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American expats find opportunity in Panama, despite the pandemic

PANAMA CITY – Panama no longer is just for retirees. Young professionals and couples from the U.S., Canada and other countries are increasingly making the move to the small Central American country of 4.3 million residents.


Bombs bursting online: Towns work to balance fireworks, COVID-19 safety

PHOENIX - This Fourth will be a first for many in Arizona: The first time fireworks are replaced by sparklers, or are a drive-through or online event, or are watched in masks at a healthy distance. While planners juggle festivities with COVID-19 health concerns, they insist the celebrations will go on.


An ‘emotional,’ financial drain: Gym owners blindsided by Ducey’s order to shut down

PHOENIX – The news that gyms would need to shut down as part of Gov. Doug Ducey’s latest executive order to slow the spread of the coronavirus has blindsided those who work in the industry.


Tucson officials rally behind police chief, reject resignation after in-custody death

PHOENIX - Tucson officials turned down Police Chief Chris Magnus' tendered resignation this week after city officials, and even the family of a man who died in police custody, rallied behind the chief.


Williams joins chiefs, mayors seeking ways to improve police-community relations

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams joined mayors and big-city police chiefs from around the country Thursday for a U.S. Conference of Mayors virtual panel looking at police reform and racial justice, as cities across the country grapple with the fallout of George Floyd's death at police hands.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Ducey stands firm on staying open, urges Arizonans to ‘do the right thing’

PHOENIX – Cases continue to spike, Navajo police officer funeral held and other headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Phoenix City Council votes to mandate masks

PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council voted 7-2 to mandate face masks outdoors and in businesses in light of Doug Ducey’s decision to allow city councils to implement and enforce their own mandates.


Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on

PHOENIX – As coronavirus ravages the Navajo Nation and other Native American communities, experts are worried about the effects on mental health, and they’re going online to address those concerns.


Masks, tests and quarantines: ASU unveils plan for workouts during the pandemic

PHOENIX - ASU unveils plan for athletes to return for voluntary workouts amid COVID-19 pandemic.


Mayors: COVID-19 followed by second ‘pandemic’ of police relations

WASHINGTON - Cities were already grappling with the health and economic impact of COVID-19 when protests uncovered what one mayor Thursday called the "second pandemic" - a fractured police relationship with minority communities.


Phoenix police ban chokeholds in wake of Floyd death, protest clashes

The Phoenix Police Department will ban the use of chokeholds on suspects, a change aimed at regaining community trust in the wake of George Floyd's choking death two weeks ago while he was in Minneapolis police custody.


Phoenix Council OKs budget with $3 million for new police review office

PHOENIX - The Phoenix City Council approved a sharp increase in funding for a new police oversight office Monday, after first making sure that the extra funds would not cut into a planned 1% pay raise for city workers.