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Laboring To Remain Healthy: COVID-19 Takes Toll on Arizona Farmworkers

More than 7,200 Arizona agricultural workers have tested positive for COVID-19. The workers swing their machetes, chopping vegetables under the heat of a midmorning sun. When the migrant workers take a moment to wipe the sweat from their masked faces, they can see the wall along the Mexican border, not a half-mile distant. But before long,...

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‘I Instantly Knew He Was Dead’: Drug Overdoses Surge During Pandemic, Piling Tragedy Upon Tragedy

At least 87,000 people died of a drug overdose from September 2019-2020—the most deaths in a single year. It was a Tuesday afternoon, two months into the pandemic, when Theresa Guerrero got the call from her brother-in-law: Her son, Jacob, had been found unresponsive. She was standing in the middle of a Ross store in...

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A Vaccinated Arizona Lawmaker Got COVID, But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Vaccine

Out of the nearly 2.3 million people Arizonans fully vaccinated, less than .05% have been diagnosed with COVID. Arizona Rep. Alma Hernández announced last week that she had been diagnosed with COVID-19.  While that isn’t surprising more than a year into the pandemic, Hernandez’s case is notable because she’s already received both doses of the...

What to Do if You Get Denied the COVID Vaccine Because You’re Undocumented

“Stay there, and ask for an explanation,” Graciela Araujo said. “People have to speak up and fight for their rights because we do have rights here. The vaccine is available for everyone—for everyone.”

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Neighbors Hope for Relief From Crematorium Smoke As COVID-19 Deaths Decrease

More bodies are being cremated during the COVID-19 pandemic and some nearby residents worry about the impacts. Rows of cardboard boxes containing corpses line the walls of refrigerated storage containers, waiting for charred human remains to be cleared from the incineration chamber to make room for the next body. The cremations continue through the night...

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Here’s Where You Can Buy Recreational Weed in Arizona

Dozens of dispensaries have already been approved to sell recreational marijuana with more expected in the coming weeks. Adults age 21 and over can officially buy recreational weed from dispensaries across the state. The Arizona Department of Health Services has already approved dozens of dispensaries that once only sold medicinal to expand their sales to...

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How High Is Too High to Drive? Proposed Bill Would Set Limits for Weed DUI.

States like Nevada, Colorado, and Washington already have similar limits in place. A bill introduced in the Arizona Legislature would define exactly how much weed someone has to have in their system to be considered too high to drive. Currently, drivers can be convicted of driving under the influence if they have any level of...