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Arizona cities, counties to get $441 million in direct COVID-19 relief funds

Gov. Ducey said the $441 million in the AZCares Fund should be in local governments’ hands as early as Thursday.

As holiday crowds packed tourist spots, fears rose of COVID-19 spread

One official called Arizona Memorial Day weekend crowds "off the charts," leading to worries over increased spread of the virus.

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

The survey found that 48% of Latino households making under $25,000 did not receive any support

As if firefighting wasn’t dangerous enough, crews grapple with COVID-19

On top of a challenging fire season, officials also expect difficulties in observing distancing in a job that relies on face-to-face communication.

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

An agency official says the coronavirus pandemic accelerated the implementation of changes that were already in the works.

Watchdogs scramble to keep up with COVID-19 scams, fraud

Groups say scammers are getting creative about spreading false information, like fake, miracle COVID-19 cures.

Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates

Environmentalists fear the removal of regulations on the industry, which they say has yet to address a toxic legacy.

Jobless benefits expand next month, but advocates worry it’s not enough

Economists and advocates say that while the change is welcome – it’s probably too little, and too late.

Critics say Trump order on immigration does little but stir up anxiety

Experts said the order does little to expand restrictions in an immigration system that is already shut down in many ways.

EPA won’t expand pollutant rule — ‘mistake’ during COVID-19, critics say

The agency said it isn't going to toughen air quality standards, which environmentalists say is "totally backwards."

Coronavirus relief payments start landing in Arizonans’ bank accounts

An estimated 80% of residents in the state will get a payment from the federal government.

Gun sales rose to record levels in March, as COVID-19 fears climbed

Arizona saw more than 80,000 firearm background checks in March, more than doubling February's numbers.

Ducey COVID-19 treatment order splits health officials

An order from the governor walks a fine line on when and how an anti-malarial drug could be dispensed to treat COVID-19.

EPA defends plan to ease compliance requirements in face of coronavirus

Environmentalists have repeated charges that the policy creates a "catch me if you can" situation for polluters.

Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread

A letter to the secretary of the interior says keeping the parks open puts workers and visitors at risk.

Mayors ‘flabbergasted’ at list of services Ducey order would protect

Some Arizona mayors questioned why things like golf courses and pawnshops made the list of "essential services" in the executive order.

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