Florida Tops 200,000 Coronavirus Cases as ICU Beds Fill Up in Some Tampa Bay-Area Hospitals

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As Coronavirus Spreads, So Do Mandatory Mask Policies

More state and local leaders are passing mandatory mask policies—including California on Thursday—to help slow the spread of coronavirus, which is rising in some places as restrictions are loosened.

Health Experts Link Rise In Arizona Covid-19 Cases To End Of Stay-At-Home Order

The weekly average of daily cases is more than doubled from two weeks ago, while hospitalizations also increased.

Cities Take Lead on Coronavirus Response At Times, Leading to Friction With States

Debates over state and local authority could come into play going forward as government leaders decide on how to dial back restrictions and restart the economy.

A School on Navajo Nation Stayed Open. Then People Started Showing Symptoms.

The federal government has released little information about the spread of coronavirus in Navajo schools. Now, some students and school staff are sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

One State Becomes First in the Nation to Preempt City Natural Gas Bans

No cities in Arizona have banned gas stoves or other residential uses of natural gas. The state wants to keep it that way.

Seeking to Deter Would-Be Social Media Stars, Legislator Wants to Crack Down on Ice Cream Licking

A bill in Arizona would make it illegal for people to lick ice cream and return it to the store shelf, a response to a video that went viral last summer.

Census Talk with an Arizona Mayor

Mesa Mayor John Giles is an active participant in his city's census preparation and was an outspoken critic of a proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 survey.

Trump’s Border Wall Threatens an Arizona Oasis

COMMENTARY | Many fear that the thirty-foot wall with nighttime floodlighting will harm wildlife, lower the water table and destroy archaeological treasures.

The Tumultuous Life of an Independent Redistricting Commissioner

The independent chairwoman of Arizona's citizen-led redistricting commission became the target of intense organized opposition from tea party-inspired residents and Republican lawmakers to her leadership and the new maps she supported.

The States Where Public University Tuition Rates Rose the Most After Big Budget Cuts

Tuition rates at four-year public colleges climbed 37% over the last decade as states have slashed education funding.

Suburban Growth is Pressuring Groundwater Supplies in a Dry Western State

A new report describes how an Arizona program designed to replenish the water is facing challenges.

A City Looks at Wastewater for Clues in the Opioid Fight

Tempe, Arizona tests the waters to glean data about the spread of dangerous drugs.

The Right to Bear Nunchucks

Arizona residents can legally possess nunchucks, now that a new state law has gone into effect.

Voter Access Matters in 2020, and These Lawmakers Know It

Republicans tightened laws in a few key states. Democrats, meanwhile, opened access.

Arizona Targets Purdue in Opioid Crisis Suit Filed Straight to Supreme Court

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Reform school abuse in Pennsylvania … Ignored police body cam policy in Chicago …Considering a casino deal in Connecticut.

States Authorize Ridesharing for Medical Transport

Medicaid recipients in Arizona can now use Lyft to travel to non-emergency medical appointments, with similar laws on the way in Florida and Texas.

Figuring Out Exactly Where Hard-to-Count People Live

In New York, California and other states, officials are focused on how to ensure the U.S. Census counts everybody. That means investing money and conducting research to identify where to spend it.

Some Arizona Republicans Pushing a State Tax Hike for Education

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Arizona Mayor Declares Emergency as Border Patrol Increases Migrant Releases

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