Information roundup: Reaching Latino and younger voters; Ballot: 38% of Arizonans would not get COVID-19 vaccine

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Arizona COVID-19 Weekly Snap, Oct 2nd

This card tracks changes in reported COVID-19 numbers over a period of a week. As of last week, Arizona reported 3,396 new cases (up 2%), 106 more deaths (up 2%), and a statewide positive test rate of 5.7%. The state reported a daily average of 485 cases and 15 deaths Level and click on a county to find out more.

Photo credit: Nick O’Gara / AZPM. Sources: ADHD, district health authorities, Census 2018 Quick Facts. * Test numbers are totals including diagnostic and serological tests. The positive test rate is calculated based on the reported case and test sums. Daily reports may not reflect the latest data, the state said.

Cases 209.209 | Deaths 5,344

As of Tuesday, September 15, Arizona reported 484 new cases of novel coronavirus and 22 more deaths. A new poll shows that 38% of Arizonans would not get a COVID-19 vaccine if one were developed.

The campaign, led by DACA recipients, aims to engage youth and Latino voters

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In Arizona and across the country, immigration policy is paramount this election season. But many families in Arizona who are hardest hit by these guidelines no longer have a voice.

According to an August report by the American Immigration Council, approximately 13% of Arizonans were born in another country, with nearly half of whom are naturalized citizens. About 4% of the state’s population are undocumented.

Because of this, lawyers like Deyanira Garcia, who works with Mesa-based immigrant advocacy group Aliento, are trying to ensure that those who get a voice use it. The group’s campaign, Aliento Votes, is run by undocumented volunteers and DACA recipients and aims to mobilize 25,000 young people and Latinos across the state.

Find out more here.

Almost 40% of Arizonans would not receive a COVID-19 vaccine

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A new poll shows Arizona residents are lukewarm over the idea of ​​getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The OH Predictive Insights poll in Phoenix shows that 38% of Arizonans would not take the vaccine. 38 percent of respondents also said they would take the vaccine, 23 percent were undecided.

According to the survey, people over 55 are more likely to receive the vaccine. 43% of this group say they would take it. The survey has an error rate of 4 points.

Farm workers in the Mexican border state take control of a dam

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MEXICO CITY – An agreement between Mexico and the United States from the 1940s sparked a riot in a Mexican border state southeast of Arizona. Farm workers took control of a dam last week demanding water.

Protesters in Chihuahua state argue that most of the water is sent to the US from a local river under the deal, affecting their crops during a harsh dry season.

The National Guard secured the La Boquilla Dam, but were outnumbered. Efforts to suppress the protest with tear gas failed and the guard had to leave the premises.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the protest was a political move by his opponents, including Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral. But Corral said he disapproves of the presidential skewed version, accusing him of neglecting popular demands and the state government’s proposals.

Sonoran Marriage Equality Measure may have a committee hearing soon

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A move in the Sonora Congress to end state marriage bans on same-sex couples could soon get a hearing.

It has been over a year since the bill was first introduced, but it has yet to be examined by the relevant committees. A hearing was due to take place in February, but some members failed to show it, which prevented a quorum. Despite the difficulties it is facing, Deputy María Alicia Gaytán, President of the Equal Opportunities Committee, said it will likely be heard by a joint committee in the next few weeks.

“We are in talks and I think we will make agreements,” she said.

The measure will get its hearing after it closes on an unrelated controversial bill called Ley Olimpia, according to Gaytán. Gaytán said that will depend on how strongly Conservative opponents and the LGBTQ community and their allies represent their respective cases.

Navajo Nation will participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials

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PHOENIX – Navajo Nation officials say they will participate in Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trials as coronavirus cases continue to decline.

Native American territory once had the highest coronavirus infection rate in the country, but the community’s prevalence has decreased significantly since then. Navajo officials reported no new confirmed cases on Sept. 8, for the first time since the pandemic began. As of Friday, there have been 9,952 confirmed cases and 530 deaths from the coronavirus in the Navajo nation.

The vaccine trials will be conducted in health centers across the Navajo Nation. Participation is completely voluntary.

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The inmate at Tucson State Prison dies in apparent suicide

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According to authorities, an Arizona prison inmate died in suicide. Arizona Department of Corrections officials say Tucson State Prison officials found 25-year-old Eric Haag unresponsive in a shower area on Sunday evening and paramedics pronounced him dead. They say Haag apparently died by hanging. However, all inmate deaths will be investigated in consultation with the County Medical Examiner’s office.

Corrections officials say Haag of Yavapai County Fin was convicted of grievous bodily harm, theft through transportation, illegal use of transportation, and trafficking in stolen property in 2016.

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The Phoenix Union School District stays online year round

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PHOENIX – Arizona’s largest high school district has announced it will be closed to face-to-face tuition until next year and online learning will continue until the district’s second semester, which ends in December. The Phoenix Union High School District originally had plans to start face-to-face learning next month, but health data is still showing significant COVID-19 prevalence in many areas of the schools.

District superintendent Chad Gestson said Monday in a YouTube video aimed at parents that the district’s decision to remain closed is relying on state health benchmarks that will signal if the spread is enough slowed down to return to personal lessons.

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Backup driver charged in deadly Arizona Uber autonomous crash

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PHOENIX – Prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against the backup driver of an autonomous Uber vehicle who fatally struck a pedestrian in a suburb of Phoenix. The office of Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said Tuesday that Rafaela Vasquez was exposed to a number of negligent homicides in the 2018 Tempe crash that killed Elaine Herzberg. Her death was the first death in a self-driving vehicle.

Federal investigators concluded that Vasquez hadn’t been monitoring the street when she saw a TV show on her cell phone, which was the main cause of the crash. In 2019, prosecutors refused to file criminal charges against Uber as a company in Herzberg’s death. Vasquez has pleaded not guilty.

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Federal officials wounded shooting in US court in Phoenix

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PHOENIX – Authorities say a drive-by shooting injured a federal court security officer outside the U.S. courthouse in downtown Phoenix and took one person into custody. Police and the FBI say the officer has been rushed to a hospital and is expected to recover. T.

The FBI says someone was arrested later Tuesday and there is no evidence of any further threat to the public. It said no further information will be released while it is investigated.

A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the officer worked for the US Marshals Service and was beaten while in his body armor.

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ASU President claims some bars are violating COVID-19 protocols

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PHOENIX – Arizona State University President Michael Crow claims several restaurant bars near the school’s Tempe campus have violated the safety protocols corporations must adhere to to operate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Republic of Arizona reported Sunday that Crow wrote a letter to the director of the Arizona Department of Health, Dr. Cara Christ, and the head of the State Department of Alcohol Licensing and Control about the alleged violations of some of the eating and drinking establishments on Mill Avenue.

Meanwhile, Arizona health officials reported 384 more confirmed coronavirus cases and seven more deaths on Sunday as the coronavirus outbreak continued to slow in the state. The additional cases brought the nationwide total to 208,512 and the known death toll to 5,322.

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NCAA tries to dismiss federal lawsuit by college athletes

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EUGENE, Ore. – The NCAA is trying to dismiss a lawsuit by two college athletes in federal court. The lawsuit seeks to prevent the association from capping the amount of money athletes can make using their names, images, and likenesses. It was submitted by Arizona state swimmer Grant House and Oregon basketball player Sedona Prince. The Oregonian reports that NCAA attorneys moved to dismiss the lawsuit on Friday.

The litigation comes when the NCAA changes its rules to allow college athletes to make money on things like social media endorsements, sponsorship deals, and personal appearances.

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