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Crimes in Tucson, Phoenix fell in second quarter, as COVID-19 took hold
Crime fell in Phoenix and Tucson in the second quarter of the year, a period when a COVID-19 stay-at-home order was in effect, but while property crimes in both cities dropped aggravated assaults rose - possibly because of pandemic-related stress.
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: COVID-19 hits Suns’ Aron Baynes hard
PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes learned quickly that the coronavirus is no joke. The Suns' Ricky Rubio has landed in Orlando, and the NFL says fans must wear masks in 2020.
Arizonans recall John Lewis, heap tributes on late civil rights leader
Arizona lawmakers and advocates were unsparing Monday in their praise of the late Rep. John Lewis, using words like hero, giant and legend for the man one described as "living, breathing history."
Coronavirus sports roundup: Cardinals’ season ticket holders await news, JC baseball players react
PHOENIX - Season ticket holder for Arizona Cardinals await news, Coyotes back on ice and JC baseball players reaction to canceled season.
Coronavirus sports roundup: Pandemic inspires Cardinals kicker Gonzalez to take action
PHOENIX – COVID-19 has put live sports on pause and has affected players and conferences to adapt to the new norm.
Vigils continue as police release partial video of weekend fatal shooting
PHOENIX - Phoenix police released partial video Monday of the fatal shooting by officers this weekend of a man in Maryvale, but that did little to satisfy activists who are pressing for more footage to be released to the public.
Court affirms ruling that Pentagon funding of border wall is ‘unlawful’
PHOENIX - Just days after President Donald Trump was in Yuma to praise construction of the border wall last week, a federal court reaffirmed its ruling that the administration's method of funding that construction was "unlawful."
Tucson officials rally behind police chief, reject resignation after in-custody death
PHOENIX - Tucson officials turned down Police Chief Chris Magnus' tendered resignation this week after city officials, and even the family of a man who died in police custody, rallied behind the chief.
COVID-19 spike prompts Maricopa County JCs to push for cancellation of sports for year
PHOENIX - A spike in coronavirus cases in the state has prompted the presidents of 10 schools in the Maricopa County Community Colleges District to push for a cancellation of all sports for the 2020-21 season.
‘Free-ish’: Juneteenth events celebrate past with an eye on the present
PHOENIX - Juneteenth has always celebrated the day 155 years ago when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the last slaves in Texas, but organizers say this year's events in Arizona will also have an eye on the present.
Supreme Court expands ‘sex discrimination’ to protect LGBTQ workers
PHOENIX - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Civil Rights Act protections against "sex discrimination" also protect gay or transgender employees from discrimination, even if they are not specifically mentioned in the 1964 law, a ruling welcomed as long overdue by Arizona advocates.
GAO: Border officials spent migrant care funds on canines, ATVs, more
PHOENIX - Customs and Border Protection officials spent funds that were supposed to go to medical care and migrant processing facilities to pay for computer upgrades, canine units, ATVs and other items instead, a new government report shows.
Masks during workouts, daily health checks highlight UA’s return to sports in COVID-19 era
PHOENIX – Director of Athletics David Heeke and Dr. Stephen Paul of C.A.T.S Medical Services addressed the re-entry plan for athletes, Football players will start returning June 15.
‘We got a second chance’: Coyotes thrilled to be among 24 teams to resume play
PHOENIX – On May 26, the NHL officially announced the format for returning to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Night of relative calm follows curfew order; enforcement uncertain
After days of clashes between protesters and police, Arizona spent a relatively quiet night Sunday under a statewide dusk-to-dawn curfew that was ordered by Gov. Doug Ducey Sunday. It's unclear how much impact the curfew order had - and it's also unclear how strictly it will be enforced.
COVID-19 in Arizona: 790 new cases breaks record for second straight day
PHOENIX – With Arizona gradually reopening, the number of new COVID-19 cases across the state has reached its highest point since the start of the pandemic.