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Ducey: Schools will re-open in fall, youth sports can resume

May. 28, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Youth sports and summer day camps can resume, and schools will re-open in the fall following closures because of the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Thursday. Schools chief Kathy Hoffman next week will outline how schools will operate, Ducey said, but it won't be a complete...

Arizona local governments get $440 million for coronavirus

May. 27, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona cities and counties will get $440 million in federal money to help them deal with budget issues stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Wednesday. The money will come from $1.9 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds that Ducey can spend at his...

Brian Morris, owner of Freeride Bike Company in Gilbert, Ariz., poses in the store Friday, May 22, 2020. Morris faced a difficult scenario when the coronavirus pandemic started leading to shutdowns across the nation. If Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey opted to include bike shops among the businesses deemed nonessential, Freeride Bike Company, which he owns with his wife Ashleigh, would have to shutter its doors for who knows how long.
When Ducey deemed bike shops essential, it turned out to be huge boon for their business as cooped-up Americans sought ways to go outside and get moving. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

Sporting goods industry hit or miss during pandemic

May. 27, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Brian Morris faced a difficult scenario when the coronavirus pandemic started leading to shutdowns across the nation. If Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey opted to include bike shops among the businesses deemed nonessential, Freeride Bike Company, which he owns with his wife Ashleigh, would...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Rough start to the year for Mexican gray wolves, cattle

May. 26, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that died in the first four months of the year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a...

Arizona Senate adjourns without taking up coronavirus bills

May. 26, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate abruptly adjourned for the year Tuesday, leaving for an expected special session legislation protecting businesses from liability lawsuits if their employees or patrons contract the coronavirus. The liability proposal passed by the House last week had faced an uphill...

Arizona child care centers struggle to survive during virus

May. 25, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Less than a third of Arizona’s preschools and child care centers remain open as the industry struggles with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Requests for child care remain low despite Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's call for Arizona to gradually reopen following a...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, Jerry A Mann, center, is held by his grandmother, Sylvia Rubio, as he is tested for COVID-19 by the San Antonio Fire Department at a free walk-up test site in San Antonio. Public health officials have said robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

CDC, states' reporting of virus test data causes confusion

May. 24, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming — and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed. But states are...

Pima County leaders drop some state rules involving virus

May. 24, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors has voted to amend some of its health code regulations intended to protect employees and customers as businesses begin to reopen across Arizona. The original regulations included occupancy limitations, protective-equipment requirements,...

Arizona social-service agency's interim head to leave June 3

May. 23, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The interim director of Arizona's social-services agency will step down in a week after coming out of retirement to temporarily help guide the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Tom Betlach will depart the Department of Economic Security on June 3 and Gov. Doug Ducey's office said...

Arizona Senate to take up series of House measures Tuesday

May. 22, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz (AP) — The Arizona Senate plans to return to the Capitol on Tuesday to deal with measures the House enacted this week. It also will take up 28 House bills that have been awaiting votes since the Legislature halted major work in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Senate...