AZ Briefing: Trump coming to Florence; Ariz. health care system pushed to the edge; Capitol raider pleads guilty

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A look at some of today's top stories, the weather forecast and a peek back in history.

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to return to Arizona on Saturday for a rally in Florence. His appearance will be his second in the state since leaving office and underscores his continued importance in GOP circles nearly one year after departing the White House.

Arizona patients could be turned away under strain of COVID-19. The highly contagious omicron variant of the virus is only exacerbating what was already a difficult situation for health care.

A Cottonwood man who took part in the Jan. 6 raid on the U.S. Capitol dressed in a gladiator costume meant to evoke Captain Moroni, a figure from the Book of Mormon, pleaded guilty Friday to a federal misdemeanor charge.

Today, you can expect it to be cloudy, with a high near 72 degrees. Partly cloudy and cool at night, with a low near 46 degrees. Get the full forecast here.

Today in history

  • On this date in 1912, the first Annual Auto Show, held in Phoenix, drew large crowds. Among the exhibits were a Hupmobile delivery wagon priced at $950 and a five-passenger, six-cylinder, 30-horsepower Franklin Model M priced at $3,000.

  • In 1921, seven cars of an eastbound Southern Pacific passenger train were derailed near Vail.

  • 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both engines; all 155 people aboard survived.

  • In 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta.

  • In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: AZ Briefing: Donald Trump in Florence, Ariz. for rally

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