Arizona redistricting plan tossed out

PHOENIX, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The panel that determines Arizona's legislative district boundaries was considering what to do Saturday about a judge's rejection of their proposed map.

Teacher faces firing for hitting students

PHOENIX, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- An Arizona English teacher is about to be fired for allegedly hitting students for speaking Spanish in class.

No charges in Roberson case

PHOENIX, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Charges will not be pursued in connection with sexual assault allegations made against quarterback Ell Roberson of Kansas State.

Arizona apartments have no water, sewers

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U.K. measles outbreaks pose risk to U.S.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- As the United Kingdom braces for an impending measles outbreak this winter due to low vaccination rates, U.S. health experts say this raises concerns the deadly disease could spread to the United States, particularly considering immunization rates in some
STEVE MITCHELL, Medical Correspondent

Post-9/11 killer of Arizona Sikh convicted

PHOENIX, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- An Arizona jury convicted Frank Roque of murder in the death of a Sikh gas station owner following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Missing Arizona baby believed found

PHOENIX, July 25 (UPI) -- Phoenix authorities planned to cancel an Amber Alert late Friday after a missing child apparently turned up unharmed at the home of a babysitter.

Phoenix bishop gives some power to D.A.

PHOENIX, June 2 (UPI) -- The bishop of the Phoenix Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church has agreed under threat of indictment to give county prosecutors an unprecedented and powerful ro

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New statistics show while the Phoenix metropolitan area has a very high minority population, few work in the upper levels of county government.
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Urban News

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of Detroit says he wants to close six recreational centers -- another sign of urban belt-tightening. Additionally, nearly 200 people will be laid off, the Detroit Free Press reports.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

SARS cases in Arizona, Virginia

A third Virginian was diagnosed Tuesday with the mystery illness known as severe acute respiratory syndrome, while health officials in Arizona identified the st
CHRIS H. SIEROTY, United Press International

Watercooler Stories

Just as US Airways was careening into bankruptcy court the executives at the controls walked away with over $35 million.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International
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Maricopa County
Mike Tyson, pictured in a mug shot taken by the Maricopa County Police Department, was arrested outside of a night club in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 29, 2006. The former heavyweight champion is charged with drunk-driving and drug possession after nearly crashing into a police car as he left the night club, Arizona police said. (UPI Photo/Maricopa County Police Department)

Maricopa County (pronounced /ˌmærɨˈkoʊpə/) is located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of July 2008, its population was 3,954,598, which ranks fourth among the nation's counties and is greater than the population of 24 states. The county seat is Phoenix, which is Arizona's largest city and capital. The center of population of Arizona is located in Maricopa County, in the town of Gilbert. It is by far Arizona's most populous county, encompassing well more than half of the state's residents.

The population explosion is evident in a 2007 Forbes study which ranked four of Maricopa County's municipalities in the top ten fastest-growing cities in the nation. Those included Buckeye as the 2nd-fastest-growing city, Surprise and Goodyear as 3rd and 4th, and Avondale as 9th. All four of these cities are located in the booming "West Valley" which is the area of Maricopa County to the west of the City of Phoenix.

There are five Indian reservations located in the county. The largest of these are the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (East of Scottsdale) and the Gila River Indian Community (South of Phoenix), both of which have casino gambling.

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