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Doctors Without Borders Calls On Mexico To Release Detained Migrants
Doctors Without Borders is calling on Mexican authorities to release all migrants in detention centers because of overcrowding and lack of medical care. Detained migrants have also been protesting poor conditions and calling for protection from the coronavirus.
April 7, 2020
Dairy Farmers Forced To Dump Milk Due To Business Closures
Arizona dairy farmers are dumping more 100,000 gallons of milk per day because of slowed-down restaurant service, shut-down school cafeterias and canceled catered events.
April 7, 2020
How One Salon Owners Clients Are Helping Her Through The Pandemic
Salons, barbershops, massage parlors and other personal services have joined the list of businesses forced to close as the state tries to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
April 7, 2020
Ducey Signs Commutation Papers For 3 Ill Inmates
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed the commutations papers for three people incarcerated in state prisons who were approved for release based on their imminent death. There are five people in state prisons who have been approved for release based on recommendations from the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency.
April 7, 2020
Small Restaurants Struggle To Operate During Coronavirus Pandemic
Gov. Doug Ducey’s order to protect small businesses from eviction applied to businesses with fewer than 500 employees — like many of the local bars and restaurants that have been forced to close to dine-in guests. Still, many businesses face the challenge of securing revenue.
April 7, 2020
AZ Democratic Party Moves To Mail-In Process For Delegate Selection
The Arizona Democratic Party will use a mail-in system to select delegates prior to the national convention which has been moved from July to August due to the coronavirus.
April 7, 2020
HBOs The Scheme Probes FBI Investigation Into NCAA Coaches
A new HBO documentary called "The Scheme" focuses on an FBI investigation and a man named Christian Dawkins, who worked for an NBA agent and became the center of the investigation for allegedly helping to funnel money to high school players.
April 7, 2020
SRP Holds In-Person Voting Tuesday
There is a drive-through voting option at main SRP headquarters at 1500 N. Mill Avenue in Tempe. That site is open until 7 p.m. for voting. If you received an early ballot by mail, you can drop it off there. There are two other drop-off locations: 221 N. 79th Ave. in Tolleson and 3160 S. Alma School Road in Mesa. Those also close at 7 p.m.
April 7, 2020
2nd COVID-19 Case At ICE La Palma Correctional Center
Another immigrant in federal custody in Arizona has now tested positive for COVID-19. An ICE spokeswoman confirmed that a 24-year-old Guatemalan national being held at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy was diagnosed.
April 7, 2020
Customs And Border Protection: 160 Employees Infected With COVID-19
Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, employs 60,000 people. On Monday, the agency gave some insight into how many of those employees have been infected by the coronavirus and are now suffering from COVID-19.
April 7, 2020
Secretary Of State Supports Collecting Initiative Signatures Electronically
As initiative drives are held up by stay-at-home rules, Arizona's chief elections officer announced she will not oppose an effort to collect the remaining signatures needed online. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs noted on Monday the state already has a system allowing political candidates to circulate nominating petitions online.
April 7, 2020
Heres What Happened This Week In Arizona History
This week in 1919, a Victory Fair opened in Tucson to celebrate the end of World War I. A squadron of military airplanes flew from San Diego to present an aerial exhibition, and troops of the 10th Cavalry from Fort Huachuca marched in the parade. A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
April 7, 2020
Phoenix Police Department Honors Commander Killed In The Line Of Duty
The city of Phoenix honored the life of a police commander killed in the line of duty last month. Social distancing restrictions limited the usual ceremonies seen at police funerals. The services for Cmdr. Greg Carnicle were held virtually on Tuesday morning, including a moment of silence and the playing of “Taps.”
April 7, 2020
Phoenix Limits Bus Riders, Considers Convention Center As Hospital
Business at the Phoenix Convention Center has disappeared since the coronavirus outbreak, but the crisis could lead to a new use. On Monday, Assistant City Manager Milton Dohoney told the council he’s been approached about the convention center being used as an alternative medical facility.
April 7, 2020
Arizona Caregiver Tries To Navigate State Unemployment System
Almost 250,000 people filed new unemployment claims in Arizona over the last three weeks. Near the end of the first week, Gov. Doug Ducey gave an order that people who lost their jobs because of COVID-19 would not have to show they’d looked for new work to qualify for help. Days later, through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, Jeanne Apelseth asked why the state’s system still wanted her to list jobs she’d applied for.
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April 7, 2020
Word S3 E6: National Poetry Month
It’s National Poetry Month. And even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shutter brick and mortar performance spaces, poets conquer with technology to stay in contact with audiences and promote their writing.
April 7, 2020
Nevada Communitys Only Grocery Store Closes
The Nevada community of Laughlin south of Las Vegas lost its only grocery store last week reportedly because of inventory shortages, but its neighbor across the Colorado River — Bullhead City, Arizona — has plenty of options for both communities.
April 6, 2020
Parenting In A Pandemic: How To Survive
Parenting is a tough job in the best of circumstances. But parenting in a pandemic? It can be overwhelming and exhausting. Just ask KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie, who wrote this story in between homeschooling her own child.
April 6, 2020
All Felines, Including House Cats, Can Contract Coronavirus From Humans
An employee at the Bronx Zoo has reportedly passed the coronavirus onto a tiger. The report Sunday of the transmission is the first case of its kind in the nation, according to the USDA. But Phoenix Zoo veterinarian Dr. Gary West said he’s not surprised by the news.
April 6, 2020
Navajo Officials Order Weekend Curfew
Navajo officials have ordered a weekend curfew starting Friday night and ending Monday morning to slow the spread of COVID-19. There are 384 cases on the Navajo Nation and 15 confirmed deaths as of Monday.
April 6, 2020

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