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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona reports 480 additional COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Friday reported 480 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths as the number of virus-related hospitalizations continued to range between 500 and 600 …

4-vehicle crash on State Route 87 north of Payson kills 2

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — A vehicle crossed the center line of State Route 87 north of Payson, starting a chain-reaction collision in which two people were killed Friday night, the Arizona Department of …

Arizona panel moving to restrict disconnections by utilities

PHOENIX (AP) — A 3-2 vote by the Arizona Corporation Commission puts the regulatory panel on course to further restrict utility shut-offs for nonpayment during extreme heat and under other …

Inmate in Arizona prison found unresponsive, pronounced dead

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An inmate at the state prison in Florence has died of apparent suicide, correctional officials said. Prison staff found Jason Rothlisberger, 45, unresponsive at the prison …

Navajo Nation reports no new virus deaths for nearly a week

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is coming up on a week of reporting no additional deaths of the coronavirus on the vast reservation where safety precautions like a mask mandate and …
First responders
Many members of the public calling into Phoenix City Council meetings for the past year have been urging city leaders to reduce the Phoenix Police Department’s budget and mandate more …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area April 8-15: Theft of property reported at 8:32 a.m. April 9 in the 6600 block of West Pleasant Oak …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from April 8-15.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

McCoy: Trash cans need to be out of sight

I am writing concerning the article in the newspaper dated March 17 (“Property rules up for discussion”). I am a resident of Surprise and would like to voice my opinion of a situation …
Jon Lyons

Lyons: April 22 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

My daughter was 10 years old when she first attended Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at my office.
David Coward

Coward: Arizona must follow the Constitution for redistricting

Some are advancing the argument that the 2010 process was flawed because it emphasized “competitiveness.” This is a false argument used to undermine the integrity of the work of the 2011 redistricting commission and perpetuates the idea that the 2011 district maps were unfairly drawn to benefit Democrats because competitiveness was considered.

Verdier: What does the COVID-19 vaccine mean for employers?

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is well under way. We all hope this is a means to an end of social restrictions and making our way back to life as we once knew it. According to the CDC over …

Lyons: An open letter to Scottsdale officials about 5G, smart city

Dear Scottsdale City Council, Are you sleeping well at night? Unfortunately, many of your constituents aren’t, because you, our council, are not upholding your oaths of office to protect our …
More sports

Hakanpaa scores to lead Hurricanes past Predators 3-1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jani Hakanpaa scored his first goal with Carolina to break a tie in the third period and the Hurricanes beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 Saturday night. Hakanpaa, a …

Subban makes 29 saves as Blackhawks beat Red Wings 4-0

DETROIT (AP) — Malcolm Subban made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 on Saturday night. Patrick Kane had a goal and an …

Kuemper sharp in return, Coyotes rally to beat Blues 3-2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 20 shots in his return to the lineup, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday Arizona got …

Naylor hits into triple play, makes key E, Reds edge Indians

Josh Naylor lined into a triple play in the eighth inning, then let a routine grounder roll through his legs at first base with two outs in the ninth that led to Cincinnati's tying run as the Reds …
Most recent
Innovative Education Program Offsets Preschool Enrollment Drop

(NewsUSA) - The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to keep many children out of preschool nationwide, due to school closures or to parents' concerns about sending their children to the in-person …

US deports woman who lied about role in Rwandan genocide

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Founder of Adobe and developer of PDFs dies at age 81

St. Louis Team Stax

Nation

In Minneapolis, armed patrol group tries to keep the peace

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — As protests intensified in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a group of Black men joined the crowd intent on keeping the peace …

Journalists allege police harassment at Minnesota protests

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Some journalists covering protests over a police shooting in suburban Minneapolis say officers have harassed and assaulted them despite a federal order to leave them …

EXPLAINER: How is 'reasonableness' key to Chauvin's defense?

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys and witnesses have used the words “reasonable” or “unreasonable” often at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in …

AP Week in Pictures: Global

APRIL 10 - 16, 2021 From clashes in Greece, to health care workers continuing care of COVID-19 patients in Canada, to celebrations honoring late leader Kim II Sung in North Korea and Muslims …

Celebrities make a stand for COVID vaccines on TV special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and a slew of celebrities including Billy Crystal, Jennifer Hudson and Lin-Manuel Miranda are part of a special aimed at …
World

Russia arrests two alleged Belarus coup plotters

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s main security agency says it has arrested two Belarusians who it said were preparing a plot to overthrow Belarus’ government and kill authoritarian President Alexander …

Iran offers upbeat assessment of progress in nuclear talks

BERLIN (AP) — A senior Iranian official offered an upbeat assessment of progress in talks aimed at bringing the United States back into world powers' 2015 deal with Tehran on its nuclear program, …

Zimbabwe frees some inmates to reduce COVID-19 risk in jails

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has begun releasing about 3,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty aimed at easing congestion to reduce the threat of COVID-19 in the country’s overcrowded …

Pressure mounts for Merkel's bloc to end its power struggle

BERLIN (AP) — Pressure mounted Saturday on the two contenders hoping to lead German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc into September's national election to end their power struggle and …

Star British choreographer Liam Scarlett dies at 35

LONDON (AP) — Liam Scarlett, a star British choreographer whose career was clouded by abuse allegations, has died. He was 35. Scarlett’s family said Saturday that “it is with great sadness …
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Business

After child death, US says to stop using Peloton treadmill

NEW YORK (AP) — Safety regulators warned people with kids and pets Saturday to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after one child died and nearly 40 others were injured. The U.S. …

SolarWinds hacking campaign puts Microsoft in hot seat

BOSTON (AP) — The sprawling, monthslong deemed a grave threat to U.S. national security came to be known as SolarWinds for the company whose software update Russian intelligence agents stealthily …

American, 2 Russians return to Earth from space station

MOSCOW (AP) — An American astronaut and two Russians have returned to Earth after six months aboard the International Space Station. A Soyuz space capsule carrying NASA’s Kate Rubins and …

Justice Department sues Roger Stone over $2M in unpaid taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone on Friday, accusing the conservative provocateur and his wife of failing to pay nearly $2 million in income tax. The …

Neighbors

HALO Animal Rescue receives $30,000 grant from Petco Love

HALO (Helping Animals Live On) Animal Rescue, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that helps animals in Maricopa County find furever homes, has received a $30,000 grant from the newly named Petco …

Roman Rozell inducted into Apache Junction High School Wall of Fame

Years before Roman Rozell became a Green Beret and the oldest man to compete in an NCAA wrestling match, he was an overweight and troubled kid at Apache Junction High School. Mr. Rozell’s …

Wells Fargo, Larry H. Miller Ford Mesa donating vehicle to retired U.S. Army specialist

Wells Fargo in collaboration with Larry H. Miller Ford Mesa are sponsoring a donation of a payment-free 2020 Ford TRKS Edge through the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s …

Meet Wesson – Musical teen seeks family to live in harmony

The room fills with laughter as Wesson cracks another joke. The thirteen-year-old has a magnetic personality and a wide smile that he likes to show often.

Things to do

Gila River Music Festival May 21-22

The inaugural Gila River Music Festival is May 21-22 in Kearny, a small town on the Gila River an hour from the Valley just down the road from Superior. “The music festival will feature a …

‘The Sound of Music’ continues Friday-Saturday at Zao Theatre

"The Sound of Music," the world’s most beloved musical, graces the Zao Theatre stage March 26-April 17, featuring the music of Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard …

Classical music makes its grand return at Mesa Arts Center

The series Classical Music Inside Out returns for the 2021-22 season at Mesa Arts Center, kicking off with Shelly Watson in October and culminating with an all-star performance featuring Zuill …

Salt River Tubing opens Saturday, May 1

Salt River Tubing and Recreation will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow conditions permitting, beginning Saturday, May 1, with safety protocols in …

Entertainment
FILE - Scott Rudin arrives at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 16, 2011. Rudin, one of the most successful and powerful producers, with a heap of Oscars and Tonys to show for it, has long been known for his torturous treatment of an ever-churning parade of assistants. Such behavior has long been engrained — and sometimes even celebrated — in show business. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Scott Rudin will 'step back' after allegations of bullying

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid mounting anger over allegations of bullying, Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin broke his silence Saturday, saying he is “profoundly sorry” and will step back from …
FILE - This May 14, 2019 file photo shows Jimmy Kimmel at the Walt Disney Television 2019 upfront in New York. Kimmel and former NASA engineer and YouTube Creator Mark Rober will host a three-hour-long livestream fundraiser for autism. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Jimmy Kimmel, YouTube's Mark Rober to host autism benefit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel and YouTube personality and engineer Mark Rober will host an online fundraiser to benefit those with autism. The three-hour event, “Color The Spectrum: A …
FILE - Actress Helen McCrory arrives at the British Academy Television Awards in London on May 8, 2016. McCrory, who starred in the television show “Peaky Blinders” and the “Harry Potter” movies, has died. She was 52 and had been suffering from cancer. Her husband, actor Damian Lewis, said Friday that McCrory died “peacefully at home” after a "heroic battle with cancer.” (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

'Peaky Blinders' actor Helen McCrory dies of cancer at 52

British actor Helen McCrory, who starred in the television show “Peaky Blinders” and the “Harry Potter” movies, has died, her husband said Friday. She was 52 and had been suffering from …
Barbecue chipotle burgers. [MetroCreative]

Burger season gets fired up

As the mercury rises, the opportunities to cook a greater number of meals on the grill increases. For many people, there’s nothing like the smoke-kissed flavor of meats, poultry and vegetables …
In this video grab provided by the SAG Awards, Viola Davis presents an In Memoriam tribute during the 27th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on April 4, 2021. (SAG Awards via AP)

Viola Davis is named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Viola Davis was named Woman of the Year on Friday by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “Viola has inspired our company with her incredible grit and …