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HOUSE PARTY-HOMICIDE

Phoenix police seek suspect who fatally shot teen at party

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police are searching for a suspect accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy at a house party. Authorities say the shooting happened Sunday night at a home in south Phoenix. Officers were called to an area near 21st Street and Southern Avenue after there was a report of gunfire. They found several people in a home. Investigators determined someone shot at 17-year-old Kenyon Myers as he was leaving. The suspect was gone before police arrived. Myers was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ARIZONA PROTESTS

Protesters of Arizona stay-at-home orders to hold rally

PHOENIX (AP) — Protesters who want restrictions in Arizona put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus to end are heading to the statehouse. A Patriots’ Day Rally organized by opponents of the state's business closures is scheduled for noon Monday at Wesley Bolin Memorial Park in Phoenix. It's not immediately clear how many people are expected to show up. The demonstration echoes several others around the nation outside state Capitols and governors’ mansions. In states like Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia, small-government groups and supporters of right-wing causes have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of COVID-19.

ELECTION 2020-HOUSE-ARIZONA-SIGNATURES

Arizona campaign took in-person signatures after virus alert


PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona congressional campaign received hundreds of in-person voter signatures after the candidate said close, personal activities would end because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Arizona Republic reported Hiral Tipirneni’s congressional campaign confirmed it received signatures collected in March by petition gatherers working for companies paid by the campaign. An official says the physician’s campaign made clear by March 14 that in-person activities had to stop in the Scottsdale-based district. The director of a company that collected signatures on behalf of Tipirneni and other candidates says her campaign did not ask them to stop gathering signatures before primary day.

NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL-SESSION

Navajo Nation Council to hold spring session as scheduled

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have vetoed a resolution that sought to cancel the tribal council’s session less than three days before the scheduled start. The Navajo Nation Council is required to hold four regular sessions each year in the months of January, April, July and October. The spring session is scheduled to begin Monday morning. Although the resolution passed by the council cites concerns over the possible spread of coronavirus among Navajo Nation employees and officials, Nez and Lizer said the Council and its committees have continued to hold regular and special meetings throughout the pandemic. They say with proper protective equipment for staff and the use of teleconferencing, the session can proceed as scheduled.

AP-US-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-DRUG-TRADE

‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl. One of the main suppliers is in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global outbreak. Associated Press interviews with law enforcement officials found Mexican and Colombian cartels are still plying their trade as evidenced by recent seizures but lockdowns that have turned cities into ghost towns are disrupting everything from production to transport to sales. And prices for drugs in short supply have soared to gouging levels.

WILDLIFE REFUGES-EXPANDED HUNTING

Open, expanded hunting sought on 4 Arizona wildlife refuges

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to expand hunting on three wildlife refuges in southern Arizona and allow hunting on a fourth for the first time. The proposed changes would open or expand hunting and fishing in 97 national wildlife refuges and nine national fish hatcheries overall and would be finalized in time for the fall 2020-2021 hunting season.  Environmentalists argue that the plan could further endanger imperiled species on fragile landscapes already at risk from climate change. The 2,765-acre Leslie Canyon refuge would be open to hunters for the first time since its establishment in 1988.  The other three Arizona refuges targeted for expanded hunting are the Buenos Aires, the Cibola on the lower Colorado River and the Cabeza Prieta.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVAJO NATION

Navajo Nation orders protective masks worn on reservation

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation says the average death of the more than 40 people who have died from coronavirus on the reservation is 66. The tribe has ordered all people on its vast reservation to wear protective masks when out in public to help fight the spread. As of Saturday, 1,197 residents of the reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have tested positive for COVID-19. The Navajo Nation has been hit harder by the coronavirus than any other Native American tribe. Tribal resident Jonathan Nez says officials would consider even more aggressive requirements to reduce the spread.

BOOK REVIEW-TOMBSTONE

Review: Old West famous feud comes to life in 'Tombstone'

The myths surrounding the gunfight at the O.K. Corral are not the only obstacles facing a writer intent on telling the true story of Tombstone, Arizona, in the 1880s. Primary sources, including testimony in court proceedings and reports in the boomtown’s two rival newspapers, are contradictory and laced with lies; and other accounts by observers and participants are largely self-serving. Associated Press reviewer Bruce DeSilva says former newspaperman Tom Clavin’s account in “Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride From Hell” might be as accurate an account as we will ever get of the old West’s most famous feud.

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