August 2020

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Students across the state are going back to school, some at their home computers while others return to their classrooms. According to the benchmarks released by the state Department of Health Services, no county currently meets the three criteria to reopen safely. But school leaders are free to decide otherwise, and some have.
Aug. 17, 2020
file folders
The Phoenix Police Department announced the launch of a new initiative to bring new attention to old crimes in July called Hot Desert, Cold Cases. It’ll mostly utilize the department’s social media reach to highlight unsolved cases from years’ past.
Aug. 17, 2020
A house for sale in north Glendale
A group of health plans that works with the state’s Medicaid program is aiming to revamp the way Arizona thinks about affordable housing. The Home Matters to Arizona Fund aims to raise more than $100 million over two years. It has already launched with a portion of that money and is looking at the first round of shovel-ready project applications.
Aug. 17, 2020
BBC look-ahead graphic
An eagerly awaited verdict in a trial over a political assassination in the Middle East and a major coronavirus experiment in Europe are both expected this week; they are among the top international stories of the coming days. To look at these stories and more, The Show spoke with the BBC’s Rob Hugh-Jones.
Aug. 17, 2020
Gov. Doug Ducey
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey agreed today to accept a federal offer of an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits to replace the $600 payments that expired at the end of last month. But the governor won't be using cash he has available to provide an optional state match.
Aug. 14, 2020
Phoenix Suns NBA bubble
It was an amazing finish, but an ultimately unhappy ending for the Suns, who finished as the only unbeaten team in the NBA bubble, yet still fell short of their first postseason appearance in a decade.
Aug. 14, 2020
Chad Campbell Jon Gabriel
Former legislative leader Chad Campbell of Strategies 360 and Jon Gabriel, editor in chief of and the King of Stuff, joined The Show to talk about lawsuits related to COVID-19 restrictions, a historic vice presidential choice and more.
Aug. 14, 2020
smoking ashtray
More than 60% of schools nationwide are located within a thousand feet of a store that sells tobacco products. That is among the findings of a new report from a trio of universities, which looked at 30 American cities. The analysis shows the number of Phoenix schools in close proximity to a tobacco retailer is lower than the national average, but other metrics are less positive.
Aug. 14, 2020
For rent sign now vacant
As the pandemic continues and millions of Americans are out of work because of it, concerns over a dramatic increase in evictions and homelessness have remained intense. New research says evictions could reach as high as 40 million by the end of this year if Congress doesn’t act to extend other moratoriums and assist renters.
Aug. 14, 2020
Governor Doug Ducey
When Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey or the state’s public health officials talk about benchmarks for reopening schools or businesses, they talk a lot about the percentage of COVID-19 tests that turn up positive. But the positivity rates the state reports are consistently lower than what’s reported by other sources. <br><small><b>→ <a href="" target="blank">Get The Latest News On The Coronavirus</a></small></b>
Aug. 14, 2020