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Americans can now get free at-home COVID-19 tests and will soon be able to get free N95 masks. Will these steps reduce the inequities we’ve seen during the pandemic? Plus, a look at what to expect this week at the state Capitol. That and more on The Show.

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Many working families have been struggling throughout the pandemic, from health care costs to finding child care, to buying masks and at-home tests. How free N95 masks and at-home COVID-19 tests could reduce some of the inequalities seen since the pandemic began.
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Progressive frustration with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema continues to grow, as she voted against changing the filibuster. Our Friday NewsCap panelists weigh in on that and the state’s other top stories. Plus, an Egyptian humorist who fled his home country explains why the pandemic hasn’t stopped his comedy. That and more on The Show.

Chad Campbell and Lorna Romero
The past week saw Sen. Sinema supporting the filibuster, much to the frustration of her progressive colleagues and voters. And in Arizona, the deadline for the state's education spending cap is fast approaching, with debated action.
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Arizona hospitals continue to be overwhelmed, both by COVID-19 and non-COVID patients. Would COVID-only hospitals help alleviate the strain on the entire health care system? Plus, the U.S. Interior Department is looking into how to change offensive names on federal land. That and more on The Show.

In Arizona hospitals, cases continue to rise, with just 5% of inpatient beds available as of Jan. 20. So the question of what comes next in this seemingly never-ending pandemic looms. And Mike Meyer argues we should be prepared for the worst.
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The state’s K-12 public schools could face budget cuts and layoffs if the Legislature doesn’t take action on a spending limit. Superintendent Kathy Hoffman tells us her concerns and what needs to change. Plus, why some National Park officials think efforts to encourage more visitors during the pandemic may have worked a little too well. That and more on The Show.

Kathy Hoffman
If the Arizona Legislature does not lift or extend a 40-year rule on spending caps for schools, many schools could be forced to lay off teachers or even close this spring.
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The term “systemic racism” has been applied to many of our country’s institutions. We’ll hear how the phrase is shaping conversations about voting and the economy. Plus, a look inside the medical industry and who gets to decide what counts as unhealthy. That and more on The Show. 

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A woman shot by Border Patrol has filed a claim against the U.S. government. The Show spoke with the New York Times' Eileen Sullivan, who covers the Department of Homeland Security, to learn more about Border Patrol's record.

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