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Valley and State

County effort to block Senate election subpoena gets hearing

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge is set to hear arguments Thursday in a fight between Arizona Senate Republicans and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors over access to ballots and voting machines used …

Tucson man gets 5-year federal prison term in weapons case

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for possessing illegal weapons. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Raymundo Lopez Casillas unlawfully possessed …

Arizona fined $1M for failing to improve prison health care

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge presiding over a legal settlement on the quality of health care in Arizona’s prisons has imposed $1.1 million in contempt of court fines against the state for …

House votes to raise Arizona's low unemployment pay

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House voted Wednesday to raise Arizona's super-low $240 maximum weekly unemployment benefit to $300 at the start of 2022 and impose a small increase in employer insurance …

Missing 78-year-old man found dead in a Tucson national park

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A 78-year-old man reported missing earlier this month was found dead Wednesday in a Tucson national park, authorities said. Pima County Sheriff's officials said deputies …
First responders
The Mesa Police Department took reports of the following robberies and burglaries Feb. 12-18: Burglary at a residence/home Feb. 12 in the 600 block of North Cherry.Burglary at a parking/drop …
The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports of fraud and identity theft Feb. 12-18: Fraud/forgery — identity theft, reported at 8:40 a.m. Feb. 12 in the 1600 block of …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took reports of vandalism, theft and other incidents in Gold Canyon Feb. 12-18: Fraud, reported at 4:46 p.m. Feb. 12 in the 9700 block of East Windy Pass …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Sewell: No matter the direction, beauty is all around Arizona

Call me biased, but I am confident I can convince anyone that Arizona is one of the most scenic states in the country. So, with spring just around the corner, I want to encourage you to lace up your …

Ostrom: Colorectal cancer screenings must remain a priority

Did you know that one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers in the United States is colorectal cancer? In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the …

Elliott: Says Senate’s audit subpoenas ‘sound fair’

I just read on the internet that, “A judge will determine whether the Arizona Senate has the authority to subpoena ballots, tabulation machines and other equipment and data from Maricopa County …
Eric Kurland

Kurland: Voters love voting by mail, so why are they threatening it?

There are so many reasons to be proud to live in the Grand Canyon State — from the “five Cs” I taught to my grade school students to the awe-inspiring scenery that makes us a …
Roberto Reveles

Reveles: Citizens gathered at Gosar’s office in protest of his role in attack on Capitol

Residents of Gold Canyon gathered Thursday, Feb. 18, at Congressman Paul Gosar’s district office on Kings Ranch Road in protest of his role in the Jan. 6 violent attack on the Capitol. The …
More sports

Utah 114, L.A. Lakers 89

Percentages: FG .400, FT .650. 3-Point Goals: 8-33, .242 (Gasol 2-5, Horton-Tucker 2-5, Dudley 1-2, Kuzma 1-3, Matthews 1-4, James 1-5, McKinnie 0-1, Morris 0-1, Caruso 0-3, Caldwell-Pope …

Petersen helps Kings beat Blues 2-1 for 6th straight win

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alex Iafallo and Andreas Athanasiou scored in the second period to send the Los Angeles Kings past the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive …

Charlotte 124, Phoenix 121

Percentages: FG .489, FT .926. 3-Point Goals: 13-36, .361 (Monk 5-10, Ball 3-7, Mil.Bridges 2-4, McDaniels 1-1, Washington 1-3, Rozier 1-5, Zeller 0-1, Hayward 0-5). Team Rebounds: 2. Team …

Coyotes rally from 3 down to beat Ducks 4-3 in shootout

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak each scored in a shootout, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied from a three-goal deficit for the second straight game to beat the Anaheim Ducks …
Nation

California tops 50,000 virus deaths, including 806 in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported another 806 deaths from coronavirus during the winter surge, pushing California’s toll above 50,000, or about one-tenth of the U.S. …

Left out of MeToo: New initiative focuses on Black survivors

It’s been more than three years since the #MeToo movement launched a culture-shifting conversation about sexual violence. But Tarana Burke, the activist who gave the movement its name, says …

Facebook says it will pay $1B over 3 years to news industry

Facebook, following in Google's footsteps, says it to "support the news industry” over the next three years. The social networking giant, which over a law that would make social platforms pay …

David Foster and Katharine McPhee welcome a baby boy

NEW YORK (AP) — Katharine McPhee and David Foster may want to channel their musical talents into lullabies. The couple, who wed in 2019, have welcomed a baby boy, McPhee's publicist confirmed …

'60 Minutes' will have streaming spinoff on Paramount+

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News is launching a streaming version of “60 Minutes” on the new Paramount+ service, hoping to expose the durable brand to a younger and more diverse audience. The “60 …
World

UN: India coast guard helping Rohingya adrift in Andaman Sea

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Indian coast guard found a boat carrying Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea and provided them with food, water and medical care, the U.N. refugee agency said …

Honduras leader warns drug cooperation with US endangered

TEGUCIGALPÁ, Honduras (AP) — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández warned Wednesday that antinarcotics cooperation with the United States could “collapse” if U.S. authorities believe …

Italy orders food delivery services to treat riders better

ROME (AP) — Italy is going after online food delivery companies, with one prosecutor lamenting Wednesday that the cyclists who deliver the food, many of them immigrants, are practically treated …

Sanctions prompt Venezuela to expel head of EU delegation

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government on Wednesday ordered the expulsion of the head of the European Union delegation in the South American nation following the bloc’s decision to …

EXPLAINER: UN vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain

As the coronavirus pandemic exploded worldwide last April, global organizations banded together to help ensure that the world's most vulnerable people would get vaccines amid the rush for shots. The …
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Business

'Mission: Impossible 7' will hit Paramount+ even sooner

Paramount Pictures is joining other major Hollywood studios in slashing the traditional 90-day theatrical window. ViacomCBS on Wednesday announced that some of the studio’s films, including …

Federal watchdog blasts FAA over certification of Boeing jet

Federal auditors say U.S. regulators didn’t understand a flight-control system that played a role in two deadly crashes of a Boeing jet and must improve their process for certifying new …

GameStop shares double after tumbling for much of February

Wall Street’s mania over GameStop is on again, at least for one afternoon. Shares in the troubled video game company more than doubled Wednesday to $91.71 apiece, the stock’s best day since …

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats' virus relief package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rallied solidly Wednesday against Democrats' proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by that could bolster or potentially kill a …

Neighbors

Hope in the Garden photography exhibit to benefit at-risk youth

Beginning March 18 Berridge Nurseries will be featuring a collection of nature-themed photos taken by youth from the nonprofit organization, Kids in Focus, which uses the art of photography to give …

Litchfield Park girl strikes a pose in Make-A-Wish fashion shoot

For much of her young life, Audrey Murphy dreamed of having her hair and makeup styled by professionals, putting on beautiful outfits and striking pose after pose as a fashion photographer captured her in action, just like models in Vogue magazine.

Splash pads in Queen Creek ready to open next month

The weather will be heating up soon and that means splash pad season in Queen Creek. The town recently announced that the splash pad at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, will open for …

CAC’s Ackland receives distinguished college administrator award

Dr. Terri Ackland, academic dean for arts and humanities at Central Arizona College, has been named a distinguished college administrator by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Ackland is one of 26 …

Things to do

How to communicate with your mule and donkey topic of March 6-7 clinic

An in-person clinic on how to communicate with a mule or donkey is being held at the Queen Valley Mule Ranch March 6-7. “Maybe you’re feeling a bit down about how your animal is …

Engvall ready for 2 shows in Surprise

Grammy Award-nominated comedian Bill Engvall is scheduled to perform two shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place.

Rec on the go in Florence

The Town of Florence Recreation Division wants you to get out and get active! Sports equipment is available for use for free. Items available include basketballs, tennis equipment, pickleball …

Splash pad at Founders’ Park to open March 1

The splash pad at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek, will open for the season on March 1. The splash pad at Mansel Carter Oasis Park, 19535 E. Appleby Road in Queen …

Entertainment
This image provided by ABC shows Emilio Estevez in a scene from "The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers." (Liane Hektischer/ABC via AP)

'The Mighty Ducks' coaxes Emilio Estevez back into acting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emilio Estevez said “The Mighty Ducks” TV series wooed him out of the director’s chair and back into acting, but only because it was a worthy successor to the 1990s movie …
This image provided by Marvel Studios shows Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in a scene from "WandaVision." (Marvel Studios via AP)

Marvel's Wanda has a future, but 'WandaVision' fate unclear

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When “WandaVision” wraps its initial run next month on the Disney+ streaming service, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda will make her next appearance in the big-screen “Doctor …
FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020, file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan arrive at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's foundation has helped support the completion of an emergency relief center in the Commonwealth. World Central Kitchen announced Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, that the construction of the first community relief center in Dominica has been completed. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Prince Harry and Meghan support completion of relief center

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's foundation has helped support the completion of an emergency relief center in the Commonwealth. World Central Kitchen Wednesday that the …
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a fashion store's front window in Monte Napoleone shopping street during the Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Del Core intros new brand with live show during digital MFW

MILAN (AP) — It was a lockdown well-spent for Daniel Del Core. The German designer chose the unlikely moment when the world was reeling from the coronavirus last spring and the luxury sector was …
This cover image released by Knopf shows "Speak, Okinawa," a memoir by Elizabeth Miki Brina. (Knopf via AP)

Review: 'Speak, Okinawa' is a masterful memoir and more

“Speak, Okinawa,” by Elizabeth Miki Brina (Knopf) Elizabeth Miki Brina’s “Speak, Okinawa” is a masterful memoir in which Brina examines the complex relationship she has with her …