Farmers sue state over funds

PHOENIX, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Arizona farmers say the state acted illegally when it used $160,000 in agricultural funds to help balance the state budget.

Arizona considers restricting off-roaders

PHOENIX, July 30 (UPI) -- Officials in Arizona are considering whether to restrict or close a swath of state land to motorized vehicles as a way to improve air quality.

Files seized in undocumented worker case

MESA, Ariz., June 11 (UPI) -- Hundreds of employee records have been seized from the Arizona offices of an amusement park operator suspected of hiring undocumented workers, police say.

Child protection worker charged with rape

PHOENIX, May 21 (UPI) -- A veteran Phoenix police officer and an employee of Arizona Child Protective Services have been charged with sex crimes involving children.

Judge blocks deportation of comatose woman

PHOENIX, May 11 (UPI) -- An Arizona judge has blocked a hospital from sending a comatose woman, who is in the United States legally, back to her native Honduras, papers show.

Police: DMX arrested after brief standoff

PHOENIX, May 10 (UPI) -- Rapper DMX was arrested in his home near Phoenix Friday after allegedly ignoring police officers' attempts to serve a search warrant, police said.

McCain courts Latino vote

PHOENIX, May 6 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful John McCain is trying to woo Latino voters while trying to assure conservatives he'll fight illegal immigration, observers say.

Arizona sheriff pulling town's protection

GUADALUPE, Ariz., April 19 (UPI) -- The Arizona town of Guadalupe is going from intense attention from the Maricopa County sheriff's office to no attention at all, officials say.

Phoenix mayor seeks probe of sheriff

PHOENIX, April 13 (UPI) -- The mayor of Phoenix is calling for a federal investigation into the controversial and politically powerful sheriff of Maricopa County.

Lawsuit challenges Arizona bail law

PHOENIX, April 8 (UPI) -- An Arizona law denying bail to illegal immigrants charged with felonies has been challenged in federal court.

Arizona man charged with TB exposure

PHOENIX, March 25 (UPI) -- An Arizona man said his indictment for having tuberculosis is retaliation for a lawsuit he filed over his involuntary quarantine.

Ariz. divorces spike on Valentine's

PHOENIX, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- An analysis of divorces filed in Maricopa County, Ariz., has found the county averages 19 more divorces on Valentine's Day than any other day of the year.

Sex offender could get 500 years in prison

LAVEEN, Ariz., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A former Laveen, Ariz., church worker could be facing a prison sentence of more than 500 years after he was convicted of multiple sex crimes.

Dozens of illegal immigrants found

TOLLESON, Ariz., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- About three dozen illegal immigrants were found in the back of an abandoned semi-tractor trailer early Sunday in Arizona.

500th human smuggling case prosecuted

PHOENIX, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Arizona's Maricopa County, which has prosecuted at least 500 human smuggling cases, uses a unique statute aimed at squelching illegal immigration.
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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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