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PHOENIX – From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts have pointed to smoking as one of several risk factors that could worsen the disease and potentially lead to death.

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On Monday, July 13, a coalition of 20 universities from multiple states – including the University of Arizona – filed a lawsuit challenging a recent order from the federal government that requires international students to attend in-person classes during the current pandemic, or face deportation.

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The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona climbed past 128K as of Tuesday, July 14, after the state reported 4,273 new cases this morning, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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On the morning of Monday, July 13, the Southwest Area Incident Management Team formally transferred command over the Bighorn Fire back to the Coronado National Forest. This came after fire crews announced the fire was 92 percent contained after burning through roughly 119,000 acres.

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PHOENIX – Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs led a group of Republican lawmakers Thursday who demanded that schools reopen as usual in the fall, the latest salvo in a days-long campaign by the Trump administration on the issue.

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The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona climbed past 116K as of Friday, July 10, after the state reported 4,221 new cases this morning, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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While we were experiencing a COVID-19 Fourth of July, Anna the Grevy's Zebra was experiencing the miracle of life.

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The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona climbed reached 108,000 as of Wednesday, July 8, after the state reported 3,520 new cases this morning, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Firefighters have mostly contained the Bighorn Fire, which has consumed more than 119,000 acres of the Santa Catalina Mountains since a bolt of lightning set the blaze off on the night of Friday, June 5.

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Looking for a quick and easy way to make a difference and change the future of the community you live in? It may come in an unexpected, but familiar way. You’ve probably heard plenty of reminders to complete the census by now, and maybe you’re wondering why it’s so important. The 2020 Census…

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The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Arizona continued to skyrocket, topping 101,000 as of Monday, July 6, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Pima County had seen 9,873 of the state’s 101,441 confirmed cases—more than five times the state’s total number of …

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PHOENIX — As the number of Arizonans who have contracted COVID-19 has raced past 100,000, testing for the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease has become a priority. Some of that testing now is being done through saliva, a process that’s easier and less expensive.

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The monsoon may be the next major player in the Bighorn Fire story. The 118,000-acre fire is now more than half contained after burning across the Catalina Mountains for nearly a month. With the fire at 58 percent containment, firefighter presence around the burn area is reducing. Roughly 80…

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PHOENIX – Dust storms in Arizona can blow up suddenly, and the patch of desert between Eloy and Picacho Peak is especially prone to wind-driven dust. Dust drastically reduces visibility for drivers, which is why the Arizona Department of Transportation, ahead of monsoon season, has implement…

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During their July 1 morning update, fire crews announced that the Bighorn Fire, which for weeks has burned across the Santa Catalina Mountains, is more than 50 percent contained. The wildfire has spread rapidly throughout the mountains north and east of Tucson due to strong winds and high te…

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After five years of council meetings, election nights, high school sports and community events, in your hands (and on your computers) is my final edition of the Explorer and Marana News as the managing editor. It is a job I have cherished, but it is time for me to begin the next chapter of m…

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• The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Arizona continued to skyrocket, topping 74,000 as of Monday, June 29, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Pima County had seen 7,568 of the state’s 74,533 confirmed cases. On the previous Monday, June 22, the state had …

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Nine local nonprofits will receive $380,000 from next year’s county budget in an effort to support local tourism and cultural programs. The Board of Supervisors approved the funding last week, at a time when tourism-related agencies are struggling due to COVID-19.

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The Town of Marana is joining nearby municipalities like Oro Valley in canceling its Fourth of July fireworks show. The town announced its decision late Monday night citing Gov. Doug Ducey’s new social distancing regulations and increased concerns of fire due to dry weather.