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10-digit dialing to be required in some Arizona area codes

Oct. 22, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Starting Sunday, phone users in much of Arizona must include area codes when dialing to make all calls, including local calls that previously only required seven digits. As in many other states, the change applies in those area codes where some phone...

Helicopter and plane collide midair in Arizona; 2 killed

Oct. 01, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter and a single-engine plane collided in midair Friday near a suburban Phoenix airport, sending the helicopter crashing into a field and killing both people on board. The plane landed safely, and the flight instructor and a student inside were not hurt. ...

Arizona reports 55 more deaths, toll passes 20K milestone

Oct. 01, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's reported COVID-19 death toll passed the grim milestone of 20,000 amid the state's third virus surge, which has started easing but continues to strain hospitals. The state reported 55 additional deaths as well as 3,642 additional confirmed cases,...

Audit: Arizona database flaws may put public safety at risk

Sep. 11, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — State auditors say public safety may be put at risk by reporting gaps and a backlog in the database that Arizona uses for conducting background checks of people seeking certain jobs or occupational licenses and for helping prosecutors and judges decide whether defendants...

Arizona to end peremptory challenges to potential jurors

Aug. 29, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top court is eliminating the longstanding practice of allowing lawyers in criminal and civil trials in state courts to remove potential jurors without explanation, a move that proponents said would help prevent discrimination in the selection of trial jurors. ...

Marchers across US call on Congress to bolster voting rights

Aug. 28, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of voting rights advocates rallied across the country Saturday to call for sweeping federal laws that would wipe out voting restrictions advancing in some Republican-controlled states that could make it harder to cast a ballot. Many activists...

Brutal benchmark: Arizona passes 1 million COVID-19 cases

Aug. 27, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona surpassed 1 million COVID-19 cases Friday, becoming the 13th state to reach the grim milestone while contending with yet another major spike in infections. The benchmark is the latest in a tumultuous year and a half where Arizona went from being...

Police: School shooting victim went to aid boy being bullied

Aug. 14, 2021 21:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's only a few days into the new school year, but New Mexico’s largest district is reeling from a shooting that left one student dead and another in custody after, according to police, the victim tried to protect another boy who was being bullied. ...

Biden calls school chiefs, lauds defiance of anti-mask rules

Aug. 14, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Joe Biden called school district superintendents in Florida and Arizona to praise them for doing “the right thing” after their respective boards implemented mask requirements in defiance of their Republican governors amid growing COVID-19...

Arizona reports over 3K more virus cases on 2nd straight day

Aug. 14, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Saturday reported over 3,000 additional COVID-19 cases for the second straight day as the state's seven-day rolling averages for cases and deaths continued to rise along with virus-related hospitalizations. The state's coronavirus dashboard...