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Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona said Wednesday they turned in 420,000 petition signatures — far more than needed to get the measure on the November ballot despite challenges posed by the coronavirus.



The number of new coronavirus cases in Arizona is down somewhat from the previous day’s record-breaker.


Officials at Northern Arizona Healthcare, the largest hospital system in the region, are reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases. But they say they’re not near crisis levels and have enough staff to handle increase. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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A masked Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Arizona where the state leads the nation in the rate of new coronavirus cases.  


Officials on the Tonto National Forest say they’ll close the forest beginning Thursday because of ongoing extreme fire danger.