Health

COVID-19 on pace to become third-leading cause of death in state

Six months after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Arizona, the disease is on pace to become the third-leading cause of death in the state this year, following only cancer and heart disease, according to state data.


Head games: Former volleyball player believes concussions led to mental health issues

PHOENIX – Concussion education is important to Stephanie Cahill. She played high school volleyball from 14 to 16 years old and suffered five concussions, two of them while playing club ball. Now 23, she believes the anxiety and depression she has experienced since the injuries are related.


Arizona dairy farms pivot from restaurants to food banks as COVID-19 shifts demand

PHOENIX – The Arizona dairy industry has taken a major hit as a result of closing restaurants and fast-food chains that would typically be purchasing cheese and other dairy products in bulk.


ASU confirms students will return to campus in fall, anonymous account demands right to party

PHOENIX – Arizona County used federal stimulus money to increase contact tracing and COVID-19 tests; Navajo Nation extends the state of emergency through Aug. 16.


Coronavirus sports roundup: No fans allowed for next 3 Rising home games

PHOENIX - No fans will be allowed for next three Phoenix Rising home games. In initial NFL camp testing, 21 players test positive.


30 years on, ADA changes minds along with limitations for Arizonans

PHOENIX - A lot has changed in the 30 years since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which not only removed physical and legal barriers but forced Americans to see people with disabilities "as fully human" in the words of one Arizona advocate.


Volunteers wanted for vaccine trials held in Tucson

PHOENIX – Doctors voice support for closures while bar owners decry them, and other headlines from around the Grand Canyon State. Phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trials has begun in Tucson, Arizona.


Coronavirus sports roundup: ASU swimming’s decision to redshirt could have ripple effect

PHOENIX - Arizona State says every member of swimming/diving team will redshirt for 2020-21 season. Beloved Chandler coach dies. Diamondbacks react to Marlins positive tests.


Testing increases, demand and result times inconsistent

PHOENIX – State leaders say schools have flexibility as academic year approaches, bars to sue after Ducey extends closure and more headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


Unhappy hour: Bar owners sue, call Ducey closure order unconstitutional

Gov. Doug Ducey concedes "businesses and employees have sacrificed" in the fight against COVID-19 - but some of them are tired of sacrificing. A lawsuit by 50 bar owners claims Ducey's order closing their businesses is unconstitutional.


Coronavirus sports roundup: AIA moves forward with fall plan; Rising FC concerned with field conditions

PHOENIX – After Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled his plan for schools to reopen, the Arizona Interscholastic Association continued to prepare for a season of fall sports. Rising FC concerned about fields and Diamondbacks mourn loss of scout.


Ducey, Hoffman pledge flexibility, but say school doors will open Aug. 17

PHOENIX - Arizona schools must open their doors to at least some of their students on Aug. 17, state officials said Thursday, but districts will have the flexibility to offer alternative schooling to students who want to stay home.