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Some of Arizona’s COVID-19 metrics seem to be moving in the right direction, but the state’s numbers are still generally high. A leading public health expert on what other actions he’d like the state to take to slow the spread. Plus, how a census undercount could impact Arizona’s health care system and social services. That and more on The Show. 

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Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman presented a revised plan to reopen the state’s schools, but they left some key questions on the table. Public health benchmarks will be used to guide a full return to classrooms, for example, but the Arizona Department of Health Services is not set to release those benchmarks until August 7.
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Following decades of efforts to fight confederate monuments in Arizona, two of them were removed this week. We'll hear our Friday NewsCap panelists will analyze that and the state’s other top stories. And Arizona Theatre Company’s new associate artistic director on her aim to bring diversity on and off stage. That and more on The Show.

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If you’re looking for a little zen and a little cool, the Red Rocks Farm’s lavender festival is going on for one more weekend. It’s up in Concho, Arizona which is just east of Show Low, and has activities from lavender picking to lessons on how to cook with it.
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State officials continue to encourage Arizonans who want to get tested for the coronavirus to take advantage of the testing surge. The importance of rapid testing to the ability to reopen more of the state. And, Congressman and former presidential candidate Eric Swalwell, on whether bipartisanship in Congress is still possible. That and more on The Show.

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Congressman Eric Swalwell of California is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and asked questions of the witnesses during the impeachment proceedings. Swalwell has a new book, "Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump," that lays out his perspectives on what happened and why.
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Wearing a mask and practicing social distancing are considered effective ways of reducing the spread of COVID-19. We'll hear the role and challenges of contact tracing in mitigating the virus. And federal agencies are delaying new DACA applications. That and more on The Show.

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Two confederate monuments on Arizona state land were removed overnight by the private organization that placed them there several decades ago. State officials agreed Wednesday to an offer by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
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The Navajo Nation had been one of the parts of the country most affected by the pandemic. The challenges of slowing the spread when many residents don’t have clean water. And, more firefighters are testing positive for COVID-19 as they continue to work on the front lines. That and more on The Show.

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A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in a long-running dispute over whether he broke federal law when he pushed a 2016 ballot measure increasing withdrawals from the state land trust to fund education.

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