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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - AZ: Civic Engagement

The number of days in Arizona with extreme heat - at or above 110 degrees - was 24 in 2019, up by more than 60% since the 1970s. (Nate Hovee/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- New research finds while Arizona's blazing summer heat already is dangerous for seniors, COVID-19 could increase those hazards as older folks are encouraged to be especially careful to avoid potential infection. Public health officials, who note that three-quarters of Arizonans who have

A federal program to aid thousands of small businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis has come under fire because the U.S. Treasury is refusing to say who's getting the funds. (Chansom Pantik/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- The federal government is spending billions of dollars to help small businesses in Arizona and elsewhere survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But in an unprecedented move, the Trump administration is refusing to say just where all that money is going. Congress is conside

Public health officials say using contact tracers to notify people exposed to contagious diseases such as COVID-19 is a key weapon in their battle to slow the pandemic. (Rido/Adobe Stock)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz - The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona is skyrocketing, putting hospitals on emergency status and prompting public health officers to look for ways to slow the spread. People are being encouraged to practice social distancing, wear face masks and, if they feel ill, get tested. B

More than 85,000 registered and practical nurses are working in Arizona, according to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. (Rawpixel.AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. - A dramatic photo of an Intensive Care Unit nurse confronted by a protester calling the COVID-19 crisis a hoax brought national attention to the dedication Arizona's nurses bring to their jobs. During National Nurse Week, dozens of groups and individuals have honored the state's 85,

A new survey shows that since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the number of young people detained in juvenile-justice facilities has dropped by 24%. (Olena/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- As the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the United States last month, a new survey found the number of young people in secure detention centers fell by 24%. Arizona juvenile-justice officials report the number of detentions in the state also has dropped, but data isn't yet avai

Arizonans already have the option to vote by mail. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted officials to propose extending mail-in ballots to all voters, for both the 2020 primary and general elections. (Darylann/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX -- Voting-rights advocates say partisan politics are blocking Arizona elections officials from allowing all voters in the state to use mail-in ballots in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Some 80% of Arizona voters already cast their ballots by mail, but Republicans in the state Legislatu

A volunteer helps distribute groceries last week at the Help Yourself Food Co-op, held every Friday in Mesa. It is sponsored by United Food Bank, part of the Arizona Food Bank Network and Feeding America. (United Food Bank photo)

MESA, Ariz. -- As the full effect of the coronavirus sets in, thousands of people in Arizona have been sent home from their jobs to wait out the pandemic. And without paychecks, many will need help putting food on the table. Because of that, the state's food banks are gearing up to provide more me

Migrants and others often face long lines and other delays at the U.S.-Mexico border in their quest to gain asylum in the United States. (JDenmark/Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Despite a ruling that could allow asylum seekers now waiting in Mexico into Arizona, social service agencies don't expect a huge influx across the border. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, but only within its juris

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