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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in US near 150,000, more than 2,500 dead The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have ballooned to nearly 150,000 confirmed cases in the United State as the virus continues its exponential spread.

McDonald will return to UA for senior season With professional basketball in pandemic turmoil, Arizona guard Aari McDonald is bypassing a chance to leave school early.

Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world's pollution crisis Plastic products made with polyurethane, a synthetic chemical compound, typically end up buried in a landfill. Now scientists discovered a strain of bacteria, the first of its kind, that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products - a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment.

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Class of '20 celebrations in jeopardy; state's 12th grade students fear coronavirus outbreak will make call Arkansas' public school 12th graders. caught up in a pandemic that has closed their campuses and restricted social gatherings. spent spring break wondering if any part of their capstone year can be salvaged.

'It's like a sick experiment': Arizona lags behind as states urge residents to stay home For the last three weeks, 57-year-old Ann O'Connor has avoided leaving her home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a cancer survivor with asthma, she is considered high risk for severe illness, and she wants to do her part to stop the virus' rapid spread.

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals Are Ready to Be NFL's Next High-Flying Offense The NFC West has become a meat grinder in recent years. In just the past five years, all four teams have won the division at least once. Five of the last eight NFC representatives in the Super Bowl have hailed from the West, including the San Francisco 49ers in 2019.

Coronavirus upends US election cycle as officials scramble to protect voters As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across America, it is wreaking havoc in an election year as Democrats pick a champion to try to oust Donald Trump from the White House.

Phoenix police officer killed, 2 others injured in shooting A Phoenix police commander was killed and two other officers were injured Sunday night in a shooting on the city's north side during a domestic violence call, police said.

Superintendent's report: What school will look like for Chino Valley students As I write this, Governor Ducey has closed all schools in Arizona through April 10th and Chino Valley Schools students have not been in classrooms for three weeks including spring break with at least another two weeks to go.

'Dear Class of 2020': Seniors at Scottsdale Unified share positive video in light of COVID-19 pandemic Dozens of high school seniors within the Scottsdale Unified School District have made a video to encourage others to stay home and to stay positive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

House party in Tucson could affect city policy A viewer sent a photo of a house party which prompted city leaders to consider a zero-tolerance policy on gatherings of five or more.

Arizona’s McDonald to return for senior season Arizona guard Aari McDonald will return for her senior season, bypassing a chance to leave early for the WNBA.

Phoenix police commander killed, 2 officers injured after shooting in north Phoenix A Phoenix police commander was killed and two other officers were injured Sunday night after they were shot during a domestic violence incident in north Phoenix.

Arizona in mix for Santa Clara transfer Trey Wertz Just because the Arizona Wildcats express interest in a transfer, which they have done a lot lately, it doesn't mean the feeling is mutual. This time it is. Santa Clara Broncos transfer Trey Wertz listed Arizona as one of 11 schools he is considering, according to Corey Evans of

Judge: New trial OK in Arizona discrimination case The state Senate will get a new chance to escape at least some of the financial penalty imposed over the firing of a staffer.

Arizona Man Fighting to Get Parents off COVID Cruise Ship KINGMAN - Worrying about family members in the U.S. during the Coronavirus pandemic is stressful enough without having to worry about those 3,500 miles away off the coast of Panama. Kingman resident Charles Black is asking Arizona and Alaska lawmakers to help get his parents and other Americans back to U.S.

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from March 27-29 Here are some stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend. Tucson Mayor Regina Romero set new restrictions in place for the city Friday night. Romero signed a proclamation ordering businesses not deemed essential to close at 8 a.m. on Saturday, calling for a shutdown across the city through April 17.

Next wave of Magee athletes on their way to Arizona State The Magees just keep on coming to Arizona State. With the youngest two of seven siblings committed to play for ASU, the Magee legacy could continue until 2026. It's not an uninterrupted run. Brandon Magee played football and baseball at ASU from 2008-12, redshirting in 2011 after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during preseason camp.

Rice transfer Murphy looking hard at Arkansas News and information about the Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas Sports from the staffs of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Hawgs Illustrated.

Nogales, AZ Mayor expresses coronavirus concerns along U.S. Mexico Border - The mayor of this border city just a 45-minute drive south of Tucson, AZ continues to express concerns about the coronavirus effects and shutdown of the border. Nogales, AZ Mayor Arturo Garino talks about concerns of border shutdown and how it will effect economy in both Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.

Preparing for the worst in a time of pandemic, hospitals prepare for surge of patients Some hospitals are as ready as possible but it’s unclear if even the best can handle what’s to come.

DEMA director says resignation of emergency director is a loss for Arizona Just hours after accepting the resignation of Arizona's Division of Emergency Management director, the Director of Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs tells ABC15 it was a shock.

Coronavirus updates, March 29 Editor's note: This post includes updates related to COVID-19 and its effects on Albuquerque and the rest of the state. 9:21 p.m. Juvenile Justice Center closed for cleaning.

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