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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Body of man who may have drowned in Salt River is recovered

PHOENIX (AP) — The body of a man who may have drowned in the Salt River last weekend has been recovered, authorities said Monday. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials said the man was swimming …

Arizona audit of 2020 election hits hand-count milestone

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican-led hand recount of ballots cast in Arizona’s most populous county hit a major milestone Monday when counters finished tallying all the regular ballots cast in …

Arizona Legislature to hold special wildfire funding session

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature will convene in special session this week to consider adding $100 million in funding for fighting wildfires and to boost the amount of money available to …

Reginald Bolding joins race for Arizona Secretary of State

PHOENIX (AP) — House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding announced Monday that he's running for Arizona Secretary of State. Bolding, a Democrat, has represented District 27 since 2015 and was first …

State prison inmate in Tucson dies; Appears to be a suicide

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona prison inmate in Tucson has died and it appears to be a suicide, authorities said Monday. Arizona Corrections Department officials said 67-year-old Michael L. …
First responders
The Telegraph Fire in the Globe Ranger District has burned 86,529 acres and is 38.5% contained as of early June 11. The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. June 4 south of Superior and its cause is …
The Telegraph Fire in the Globe Ranger District has burned 85,335 acres and is 40% contained as of early June 10. The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. June 4 and its cause is unknown. Five …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from June 3-10.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Murphy: Affordable housing isn’t benefit

I just read the article about the mayor’s proposal of creating affordable housing in Surprise (Mayor: City needs more affordable housing”). I believe the first responsibility of any …
Timothy Sandefur

Sandefur: Pandemic proves one-size-fits-all mandates aren’t the answer

If there’s one lesson the pandemic has made abundantly clear, it’s that one-size-fits-all government mandates are never the right solution, particularly when those mandates impact private property and businesses.
Peggy Kirschner poses in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Kirschner: A Capitol idea — add state houses to your bucket list

We are now in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world has changed. Many of us have remained sequestered at home, and travel has been put on hold.

Gauthier: Reader wants to know why clubs targeted

My wife and I have lived in Sun City West for three years. Like any other community in America, we have governing bodies the are tasked with the governance of the country in what should be a …
Aaron Leak

Leak: Five fundamentals to financial recovery

The COVID-19 public health crisis triggered a financial crisis for many individuals and families.
More sports

Ashvattha Therapeutics Announces Positive Interim Data from Ongoing Phase 2 PRANA Clinical Study of OP-101 in Severe COVID-19 Patients

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 15, 2021-- Ashvattha Therapeutics, a clinical stage biotech company focused on novel hydroxyl dendrimer therapeutics (HDTs) targeting unmet medical needs …

Diamondbacks take 11-game losing streak into matchup with Giants

Arizona Diamondbacks (20-47, fifth in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (41-25, first in the NL West) San Francisco; Tuesday, 9:45 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: TBD Giants: …

Canadiens come up short in first trip outside of Canada

The Montreal Canadiens left Canada for the first time in 15 months to discover the hard way how the game’s being played a little more intensely south of the border. What appeared apparent from …

US OPEN '21: A look back at key anniversaries in the US Open

A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the U.S. Open: 125 years ago (1896) James Foulis won the second U.S. Open, closing with a 74 in the second and final round at Shinnecock Hills …
Nation

Convict gets life in prison for Tennessee official's death

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted felon accused of raping and killing a Tennessee corrections administrator and then escaping from prison on a farm tractor was sentenced to life without parole …

Report says technology kept 2020 census below expected cost

The 2020 census is expected to cost $14.2 billion, well below a previous estimate of $15.6 billion, reflecting a slowdown in the price tag for the nation's head count thanks to technological …

Extra COVID vaccine may help protect transplant patients

A small study offers the first hint that an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccines just might give some organ transplant recipients a needed boost in protection. Even as most vaccinated people celebrate …

Mormons and NAACP seek to advance work with new initiatives

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Top leaders from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced $9.25 million in new educational and humanitarian projects Monday as they seek to build on an …

Despite health woes, Robert Durst murder trial continues

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered that the murder trial of New York real estate heir Robert Durst will continue, despite defense requests for a delay because they say he's in such pain …
World

Costly frost in France attributed to climate change

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say damaging frost that caused significant economic loss to France's central winegrowing region this year was made more likely by climate change. A report released …

Hong Kong leader 'concerned' about Chinese nuclear plant

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that her government is “highly concerned” about the situation at a nearby nuclear power plant in mainland China, following media reports that …

Syria's last aid crossing in balance as Biden to meet Putin

President Joe Biden will seek to stave off another surge of civilian suffering in the devastating war in Syria when he meets President Vladimir Putin this week, appealing to Putin to drop a threat to …

Critical entities targeted in suspected Chinese cyber spying

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A cyberespionage campaign blamed on China was more sweeping than previously known, with suspected state-backed hackers exploiting a device meant to boost internet security to …

Australia says it's reached a free trade deal with Britain

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Britain and Australia had agreed on a free trade deal that will be released later Tuesday, Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan said. The agreement is the first for …
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Business

California reopens, says goodbye to most COVID-19 rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. At the stroke of midnight, California is lifting most …

Emirates Air posts $5.5B loss as virus disrupts travel

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates, announced on Tuesday a net loss of $5.5 billion over the past year as revenue fell by more than 66% due to global …

Biden looks to ease EU trade tensions ahead of Putin summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden is seeking to tamp down trade tensions with European allies as he spends one last day consulting with western democracies ahead of his highly anticipated meeting …

Order: Union can't limit vote to 87 Tennessee Nissan workers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have denied a union's push to try to organize fewer than 100 employees at the Nissan assembly plant in Tennessee, ruling instead to set a union …

Neighbors

Kannan new CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Vidhya Kannan has been appointed chief executive officer of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of East Valley. In her position as CEO, Kannan will oversee all of the day-to-day operations as …

P.E.O. gives scholarship to Apache Junction High School graduate

P.E.O., an international organization of women whose mission is to promote educational opportunities for women, has a Gold Canyon chapter. For the past two years, Chapter ES of Gold Canyon has …

2 high school juniors graduate with college credits through MCC Early College Academy

Early College Academy students Olivia Bromenschenkel and Abbygale Gurr graduated from Skyline High School, as juniors, on May 20 having earned more than 30 college credits. Both students enrolled …

Walmart now offering free classes to the public for personal, career investment

Walmart Academy was created so the superstore could train its employees to be successful in their careers. Since its inception in 2016, it has been reserved only for its associates.

Things to do

Litchfield Park to celebrate Independence Day with Splash Bash, Wigwam fireworks show

A year after canceling its annual Fourth of July Splash Bash and fireworks show at the Wigwam resort due to the COVID-19, the city of Litchfield Park is bringing both events back this Independence Day.

Apache Junction July 4 celebration includes volleyball tourney, fireworks

Join the city of Apache Junction for its annual free Fourth of July Celebration on Sunday, July 4. Kicking off the festivities is a volleyball tournament at Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, …

The Improv Syndicate live June 20 in Gold Canyon

Celebrate Father’s Day June 20 with PG-13 improvised humor from The Improv Syndicate at the Gold Stallion restaurant, 6030 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. The show starts at 6 …

Arizona Celebration of Freedom drive-in fireworks show July 3 in Mesa

Due to an abundance of caution and maintaining social distancing guidelines, the 12th Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of Freedom is once again a drive-in fireworks show this year. The …

Entertainment
Members of the Mexican grupera band Los Bukis Marco Antonio Solis signs an album as Jose Javier Solis, center and Eusebio "El Chivo" Cortez, right, look on at press conference at SoFi Stadium on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. Twenty five years after their last show as a band, the group announced that they are reuniting for a U.S. tour. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Mexican band Los Bukis to reunite for 1st tour in 25 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Mexican band Los Bukis are reuniting for a concert tour that will bring them together for the first time in 25 years. Five of its members — Marco Antonio Solis, Jose …
Bruce Brown, third from left, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, speaks accompanied by Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee, left, Washington Post general counsel Jay Kennedy, CNN executive vice president and general counsel David Vigilante, right, after a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland at the Department of Justice, Monday, June 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

News executives protest Trump-era probe with Garland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post met Monday with Attorney General Merrick Garland to protest the Trump-era Justice Department's efforts to seize …

New this week: Kevin Hart in 'Fatherhood, 'iCarly' & 'Luca'

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 — In Enrico Casarosa's …

Review: 'Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' really misses the target

Toward the end of there’s a scene where Ryan Reynolds is repeatedly smashing a man’s head into a jukebox aboard a yacht, as sometimes happens. Each time the bloodied head goes in the machine, it …

Justin Bieber, Lil Baby to headline Made in America festival

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber and Lil Baby are set to headline Jay-Z's in Philadelphia. Organizers announced Monday that Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Roddy Ricch, Bobby Shmurda and A$AP Ferg …