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Immigration judges, attorneys and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyers are calling on the Department of Justice to close all immigration courts because it’s dangerous to hold people in public spaces as COVID-19 continues to spread.

By Frankie McLister, Cronkite News March 21, 2020
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Arizonans displaced from employment due to COVID-19 will be getting some financial relief.

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PHOENIX -- Arizonans will have more time to file their taxes this year.

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Ducey still reluctant to order Arizonans to stay home
First Arizona death of COVID-19 is Maricopa Co. man in his 50s

Gov. Doug Ducey insisted Friday he has no intent to order Arizonans to stay at home as his counterparts in New York and California have done.

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According to a news release sent out by Gov. Doug Ducey’s office Friday afternoon, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman today announced a two-week extension of school closures through Friday, April 10, due to the COVID-19 virus.

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A surge in coronavirus patients could overwhelm Arizona hospitals in the coming months if action is not taken now to expand hospital capacity and curb infections, according to a new study by the Harvard Global Health Institute.

By Christopher Scragg, Cronkite News March 20, 2020
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Grand Canyon National Park is still open, but the same cannot be said for lodging and food services in the park that will be shuttered for the next two months by concerns over coronavirus.

By Joshua Gerard Gargiulo, Cronkite News March 20, 2020
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Arizonans forced out of work due to COVID-19 may get jobless benefits.

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State lawmakers were moving late Thursday to adopt a no-growth budget to ensure Arizona government keeps operating, no matter what happens with COVID-19.

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Thursday, Yavapai County announced its first presumptive-positive case of the COVID-19 virus, according to a news release.

By Jason W. Brooks March 19, 2020
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Facing increased pressure, Gov. Doug Ducey late Thursday agreed to activate the National Guard, halt all elective surgeries and close all bars, gyms and movie theaters in any county where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 is rapidly changing, creating a significant challenge for U.S. public health departments, schools, community organizations and the public.

By Max Efrein, Special to The Verde Independent March 19, 2020
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One store advertised hand sanitizer at $60 a bottle. Another was accused of hawking it at $1 a squirt. Chain stores were accused of selling $26 thermometers and face masks at the “everyday low price” of $39.95 a pair, while a convenience store offered toilet paper at $10 a roll next to a sign reading: “This is not a joke.”

By REESE DUNKLIN and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press March 19, 2020
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More U.S. states and cities are battling the spread of COVID-19 with school closures, cancelations of public gatherings and businesses limiting services that require human contact.

By Valerie Gonzales and Victoria Stibrik, Cronkite News March 19, 2020
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The Senate gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill, the second such bill in two weeks, and immediately turned its attention to a third bill that could have a $1 trillion price tag.

By Jessica Myers, Cronkite News March 19, 2020
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Gov. Doug Ducey is defending his decision not to order the closure of bars and restaurants as has already occurred in the state's two largest cities and Flagstaff

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State lawmakers are weighing contingency plans in case public schools do not reopen soon -- or at all -- this school year.

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Efforts to quickly enact an $11.8 billion "baseline'' contingency budget for the coming fiscal year hit a snag Wednesday as some Republicans questioned what is -- and is not -- in the spending plan and Democrats are holding out for some priorities.

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Yavapai County Democrats followed statewide and the nationwide trends this week in overwhelmingly choosing former Vice President Joe Biden in the Tuesday, March 17, Presidential Preference Election.

By By Cindy Barks, Special to The Verde Independent March 18, 2020
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Facing an increasing risk of virus spread, the Republican-controlled House on Tuesday enacted a remote-voting plan for themselves that Democrats contend is designed largely to protect the GOP majority.

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Governor, other leaders advise staying home
Gatherings of 50 or more people discouraged

Planning to party for St. Patrick's Day? Gov. Doug Ducey has a word of advice: Don't.

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Facing an increasing risk of virus spread, the Republican-controlled House on Tuesday enacted a remote-voting plan for themselves that Democrats contend is designed largely to protect the GOP majority.

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Arizona public schools will be closed for at least the next two weeks.

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Arizona's top prosecutor is providing advice to state and local agencies on how to meet their legal obligations under the Open Meeting Law in the face of COVID-19.

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State lawmakers may finally be ready to rein in short-term rentals.

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