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Members of the Arizona National Guard pack and sort food items at a food bank Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. The Guard was at the food bank performing one of their first missions since they were activated by Gov. Doug Ducey to bolster the supply chain for food amid surging demand in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona National Guard work picks up as virus cases rise

Mar. 26, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona National Guard stepped up its efforts to bolster the supply of food Thursday as a few dozen soldiers packed boxes at food banks seeing a surge in demand and others prepared to move goods between warehouses and grocery stores. Thursday's food bank missions in Mesa and Tucson...

Patricia Vasquez, middle, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, takes notes as she and fellow colleagues join staffers from the Arizona health department as they tour the currently closed St. Luke's Medical Center hospital to see the viability of reopening the facility for possible future use due to the coronavirus Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Army Corps of Engineers aids Arizona as virus surge looms

Mar. 25, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Officials from Arizona's health department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent hours Wednesday scouring a shuttered Phoenix hospital to see how quickly it could be running if an expected surge of coronavirus cases hits. The state is looking to reopen two closed Phoenix hospitals and...

Some sheriffs ask to reduce jail population amid virus worry

Mar. 21, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The risks from coronavirus are leading to criminal justice changes in Arizona that would have previously seemed impossible in such a law-and-order state: Some elected sheriffs are calling for the release of certain offenders from jail and urging police agencies to issue citations rather than...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman delivers a public statement during a public meeting at the Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, in Las Vegas. Goodwin is bucking closures as the new coronavirus outbreak spreads, calling for Nevada's governor to cut in half his order shutting the state's casinos for at least 30 days. Gov. Steve Sisolak responded strongly Friday, March 20, 2020, without naming Goodman. He said elected officials have to understand the severity of the situation and become part of the solution. (Elizabeth Page Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP,File)

Las Vegas mayor, Nevada governor spar over casino closures

Mar. 21, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — While Nevada's governor joined other U.S. officials invoking extraordinary measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the mayor of Las Vegas is pushing back against a shutdown of the casinos that power the city and the state economy. Governors in California, New York and Illinois...

HOLD FOR USE WITH STORY MOVING THURSDAY, MARCH 19,2020-FILE - This Sept. 9, 2012 file photo shows the entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe. Native American tribes across the U.S. for weeks have been shutting down casinos, hotels and tourist destinations, and shoring up services amid worries that the spread of the coronavirus quickly could overwhelm a chronically underfunded health care system and affect a population that suffers disproportionately from cancer, diabetes and some respiratory diseases. (AP Photo/Kristi Eaton, File)

Tribes take measures to slow spread of new coronavirus

Mar. 21, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Sharon Bahe has made her home on the Navajo Nation a refuge, placing cedar branches and burning sage to help purify the space and praying for protection for herself and her children home from boarding school and a toddler with severe asthma. Her community of about 500 in northern...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, serves meals to school children Thursday, March 19, 2020, outside Sunset Elementary School in Phoenix. With all state schools shut down due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, many districts are continuing their distribution of breakfast and lunch curbside to kids 18 and under. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona governor calls up National Guard, halts surgeries

Mar. 20, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he's activating the National Guard to help grocery stores and food banks, halting elective surgeries and closing businesses in areas with known cases of COVID-19. Ducey intensified his response to the coronavirus outbreak under growing pressure from...

An Arizona voter leaves the polling station after casting his ballot in the Arizona presidential preference election Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Biden wins Arizona Democratic primary in coronavirus shadow

Mar. 17, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Biden won the Arizona Democratic primary Tuesday after the state pressed ahead with its election in the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak that has crippled parts of the nation. Arizona Democrats, some wearing gloves or masks as a protective measure against COVID-19, helped push the...

Arizona coronavirus cases grow slightly; total now at 12

Mar. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has three more cases of the coronavirus, raising the state's total to 12 and including the first in rural Graham County where a town's school district had already shut down before test results were available on a school employee who now has tested positive, officials said Saturday....

In-court legal proceedings in Vegas scaled back due to virus

Mar. 14, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

Nevada's efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak now include not starting new jury trials and trying to avoid holding courtroom hearings in state courts for Las Vegas. The Eighth Judicial District issued a statement Friday night announcing those steps and others to protect the community during the pandemic....

Virus fears leave Arizona schools, lawmakers scrambling

Mar. 13, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Concerns over the coronavirus pandemic led some schools in Arizona to announce closures on Friday while others opted to remain open. And just days before the Democratic presidential primary, there was a tempest over the mailing of ballots while the Legislature considered its next steps in...