Latest Arizona state government News

Arizona will use experimental drug to help COVID-19 patients

Jul. 12, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey says Arizona will be getting 361 cases of the experimental antiviral drug Remdesivir, which appears to help patients with COVID-19 recover faster. The drug received emergency approval in May by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The shipment comes from the U.S....

Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler looks at this cellphone outside the Nevada Legislature before the Assembly gaveled in for the fourth day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nevada lawmakers suspend session over virus case

Jul. 11, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers have pumped the brakes on their emergency special session because someone in the legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Sisolak has convened the session so lawmakers can balance the state budget amid a projected $1.2 billion shortfall...

People get tested at a drive thru coronavirus testing site at South Mountain Community College, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona reports 69 more deaths, sets hospitalization records

Jul. 11, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak in Arizona has produced 69 additional deaths and record numbers of hospitalizations, according to data released Saturday by state health officials. The death toll increased to 2,151, and the state Department of Health Services reported 3,038 additional confirmed...

People get tested at a drive thru coronavirus testing site at South Mountain Community College, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona reports more than 4,000 new confirmed virus cases

Jul. 10, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is preparing to help hospitals shuttle some recovering virus patients into nursing homes to make space for arrivals as it reported more than 4,000 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday — still the highest rate of infection per capita in the nation. The state Health...

Man won't face death penalty for killing Glendale officer

Jul. 10, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A man convicted in the 2007 fatal shooting of a Glendale police officer is no longer facing the death penalty. The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has decided against seeking the death penalty for 46-year-old Bryan Wayne Hulsey, whose...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

People get tested at a drive thru coronavirus testing site at South Mountain Community College Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona governor caps restaurant capacity as virus spreads

Jul. 9, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday capped restaurants at half of their capacity but declined to shut them down entirely as he looks to beat back one of the world's largest outbreaks of the coronavirus. Ducey also said the state will increase testing with a focus on low-income areas of...

House ethics chair drops probe of Arizona lawmaker

Jul. 8, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The head of a special Arizona House ethics committee on Wednesday said he was dropping an investigation into the actions of a fellow Republican lawmaker who faced complaints that he engaged in an improper relationship with a lobbyist and helped her avoid a tax seizure. Rep. John...

Ducey orders flag honor for pilot killed in wildfire fight

Jul. 8, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff Wednesday for a pilot killed in a helicopter crash while helping fight a wildfire. The crash that killed Bryan Boatman of Glendale occurred Tuesday under unknown circumstances, officials said. The identity of...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, a trainer, top, at Mountainside Fitness, works with a client in Phoenix. Mountainside Fitness CEO Tom Hatten said Friday, July 3, he would keep his chain open for now. “We are going to stay open until we have our day in court, which is Monday morning,” Hatten said at a Mountainside location in Scottsdale. “If the court does not allow a stay, we will comply and respect the court’s decision. We will deal with being closed again.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Health club chain loses bid to stop Arizona shutdown order

Jul. 7, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected a request by an Arizona health club chain to stop enforcement of Gov. Doug Ducey’s shutdown of gyms, leading the fitness business to temporarily close its doors after disobeying the governor's order for a week as Arizona experienced a sharp increase in coronavirus...