February 2021

The Show on KJZZ

Unemployment benefits
Arizona has long had one of the nation’s lowest weekly unemployment benefits with a maximum payout of $240. Though it’s been mentioned in many legislative sessions, there hasn’t been a bipartisan push to increase that number. The Republic’s Laurie Roberts wrote a column about what lawmakers could or should do.
Feb. 8, 2021
Arizona Capitol building
The Arizona Senate today is poised to vote to hold the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt, for failing to turn over election materials lawmakers had demanded in a subpoena.
Feb. 8, 2021
Dr. Joe Gerald
As thousands of Arizonans are finally getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of new cases in Arizona is slowly starting to drop. But almost a year into the pandemic, people are getting stir crazy — and after Super Bowl parties, there's some concern those numbers could climb back up in the coming weeks.
Feb. 8, 2021
Oxygen tanks to treat COVID-19 in Mexico
In Mexico, oxygen has become a rare, expensive and sometimes risky commodity as the pandemic keeps hitting hard. But it's a necessity as crowded or expensive hospitals have forced some in Mexico City to care for sick family members at home.<br><small><b>→ <a href="https://fronterasdesk.org/" target="_blank">More Fronteras Desk News</a></small></b>
Feb. 8, 2021
person washing their hands
Seven Valley cities have decided to restart the process of shutting off water service for residents who don’t pay their bills. Most have not been doing it during the pandemic. The Arizona Republic found that more than 50,000 residents and businesses were behind on their bills as of the beginning of this year.
Feb. 5, 2021
vaccines
In Pima County, a misunderstanding between its health department and the state Department of Health Services has led to confusion over whether the county wanted a state-run vaccine point of distribution site — similar to what the Valley has at State Farm Stadium.
Feb. 5, 2021
Mark Brnovich
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich this week sued the Biden administration over an order to pause deportations. The AG has also announced a multistate, multimillion dollar settlement with the consulting firm McKinsey, related to the opioid epidemic, which will bring money to Arizona to help deal with the crisis.
Feb. 5, 2021
Julie Erfle and Barrett Marson
KJZZ's Friday NewsCap revisits some of the biggest stories of the week. The Show discussed the week in news with Julie Erfle of Erfle Uncuffed; and Barrett Marson of Marson Media.
Feb. 5, 2021
desks
This week, the state Senate Education Committee voted in favor of a bill that seeks to make low-income students eligible for the ESA program. If it passes, it’s estimated that about 60% of the state's public school students would be able to use taxpayer dollars to fund their education at a private or parochial school, or even homeschooling or a learning pod.
Feb. 4, 2021
Syringe
The European Union and the United States have secured hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses from private companies like Pfizer and AstraZeneca, but other less wealthy countries like Mexico are reserving billions of Sputnik V vaccines. For more about how Sputnik V is perceived in Mexico, The Show spoke with KJZZ's Rodrigo Cervantes.
Feb. 4, 2021

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