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COVID-19 in Arizona: School officials say delay helps, but much still needs to be done

PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey this week delayed the start of schools to Aug. 17 in light of COVID-19 infections, but parents and school administrators said that while the delay is welcome they are still scrambling to figure out how to reopen schools safely this fall.

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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.


Arizona business leaders have high hopes as USMCA takes effect

WASHINGTON - It just took effect Wednesday, but Arizona business leaders were optimistic about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade deal replaceing the North American Free Trade Agreement that economists say was worth billions in trade and thousands of jobs in Arizona alone.


Arizona’s top football recruits continue to leave state for college

PHOENIX – ASU and UA have 15 combined players committed in the class of 2021. None of them are from Arizona. Why are the state’s top players going out of state for college?


COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo will not ease restrictions, despite improving numbers

PHOENIX – The number of new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation is on a downward trend, but tribal leaders said that does not mean they are ready to ease up on health restrictions. They plan to continue 57-hour weekend lockdown for the next three weeks, as the tribe works to bring numbers even lower.


Diamondbacks’ Mike Leake first MLB player to opt out of season amid pandemic

PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake became the first known Major League Baseball player to opt out of the season, general manager Mike Hazen said Monday.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Clubs close after citations, push back on Ducey’s call-out of ‘bad actors’

PHOENIX - Members of Diamondbacks organization test positive, Rep. Stanton criticizes Maricopa County for lack of contact tracing and more headlines from the Grand Canyon State.


Recruiting in coronavirus era: Arizona football prospects still committing to Division I programs

PHOENIX – Despite visiting campuses few times if at all in some cases, class of 2021 prospects are committing at record rates. Here’s why three from Arizona high schools decided to join them.


Phoenix Rising, GCU athletes self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19

PHOENIX – Local teams in Arizona are seeing positive cases of COVID-19. Phoenix Rising FC and GCU Men’s Basketball join the Suns and Coyotes as the latest teams to have positive cases.

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Cattle damage to Arizona’s Verde River spurs legal action

PHOENIX – The Center for Biological Diversity and its partners are seeking to sue the U.S. Forest Service over cattle damage in the Verde River watershed.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Phoenix mayor says mask requirements won’t be enforced at Trump rally

An Arizona sheriff tested positive for COVID-19 but says he will not wear or enforce face masks, while some Arizonans wait more than 10 hours in the heat to receive testing.


COVID-19 is creating communication barriers for the deaf community

PHOENIX – People who are deaf or hard of hearing have special difficulties when it comes to communication during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as masks that prevent “face reading.”