Jan 3, 2021

GOP lawmaker seeks legal opinion on Pima County curfew

A state legislator is asking Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate whether Pima County is acting illegally in establishing and maintaining a curfew. Rep. Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa, is questioning the authority of the county supervisors to tell people they cannot be out between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. except for certain specified reasons. That, Roberts […]

Hoffman, Horne, Bolding, Bowers, Fann, Essigs, school funding, budget limits, K-12
Jan 3, 2021

Hoffman calls for 2-weeks of remote learning

The state's top school official wants Gov. Doug Ducey to keep schools closed to in-person learning for two weeks following the explosion of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Covid vaccine, vaccinations, older Americans
Dec 31, 2020

Health director revamps COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The state is revamping its COVID-19 vaccine distribution system in hopes of getting more people inoculated faster.

Dec 30, 2020

Ducey doles out $115M CARES Act funds to universities

A program at the University of Arizona to test 250,000 people to see if they're immune to COVID-19 hasn't gotten the public demand that was expected. In April, UA President Robert Robbins announced the school would be offering the blood tests, first to students and staff and later to front-line medical personnel and first responders. Robbins, who is a medical doctor, said someone who shows a po[...]

Dec 29, 2020

State’s oldest residents elevated on list for first COVID-19 immunizations

Arizona's oldest residents are going to be moved up on the list of who gets the first COVID-19 immunizations.

Dec 21, 2020

Senate to require masks during 2021 session

Anti-mask Republican senators will lose their right to bare faces next legislative session, under a new set of COVID-19 safety guidelines shared with senators and staff this afternoon.

Dec 19, 2020

New standards keep businesses open during pandemic

The state's top health official admitted Friday she has altered the standards governing business operations during the COVID-19 outbreak to the point that none will ever have to close, no matter how serious the infection rate gets.

Dec 10, 2020

COVID-19 spike brings gloomy outlook for months ahead

There’s nothing that can stop the wave of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations coming this month, public health officials say. It’s going to make for a gloomy Christmas.  Doctors and health experts alike have been warning of this possibility since early October as cases began to climb in Arizona’s “second wave” after a rather quiet […]

Dec 8, 2020

Ban on evictions to end, COVID-19 cases spike

Gov. Doug Ducey won't impose any new restrictions on individuals or businesses despite what appears to be a record number of daily COVID-19 cases and a trend that is pushing even higher.

Dec 4, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in 2 weeks

Arizonans in the highest priority categories of risk or need could get their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in two weeks.

Dec 3, 2020

Good revenues belie looming budget uncertainty

With COVID-19 again on the rise in Arizona and the next legislative session looming, some in the Legislature are coming around to the idea of passing a so-called “skinny budget” that retains baseline spending levels from the previous fiscal year and ducking out early, just as lawmakers did last session.

Dec 1, 2020

Tucson sets curfew in response to spike in COVID-19 cases

A move by the Tucson council to enact a curfew despite a gubernatorial prohibition could pave the way for a legal fight with Gov. Doug Ducey.