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COVID-19 in Arizona: Immigration employees test positive, small-business evictions halted

NOGALES – As Arizona grapples to contain deadly COVID-19, Yavapai County reported its first death on Monday, and deaths related to COVID-19 are projected to peak mid April statewide.


As strike against Asarco enters fourth month, workers remain determined

WASHINGTON - Union leaders say the close to 1,800 striking Asarco workers in Arizona and Texas remain "strong" as the strike entered its fourth month Monday, with little hope of a settlement in sight.


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.


Board of Education declines changes to sex education policy

PHOENIX – No further changes will be made to Arizona’s sex education classes, the Board of Education decided Monday.


The Facebook battlefield: Two mothers on opposite sides of the vaccination divide

PHOENIX – Two mothers share common ground, like suburban life, charter schools, and family dinner. They also want to keep their children healthy and safe, which is where their lifestyles divide. One believes in vaccinations, the other does not.


Public health vs. parent choice: The vaccination debate in Arizona

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials continue to warn that the state is at risk for an outbreak due to plummeting vaccination coverage rates, and lawmakers are fighting for legislation on both sides of the debate. Parents continue to question the safety of vaccines, but there are still no viable solutions on the table.

A photo of a woman holding her daughter as she receives seven vaccine shots.

Arizona’s messy tax system hampers small businesses battling online retailers for tax fairness

PHOENIX – The Arizona Legislature is considering a bill that would require online retailers who do not have a physical facility in the state to pay sales taxes on goods purchased by Arizonans. However, the state’s 93 city tax codes complicate the issue.


Drop in vaccination rates puts Arizona at risk of outbreak, AZDHS warns

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Health Services issued a report on Friday warning that higher exemptions from vaccines are putting the state at risk this year for an outbreak of preventable diseases like measles and mumps.


Arizona lawmakers hope to close insurance-coverage gap in telemedicine

PHOENIX - Private insurers cover telemedicine in 11 specialties, such as trauma, mental health and cardiology, and even that is limited to rural areas. A Senate bill would expand coverage.


Arizona lawmakers deliver messages with State of the Union guests

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers can each bring a guest to the State of the Union address and most do it to send a subtle - or not so subtle - message. Arizona lawmakers are no different, with guests including a Border Patrol agent and a DACA, a teacher and a conservative talk show host.


Asylum seekers coming through the southern border ordered to wait in Mexico

PHOENIX – Asylum seekers coming through the southern border ordered to wait in Mexico.


A trip to India set Cindy McCain on a mission against human trafficking

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey and Cindy McCain, co-chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, discussed their work to slow human trafficking and work with traumatized victims. The council has trained 31,000 people – first responders, counselors, nurses, and juvenile probation officers – so spot signs of human trafficking