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Larry Mullen, Jr., the drummer for the Irish rock band U2, has donated $100,000 to the Navajo-Hopi relief fund. It follows a surge of donations from Ireland for tribal assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Play Us A Tune: The Beach

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Tony Norris

During this time of social distancing and separation, there is one thing that can unite nearly all humans on the planet…music. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Flagstaff-based musician Tony Norris was on the beach in San Felipe, Mexico. He was working on plans to bring back a folk music festival he put on there for many years before taking a break for health reasons in 2018. Tony decided to stay put and ride out the initial wave of the pandemic from his spot on the beach. It was there that he reflected on the idea of shelter, kindness and connection. In this week’s installment of Play Us a Tune, Tony Norris a song called Morgan. 

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A judge is set to hear arguments over whether Arizona must publicly reveal the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths among residents of nursing homes.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says recent data indicates the peak for coronavirus-related hospitalizations on the Reservation occured the week of April 21st, a month earlier than initially projected. 

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A protest is planned today at Flagstaff City Hall over large-scale job cuts and contract "non-renewals" at Northern Arizona University related to ongoing budget shortfalls and dropping enrollment, worsened by the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the economy. Hundreds of non-tenure faculty, lecturers and other staff were reportedly eliminated last week. Some were long-time university employees.