funding through the New Economy Initiative.


Rising drug prices stoke national debate, and a bold plan in California

LOS ANGELES – California could be the first state to make its own generic drugs if the state legislature approves the governor’s recent proposal.

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Lawmakers spar over Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ rule for asylum seekers

WASHINGTON - House members sparred Tuesday over the Trump administration's so-called "Remain in Mexico" policy for asylum-seekers, with Democrats calling it unsafe and "abhorrent" and Republicans saying it has helped reduce a massive backlog in immigration courts.


Advocates chant ‘home is here’ as Supreme Court hears DACA challenge

WASHINGTON - Protesters from across the country, including several from Arizona, crowded the street outside the Supreme Court, chanting "si, se puede" and "home is here" as justices inside the court weighed the future of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


Trump boasts of record judicial appointment pace, promises more to come

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump boasted Wednesday about the record 158 federal judges that have been confirmed under his watch, with dozens more to come as he carries through on a campaign promise to remake federal courts - a prospect that alarms liberal groups.


Officials: State making gains on teacher vacancies, still has way to go

WASHINGTON - Arizona school officials told a Washington forum Tuesday that the state has made strides in teacher recruiting and retention, but there is still a long way to go to fixing a problem that saw 21% of teacher jobs vacant at the start of this school year.


Report: Phoenix sixth-highest metro area in nation for gun suicides

WASHINGTON - The Phoenix metro area had the sixth-highest rate of firearm suicides among the nation's urban areas, according to a new report by House Democrats tying the availability of guns to the prevalence of gun suicides.


Arizonans rally as court weighs LGBT, transgender workplace protections

WASHINGTON - Arizonans were among the hundreds who ralledi outside the Supreme Court as it considered one of the most emotional questions of its term - whether employment laws that prohibit discrimination "because of ... sex" also apply to sexual orientation and gender identity.