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Responding to surge, Ducey orders bars, theaters closed, delays school reopening

Movie theaters, bars, water parks and other places where large crowds can gather were ordered to close in response to troubling growth of illness and reports of crowds at river-tubing and outdoor recreation areas in Arizona this past weekend.


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.


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.


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.


DACA recipients arrested in protests face risk of deportation

PHOENIX – DACA recipient Johan Montes Cuevas was held in ICE custody for two days after videotaping police aggression from his vehicle.


Different worlds, same inspiration: Cardinals’ Kirk, Suns’ Baynes moved to speak after Floyd protests

PHOENIX- Different worlds, same inspiration: Cardinals’ Kirk, Suns’ Baynes moved to speak out after Floyd protests


Groups step up efforts to help refugees grappling with COVID-19 fallout

PHOENIX - COVID-19 has hit refugee communities harder than most, but in spite of that - or maybe because of it - support from aid groups is as strong as ever, working to provide refugee families with information, support financial aid, even computers to help their children continue their schooling from home.


CPR goes AWOL: Life-saving act less likely in Hispanic neighborhoods

PHOENIX - A recent study found that CPR is less common in neighborhoods that are primarily Hispanic, and that chances of surviving a cardiac arrest in those neighborhoods are low. The situation is made more worse by a reluctance by residents of Hispanic neighborhoods to call 911, another study shows.


‘It strengthened us’: Texas group boosts mental health of Latinas by bringing moms and daughters together

AUSTIN, Texas – Among teens, Latinas face high rates of attempted suicide. One Texas group is helping them build resilience by strengthening the bond between mothers and daughters.


Celebrations scrapped, flights canceled and many tears shed: College graduation in the era of COVID-19

PHOENIX – Commencement is just one of the watershed events upended by COVID-19, prompting colleges and universities across the nation to cancel or postpone ceremonies or create a virtual alternative.


As blood donations fell, FDA eased rules to roll up a sleeve and give

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has eased some long-standing restrictions on blood donations in order to help blood banks keep up with demand, as infection concerns and COVID-19 stay-home orders were leading to widespread cancellations of blood drives and donation appointments.


House OKs $484 billion in COVID-19 relief, loans could go out this week

WASHINGTON - Money could start flowing to distressed small businesses as early as this week, after the House overwhelmingly approved a $484 billion measure that refills the exhausted Paycheck Protection Program and adds funds for hospitals and other services.