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Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, removes his mask to speak abou...
Marcia Hammond

White House coronavirus testing czar wants most Arizonans to wear mask

At least 90 percent of the Valley population should be wearing a face mask when they go out during this outbreak, a White House coronavirus task force member said Monday.
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Voting by mail likely will play big role in Arizona election

Arizona's top election official said Wednesday that the coronavirus outbreak was going to make voting by mail an important option for the state's upcoming primary.
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Jim Sharpe

I’m tired of arguing about masks for the sake of arguing

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe is tired of arguing with people over the validity of wearing face masks, especially since arguing won't be productive.
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Jayme West

Phoenix teen girl’s 1978 death remains open case

On March 11, 1978, a teenaged Phoenix girl spent her last day alive on this earth. Pauline Robbin Burgette was home alone at a duplex near 26th Street and McDowell Road and the next day was found dead.
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Jim Sharpe

Could coronavirus kill Gov. Doug Ducey’s 2024 campaign?

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe wonders whether Gov. Doug Ducey's handling of the coronavirus pandemic could kill his chances of running for Senate in 2024.
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Jim Sharpe

The perfect pandemic sitcom is ‘Ducey in the Middle’

After Monday's actions, it's apparent Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will not be able to please everyone with his coronavirus response, writes KTAR News host Jim Sharpe.
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VA chief says Phoenix center is handling coronavirus

The Phoenix VA, once mired in a scandal of long wait times to see a doctor, is keeping up with patient care during the coronavirus crisis, the nation's top Veterans Affairs official said Monday.
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Jayme West

Police trying to solve Mesa double-murder, West Valley robbery from 2012

Police are still looking for suspects in a 2012 Mesa double-murder and an unrelated violent robbery at a West Valley smoke shop the same year.
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Jim Sharpe

Phoenix’s hottest day seared into memory, even from afar

It's OK to celebrate the anniversary of Phoenix's hottest day, 122 degrees in 1990, writes KTAR News host Jim Sharpe. Just don't say “I love the heat!"
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Jim Sharpe

Scottsdale councilman should wear a mask — so I can’t hear him

Regardless of what Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips meant, his "I can't breathe" utterance made Arizona and other anti-mask protesters look bad, KTAR News host Jim Sharpe says.
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Jim Sharpe

Is the race to erase racism causing a pandemic of pandering?

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe can't help but wonder if hypervigilance against racism is leading to a pandemic of pandering.
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Jayme West

Purse-snatcher victimizes shopper at Phoenix mall

A purse-snatcher struck at a mall in Phoenix in 2014 and a man was stabbed during a fight at a Valley apartment complex in 2013. He died three days later.
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Jim Sharpe

Gov. Ducey did what Dems demanded, so they should consider quiet

Now that Gov. Doug Ducey listened to Arizona Democrats on mask policy, KTAR News host Jim Sharpe hopes the state's coronavirus response can remain free of politics.
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Marcia Hammond

Phoenix, Mesa mayors see mandatory masks as lifesaving virus measures

Mayors of two of the largest cities in Arizona - both in metro Phoenix - agreed Thursday that wearing masks was necessary for residents to slow the spike of coronavirus cases.
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Jim Sharpe

COVID-19 and Arizona Gov. Ducey’s local control double standard

Arizona school districts will be allowed to mandate masks, which makes KTAR News host Jim Sharpe wonder why Gov. Doug Ducey won't let local governments do the same.
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Jayme West

Girl eludes would-be kidnapper in Phoenix in 2014

Phoenix Police searched for a man in a car who tried to pull a teenage girl off the street as she walked home from school in 2014.
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Marcia Hammond

Rep. Greg Stanton wants mask mandate for Arizona during outbreak

Watching the spike in coronavirus cases in Arizona has prompted U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton to press for mandatory mask-wearing for residents in public.
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Jim Sharpe

The rights and privileges of a face mask order

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe proposes a way of getting Arizonans to wear face masks for the sake if public health without violating individual rights.
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Marcia Hammond

Defunding police isn’t solution, Senate candidate Mark Kelly says

Taking money away from police departments is not a recipe for community success, but changing enforcement tactics is, Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly of Arizona said.
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Kevin Stone

Black Lives Matter wants Phoenix to rethink police spending, role

A local Black Lives Matter activist said Phoenix protesters want the city and state to rethink the role of law enforcement and how it's funded.
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Jim Sharpe

Scientists don’t flip-flop — that’s the job of politicians

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe won't be mad at scientists if he misses out on experiences while following their latest coronavirus-related advice.
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Jayme West

Day laborers victimized; Phoenix murder suspect yet to be found

In 2014, a man lured Valley day laborers to his car with offers of work and then robbed them and a murder suspect could be in Mexico after killing his wife.
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Jim Sharpe

Be careful when wishing for a GOP convention in Arizona

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe wonders if the cost of keeping a Republican National Convention safe if it moves to Arizona would outweigh what the state would gain.
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Jim Sharpe

If only there was a 911 that just calls the good cops

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe agrees with an NAACP lawyer who believes there are reasonable ways to change law enforcement that makes it easier to keep good cops and get rid of the bad ones.
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Rep. Debbie Lesko says Glendale should be considered to host RNC

With the Republican National Convention pulling out of Charlotte, U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona says Glendale is in the running to host.
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Jim Sharpe

Will kids learn anything at school besides COVID-19 caution?

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe is skeptical about whether kids who return to school in the fall following a long layoff will actually be able to learn anything outside of COVID-19 caution.
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Prosecutor says Phoenix police protest paperwork issues weren’t ‘nefarious’

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said Tuesday that if police copied and pasted protester arrest information from one statement to another it likely was for the sake of efficiency and nothing else.
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Jayme West

Man on street attacked in Phoenix; 2 suspects rob cellphone store

An attack that came out of nowhere left a man badly beaten on a Phoenix street in 2014. That same year, two men robbed a Valley cellphone store and left in a white moving van.
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Q&A on further reopening of state economy

As more Arizonans go back to dining out and in-person shopping during the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Doug Ducey said a second executive order to stay at home probably wouldn't be needed.
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Jim Sharpe

Scottsdale’s YOLO attitude is a (business) killer

Selfish behavior by businesses and patrons puts us all at risk of another shutdown, write KTAR News host Jim Sharpe.
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