Monsoon preparations underway as first round of storms on horizon

A newly-released map shows the areas at risk for flooding and mudslides near the Bighorn Fire burn scar.

  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.
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  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Man arrested on six child sex charges

  Vice President Pence meets with Gov. Ducey as Arizona leads nation in coronavirus cases

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.
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  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the job market improved for a second straight month yet still remained far short of regaining the colossal losses it suffered this spring.

  TPD to release information on in-custody deaths from past 10 years

  Yoga and small fitness studios question Arizona’s shutdown

Motorcyclist dies after crashing in Sahuarita

UPDATE: Police identify two killed in east-side crash involving stolen motorcycle

Sheriff Napier weighs in on face mask requirement, says PCSD will focus on education rather than punishment

Phoenix-area luxury health company loses two more liquor licenses after Ducey’s executive order

UPDATE: Arrest made after man dies at scene of crash

Power pole falls on apartment building, transformer explosion sparks 2-alarm fire

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  Intel chiefs brief congressional leaders on Russia bounties

The U.S. intelligence chiefs conducted classified briefings Thursday for congressional leaders who have demanded more answers about intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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Suns schedule announced for 2019-2020 return season

NFL gives teams planner for total reopening of facilities

In a lengthy four-part memo to the clubs written by Commissioner Roger Goodell and approved by the NFL Players Association, the league described protocols focusing on screening, testing, infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19, including response for new infections.

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Arizona has for weeks been in the headlines as one of the worst state’s in the nation when it came to battling the coronavirus.

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