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PHOENIX — The Arizona House plans debate Wednesday on a Republican-backed proposal requiring health insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act. Democrats call the effort a half-measure designed to give the GOP cover for Republicans’ efforts to overturn the federal law. By Bob Christie. UPCOMING: 600 words.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-ARIZONA UNEMPLOYMENT
PHOENIX — Arizona paid $519 million in jobless benefit payments last week as the Department of Economic Security caught up with weeks of overdue benefits for thousands of applicants who are unemployed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The department began reviewing applications and making payments to self-employed people, contractors, workers with insufficient earnings history and others who don’t normally qualify for assistance. SENT: 320 words.
— VIRUS OUTBREAK-REFUGEE RELIEF: The Phoenix City Council has approved $3 million in federal relief funds for area refugees caught up in the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic after being settled here with U.S. government approval.
— VIRUS OUTBREAK-PHOENIX AIRPORT-MASKS: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is implementing a mandatory face mask policy starting June 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— WIFE KILLED-HUSBAND ARRESTED: Police say an Apache Junction man has been arrested in connection with the death of his wife.
FBN—OFFSEASON UPDATE-BABY STEPS
NFL teams are taking baby steps as the league allows more leeway in club operations. No long throws downfield on Tuesday when team facilities could reopen with limited personnel if local governments approved. Mostly halfback dives into the line. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP Photos.
FBC—VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS
The NCAA’s Division I Council is debating whether to let a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus expire on May 31. The move would be another sign that college sports is on the way back amid the coronavirus pandemic. A number of schools have announced plans to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. But many caution that even if games go ahead, there will be safety protocols in place and fans may not be allowed. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.
DARLINGTON, S.C. — NASCAR planned its first Cup race on a Wednesday since 1984, but weather could spoil the event. Heavy rain at Darlington Raceway washed out Tuesday night’s Xfinity Series race and could delay Kevin Harvick’s quest to sweep at the South Carolina events. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP Photos. Race scheduled to start at 3:26 p.m. MST.
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