COVID-19 relief would overhaul, boost aid for 1.5 million Arizona kids
WASHINGTON - As many as 1.5 million Arizona children could benefit from an expansion of the child tax credit that would mean monthly checks to parents of up to $300 per child if approved by Congress as part of the COVID-19 relief bill this week.
Registering for COVID-19 vaccinations frustrates Arizona seniors
PHOENIX – Many older Americans are reporting difficulties getting information about COVID-19 vaccines or making appointments to get shots.
‘Pushing a rock up the hill’: Former Valley star Tank Johnson leads fight against private prisons
LOS ANGELES – Former NFL player and McClintock High’s Tank Johnson now looks to end prison privatization
Once used to track foodborne illnesses, UArizona team now traces COVID contacts
Volunteers from the University of Arizona’s SAFER team are conducting two functions the CDC says are essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19: contact tracing and case investigations.
Advocates worry ‘food insecurity’ gains could be upended by COVID-19
WASHINGTON - Advocates fear that years of steady improvements in the level of "food insecurity" among Arizona children could be reversed this year by the economic toll of COVID-19, a shift that could have long-lasting effects.
Movement to defund police gains urgency in Arizona
Community members, activists and police experts discuss the movement of defunding the police departments as cities across the nation begin to reform their law enforcement.
COVID-19 work-arounds are silver linings for homeless programs
New initiatives to protect the homeless from COVID-19 are the pandemic’s silver lining, providing a roadmap for better medical care, addiction treatment and housing.
Patchwork education system in juvenile centers often falls short
The lack of consistent and uniform policies, along with a lack of data, conceal how – or if – young people learn in detention facilities.
Months later, communities still await federal aid for the homeless
Congress rushed an aid package for the nation’s homeless residents, but four months after passage of the CARES Act, most of that $4 billion has not reached those in need.
COVID-19 is a ‘crisis within a crisis’ for homeless people
PHOENIX – Homeless people are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19, but its impact on them is largely a mystery as data collection is sparse and, minus any coordinated federal response, local governments must figure out how to protect their homeless during the pandemic.
Confederate monuments removed in Arizona amid broader push
PHOENIX – The local chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy said it removed the monuments to be cleaned after they were vandalized.
Activists, parents call for the removal of police from schools
PHOENIX – As school districts across the country remove police from schools, many in Phoenix and Los Angeles are calling for similar action.