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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: 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.


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.


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.


Businesses running out of time, as delays plague week-old loan program

WASHINGTON - While Congress and the White House are promising to add billions to the Paycheck Protection Program, some small businesses say they are just trying to hang on long enough to get the money there now.


Food-stamp purchases could soon go online under SNAP pilot program

PHOENIX - Arizona food-stamp recipients may soon be able to buy their groceries online, after the federal government's swift approval this week of the state's request in the face of coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders.


Seder-in-a-box and drive-in church: Worship during social distancing

TEMPE - Seder in a box, drive-in services and televised Masses are just some of the ways religious leaders are coping with social distancing guidelines as they try to celebrate some of the most-important holidays on the religious calendar, with Easter, Passover and Ramadan all in April.


‘We’re in crisis mode’: Coronavirus putting pressure on food and shelter nonprofits

PHOENIX – Homeless shelters and food banks are seeing an increase in demand as COVID-19 rampages through the state. And time and money are running out for nonprofits.


Judges call for all immigration courts to close in wake of coronavirus

PHOENIX – Several judges and court staff members are calling on the Department of Justice to close all U.S. immigration courts temporarily to protect themselves and migrants from the novel coronavirus.


‘Overwhelming’ demand on first day of $349 billion small-business aid program

WASHINGTON - Banks and small businesses reported an overwhelming volume of calls and some confusion Friday as the Small Business Administration launched the first phase of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package in the face of COVID-19.


Owner Michael Bidwill leads a big Cardinals drive – for blood donations

GLENDALE – The Arizona Cardinals and owner Michael Bidwill hosted the first of three blood drives at State Farm Stadium on Tuesday. The Cardinals and the Arizona Coyotes have both taken part in the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Ducey’s stay-at-home order isn’t enough, some elected officials say

PHOENIX – A Tucson nursing home reports two dozen COVID-19 cases, Arizona prisons are delaying admission of new inmates and Tucson police orders residents to stop partying.