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News roundup: Drop in unemployment payments, Senate race tightens

Recent coverage impacting Southern Arizona, Aug. 12.

Sonora eases path for bacanora producers to sell products locally

A change allows authorized Bacanora producers to sell in shops for regional products without first having to obtain an expensive license.

LGBTQ groups pressure Sonoran congress on marriage equality

An advocate says barriers to marriage make same-sex couples even more vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Arizona unemployment payments see large drop

Last week was the first week that people on unemployment did not get a $600 federal addition.

Arizona Medicaid recipients topped 2 million after five-month surge

The surge follows skyrocketing unemployment in the state, as COVID-19 shutdowns have shuttered industries.

Child care centers outside of Tucson eligible for Pima County grants

The $2 million grant program will start accepting applications Friday.

Gap in U.S. Senate race narrows

Five points now separate the candidates in Arizona’s U.S. Senate campaign.

Pence Campaigns in Arizona

The Vice President stopped in Tucson to get the endorsement of the Arizona Police Association.

Census door-knocking starts today, facing tight deadline

The Census Bureau must count two in five Arizona households by Sept. 30.

PAC-12 cancels fall sports

Member universities including the University of Arizona will shutter their programs until 2021.

Border wall groundwater pumping threatens to push endangered species to 'brink of extinction'

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials worry water pumping will deplete the San Bernardino Valley springs and aquifer.

Navajo Nation president asks for leniency for federal death row inmate

Lezmond Mitchell is the sole Native American under a federal death sentence in the United States.

It's still unsafe to reopen schools for in-person learning, Pima County health experts say

The county isn't yet meeting any of its targets for containing the coronavirus.

Prisoners worry as COVID-19 spreads behind bars

More than 500 prisoners at one Tucson unit have tested positive.

Local church wants to open free COVID-19 test site

The church must get 50 people to pre-register before the event.

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