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An Arizona man already facing assault charges for allegedly plowing his truck into people participating in a bike race nearly six weeks ago has been charged with murder. An indictment released Wednesday adds a murder charge against Shawn Michael Chock in Jeremy Barrett’s death. Barrett was one of those injured when authorities said Chock sped into a crowd gathered for the race in Show Low, Arizona. He’s also charged with aggravated assault of nine other people.  He pleaded not guilty to some of the charges, though he hasn’t yet entered a plea on the murder charge. His attorney, Hunter T.

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Republican Gov. Doug Ducey says Arizona won’t be making any changes to its COVID-19 polices even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reversed course on some masking guidelines. The CDC recommended Tuesday that masks be worn indoors in parts of the country classified as having substantial or high transmission, citing a surge of infections from the delta variant. It included all teachers, staff, students and visitors at schools nationwide regardless of vaccination status.

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Former Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he plans to step down as the Arizona Senate's liaison to the Republican-led audit of the 2020 election. Bennett is the only audit leader with substantial experience in elections, and his departure would be another blow to the credibility of the unprecedented partisan review. Bennett told a conservative radio host Wednesday that he can't lend his name to the review because he's been locked out.

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The monsoon picks up again after a brief lull. Widespread thunderstorms and showers have begun across the state, with increased storm activity tomorrow, continuing through the weekend. Heavy rainfall is possible, as well as flash flooding events. The National Weather Service today put out current rainfall totals from this season’s monsoon, compared to last: In 2020, Flagstaff Pulliam Airport recorded less than 2 inches of rain. This year, it’s over 6 inches. Show low has recorded the most rain so far this year with more than 8 inches. Snowflake has received close to 6 inches, Williams 7.

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A preliminary report released Tuesday in a fatal plane crash near Wikieup includes an account of the possibility that a wing fell off. The July 10th crash killed two firefighting personnel who were responding to a wildfire in northwestern Arizona.

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