Farah Eltohamy

Farah Eltohamy

Politics Reporter, Phoenix
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COVID-19 can’t stop Muslims from celebrating Eid – with some tweaks

PHOENIX - Faced with the challenge of balancing one of the holiest days of the with safety concerns sparked by COVID-19, Arizona Muslims came up with some novel ways to observe Eid al-Fitr, from parading in their cars to praying in masks on prayer rugs that were 6 feet apart.


Buckeye bumped from top spot; Valley cities still post big population gains

PHOENIX - The city of Buckeye got bumped from the top spot for population growth rate in 2019, but its 56.6% population increase since 2010 was still enough to make it the second-fastest growing city in the nation for the decade. Phoenix, meanwhile, had the nation's biggest gains over the decade.


Survey: Latino families, businesses say they were left out by CARES Act

PHOENIX - About half of low-income Latino households and just as many Latino-owned businesses said they have not received any support from the massive COVID-19 relief bills, according to a nationwide poll released Wednesday.


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.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Two inmates test positive; state gets a ‘C’ in social distancing

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey orders travelers from out-of-state to take precautions, more drive-thru testing promised and additional updates from around Arizona.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Hair salons, massage parlors, other businesses ordered to close by 5 p.m. Saturday

PHOENIX – Navajo Nation calls for resources, ASU launches drive-thru testing and more in today’s COVID-19 report.


Maricopa County ranks No. 2 for potential census undercount, report says

PHOENIX – Low self-response rates and other factors will be a major issue for underserved communities in the 2020 census, which already is underway.


Sanders reaches for inclusivity, slams Biden at Phoenix rally

PHOENIX – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, battling Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, called on thousands of supporters days ahead of the 11th Democratic debate, which will be in Phoenix.


Plan to equip all DPS officers with body cameras has some public advocates skeptical

PHOENIX — Local activist groups weigh in on Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget plan to provide all Arizona state troopers with body cameras in the next fiscal year.


2020 election changes include new equipment for Maricopa County, a switch from arrows to ovals

PHOENIX – New state legislation will improve procedures for voters in Maricopa County.


Maricopa County becomes largest county to approve Second Amendment sanctuary measure

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors declares the county a sanctuary for gun rights, drawing an array of criticism from those concerned about gun violence and regulation.


Trump swipes at foes, touts record, vows to hold Arizona in November

PHOENIX – In his 10th visit to Arizona in five years, President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats, extolled the state of the economy and dismissed the idea that the Grand Canyon State could turn from red to blue.


Cheers and jeers: Trump supporters, opponents gear up for his Phoenix rally

PHOENIX – President Trump will rally supporters Wednesday night at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.


Bloomberg: ‘The road to the White House runs through Arizona’

PHOENIX – Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg held his largest campaign rally in Phoenix on Saturday.


2020 census: Middle Easterners and North Africans don’t fit the box

PHOENIX – For one historically underrepresented group in the United States, the 2020 census was supposed to be their chance to finally have their voices heard. Until it wasn’t.