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Amalia Ayala, front, a resident of Las Brisas Sunset senior apartment complex in San Luis, Ariz., deposits saliva for her COVID-19 test during the ASU and Equality Health Foundation pilot program on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Free saliva tests engineered by Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute are administered in Yuma County's small border city of San Luis to disabled and older people living in subsidized housing. The tests have also been given to hundreds of farmworkers. (Cesar Neyoy/The Yuma Sun via AP)

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

Jan. 18, 2021 9:20 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have enough staff. The so-called winter lettuce capital of the U.S. also has lagged on coronavirus testing in heavily Hispanic neighborhoods and just ran out of...

Arizona reports 6,981 new COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths

Jan. 17, 2021 10:45 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 6,981 new COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths as the state remains among the worst in the nation for the coronavirus surge. The latest numbers from the state Department of Health Services increased the totals to 673,882 cases and 11,266 known deaths...

Most Phoenix airport baggage scales not inspected for years

Jan. 16, 2021 11:31 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Some state lawmakers are calling for enhanced oversight after an audit showed most baggage scales at metro Phoenix’s largest airport weren’t inspected for years. According to the Arizona Republic, state inspectors neglected to check the accuracy of most of luggage scales at...

Ducey plans big tax cuts, make-up summer school classes

Jan. 15, 2021 6:27 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing the largest tax cut in his seven years for the coming budget year while using savings from a pandemic-induced drop in school enrollment to pay for summertime make-up classes for K-12 students who have fallen behind because of virtual learning. The $12.6...

Arizona research to study coronavirus spread in Yuma sewage

Jan. 15, 2021 2:54 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona researchers are launching a project in Yuma County aimed at understanding the community spread of the coronavirus by studying the area’s wastewater. Gov. Doug Ducey in recent days announced $500,000 in federal relief dollars have been set aside for the sewage surveillance...

Arizona child safety department agrees to federal oversight

Jan. 15, 2021 2:50 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's department of child welfare has agreed to increased federal scrutiny after failing to provide proper translation services for families whose first language is not English. The state Department of Child Safety has entered into a voluntary settlement with federal officials and has...

Arizona Republicans figure prominently in election turmoil

Jan. 14, 2021 7:38 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Several Arizona lawmakers figure prominently in the controversy over the Republican effort to overturn President Donald Trump’s election loss and the ensuing chaos after a mob stormed the Capitol. From raising objections to the state’s election results to attending or...

ASU police officer killed in a motorcycle crash on freeway

Jan. 14, 2021 7:00 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona State University police officer died Thursday after his motorcycle crashed on a Tempe freeway, authorities said. Campus police said Officer Joseph Montgomery was pronounced dead at a hospital. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said Montgomery appeared to have...

Ducey: Trump 'bears some responsibility' for insurrection

Jan. 14, 2021 2:06 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that President Donald Trump “bears some responsibility” for the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week but he does not support impeachment. The focus should be on calming tensions, not retribution for Trump's misdeeds, the Republican...

Arizona to open 2nd state-run COVID-19 vaccination site

Jan. 14, 2021 11:03 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination program with plans that include opening another state-run site in metro Phoenix and new vaccine eligibility for additional older Arizona residents, officials said Thursday. The next vaccination site will open with daytime hours Feb. 1 at Phoenix...