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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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Dennis Gastineau had a feeling it might happen.

By McKenzie Sadeghi, Cronkite News March 14, 2020
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At the historic Boston Marathon, Carla Simon will be writing her own piece of history.

By Lorenzino Estrada, Cronkite News March 14, 2020
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The Bureau of Land Management, which manages these herds, estimated last year there are 88,000 animals – more than three times as many as there should be.

By Madison Staten, Cronkite News March 12, 2020
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State lawmakers approved $55 million Thursday to provide resources for the Department of Health Services to deal with COVID-19.

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The state's top prosecutors wants lawmakers to consider whether Arizona needs a law to protect consumers from price gouging.

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State loses more than 47,000 jobs in January
Seasonally adjusted, jobless rate remains at 4.5 percent

The state seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained at 4.5 percent in January.

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A Senate panel on Wednesday approved what essentially amounts to finders-keepers legislation when it comes to roadkill.

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Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency Wednesday to give state officials more leeway and tools to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

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At 19, Kristine Rhodes was diagnosed with noninvasive cervical cancer. That led to a year of uncomfortable procedures and another battle – facing the stigma that cancer can carry in Native American communities.

By Gabrielle Zabat, Cronkite News March 12, 2020
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On the second floor of Flagstaff Medical Center, bright colors and Native American symbols burst from the walls – in murals painted in yellows, greens and blues.

By Concettina Giuliano, Cronkite News March 12, 2020

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