Excessive Heat Warning issued for 9 Arizona counties

According to the National Weather Service, the heat warning goes into effect at 10 a.m. on August 24 and is set to expire at 8 p.m. on August 28. The warning covers most of the Valley, including Ahwatukee, Avondale, Buckeye, Cave Creek, Chandler, Deer Valley, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Queen Creek.

Gyms aim to open in Phoenix, Tucson as virus cases ebb

State guidelines drafted by Christ’s department say gyms can reopen at 25% capacity once a county hits moderate transmission rates but must commit to implementing strategies to prevent the spread of the virus. Gyms are also urged to use a reservation system. Bars and nightclubs also can open at 50% occupancy levels, but only if they convert to restaurant service and implement stringent health department guidelines. Bars with no food service must remain closed.

Arizona's unemployment rate unchanged at 4.9 percent

Arizona seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent in June as the labor force increased by nearly 10,400 from the previous month while the state's economy lost 44,600 nonfarm jobs.