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Valley and State

Navajo Nation reports 94 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 94 new COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths. The latest figures bring the total reported coronavirus cases on the …

Trump pardons ex-Arizona congressman in corruption case

PHOENIX (AP) — Rick Renzi, the former three-term Republican congressman in Arizona who served nearly two years in prison for extortion and money laundering convictions and complained that he was …

Arizona measure would expand tax funds for private schools

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers are considering legislation to quadruple the size of a program that allows people to use tax money for private school tuition for foster children and students with …

Ex-Arizona politician in adoption scheme must head to prison

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona politician must report to prison by midday Thursday to begin serving the first of what will be three sentences stemming from an illegal adoption scheme he …

Maricopa County to give election materials to Arizona Senate

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County officials agreed Wednesday to turn over a raft of election data and copies of all ballots from November's election to Republicans who control the Arizona Senate, …
Your Health
First responders
The San Tan Valley woman who was missing for six days before being found in the Gila River Indian Community on Sunday is improving. A spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said …
The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports of burglaries and thefts Jan. 10-14: Residential burglary, reported at 2:17 a.m. Jan. 10 in the 2100 block of North Meridian …
The Mesa Police Department took reports of the following robberies Jan. 8-14: Robbery of an individual at a convenience store Jan. 10 in the 2000 block of North Power Road. Robbery of an …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Crislip: Why older adults should set New Year’s resolutions and goals

A new year brings new resolutions for many and those New Year’s resolutions could also lead to some health benefits. According to a report published in JAMA, “setting resolutions …
Barbara Duncan

Duncan: Here’s what I see for the future of Arizona education

What do you think Arizona’s K-12 schools will look like in 2031? Does the prospect excite or dishearten you? After a year of countless hardships for families, we could use some positivity.
Giselle Alexander

Alexander: 6 things to know about PPP loans and your taxes

Last year was monumental to say the least. Life as we once knew it became a thing of the past, for individuals and businesses alike.
Merrill Edelstein

Edelstein: Arts options abound as 2021 begins

Well, it’s 2021, and like a lot of you, I’m on the couch staying safe.
The first doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine arrive in Maricopa County, Dec. 14.

Kirschner: Vaccine is a victory for science, humanity

With the approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the major tasks are now distribution and vaccination. Developing the vaccines has been a technological marvel, but until we get shots in the arms of 80% of the population, the COVID-19 pandemic will not be aborted.
More sports

Ovechkin on COVID list, Caps fined $100K; Canes games off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and three other Washington Capitals players were added to the NHL's COVID-19 list Wednesday and the team was fined $100,000 by the league for violating coronavirus …

Bills among the NFL's 4 defenses peaking in the postseason

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Leslie Frazier’s faith in his Bills defense never wavered even at the lowest point of Buffalo’s season. It was mid-November and the Bills were entering their bye …

Brady, talented Buccaneers playmakers developing chemistry

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Tom Brady drops back in the pocket he has a bunch of options to attack opposing defenses, including a talented collection of receivers that's possibly the best he's played …

AP source: Brantley agrees to $32M, 2-year deal with Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Outfielder Michael Brantley has agreed to a $32 million, two-year contract with the Houston Astros, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke to …
Nation

New studies clarify which genes may raise breast cancer risk

Two large studies give a much sharper picture of which inherited mutations raise the risk of breast cancer for women without a family history of the disease, and how common these flawed genes are in …

VIRUS TODAY: US states report COVID-19 vaccine shortage

Here's what's happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — A number of states are reporting they are , and tens of thousands of people who …

Rape charges denied by lawyer for '70s Show' actor Masterson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson pleaded not guilty on his behalf Wednesday to the rapes of three women in the early 2000s. Defense lawyer Tom …
Subscriber exclusive

Biden bids goodbye to Delaware as inauguration looms

NEW CASTLE — Prior to traveling to Washington for his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday bid farewell to his adopted home state of Delaware from a National Guard training center …
Health watch

Florida nears 1 million people vaccinated for COVID-19

Statewide as of Jan. 17 (reported Jan. 18), Florida had vaccinated 938,537 people with the first dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and 93,258 had received their second …
World

Delay in Pfizer vaccine shipments frustrate Europe, Canada

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its …

Portugal sets records in one of world's worst virus surges

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s new daily COVID-19 cases jumped by more than 14,600 to set a new national record Wednesday, as the country weathers one of the worst pandemic surges in the …

Italian police find stolen copy of Leonardo 'Salvator Mundi'

ROME (AP) — Italian police have recovered a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th century “Salvator Mundi” painting of Jesus Christ that was stolen from a Naples church during the …

Dutch propose curfew to rein in virus; will ban more flights

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government wants to impose a curfew as part of beefed-up restrictions to rein in the spread of a new more contagious virus variant that already accounts for …

Germany to ban practice of killing newly hatched male chicks

BERLIN (AP) — The German government plans to ban the practice of killing male chicks after they hatch, which results in the death of around 45 million birds per year in the country. The Cabinet …
Business

CenturyLink to end Prism IPTV service in Litchfield Park

The city of Litchfield Park announced that CenturyLink will discontinue its Prism Internet Protocol Television service to city residents on March 31.

Work on Keystone XL pipeline suspended ahead of Biden action

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline said Wednesday it has suspended work on the pipeline in in anticipation of incoming U.S. President Joe Biden revoking its …

Multifamily community planned at Camino a Lago Marketplace in Peoria

A 280-unit gated, multifamily residential community could be coming to 14 acres at the Camino a Lago Marketplace, but it has encountered some opposition from nearby residents as the permitting process has progressed.

Facebook business pages explored in AZ Techcelerator webinar

The AZ Techcelerator is hosting its next business webinar, titled "How to Create Content for Your Facebook Business Page," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

Neighbors

West Valley food bank among those applying for grant help

The Hope for Hunger Food Bank, located at 5605 N. 55th Ave., which serves Glendale residents and parts of Peoria, provides a lot more than just food distribution.

Apache Junction food bank adds little library with books, snacks, water

The Superstition Community Food Bank in Apache Junction has a new Little Snack Book Bank. The box at 575 N. Idaho Road Suite No. 701 holds new children books, non-perishable snacks and water for …

Scottsdale church feeds families experiencing homelessness

In an effort to help one of the most vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic, members of Chaparral Christian Church volunteered to shelter and provide meals for families experiencing …

Mesa resident named to president’s list at Gonzaga University

Thomas Boesch of Mesa has earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for fall semester 2020. Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. Gonzaga …

Things to do

WHAM ends month with pair of painting classes

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, ends January with several classes.

Zao Theatre presents ‘Songs for a New World’ Jan. 29-Feb. 14

“Songs for a New World” is the next musical production to be presented at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction. Performances are Jan. 29-Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. …

Surprise's MLK celebration going virtual this year

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service is going virtual for the city of Surprise.

Arizona Speedway serving hot wings Jan. 22-24

Advanced reserved seats for the inaugural Wild Wing Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway are available for online purchase The 410 c.i. Winged Sprint Car …

Entertainment
This image released by Netflix shows ​Rajkummar Rao, from left, Priyanka Chopra and Adarsh Gourav ​in a scene from "The White Tiger." (Tejinder Singh Khamkha​/Netflix via AP)

Review: In 'The White Tiger,' an epic for modern-day India

Ramin Bahrani, the Iranian-American filmmaker, started out small, with the simple story of a pushcart vendor, a Pakistani immigrant selling coffee and doughnuts in New York, in 2005’s In the years …
This image released by IFC Films shows, from second left, George Lopez, Frank Grillo, Andie McDowell and Jake Allyn in a scene from "No Man's Land." (IFC FIlms via AP)

Review: A showdown at the border in ‘No Man’s Land’

Border tensions are boiled down to two families in “ ,” an uneven independent thriller with some redeeming qualities. Its heart, and homages to classic Westerns, are in the right place even if …

West Valley Arts Council sets Black History Month events

In observance of Black History Month and in recognition of the contributions African American artists have made in the community and the greater culture, West Valley Arts Council will present its newest exhibition, Imprint: African Americans in the Arts.
This cover image released by BMG shows "Silver Dream" by Moon Taxi. (BMG via AP)

Review: Moon Taxi, a cab simply not worth hailing anymore

Moon Taxi, “Silver Dream" (BMG) Moon Taxi have a new album with a dozen songs, but you may be forgiven for losing track of them. One unmemorable, formulaic tune bleeding into another leaves …
This image released by Netflix shows ​Adarsh Gourav ​as ​Balram​ ​in a scene from "The White Tiger." (Tejinder Singh Khamkha​/Netflix via AP)

How Netflix helped 'The White Tiger' movie become a reality

Priyanka Chopra Jonas was scrolling through Twitter a few years ago when she saw a headline that a film adaptation of “The White Tiger” was in the works. She immediately got on the phone to her …
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