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Superspreaders, clusters and dead ends: Research reveals more about how coronavirus spreads

Research suggests the coronavirus can spread erratically, making some infected people “superspreaders” and others dead ends for transmission. This can create clusters or “micro-hotspots” even while communities next door remain relatively unscathed.... Read more»

Off-duty BP agent shoots man in hand during confrontation in Pinal County

An off-duty Border Patrol agent shot a man in the hand during a confrontation near a Pinal County subdivision Tuesday evening, authorities said. ... Read more»

Maricopa County includes pets in annual homeless survey for the first time

Every January, volunteers in Maricopa County conduct the Point-in-Time homeless count in hopes of learning about challenges faced by people who lack shelter. This year they are asking about the pets homeless people have with them.... Read more»

'Missing in Arizona' seeks answers for families of long-term cases

A growing program in Arizona is providing fresh opportunities for answers to family members of people who are missing, including the chance to meet with experts in forensics, law enforcement and search and rescue at an all-day event in Phoenix on October 21.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent commits suicide after shooting at police

A Border Patrol agent from the Casa Grande station appears to have committed suicide after shooting at Maricopa police officers responding to a 911 call at his home. Jeremy Russo, 40, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after firing several rounds from an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle at officers, hitting a nearby house and forcing neighbors to evacuate. ... Read more»

EPA says Maricopa City meets air-quality standard; more work needed

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that air-quality in western Pinal County has improved enough to meet a federal standard for soot and other particles.... Read more»

Off to work they go

Majority of Pinal workers commute outside county

Andrew Clegg’s commute from his Arizona City home to his former job in Maricopa County took 45 to 90 minutes on a good day – hours if there was a wreck on Interstate 10. The Census Bureau last week confirmed what Clegg knew: It wasn’t the distance that made the trip so long, it was the tens of thousands of others heading in the same direction at the same time.... Read more»

Tighter air standards might raise flags in dusty Maricopa

The City of Maricopa has the worst particulate-matter pollution in the state, according to an analysis of EPA data. City officials don't dispute the numbers but note that the city air-quality monitor is located in the worst possible place, near a dusty feedlot and industrial plants. ... Read more»

Freshman state senator focused on immigration

State Sen. Steve Smith was focused on one issue during his campaign: illegal immigration. His colleagues say he hasn't lost sight of what got him elected.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Oasis of brilliance in Arizona’s desert full of crazy

Jimmy Zuma breaks down the Baja Arizona movement: Arizona steps out in front with a smart new public policy idea. It's an idea that's even bigger than anyone guesses.... Read more»2

For rent: Bristol Palin's home in Maricopa

The home Bristol Palin purchased last year in the Phoenix suburb of Maricopa is listed for rent. $1,400 will get you a pad in Pinal County's Cobblestone Farms development, west of Interstate 10 between Casa Grande and Chandler.... Read more»

Bristol Palin buys Arizona home

South from Alaska: Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has purchased a home in Maricopa, a Phoenix suburb in Pinal County.... Read more»

Stay out of the sun: Temps may hit 109, says heat advisory

Stay inside where it's air-conditioned, stay out of the sun and drink plenty of fluids on Monday, says the National Weather Service. The mercury might spike to 109 in Southern Arizona, with temperatures as high as 104 likely in Tucson.... Read more»1

Census estimates show sharp drop in Arizona’s population growth

Population growth in Arizona has slowed dramatically since the housing downturn and recession hit, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Tuesday.... Read more»

Arizona politics

Arpaio's job approval falling

More than 1 in 3 people in the Phoenix metro area think Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing a "poor job."... Read more»