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National

US is expected to report a record-breaking economic plunge

Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about any sustained recovery the rest of the year. A huge plunge in consumer spending as people stayed home and avoided shopping, traveling or gathering in crowds as the virus raged is

Education

With little guidance, schools offer range of ‘pandemic schooling’ plans

When Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman ordered state schools to open for some type of in-person instruction on Aug. 17, they gave school administrators the flexibility to design a plan that best suits their districts. What they didn’t give them were directions on how to plan for what one educator called

International

Very different, symbolic hajj in Saudi Arabia amid virus

Muslim pilgrims, donning face masks and moving in small groups after days in isolation, began arriving at Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Wednesday for the start of a historically unique and scaled-down hajj experience reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. The hajj is one of Islam’s most important requirements, performed once in a lifetime. It

State

Arizonans doing 1/3 less exercise than before the pandemic began, reveals survey

Couch Potatoes? The average Arizonan is doing 29% less exercise than before the pandemic began, reveals survey. Arizonans have watched an average of 394 hours of TV during lockdown. 1 in 3 left unemployed have spent their time binge watching TV. 57% say they have enjoyed being lazy during lockdown. Half of those working from home admit watching TV during work

Opinion

Opinion: Enough Made for TV; Make Political Conventions for the Voters – Point

In America’s first century, when travel was arduous and news was mostly local, making decisions with people of other cities and states, and sharing the opinions of your neighbors back home, required a formal gathering of citizens from near and far. It’s one reason behind the creation of the Electoral College, and why political parties

National

McSally, Colleagues Introduce Updated Bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Bill

U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Thursday reintroduced bipartisan legislation co-authored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2020, which originally passed out of the committee on a bipartisan 19-9 vote, including all committee Democrats. Joining McSally and Grassley in introducing the bipartisan legislation as original co-sponsors are Sens.

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