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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Phoenix teacher accused of having sex with juvenile student

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix school teacher has been arrested and accused of a long-term sexual relationship with one of his underage female students, according to federal authorities. U.S. Marshals …

AG, company sign settlement agreement on hearing aid claims

PHOENIX (AP) — An agreement between an Arizona company and the state Attorney General's office calls for the business to stop misleading consumers by falsely claiming that its over-the-counter …

Pickup truck with baby inside stole from Phoenix parking lot

PHOENIX (AP) — An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday by Phoenix police after a pickup truck with a baby girl inside was stolen from a convenience store parking lot. Police said the toddler’s …

Navajo Nation has no COVID-related deaths for 3rd day in row

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 20 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the third consecutive day. Tribal health officials said the latest …

Vetoed Arizona sex education bill coming back with changes

PHOENIX (AP) — A contentious sex education bill that was vetoed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey last month is being revived, with the sponsor keeping what she called “the heart” of the proposal, …
First responders
Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Lauren Bailey, a 15-year-old runaway.
Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Essam Khalaf, a 15-year-old runaway.
The Town of Florence has successfully concluded its search for a new fire chief with the selection of Paul Adams. Mr. Adams has been serving in the interim fire chief role for the past four …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Mallory Kvek

Kvek: Conduct audit of Mark Lamb’s sheriff’s department

I recently read that a number of Pinal County residents are asking the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to conduct an audit of Mark Lamb’s sheriff’s department. I believe there are more …

Wilson: Calls out Legislature for Big Lie

What a wonderful forward-thinking Legislature we have. They want answers to an election problem which doesn’t exist. I suspect they will soon sponsor a bill to find the real answer to the …
Sarah Wessel

Wessel: Finance innovations bolster Arizona’s marijuana industry

Federal banking laws have created more than just an isolated crisis for Arizona’s multi-billion dollar marijuana industry.

Kenny: COVID-19’s connection to heart disease

In the past year, COVID-19 has become one of the top five causes of death. While the Coronavirus alone can take such a terrible toll on the body, it can be even worse for those with …
Braden Biggs

Biggs: Sign petition to keep SSA building in Apache Junction

As one of your Apache Junction City Council members, it is my duty to advocate on behalf of the city and its residents. Today, I am asking for your help in advocating for your community and your …
Nation

2 planes collide midair above Denver, no one injured

DENVER (AP) — Two small airplanes collided in midair Wednesday near Denver, leaving one aircraft nearly ripped in half and forcing the pilot of the other to deploy a parachute attached to the plane …

Nurses, nonprofits, others take vaccine to homebound people

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For months, Victoria McAllister searched online to make a vaccination appointment. Unlike other people who can hop into a car, though, she has ruptured discs that could slice …

Two planes collide midair above Denver, no one injured

DENVER (AP) — Two small airplanes collided in midair Wednesday near Denver, leaving one aircraft nearly ripped in half and forcing the pilot of the other to deploy a parachute attached to the plane …

Facebook-backed digital currency project Diem shifts to US

A once-ambitious Facebook-backed digital currency project — formerly known as Libra, now called Diem — is shifting operations from Switzerland to the U.S. and said it plans to launch a …

Tesla to stop accepting Bitcoin for car payments

Electric car maker Tesla will stop accepting Bitcoin as a payment, CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday, citing environmental concerns. “We are concerned about rapid increasing use of fossil fuels …
World

Wealthy nations once lauded as successes lag in vaccinations

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some wealthy nations that were most praised last year for controlling the coronavirus are now lagging far behind in getting their people vaccinated — and some, …

Virus stifles Muslims' Eid al-Fitr celebrations for 2nd year

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations on the holiday …

Gaza teeters on the brink as fighting with Israel escalates

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Screams and flying debris enveloped Umm Majed al-Rayyes as explosions hurled her from her bed in Gaza City. Groping in the dark, the 50-year-old grabbed her four …

Boris Johnson's office says court debt order 'without merit'

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said Wednesday that a court order against Johnson over an allegedly unpaid debt is “totally without merit.” Private Eye magazine …

Europe rights body worried by claims Greece ejects migrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe's top human rights body has expressed “deep concern” at persistent allegations that Greek authorities have on several occasions illegally forced back migrants …
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Business

Australian telco fined $39M for exploiting Indigenous folk

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra was fined 50 million Australian dollars ($39 million) on Thursday for unconscionable conduct in selling remote …

Biden signs order to beef up federal cyber defenses

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday meant to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity defenses in response to a series of headline-grabbing hacking incidents that …

Tech audit of Colonial Pipeline found 'glaring' problems

BOSTON (AP) — An outside audit three years ago of the major East Coast pipeline company hit by a cyberattack found “atrocious” information management practices and “a patchwork of poorly …

Biden courts Hill leaders, but GOP won't budge on big deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite sharing pleasantries at the White House, Republican congressional leaders signaled no willingness Wednesday to embrace President Joe Biden's ideas for a massive , …

Neighbors

AJUSD teachers, students and employee of the year recognized

The Apache Junction Unified School District handed out its teacher of the year, students of the year and classified employee of the year awards at the May 11 Governing Board meeting. The 2021 …

Visit Mesa offers ‘Hidden Disabilities Sunflower’ lanyards, bracelets

Visit Mesa, the city of Mesa’s destination marketing organization, is offering Hidden Disabilities Sunflower complimentary lanyards and bracelets. When worn, the sunflower serves as a visual …

Suntec hires Novak as director of business development

Suntec Concrete, a commercial concrete contractor in the Southwest, has hired economic development expert Will Novak as director of business development. Mr. Novak brings a strong track record of …

Students honored at Apache Junction Senior Awards Night

Apache Junction High School Principal Dr. Chris Lineberry turned and looked at the two-dozen-plus students sitting on the stage of the Performing Arts Center. “I couldn’t be more proud …

Things to do

West Valley Arts Council helps to unify community

Just over year ago, the West Valley Arts Council was missing something.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum has summer exhibitions

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 E. Main St., has four new summer exhibitions. They are: Passage, a collaborative site-specific installation of more than 7,000 unfired clay beads, each bead …

Western musical comedy opens at Fountain Hills Theater

The Ballad of Buzzard Basin, a brand-new, old-time cowboy musical that celebrates the essence, and yes, dag-nab-it, the quintessence of the old, old, old west, will be opening at Fountain Hills …

Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center opens May 29

Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, is opening with modified programming and limited open swim hours beginning May 29. Open swim hours will be 11:30 …

Entertainment
This image provided by Music Box Films shows Mila Al-Zahrani in a scene from "The Perfect Candidate." (Music Box Films via AP)

Review: A rare glimpse at the indoor lives of Saudi women

“All politics are local,” the saying goes. That’s a guiding principle in “The Perfect Candidate,” in which a doctor runs for town council purely to get the muddy dirt road in front of a …
FILE - This 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the U.S. rock band Nirvana. Six strands of blonde hair from the grunge rock icon are part of a series of Nirvana offerings that also includes a Cobain amp and a rare group-signed blue Stratocaster-style guitar at an online rock ‘n’ roll auction that ends over the weekend..  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Treasure trove of rock memorabilia includes Kurt Cobain hair

NEW YORK (AP) — Guitars from Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith as well as autographed memorabilia from The Beatles and even strands of hair from Kurt Cobain are some of the highlights of …
FILE - This March 12, 2020, file photo shows Josie Robertson Plaza in front of The Metropolitan Opera house, background center, at Lincoln Center in New York. On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the Metropolitan Opera reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with the American Guild of Musical Artists, one of three major labor deals needed for the New York company to resume performances in September. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Silenced by pandemic, Met Opera to make brief return

NEW YORK (AP) — Silenced for 14 months by the pandemic and dealing with labor strife, the Metropolitan Opera will make a brief return Sunday. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct …

Review: Angelina Jolie leads tense ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’

It would be an understatement to say that Angelina Jolie is put through the wringer in writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s new film “ .” In just 100 minutes, she is beaten and bruised by …
FILE - Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2020. A new fellowship co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide $25,000 for emerging and established Puerto Rican writers. On Wednesday, the Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund announced the establishment of the Letras Boricuas Fellowship for 30 Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and elsewhere who write poetry, fiction creative nonfiction or children’s literature. The Flamboyan Arts Fund is a partnership between Flamboyan Foundation, Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, and the Broadway musical Hamilton to preserve, amplify, and sustain the arts in Puerto Rico. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

New fellowship gives $25,000 grants to Puerto Rican writers

NEW YORK (AP) — A new fellowship co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide $25,000 for emerging and established Puerto Rican writers. On Wednesday, the Mellon Foundation and …