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PHOENIX— Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday extended his stay-at-home order through May 15 but said he will allow some nonessential retail businesses to reopen with health precautions. The Republican governor said there are signs the spread of the new virus has slowed in the state, but there’s no clear indication that deaths and new cases are trending down. He can’t more fully reopen the state until that becomes clear, Ducey said. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Bob Christie. SENT: 810 words, AP Photos.
NATIONAL PARKS-CELLPHONES VS SILENCE
National parks are grappling with how to expand cellphone service while preserving the serenity of nature. While the plans are a lower priority for the National Park Service during the coronavirus pandemic, officials are intent on resolving the connectivity issue as states gradually start lifting restrictions. By Michelle A. Monroe and Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 840 words, AP Photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Residents on the Navajo Nation will be under another lockdown this weekend as the tribe seeks to keep the coronavirus from spreading even further into communities. The lockdown is the fourth the tribe has implemented. It comes around the first of the month when tribal members often travel to towns bordering the reservation to shop for food and other supplies. SENT: 340 words.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he is planning to travel to Arizona next week and is looking forward to resuming campaign rallies after spending more than a month mostly cooped up at the White House because of the coronavirus. Trump says he is looking forward to his Arizona trip next week and also hopes to visit Ohio soon despite the fact that much of the nation remains on some sort of lockdown as the virus continues to spread. SENT: 250 words.
INDIGENOUS ART FRAUD
SANTA FE, N.M. — A federal judge is considering a proposed plea agreement involving defendants indicted in a counterfeit jewelry scheme that allegedly passed off cheap jewelry made in the Philippines as the work of Native American artisans in the Southwest. The case stems from a sweeping international investigation. By Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: Story developing from morning hearing.
— FATAL SHOOTING-SCOTTSDALE PARK: Police say a fatal double shooting at a Scottsdale park on Tuesday apparently was a murder-suicide involving a divorced couple.
— FRAUD CASE ARREST: A Casa Grande woman has been arrested in connection with a national fraud case.
— VIRUS OUTBRREAK-PHOENIX FLYOVER: U.S. Air Force and Arizona Air National Guard aircraft on Friday will conduct a flyover above metro Phoenix to honor healthcare workers and others responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
— PIMA COUNTY-PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR: Pima County has hired a new public health director. County officials announced Tuesday that Dr. Theresa Cullen will start her job on June 1.
BKC--ARIZONA ST-VERGE DECLARES
TEMPE, Ariz. — Alonzo Verge Jr. has become the third Arizona State player to declare for the NBA draft. The junior guard joined Remy Martin and Romello White among the 205 underclassmen so far on the league’s official list. Players have until June 3 to remove their names from the June 25 draft. SENT: 140 words.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah sophomore guard Timmy Allen is testing the NBA waters. The do-everything guard from Mesa, Arizona, joined teammate Both Gach among the 205 players on the league’s most recent early-entry draft list. Players have until June 3 to withdraw from the June 25 draft. SENT: 150 words.
Get used to the concept of pods and pucks if the NHL is going to have any chance of completing its season, with the most likely scenarios calling for games in empty, air-conditioned arenas during the dog days of summer.
What is emerging as the leading plan involves bringing teams back in a few empty NHL buildings to complete some, if not all, of the remaining regular-season games before opening the playoffs and awarding the Stanley Cup for the 125th time in the past 127 years. By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow. SENT: 940 words, AP Photos.
BKC—VIRUS OUTBREAK-MID-LEVEL RECRUITS
PHOENIX — The elimination of summer AAU basketball tournaments is not likely to hurt top-level recruits who have had big-name schools following their every move for years. For fringe Division I players, the inability to play in front of college coaches in person damages their chances of landing scholarships and has forced them to find other ways to make a name for themselves. By John Marshall. SENT: 730 words, AP Photos.
The NCAA is moving forward with a plan to allow college athletes to earn money for endorsements and a host of other activities involving personal appearances and social media. The NCAA Board of Governors gave its support to a plan that permits athletes to cash in on their names, images and likenesses as never before and without involvement from the association, schools or conferences. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 490 words, AP Photo.
WNBA rookies will start receiving health benefits beginning this week, a move that comes while camps and the season remain suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Medical benefits usually are offered once training camp starts, but first-year players will be covered starting Friday. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 570 words, AP Photo.
NFL teams didn’t know when they left the Senior Bowl in January that they wouldn’t get all that much more time with prospects before the draft. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos.
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