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Chicago Cubs minor league hitting coach Rachel Folden hits infield ground balls at the Cubs spring trainng facility in Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 5, 2020. Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs — long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities. None of the players care all that much that one of their coaches is a woman. (John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Tech boom, MLB programs helping women find jobs in baseball

Mar. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Rachel Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs — long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities. None of the players care all that much that one of their coaches is a woman. As for the girls she encounters, they...

Members of the Arizona National Guard pack and sort food items at a food bank Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. The Guard was at the food bank performing one of their first missions since they were activated by Gov. Doug Ducey to bolster the supply chain for food amid surging demand in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona National Guard work picks up as virus cases rise

Mar. 26, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona National Guard stepped up its efforts to bolster the supply of food Thursday as a few dozen soldiers packed boxes at food banks seeing a surge in demand and others prepared to move goods between warehouses and grocery stores. Thursday's food bank missions in Mesa and Tucson...

Arizona history March 29-April 4

Mar. 25, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

Sunday, March 29 On this date in 1885, Geronimo and 20 of his warriors who had surrendered to Gen. George Crook returned to the warpath after escaping from U.S. troops. On this date in 1902, reports began circulating of a rich gold strike in the Guijas district, not far from Arivaca. Monday, March 30 On this date...

FILE - In this April 13, 2015, file photo, Jodi Arias, left, looks on next to her attorney, Jennifer Willmott, during her sentencing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, upheld Jodi Arias' first-degree murder conviction and life prison sentence in the gruesome 2008 killing of her former boyfriend. Arias' lawyers had argued that a prosecutor's misconduct and a judge's failure to control news coverage during the case deprived her of the right to a fair trial in the high-profile case. (Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)

Arizona appeals court upholds Jodi Arias' murder conviction

Mar. 24, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Jodi Arias’ first-degree murder conviction and life prison sentence in the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend. Arias' lawyers had argued that a prosecutor's misconduct and a judge's failure to control news coverage during the case...

SRP water releases closing unbridged crossings of Salt River

Mar. 21, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Salt River Project says water releases from Granite Reef Dam due to heavy storm runoff will close unbridged crossings of the Salt River in the Mesa area this weekend. The SRP said it began releasing water from its two reservoirs on the Verde River on Friday to create additional...

Beachgoers enjoy a sunny day in Destin, Fla., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. There's a new type of social policing out there that's developed almost as quickly as the viral disease that spurred its arrival. It's called

'Quarantine shaming': US navigates radical new social norms

Mar. 19, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

The chairman of Arizona's Asian Chamber of Commerce didn't see much downside to attending a small dinner at a local restaurant to bolster the business and bring together other leaders to discuss how to help Asian-American eateries devastated by the coronavirus. That was, at least, until he posted about it on...

Arizona prisons take more steps to guard against COVID-19

Mar. 18, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Inmates in Arizona’s prisons are being offered free soap and are no longer routinely being moved between prison complexes in the latest efforts to guard against the risks of the coronavirus. The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry also announced a requirement...

Owner Steve Johnson attaches a notice on the door of Keegan's Grill Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Phoenix notifying guests his restaurant will closing in compliance with the state of emergency issued by the city of Phoenix earlier in the day that restaurants only serve take-out. Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff have ordered bars, gyms and other indoor facilities to close immediately and restaurants to offer to-go service only in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Phoenix, Tucson order closures of bars, restaurants

Mar. 17, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix and Tucson joined Flagstaff on Tuesday in ordering bars, gyms and other indoor facilities to close immediately and restaurants to offer to-go service only in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Restaurants were given until 8 p.m. to convert to drive-thru, delivery or...

A ticket holder pauses outside a closed Goodyear Ballpark, spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds baseball teams, reading a sign as to where he might get a refund for a canceled game, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because if the coronavirus outbreak. MLB is also delaying the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

MLB allows players to leave after canceling spring training

Mar. 13, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball is allowing players to go home, making the decision a day after canceling the rest of the spring training schedule and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. After a meeting in Arizona on Friday that included baseball...

Indictment: Ex-coach failed to report players were abused

Mar. 13, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former assistant basketball coach at Mesa’s Dobson High School has been indicted on accusations that he failed to report that two minors had been sexually abused by an ex-coach. The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Thursday that Joshua Anthony Bribiescas faces two felony...