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Patricia Santos, left, and her daughter Malia Santos mark their vehicle prior to a car rally Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at the Capitol in Phoenix. A coalition of voting rights groups in Arizona have banded together with a lofty goal of getting one million people to vote this November. (AP Photo/Matt York)

In Arizona, groups aim for 1 million voters to oust Trump

Aug. 13, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A coalition of voting rights groups in Arizona has banded together with the lofty goal of getting one million people to vote against President Donald Trump this November. The new group, Mi AZ, launched Thursday with a car rally outside state government offices in Phoenix. It’s...

Ducey backs schools reopening without hitting virus metrics

Aug. 13, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he was supportive of school districts that have decided to fully reopen for in-person instruction even though their counties don’t meet the guidelines for controlling the spread of coronavirus that his own health director designed. Ducey defended...

A rental sign is posted in front of an apartment complex Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Phoenix. Housing advocacy groups have joined lawmakers lobbying Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-era moratorium on evictions when it expires, when the 120-day order ending July 22 was supposed to ensure people would not lose their homes if they fell ill to COVID-19 or lost jobs in the pandemic's economic fallout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona landlords ask high court to invalidate eviction ban

Aug. 13, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Landlord advocacy groups filed a special action with the Arizona State Supreme Court Wednesday seeking to invalidate as unconstitutional Gov. Doug Ducey's moratorium on evictions of people who have missed rent payments because they became ill or lost their income due to the coronavirus. The...

Official paid $95,000 to run unemployment agency for 75 days

Aug. 12, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A retired state administrator was paid almost $95,000 to run the Arizona Department of Economic Security for 75 days as the agency worked to process a crush of unemployment claims. Tom Betlach ran the agency from March 20 through June 3 as it struggled to reprogram its computer system to...

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Pence brings "tough on crime," religion push to Arizona

Aug. 11, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence swung through Arizona Tuesday to shore up two key constituencies the Trump campaign needs to win in November, backing from law enforcement and religious voters. Pence brought President Donald Trump’s tough-on-crime message to Tucson, telling a group of...

Arizona unveils reopening plan for bars, gyms, water parks

Aug. 10, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gyms, bars and water parks in Arizona that were ordered closed six weeks ago by Gov. Doug Ducey due to the pandemic will be able to reopen at a limited capacity and with health precautions once the spread of the virus within their county is downgraded to moderate or minimal, state officials...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Arizona health experts urge more tests as testing declines

Aug. 8, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Public health experts and officials in Arizona say a decline in coronavirus testing last month has made it challenging to understand the virus and implement measures to limit its spread. Diagnostic tests for COVID-19 dropped from an average of more than 107,000 tests a week from late June to...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

FILE - A trainer and club member at Mountainside Fitness, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix, which has challenged Gov. Doug Ducey's gym shutdown order. A judge heard arguments Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in the challenge filed by Mountainside Fitness and another health club chain. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arizona's reported virus cases fall as gym standoff sharpens

Aug. 7, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The standoff between Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and health club owners sharpened Friday as a judge rejected the governor's request to delay the process for reopening health clubs now closed for five weeks because of the pandemic. Judge Timothy Thomason's ruling came as confirmed cases...