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Some Arizona districts moving to start in-person learning

PHOENIX (AP) — At few Arizona school districts are moving to begin in-person learning next Monday over the objections of some teachers, a decision applauded by some parents and students.

Mesa water park suing over shutdown order

PHOENIX — The owners of a Mesa water park are suing to be allowed to reopen, claiming the policy of Gov. Doug Ducey that keeps it shuttered is discriminatory.

ADOT announces winners of safety message contest

A mystery person and a husband-and-wife team of a hero hiker and a kindergarten teacher are the winners of the Arizona Department of Transportation's Safety Message Contest.

Arizona rally favors reopening schools to in-person learning

PHOENIX (AP) — A rally in suppot of reopening Arizona schools for in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic drew hundreds of people to the state Capitol.

SRP becomes sponsor of low-carbon resources initiative

Salt River Project has announced its participation as one of 18 anchor sponsors in the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, jointly led by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Gas Technology Institute.
First responders
First-time parents from New Jersey welcomed four new babies into the world June 16 in Phoenix despite the global pandemic and other major health challenges.
A Mesa police officer is in the hospital following a collision along a Valley freeway.
A man was arrested following an investigation into the abuse of a 6-month-old dog.
More sports

Decision Day arrives for Suns, Blazers, Grizzlies and Spurs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A team is going to reach the Western Conference playoffs with a losing record for the first time in 23 years, which ordinarily would not be exciting news. This …

Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

The Big 12 Conference reaffirmed its decision to press on with college football and other fall sports Wednesday, joining the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the …

Atlético catching all the breaks in Champions League

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — So far so good for Atlético Madrid in the quest for its first Champions League title. Diego Simeone’s team has caught all the breaks going into the decisive …

Dixon leads opening practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Dixon, already off to a tremendous start to the IndyCar season, quickly set the pace on the first day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. The five-time IndyCar …
Most recent
Just wont quit: Arizona farming families persist as development gobbles up land

The Rayner and Gladden families’ multigenerational Southwest Valley farming operations have weathered just about everything the world has thrown at them for the better part of 100 years, from drought and pests to extreme price swings and two pandemics, but there are two modern threats that are unrelenting — development and water availability.

Tribune closing 5 newsrooms including NY Daily News

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

6 former EPA bosses call for agency reset after election

CEO in scheme that left workers without paychecks pleads


Radical or moderate? Trump paints Democratic ticket as both

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former prosecutor trying to hide her crime-fighting past — who is also weak on crime. The most radical pick for vice president ever — but too moderate to energize the …

Shares mostly lower in Asia after retreat on Wall Street

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street pumped the brakes on its recent rally. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index edged higher, while the Shanghai Composite sank …

Man charged with sex assault of unconscious hospital patient

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland hospital worker has been charged with sexually assaulting an unconscious patient. Easton police said Travis K. Brooks, 35, of Trappe, Maryland, was arrested …

Tribe says new border wall harming burial sites; sues Trump

San Diego (AP) — A California tribe whose ancestral lands span across the U.S.-Mexico border is suing the Trump administration to block construction of a section of border wall that the Kumeyaay …

Georgia district struggles to teach online; quarantines grow

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's largest school district struggled Wednesday to launch online learning for its 180,000 students, as parents complained that they and their students repeatedly tried and …

Scottish leader says injuries reported after train derails

LONDON (AP) — Police and paramedics were responding Wednesday to a train derailment in northeast Scotland, where smoke could be seen rising from the site. Officials said there were reports of …

Bulgaria: Protesters seek support from Berlin and Brussels

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Several hundred anti-government protesters gathered on Wednesday in front of the German embassy in Sofia, calling on Berlin and Brussels to “open their eyes” to …

Syria: President Assad suffers brief drop in blood pressure

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad interrupted a speech he was giving to parliament after he suffered a brief drop in blood pressure, the Syrian presidency said Wednesday. The …

Warlord's release from US prison ups tension with Colombia

MIAMI (AP) — A last-minute battle is unfolding over the fate of a former paramilitary warlord who the Colombian government wants returned following a long drug sentence in U.S. prison. Salvatore …

Colombia arrests US men accused of selling fake COVID cure

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say they have arrested two Florida men wanted in the United States on charges they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical as a miracle cure for the new …
This image released by A24 shows Robert MacDougall in a scene from "Boys State." (A24 via AP)

Film Review: A teenage political experiment in ‘Boys State’

Teenage political junkies at a leadership conference doesn’t seem like the most riveting subject matter for a documentary. As a product of teenage leadership conferences, I assumed that at best, …
This cover image released by Cooking Vinyl shows "Nashville Tears," a release by Rumer. (Cooking Vinyl via AP)

Review: Rumer sets new standards with Hugh Prestwood catalog

Rumer, “Nashville Tears” (Cooking Vinyl) The combination of Rumer’s crystalline voice and Hugh Prestwood’s songs results in some breathtaking, deeply moving music on “Nashville Tears,” …
This cover image released by Dualtone shows "Total Freedom," a release by Kathleen Edwards. (Dualtone via AP)

Music Review: Kathleen Edwards is back with 'Total Freedom'

Kathleen Edwards, “Total Freedom” (Dualtone) Kathleen Edwards’ first studio album since 2012, “Total Freedom,” is the sound of an artist with a second wind. Burned out after releasing …
The scoreboard is shown after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five overtimes in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Boucher witnesses NHL marathon 20 years after his 5 OT game

Brian Boucher knew how it felt. Twenty years ago, he was in goal for the Philadelphia Flyers when they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the longest playoff game in modern NHL history, a …
This image released by Netflix shows writer and comedian Sarah Cooper who will star in the Netflix variety special “Everything's Fine," debuting this fall. (Netflix via AP)

Trump lip-sync star Sarah Cooper gets Netflix special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sarah Cooper, whose lip-sync parodies of President Donald Trump are an online sensation, is coming to Netflix with a variety special. “Everything's Fine," starring the …

Hundreds of thousands without power days after Midwest storm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of residents in Iowa's three largest cities remained without electricity Wednesday, two days after a rare wind storm that hit the Midwest devastated the …

Stein Mart files for bankruptcy; to close nearly 300 stores

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — National discount department store chain Stein Mart filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after 112 years in business, and announced that it will close most, if not all, of …

The Latest: Most of Singapore foreign labor cleared of COVID

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s government says most foreign workers can now resume work as their dormitories have been cleared of COVID-19 after months of lockdown and virus testing. People living in …

US budget deficit climbs to record $2.81 trillion

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit climbed to $2.81 trillion in the first 10 months of the budget year, exceeding any on record, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. The …


Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to join Country Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Announced by the on Wednesday, Williams will join …

Paris Marathon canceled after coronavirus hits travel plans

PARIS (AP) — The Paris Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus after repeated attempts to find a new date, organizers said Wednesday. The race was originally due to take place in …

As Hong Kongers seek to emigrate, some simply can’t leave

HONG KONG (AP) — Pamela Lam’s 6-year-old son fell in love with the Hong Kong protest anthem, ‘Glory to Hong Kong’, the first time he heard it, and he loves singing it, at home, in the shower, …

Art, artifacts back on display for Israel Museum reopening

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israel Museum on Tuesday pulled the priceless Dead Sea Scrolls out of a heavily fortified vault ahead of its reopening to the public following a five-month shutdown due to the …

Things to do

Arizona volunteers sought for Adopt a Highway program

A lot has changed over the last few months, but there is still a need for volunteers to help keep Arizona looking its best.

Arizona arts poised to stage a comeback

With innovative approaches and support from area patrons and other sources, local arts groups are adapting to continue their missions in the community.

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Blake Shelton to headline Drive-In concert, July 25

Tickets are on sale for the Blake Shelton Drive In concert experience, featuring special guest singers Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins.

Valley Voices
President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. [The Associated Press]

Goncalves: Calls for unity during pandemic

I have a question for those people who are very upset President Trump has signed four executive orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Were you upset with President Obama when he signed DACA, …

Five years ago we were boulder busting on US 89A

U.S. 89A, an 87-mile stretch between Bitter Springs to Fredonia in far northern Arizona, provides jaw-dropping views of spectacular vistas amid iconic, rugged landscape. It is known for Jacob Lake, …

Ladera: Must vote to save our Constitution

This is a response to a recent letter (“U.S. banner should not be upside down” Daily Independent, Aug. 5, 2020). If you were so concerned about the health and well-being of the person …

Arizona court gives teachers union tax hike an ‘F’

The Arizona Education Association (AEA) can breathe a sigh of relief — not because state courts just threw the union’s “InvestinEd” near-$1 billion tax hike plan off the ballot for the second time in a row, but because the court’s scathing rebuke dealt only with this one instance of the union’s misinformation playbook.

Thomas: Resident warns widows about policy

A warning to widows and widowers. I married a man in 2012 who lived in Sun City, he added my name to the deed of his home and in 2018 he passed away. This week I received an invoice from …