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Deadline looms for drought-stricken states to cut water use

Seven states in the U.S. West are facing a deadline from the federal government to come up with a plan to use substantially less Colorado River water in 2023. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is …
FIDO BAG

Special oxygen mask helps Phoenix firefighters save family dog

Phoenix firefighters rescued a dog from a smoke-filled apartment in Phoenix and used a specially designed oxygen mask to resuscitate the animal. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire …
DEVELOPMENT

$50M Glendale field hockey, sports complex eyes 2023 construction start

Construction on a $50 million, 36-acre recreation sports site in Glendale looks to begin in the spring of 2023.
FIRST RESPONDERS

1 dead, 5 wounded after shooting Sunday at Phoenix home

Authorities say a man is dead and five other people are wounded after a shooting at Phoenix home. Phoenix police say officers responded to the scene around 2 a.m. Sunday. They say an unidentified man …
Envronment

Scottsdale hopes to create cooler climate in city

The heat is escalating, and the city of Scottsdale is searching for a solution. During the past two decades, the Scottsdale Airport has averaged 93 days each year with temperatures of 100 degrees …
THOMPSON RANCH

El Mirage PD: School lockdown 'worked to a T' despite tasing, arrest of parents

 Police arrested three parents, shocking two of them with stun guns, as they tried to force their way into a school that police locked down Friday after an armed man was seen trying to get on …
1ST-DEGREE MURDER CHARGE

Police: Driver runs over, stomps on, kills man in Mesa

Mesa police said a man was killed Friday after a driver struck him with his vehicle, returned to run him over and then stomped on his head multiple times before being stopped by a witness. Police …
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China cuts interest rate to shore up sagging economy

BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank trimmed a key interest rate Monday to shore up sagging economic growth at a politically sensitive time when President Xi Jinping is trying to extend his hold …

Japan marks WWII's end, Kishida doesn't mention aggression

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida renewed Japan's no-war pledge at a somber ceremony Monday as his country marked the 77th anniversary of its World War II defeat, but he did not …

Whanganui River 'always makes things better for me'

Five years ago, the Whanganui River was recognized as a living person in a groundbreaking New Zealand law. For many who live along its banks, the official recognition validated the deep spiritual …

R Kelly trial on whether he fixed 2008 trial set to start

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection begins Monday at R. Kelly’s federal trial in his hometown of Chicago, where the R&B singer faces charges that he rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial by …
Around the Region
West Valley

There hasn’t been a lot on which Glendale’s city hall and the city’s downtown merchants have seen eye to eye lately. Another surfaced this week.

Valley Allstate agents are uniting to collect gift cards in support of a local organization that works to eliminate barriers to graduation for homeless youth. Agents at nine Allstate locations …
Libertas Real Estate will host a free workshop in Glendale for realtors.
Technically, 2022 is Highland Prep’s second season of AIA football. In reality, the young program from the charter school in Surprise hit the reset button. The Honey Badgers have a full 10-game schedule and play in a region for the first time. A new coach will lead a largely new roster onto the field.
The Peoria Unified School District Govnerning Board has tabled an agreement with service provider Bloom 365, a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent teen violence before it happens.
Phoenix

Maricopa County supervisors are turning the legal tables on the state's two top Republican election deniers, asking a judge to impose financial sanctions on them and their lawyers. Emily Crager, …

PHOENIX – Improvement projects will require closures of a section of westbound Interstate 10 in west Phoenix as well as stretches of State Route 143 near Sky Harbor Airport at times this …
U.S. transportation officials announced $2.2 billion for local infrastructure projects on Thursday, paving build a new bike and pedestrian bridge connecting the north and south banks of the Rio …
The city of Phoenix is looking for nominations for the annual Living the Dream Award. The award recognizes individuals who embody the ideas of Martin Luther King “through their continued …
Tuesday, President Biden signed the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act into law. The bill includes more than $52 billion for U.S. companies producing semiconductors, with billions more in tax credits to …
East Valley

America's workforce now has greater access to Rio Salado College classes, micro-credentials and degree programs through a new partnership with Guild, a Career Opportunity Platform, which enables forward-thinking employers to invest in their employees, unlocking life-changing opportunities for personal and professional growth through education and learning programs, career development and one-on-one coaching.

Gilbert Public Schools has been busy upgrading security, including more work on school lobbies this summer to increase safety. Superintendent Shane McCord acknowledged at a governing board study …
Gilbert Public Schools is moving ahead with a second phase to the district’s energy project that will bring lighting upgrades, smart irrigation and some artificial turf. The district will be …
Commercial building permits listed July 15-21 in Mesa City Council District 6 in southeast Mesa are, according to the city’s website (by address, date issued or in review, description, value, …
The look and landscaping of a planned Mesa police, fire and medical public safety facility north of Brown Road on the east side of Power Road recently was discussed by the Mesa Design Review …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

What’s a banana republic? A political scientist explains

When someone mentions a “banana republic,” they’re referring to a small, poor, politically unstable country...

Abrami: Resident urges people read Marshall book

With all the perpetual discussion about the border, I strongly recommend people read “The Age of Walls” by Tim Marshall, dealing with border barriers of various types all over the world.

Should we still go camping if thunderstorms in forecast?

Headed up to Fool’s Hollow Lake this weekend for the first time...

Garavito: Here’s what’s missing from Inflation Reduction Act

I am pleased that the Inflation Reduction Act will help Americans by reducing health care costs...

Study: Cable news is the main driver of polarization in America ... not social media

The past two election cycles have seen an explosion of attention given to “echo chambers”...
Valley sports

Walker 4 hits, 4 RBIs, powers Diamondbacks past Rockies 7-4

Christian Walker had four hits, including a 460-foot homer, and drove in four runs, leading rookie Tommy Henry and the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Colorado Rockies 7-4. Walker hit two doubles along …

Rockies square off against the Diamondbacks in series rubber match

Both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for a series win with a victory on Sunday.

Gallen solid, Rivera homers twice as D-backs shut out Rockies

Zac Gallen pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Emmanuel Rivera went deep twice for his first career multi-homer game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0. Gallen struck …
National sports

Serena Williams' Cincinnati opener pushed back to Tuesday

Serena Williams’ opening match in the Western & Southern Open has been rescheduled from Monday to Tuesday. The 40-year-old Williams, preparing to retire, is set to face 19-year-old Emma Raducanu, …

Wacha makes short work of Yankees, Boston wins 3-0 in 2:15

Michael Wacha pitched seven innings in his return from a shoulder injury, and Rafael Devers homered to lead the last-place Boston Red Sox past the division-leading New York Yankees 3-0. Tommy Pham …

Will Zalatoris opens playoffs with FedEx St. Jude victory

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Will Zalatoris had the most money and the best world ranking of anyone without a PGA Tour victory. He changed that Sunday by winning the FedEx St. Jude Championship without …

Japan's Saka Baba wins US Women's Amateur in blowout

Saki Baba routed Monet Chun of Canada 11 and 9 on Sunday to become the second Japanese winner in  U.S. Women’s Amateur history. The 17-year-old Baba won the last six holes, ending the match with a …

Simona Halep wins 3rd National Bank title, needs 3 sets

Simona Halep of Romania won her third National Bank Open title  Sunday, beating Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. The 30-year-old Halep, also the 2016 and 2018 winner in Montreal, won her …
Most recent

In 2017, New Zealand passed a groundbreaking law granting personhood status to the Whanganui River. The law declares that the river is a living whole, from the mountains to the sea, incorporating all …

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday offered “audacious” economic assistance to North Korea if it abandons its nuclear weapons program while avoiding harsh …
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court Monday began hearing a final appeal by former Prime Minister Najib Razak to toss out his graft conviction linked to the massive looting of the 1MDB …
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Valley business

Mesa Office Plaza sold for $1.2M

SVN Desert Commercial Advisors Justin Horwitz, Paul Borgesen and Richard Lewis recently closed the $1,275,000 sale of Mesa Office Plaza, a 5,157-square-foot office building at 625 W. Southern Ave. in …

Risas Dental and Braces to offer free services for annual Labor Day event

Community members can choose one of four free dental treatments, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, or exams and X-Rays.

Arizona Helping Hands receives 1,400 backpacks for foster care children

Plexus Worldwide, one of the largest direct selling health and wellness companies in the world, supported local nonprofit Arizona Helping Hands (AHH) in its effort to provide back-to-school supplies …

New Scottsdale bank offers microloan program for small businesses

Scottsdale Community Bank announced its new Lemonade Stand Microloans program, a creative concept for small businesses, that was rolled out during the anticipated grand opening of the new bank.

Neighbors

Annual ‘grandparenting’ summit to be held at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church

Pastor Brett Everett announced that Desert Hills Presbyterian Church has been selected as a site for the 2022 Legacy Grandparenting Summit.

Peoria urges residents check for leaks at home

As part of Peoria’s continued efforts to help residents increase water savings, residents are encouraged to find those sneaky leaks.

Scottsdale locals launch laptop initiative for students in-need

Starting the school year, college students are expected to come to class ready with a catalog of supplies from books to computers. Not all students can afford to keep up with the changing demands for school supplies, however one couple looks to solve this issue at Coronado High School.

Gilbert looks at redesign for Water Tower Plaza

With degrading infrastructure and a desire to continue developing amenities in the Heritage District, Gilbert is looking at a redesign of the Water Tower Plaza. “We understand how important …

Things to do

Film screening Sept. 8 in Mesa for documentary on Ron English

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is hosting a film screening of Living in Delusionville followed by Q&A with Ron English at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Piper Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. …

The Thumb in Scottsdale opens outdoor public market

Beginning Aug. 21, every Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to noon, The Thumb in Scottsdale will host a big, outdoor public market.

Zao Theatre presents ‘Frost/Nixon’ through Aug. 20 in Gold Canyon

Zao Theatre, 6338 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon, presents “Frost/Nixon” Aug. 5-20. This fictionalized Tony Award winning British play by screenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgan is …

Band plays at local church

The Salty Dawgs will perform 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Shepherd of The Hills Methodist Church, 13658 W. Meeker Blvd. Ice cream will be served and a free-will offering will be taken. Call the …

Entertainment
FILE - Actress Anne Heche poses for a portrait to promote the film, "The Last Word" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 23, 2017. Heche, who first came to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” in the late 1980s before becoming one of the hottest stars in Hollywood in the late 1990s, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, nine days after she was injured in a fiery car crash. She was 53.  (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

Anne Heche dies of crash injuries after life support removed

Actor Anne Heche has died, nine days after she was injured in a fiery car crash. She was 53. Spokeswoman Holly Baird said Sunday night that Heche “been peacefully taken off life support.” She had …

Susan Unterberg honored by MacDowell for her arts advocacy

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of a leading grant program for women's artists will be honored by the MacDowell artists' retreat this fall. Visual artist Susan Unterberg has been named this year's …
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Bryan Tyree Henry, left, and Brad Pitt in a scene from "Bullet Train." (Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures via AP)

'Bullet Train' repeats No. 1; 'Top Gun' flies back up ranks

Sunday studio estimates say the Brad Pitt action film “Bullet Train” led all movies in ticket sales for a second straight weekend. A quiet spell in theaters and incredible staying power allowed …
FILE — Author Salman Rushdie talks about the start of his writing career, during the Mississippi Book Festival, in Jackson, Miss., on Aug. 18, 2018. Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday while giving a lecture in western New York. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Salman Rushdie 'on the road to recovery,' agent says

Salman Rushdie's agent says the author is “on the road to recovery” two days after suffering serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in upstate New York. The announcement followed news that …

Svika Pick, prolific Israeli singer-songwriter, dies at 72

JERUSALEM (AP) — Svika Pick, a pillar of Israel's music industry who gained international attention after his song won the Eurovision Song Contest, has died. He was 72. Pick, known as “the …
Obituaries & Memorials

Lloyd James “Bud” Moran

Bud passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City West at the age of 96. Born in LaCrosse, WI, to Lloyd M. Moran and Ruth (Faas) Moran, he was the eldest of 11 siblings. After graduating from …

Charles Joseph "Chuck" Garcia, Sr.

Charles Joseph "Chuck" Garcia, Sr., 55, went home to be with the Lord in July of 2022. He was born on March 31, 1967, to the late Carlos Garcia and Antoinette Hernandez. Chuck was married to his …

Claudette Edith Corrado

Claudette E. Corrado passed away peacefully on the morning of June 16, 2022 with family by her side. Born to James Chlad & Edna (Bertolino) in Cleveland, Ohio on February 1, 1938. After …

William Carroll Arnold

William Carroll “Bill” Arnold of Gold Canyon passed away on July 17, 2022, at home surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. Bill was born on August 29, 1935, in Duck, Clay County, …

Marilyn Paschke Zwier

Marilyn, 86, of Sun City, passed away July 24, 2022.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois to Otto Ernest and Evelyn (Uhle) Paschke.Her life was spent caring for her family first and …
Nation

Police: Man drives into fundraiser crowd, then kills mother

Pennsylvania state police say a man drove into a crowd at a fundraiser for victims of a recent deadly house fire. One person was killed and 17 others were injured Saturday. He then returned home and …

Strike four: Facebook misses election misinfo in Brazil ads

Facebook failed to detect blatant election-related misinformation in ads ahead of Brazil’s 2022 election, a new report from Global Witness has found, continuing a pattern of not catching material …

Japan ekes out growth as consumers splurge amid COVID surge

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2% for the April-June quarter from the previous quarter, the government said Monday, as consumer spending rebounded with COVID-19 …

Police: 2 dead after SUV crashes into N. Carolina restaurant

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A sport utility vehicle crashed into a North Carolina fast-food restaurant on Sunday, killing two sibling customers, police said. The single-vehicle crash occurred at about …

Activist offers to pay for Kansas' recount of abortion vote

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An anti-abortion activist who heads a small hard-right Republican group said he’s offered to pay the expected $229,000 cost of a hand recount of votes from every Kansas county …
World

US Congress members meet Taiwan leader amid China anger

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has met with a delegation of U.S. Congress members, in a further sign of support among American lawmakers for the self-governing island that China claims as its own …

German minister decries ecological catastrophe in Oder River

Germany’s environment minister says the mass die-off of fish in the Oder River is an ecological catastrophe and it's not clear yet how long it will take the river to recover. Steffi Lemke spoke …

A year on, ex-Afghan leader defends role in Taliban takeover

On the eve of the anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan’s former president has defended what he says was a split-second decision to flee. Ashraf Ghani told CNN that he left …

Shooting, blast in Ecuador port city kills 5, damages homes

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Gunfire and a subsequent explosion left at least five people dead, 15 injured and several others missing, as well as damaging homes, in the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil, …

Norway puts down Freya the walrus that drew Oslo crowds

Authorities in Norway say they have euthanized a walrus that had drawn crowds of spectators in the Oslo Fjord after concluding that it posed a risk to humans. The female walrus, known affectionately …