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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Texas woman dies in hit-and-run crash in Phoenix suburb

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in Chandler has been identified as a Texas resident, according to authorities. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said …

Navajo Nation reports 17 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 17 more COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 33,548 confirmed COVID-19 cases …

Arizona lawmaker quits to focus on run for governor

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Rep. Aaron Lieberman has become the second Democratic lawmaker to leave office to focus on a run for higher office. Lieberman announced Monday that he's immediately …
utilities

SRP’s largest Arizona energy facility now online in Peoria

SRP’s largest energy storage facility in Arizona is now online, located in Peoria, with the ability to supply 25 megawatts of power over a four-hour period, or enough energy to power about 5,600 typical residential homes.
Transportation

Phoenix looks at new bus routes for more efficient transportation

Phoenix, the fifth-largest metropolitan city in the country, continues to grow every day, and its transportation system cannot keep up. To address the traffic congestion, the city of Phoenix is in …
First responders
Classes have been disrupted for the second day in a row for Canyon View High School students, following a threat made on social media Thursday night. Canyon View students will be attending classes …
During a traffic stop of a vehicle Sept. 16 in the 200 block of East Southern Ave., Apache Junction Police Department officers discovered the driver of the vehicle, Sergio Barrios Valle, 38, of …
Scottsdale Police Department detectives have arrested Valley resident Sean Edward Winkler, 28, on charges related to child sex trafficking.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Rigler: Foodborne illness affects 1 in 6 Americans

We’ve all had those times when our stomach doesn’t feel just right, often after eating. And often, that stomachache is no more than minor discomfort that lasts just a short time.
Sandra Zebrowski

Zebrowski: Bringing behavioral health into the spotlight

Behavioral health has always been as important as physical health, and the COVID-19 pandemic brought it out of the shadows and into the spotlight. The tight relationship between behavioral and …

Comage-Trower: Children are battling with suicidal ideology, self-harm

When we picture children, we conjure images of toys, laughter, running carefree through school playgrounds and huddling close together with friends to share jokes and show off new light-up sneakers. …

Pacey: ADOT specialty license plates earn millions for Arizona charities

The numbers are in and here’s a list of the top-10 most popular specialty license plates in Arizona for fiscal year 2021, which ran from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

Poverty got worse in 2020 as low-wage workers took brunt of economic blows

Poverty in the U.S. increased in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the economy and unemployment soared. Those at the bottom of the economic ladder were hit hardest, new figures confirm, suggesting that the recession may have widened the gap between the rich and the poor.
Nation

World leaders return to UN and face many escalating crises

NEW YORK (AP) — World leaders will be back at the United Nations for the first time in two years on Tuesday with a formidable agenda of escalating crises to tackle, including the still raging …

Oklahoma sets 7 executions in 6 months; 1st since 2015

Oklahoma scheduled seven executions Monday in what would be the first lethal injections for the state since putting them on hold six years ago following a series of mishaps. Among the men …

Texas doctor says he defied state's near-total abortion ban

DALLAS (AP) — A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law has all but dared supporters of the state's near-total ban on the procedure to try making an …

The Latest: Johnson to Bolsonaro: vaccines save lives

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): NEW YORK — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed the importance of coronavirus vaccines during a meeting with Brazilian …

NHTSA opens new investigation into Takata airbags

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. government’s highway safety regulator has opened an investigation into a potential problem that surfaced last year with 56 million Takata airbags but that the …
World

As Merkel bids farewell, German women wish for more equality

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel, Germany's first female chancellor, has been praised by many for her pragmatic leadership in a turbulent world and celebrated by some as a feminist icon. But a look at …

Q&A: America's new COVID-19 rules for international travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is rolling out new international travel policies affecting Americans and noncitizens alike who want to fly into the U.S. The goal is to restore more …

China keeps virus at bay at high cost ahead of Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — The Beizhong International Travel Agency in the eastern city of Tianjin has had only one customer since coronavirus outbreaks that began in July prompted Chinese leaders to renew …

EU official says Aussie trade deal delayed by French snub

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s cancellation of a French submarine contract will complicate and delay negotiations on an Australian-European Union free trade deal, a European trade …

Haitian deportees start over in country they don’t recognize

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Claile Bazile doesn’t know where she and her 2-year-old son will stay once they leave the hotel where officials temporarily set aside rooms for some of the hundreds …
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Business

Key hearing set in Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A key hearing before a Delaware judge could determine whether the Boy Scouts of America might be able to emerge from bankruptcy later this year. The Boy Scouts, based in …

Rome court rejects Venezuela extradition bid for ex-oil czar

ROME (AP) — A Rome court has rejected a request by Venezuela to extradite its former oil czar to face corruption charges, citing the country’s record in violating human rights, his Italian lawyer …

GM says production starts on replacement batteries for Bolts

General Motors said Monday that production has resumed for battery modules used in recalled Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, and customers could start getting replacement parts by mid-October. GM …

Twitter to pay $809.5 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing …

Neighbors

Peoria student: You are not alone

Tony Servin knows all too well the rift that a suicide can cause, especially when that person has her whole life ahead of her.

Mesa student awarded Coast Guard Foundation scholarship

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced recently that it has awarded 158 …

Mesa woman celebrates 103rd birthday

Broadway Mesa Village Assisted Living and Memory Care, 7231 E. Broadway Road in Mesa, celebrated the birthday of Vivian Bickford, who turned 103 on Sept. 1. “Ms. Vivian is known around the …

Organ Stop Pizza welcomes new organist, Glenn Tallar

For nearly 50 years, Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa has been a destination restaurant for customers of all ages. It is home to the Mighty Wurlitzer, the world’s largest and finest theater organ, …

Things to do

Fear Farm ready to open scary spectacle in Glendale

Fear Farm is back in Glendale, and with a new location.

Salt River Tubing open weekends in September

Salt River Tubing and Recreation is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September, weather and water flow conditions permitting. The cost is $19 plus tax per person or tube, …

OdySea Aquarium welcomes 3 Whitetip Reef Shark pups

OdySea Aquarium announces the birth of three healthy whitetip reef shark — Triaenodon obesus — pups including one male and two female pups.

Halloween Festival Oct. 30 at Flatiron Park

Halloween is coming up and the city of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation wants to make your night is spook-tacular. The annual Halloween Festival is 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Flatiron …

Obituaries & Memorials

Junia “June” Dorothea Fisher Hoffman

Sun City, AZ -  Junia left this life on August 10, 2021, just one month before her 106th birthday.  She was born in 1915 in Pratt, Kansas to Chester Harry Fisher and Lula Hope Gould …

Pamela Blake Strimbu

Pamela Blake Strimbu, a longtime Arizona resident who recently moved to Fountain Hills, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2021, after losing a brave and courageous, off-and-on, 5-year battle …

Elizabeth Ella Gough

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Gough, 90, of Surprise, Arizona passed away on September 15, 2021 in Surprise due to complications from COVID-19. She was born in Frackville, Pennsylvania on July 20, 1931 as …

Jeanne M. Brubaker

Jeanne, 98, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on September 7, 2021, at home. She had been a patient at Banner hospital in early August after breaking her hip. Her niece Barb Dallara from Philadelphia …
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Dianne Albert Herschelman

Dianne Albert Herschelman, 85, of Sachse, TX died August 18, 2021 in Richardson, TX. She was born to John A. and Lucile H. Albert in Burlington, Iowa. She received a B.A. degree in Journalism from …
Entertainment
A guest holds programs during the unveiling of a memorial sculpture of the late actor Burt Reynolds at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. Reynolds died in 2018 at the age of 82. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Bronze bust unveiled at Burt Reynolds' Hollywood gravesite

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A plaque and a palm tree weren't enough to mark the swagger and star power of Burt Reynolds. That's why a bronze bust, mustachioed of course, and sporting his “Smokey and …
Actress Kristin Chenoweth gives the curtain speech on the stage of "Wicked" at the Gershwin Theatre Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in New York. The show opened today after being closed due to Covid-19 concerns in early 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Chenoweth, Miranda, Rivera and more to celebrate Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Many of Broadway's biggest lights — including Kristin Chenoweth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chita Rivera and Idina Menzel — will make appearances at Sunday's TV celebration of …
FILE - This photo from Friday May 9, 2008, shows R. Kelly arriving for the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, prosecutors in Kelly's sex trafficking trial at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York, played video and audio recordings for the jury they say back up allegations he abused women and girls. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Prosecutors wrap up as R Kelly trial moves into next stage

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors at the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial ended their case Monday after calling dozens of witnesses over the past month who detailed the government’s sweeping allegations …
FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris, right, speaks as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen listens during an event at the Treasury Department in Washington on Sept. 15, 2021. Harris will appear on the daytime talk series "The View" on Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Kamala Harris to face panelists on 'The View' Friday

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit “The View” studio on Friday for her sixth appearance on the daytime chat show — but her first as vice president. She'll answer …
This combination of photos shows promotional art for the series "Goliath," left, premiering its final season on Amazon Prime on Sept. 24, left, and "The Starling," a film starring Melissa McCarthy, premiering Sept. 24 on Netflix. (Amazon via AP, left, Netflix via AP)

New this week: 'The Starling,' Diddy and Billy Bob Thornton

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — The best way to …