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Child care centers can get a share of $47 million in grants to help them keep their doors open and, if they want, make or keep their rates affordable.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is defending hard-and-fast limits on when businesses can reopen even while saying it's OK for schools to send children back to class -- even if local health conditions do not meet the guidelines set by his own state health director.

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he latest report from Arizona Department of Health Services shows the state percentage for infections has now dropped to 12.2%.

By Dan Engler August 13, 2020
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Landlords and mobile home park owners from around the state are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to void an executive order by Gov. Doug Ducey blocking evictions of tenants who do not pay their rent.

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The good news far outweighs the bad on the COVID-19 front. For the third time in four days, Arizona is reporting less than 1,000 new infections in a 24-hour period of documentation. Once again the state’s cumulative positive-test ratio continues its daily decline, now lowered to 12.3%.

By Dan Engler August 12, 2020
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For any teen, getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage – a small taste of freedom in their adolescent lives.

By Farah Eltohamy, Cronkite News August 12, 2020
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As social distancing and isolation continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many states across the country are reporting an increase in reported drug overdoses and suicides, including Arizona.

By Haley Lorenzen, Cronkite News August 12, 2020
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The number of people on Arizona’s Medicaid rolls topped 2 million this summer, after a five-month surge in enrollment that coincided with COVID-19’s hit to the state’s health and its economy.

By Blake Freas, Cronkite News August 12, 2020
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The owners of a Mesa water park are suing to be allowed to reopen, claiming the policy of Gov. Doug Ducey that keeps it shuttered is discriminatory.

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A judge has slapped back a bid by a Republican-dominated legislative panel to give voters what he concluded was a biased description of a proposed tax to fund education.

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ADHS Tuesday morning data shows weekly positive-test results have dipped down to 5% in the past week. That compares with high marks of 20% during the weeks of June 21 and June 28.

By Dan Engler August 11, 2020
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Arizonans whose enhanced jobless benefits ran out this week may get a chance for some additional cash — but it will depend on Gov. Doug Ducey.

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Under pressure from a court order, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed Monday to provide a"road map" to allow not just gyms and fitness centers to reopen eventually but also movie theaters, water parks and even some bars — but not just yet.

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Firefighters have worked in triple degree heat getting the Bumble Bee Fire to a high level of containment, reducing the threat to area communities by Saturday, according to a report from Prescott National Forest.

By Staff report August 10, 2020
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Arizona has now seen less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for two consecutive days. The state’s positive-test ratio has dropped to 12.4% and Arizona intensive care units are down to 81% capacity.

By Dan Engler August 10, 2020
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Firefighters made progress this weekend on the Bumble Bee Fire west of I-17 in the Bradshaw Mountain foothills, according to a report Sunday from Prescott National Forest.

By Jason W. Brooks August 9, 2020
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The latest police data show reported crimes fell in Phoenix and Tucson during the second quarter of the year, a period in which Arizonans were largely confined to their homes by the governor’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

By Brett Bavcevic, Cronkite News August 9, 2020
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One group of volunteers was concerned about the homeless, so they donated clothes and shoes.

By Anthony Wallace, News21 via Cronkite News August 9, 2020
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Voters who signed petitions to legalize the recreational use of marijuana were not misled, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith ruled late Friday, and the measure can be on the ballot.

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Arizonans are entitled to vote in November on a measure to give judges more discretion in imposing sentences on criminals according to a new court ruling.

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Organizers of a proposed tax on the wealthy to fund education are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn a trial judge's ruling that the measure is legally unfit to go on the November ballot.

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Gov. Doug Ducey isn't going to get additional time to fight a judge's order that he have a process in place by Tuesday to allow gyms and fitness centers to seek to reopen.

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A ew statewide survey of likely voters shows that most Arizonans are not comfortable with the idea, even if the state gives the go-ahead to reinhabit classrooms.

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"We think it's going to be several weeks before any county meets those benchmarks,'' said state Health Director Cara Christ. "But we do see it trending down within the next month.''

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Arizona renters may have breathed a sigh of relief last month when Gov. Doug Ducey extended the state moratorium on residential evictions to Oct. 31.

By Blake Freas, Cronkite News August 6, 2020

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