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Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., retires, will not seek 12th term

Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., retires, will not seek 12th term

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor, an 11-term congressman from Arizona, Thursday became the 21st U.S. House member to announce retirement.

Pack of stray chihuahuas harass Phoenix residents

PHOENIX, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Residents of a Phoenix neighborhood said a pack of Chihuahuas have been wandering the streets for the past year and harassing residents.

Gunman claims self-defense in Arizona Walmart shooting death

CHANDLER, Ariz., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Police in Chandler, Ariz., say the suspected gunman in a fatal shooting that stemmed from a checkout line fight at a Walmart store is claiming self-defense.
Ariz. sheriff: Inmates who defaced flags to get only bread and water

Ariz. sheriff: Inmates who defaced flags to get only bread and water

PHOENIX, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County said inmates who defaced American flags in their cells will be fed only bread and water for a week,

Jonathan Doody convicted in 1991 Buddhist temple massacre

PHOENIX, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An Arizona jury Thursday found Jonathan Doody guilty in the 1991 slayings of nine people at a Buddhist temple west of Phoenix.

Arizona judge won't bar retrial for woman released from death row

PHOENIX, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- An Arizona judge ruled Wednesday she would not prohibit a retrial for a woman who spent more than 20 years on death row before her conviction was overturned.

Jodi Arias penalty phase retrial will begin March 17

PHOENIX, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A second attempt to determine the punishment for convicted murderer Jodi Arias will begin with jury selection March 17 in Phoenix, a court spokeswoman said.
Buddhist temple murder case deliberations begin

Buddhist temple murder case deliberations begin

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The fate of the second suspect in the 1991 mass murder of nine people at an Arizona Buddhist temple is once again in the hands of a jury.
Gabrielle Levy
Actor Steven Seagal mulls running for Arizona governor

Actor Steven Seagal mulls running for Arizona governor

PHOENIX, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Movie star Steven Seagal told a Phoenix television station he was considering running for governor of Arizona.
Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office reforms to cost $21.9 million

Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office reforms to cost $21.9 million

PHOENIX, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Reforms to end racial profiling by the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office will cost at least $21.9 million, documents submitted by the sheriff say.

Catholic church in Phoenix sued over alleged rape by youth leader

PHOENIX, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A young Arizona woman says a Catholic youth leader failed to keep his promise that he would refrain from future assaults if she did not report him for rape.

Arizona jails' Christmas music cut from 24 hours to 4 hours

PHOENIX, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- An Arizona sheriff said he reduced his tradition of playing Christmas music in jails 24 hours a day to only four hours per day after complaints from inmates.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio cuts back Christmas music at Phoenix jails following complaints

Sheriff Joe Arpaio cuts back Christmas music at Phoenix jails following complaints

Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio cuts back around-the-clock Christmas music to just four hours a day at Phoenix jails after complaints.
Evan Bleier

Maricopa County, Ariz., to house veterans together in same jail

PHOENIX, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Military veteran inmates in Maricopa County, Ariz., will be housed together and provided with services to ease back into the community, the sheriff said.

Air passenger proves to be uninfected with tuberculosis

PHOENIX, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A man pulled off a plane in Phoenix because of fear he was carrying tuberculosis was tested and found to be free of infection, officials said.
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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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