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It’s important to have boots on the ground when battling wildfires. And come July 1, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will be able to start putting 1,400 more boots on the ground.

By Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News May 8, 2021
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It takes more time to clear a field since the COVID-19 pandemic began a year ago. Where there had been 25 workers in the field, there are now 15, to create social distance.

By Ryan Vlahovich, Cronkite News May 8, 2021
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A special open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act coverage drew 528,005 new enrollees nationwide in its first six weeks, with 9,569 of those consumers in Arizona, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

By Jacob Holter, Cronkite News May 7, 2021
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Senate President Karen Fann said Friday she may not pursue a controversial door-to-door canvass of some neighborhoods as part of its audit of the 2020 election returns.

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Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation to declare gun shops as "essential" and protect them, firearms manufacturers and even trade associations like the National Rifle Association from being sued by those who are killed or injured by their products.

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Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he won't appeal the official census numbers for Arizona despite the financial hit they will mean to the state.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is cutting off what some say has been an easy -- and unethical -- source of money for police and prosecutors.

May 7, 2021
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Political parties have no legal right to observe extra audits that counties perform on election equipment beyond those required by state law, a judge has ruled.

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Arizona's community colleges are now on the path to awarding four-year degrees if they want.

May 5, 2021
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State lawmakers cannot limit how much errant drivers have to pay the people they kill or injure, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

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Arizonans are going to have to start looking for work again later this month if they want to keep their unemployment benefits.

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Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out what is likely the last legal challenge remaining about the choice of Arizona voters of Joe Biden for president.

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The United States just recorded the most overdose deaths ever seen in a 12-month period – a grim milestone that highlights the weight of the coronavirus pandemic on the prolonged opioid epidemic, as well as the need for more solutions.

By Jamie Landers, Cronkite News May 2, 2021
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More than 1,600 people got their first COVID-19 vaccinations at a recent event targeting an especially vulnerable population – people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

By Jackie O’Neill, Cronkite News May 2, 2021
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With the number of vaccine doses being administered dropping, state health officials are finally agreeing to let doctors start immunizing their patients against COVID-19.

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A Twitter account being run by the man the Senate has overseeing the audit of the 2020 election is trying to get people to donate to a private operation to finance the operation -- a private operation that doesn't have to disclose its donors.

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Arizona schools remain free to suspend or expel students, no matter how young.

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On one of her first days working in an Arizona hospital, Kelsi Shawd placed the bodies of COVID-19 patients into cadaver bags.

By Mollie Jamison, Rylee Kirk, Izzy Koyama, Maya Leachman and Isaac Stone Simonelli, Special to the Cronkite News April 29, 2021
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When Gov. Doug Ducey sent hundreds of National Guard members to help at the border last week, the move may have been unexpected – but it was not unusual for the troops that have spent a year shuttling from one crisis to another.

By Molly Hudson, Cronkite News April 29, 2021
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Arizonans are entitled to see the policies and procedures being used in the Senate's audit of the 2020 election returns, a judge has ruled.

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Rejecting fears by doctors they could get arrested, Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed a new law restricting who can get an abortion.

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Tuesday, a judge said he has yet to be convinced that the rights of Maricopa County voters are being protected in the audit being conducted at the demand of the state Senate.

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Arizona is not going to get more representation in Washington.

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Arizona lawmakers, who began the year with one of the highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, are winding down a legislative session in which it appears only a few of those bills will survive.

By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News April 26, 2021

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