Politics

COVID-19 in Arizona: Elective surgeries to resume, despite projected peak in mid-May

A state senator has confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19, the Navajo Nation is joining a lawsuit against the federal government for withholding funds, and other updates from the Grand Canyon State.


Critics say Trump order on immigration does little but stir up anxiety

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's executive order suspending immigration in the face of the coronavirus will "not have much of an effect" on the jobs the president said he's trying to protect, experts on both sides of the issue said Wednesday.


More questions than answers to Trump threat of immigration suspension

PHOENIX – Trump tweeted his intention Monday night to temporarily restrict immigration to the U.S. by signing an executive order, inciting confusion and uncertainty.

President Trump sits in Oval Office, reading a printed memo.

COVID-19 in Arizona: Ducey ‘cautiously optimistic’ about reopening next month, single-day death toll hits a record 21

PHOENIX – Navajo leaders urge compliance with weekend curfew, Banner Health furloughs employees while expanding telehealth offerings, and more updates from around the Grand Canyon State.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Protesters demand that Arizona reopen; experts say far more testing is needed first

PHOENIX – Arizona must double the number of tests it conducts before reopening for business, an expert says; water shortage might be contributing to cases of the disease among Navajos; and other updates about how COVID-19 is impacting Arizona.


Tribal leaders struggle against ‘very slow’ allocation of COVID-19 aid

PHOENIX - The Navajo Nation has the country's third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has watched funds go to less hard-hit areas in a "very slow" federal aid process, Navajo President Jonathan Nez said Friday, part of an online discussion of federal response to coronavirus in Indian Country.


Businesses hurry up and wait, as relief funds dry up, new fund stalls

WASHINGTON - Mesa business owner Savannah Sander hoped a Paycheck Protection Program loan would keep her business afloat, when the $349 billion fund ran out of money week. Now, all she and other business owners can do is wait while Congress fights over plans to add another $251 billion to the program.


Trump taps three Arizona lawmakers for ‘opening America again’ group

PHOENIX - Both Arizona senators and a House member were named Thursday to President Donald Trump's "Opening Up America Again" task force, which is charged with looking at ways to start easing business and social restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus.


Arizona Supreme Court, coping with COVID-19, hears first case via video

TEMPE - Arizona Supreme Court justices - sitting at an appropriate distance from one another - heard arguments from attorneys via videoconference this week for the first time, as the high court tried to to continue its work while employing safe practices in the face of COVID-19.


COVID-19 in Arizona: State to provide antibody tests to first responders, add drive-thrus for public

PHOENIX – Stimulus checks arrive, unemployment claims rise and other news from around the Grand Canyon State.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo leaders exposed to illness; state to get 100 ventilators from FEMA stockpile

PHOENIX – Breakdown of cases by ZIP code is coming to Arizona, and other news from around the Grand Canyon State.


Sanders drops out, but Arizona supporters say they are still in the fight

TEMPE - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 Democratic presidential bid Wednesday, but his Arizona supporters said they will still push his message of Medicare for all, eliminating student debt and raising the minimum wage.