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Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey arrives for a news conference to talk about the latest Arizona COVID-19 information Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Hospitals call on Arizona to act as COVID-19 surge mounts

Dec. 2, 2020 9:27 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Top hospital officials across Arizona urged the state Wednesday to take more action to stop the spread of COVID-19, making a bleak projection thst the health care system could go beyond capacity later this month. Gov. Doug Ducey acknowledged “the numbers in Arizona are heading in the...

Arizona history Dec. 6-12

Dec. 2, 2020 12:10 PM EST

Sunday, Dec. 6 On this date in 1913, the U.S. District Court awarded the 100,000 remaining acres of the Baca Float grant in southern Arizona to the heirs of the original grant. On this date in 1921, Yuma’s business section was gutted by a $250,000 fire. On this date in 2012, Arizona’s first legal...

Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...

Tucson to have 3-week nightly curfew to slow COVID-19 spread

Dec. 1, 2020 9:35 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero said...

Tucson considers curfew to slow spread of coronavirus

Nov. 30, 2020 7:36 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Tucson’s mayor called Monday for a nighttime curfew to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. Democratic Mayor Regina Romero invited a confrontation with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who...

Arizona history Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Nov. 25, 2020 5:30 PM EST

Sunday, Nov. 29 On this date in 1877, the first Mormon settlers arrived on the San Pedro River to found what is now the town of St. David. On this date in 1919, heavy floods swept down the Hassayampa and Verde Rivers. A 14-foot (4-meter) head of water passed Jerome. On this date in 1927, the Colorado River...

FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to be tested for COVID-19 at Cesar Chavez City Park in Phoenix. Arizona hospital officials are pleading with people to avoid large Thanksgiving dinners as soaring coronavirus infections put pressure on the state's medical system. Banner Health forecasts it will hit 125 percent of its licensed capacity around Dec. 4. (AP Photo/Matt York,File)

Officials urge Thanksgiving caution as virus cases soar

Nov. 24, 2020 6:53 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona hospital officials pleaded Tuesday for people to avoid large Thanksgiving dinners as soaring coronavirus infections put pressure on the state's medical system. Banner Health, Arizona’s largest hospital chain, forecasts it will hit 125 percent of its licensed capacity around...

Travelers leave the AirTrain at JKF International Airport Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in New York. Rising U.S. coronavirus cases, a new round of state lockdowns and public health guidance discouraging trips are dampening enthusiasm for what is usually the biggest travel period of the year. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Nov. 23, 2020 10:43 PM EST

About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. And the crowds are only expected to grow. Next Sunday is likely to be the busiest day of the...

Construction continues on the new flamingo habitat at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Reid Park Zoo is taking the next steps in an ambitious decade-long, $80 million expansion plan. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Tucson zoo prepares to start next phase of expansion

Nov. 22, 2020 1:15 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo is taking the next steps in an ambitious decade-long, $80 million expansion plan. The zoo is adding more acres this spring to accommodate a bigger tiger habitat, an aviary and other improvements, the Arizona Daily Star reported. The incoming new animal...

Arizona history Nov. 22-28

Nov. 18, 2020 12:40 PM EST

Sunday, Nov. 22 On this date in 1888, the Florence stage was held up and the two robbers got the Wells-Fargo strong box and $26 in cash. On this date in 1888, the Sacaton Indian School at Florence was destroyed by fire. On this date in 1902, the Consolidated Mines Co. reopened the Tombstone silver mines. On this...