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Valley and State

Tucson approves minimum wage increase for city workers

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — City officials in Tucson have increased its minimum wage, effective immediately, boosting compensation for more than half of its workforce. The Tucson City Council voted …
City Hall

Tempe City Council continues pursuit of ‘urban garden’ at former Rio Salado Golf Course

Tempe City Council has approved the third amendment to an agreement with Singh Organic Soils LLC in hopes to develop and operate an agricultural facility as an “Urban Garden.” The …

Adult care home operator accused of fatally beating resident

PHOENIX (AP) — The owner of a Phoenix adult care home has been arrested in the beating death of a resident who police said was mentally ill and incapacitated due to a brain injury from an …
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Signs of spring return: Limited baseball, other events give Scottsdale hope

In just a few short weeks it will have been one year since Major League Baseball called an out on its 2020 spring training season — the catalyst that gave way to Arizona closing down because of …
Subscriber Exclusive

Surprise removing 16 trees from City Center park

Some trees will be removed in the Surprise Community Park to allow for better conditions for existing trees and the turf around the park.
First responders
Apache Junction Police Department officers responded to the Fry’s Grocery Store at 150 E. Old West Highway at about 9 p.m. Feb. 18 for a report of a man who had forcibly groped a woman in the …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from Feb. 18-25: Theft reported at 9:40 a.m. Feb. 19 in the 21400 block of South 184th …
The Mesa Fire and Medical Department was dispatched to the following fires Feb. 11-16: Dumpster fire in a vehicle parking area, 12:16 a.m. Feb. 11, 2000 block of North Country Club Drive. …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Hospice of the Valley social worker Erin Butler worked with Valley Metro to help her patient, Tressie Jennings, ride a train — virtually. [Courtesy of Hospice of the Valley]

Social workers are essential — especially at Hospice of the Valley

It’s only fitting that the theme of the upcoming Social Work Month in March is: “Social Workers Are Essential.”
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.

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 …
More sports

OHIO 86, E. MICHIGAN 67

Percentages: FG .436, FT .786. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (McBride 3-7, Groce 2-4, James 1-1, Ballard 1-3, Montero 1-5, Morgan 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: None. Blocked Shots: …

Colts trying to find continuity after making deal for Wentz

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It's already been a busy offseason for Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich. He's said goodbye to longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo and starting quarterback ; welcomed …

No. 5 South Carolina 68, Mississippi 43

Percentages: FG 41.379, FT .708. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Henderson 2-3, Beal 1-1, Boston 0-1, Cooke 0-3, Russell 0-1) Blocked Shots: 7 (Boston 2, Beal 2, Amihere 1, Grissett 1, Russell …

Four separate leagues? Divisional styles develop around NHL

Barry Trotz tuned his television to the game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers to do a little scouting, flipping around to others outside the East Division just to check some …
Nation

US contracts to buy homes decline, still a January record

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes declined again with the number of properties for sale not matching the surging demand in the U.S. The National …

'Blinding Lights' and more hits the Grammys left in the dark

NEW YORK (AP) — The wattage in The Weeknd’s wasn’t strong enough to compete at the Grammys – but the song isn’t the only electrifying No. 1 hit that the Recording Academy snubbed. The …

BLM launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait

NEW YORK (AP) — The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is formally expanding a $3 million financial relief fund that it quietly launched earlier this month, to help people struggling to …

How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants?

How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants? By tweaking their vaccines, a process that should be easier than coming up with the original shots. Viruses constantly mutate as they …

Backlogged cases push California COVID-19 deaths past 50,000

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. …
World

Italy's Lombardy again in virus crisis as Brescia sees surge

ROME (AP) — Italy’s northern Lombardy region, where Europe's coronavirus outbreak erupted last year, asked the national government Thursday for more vaccines to help stem a surge of new cases …

Kremlin critic Navalny sent to prison outside Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sent to a prison outside Moscow to serve his sentence, his lawyer said Thursday, a move that comes despite a demand by Europe's top …

Explainer: Mount Etna puts on its latest spectacular show

ROME (AP) — Mount Etna, the volcano that towers over eastern Sicily, evokes superlatives. It is Europe’s most active volcano and also the continent’s largest. And the fiery, noisy show of …

England minorities: Higher COVID-19 cases, fewer vaccinated

LONDON (AP) — England’s ethnic minority communities have higher levels of COVID-19 infections and lower levels of vaccine acceptance than other groups, according to a new study that highlights …

El Salvador election could remake political landscape

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In the two years since President Nayib Bukele won a stunning victory over El Salvador’s established political parties, the hold that the opposition maintained on …
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Business

A mister no more: Mr. Potato Head goes gender neutral

NEW YORK (AP) — Mr. Potato Head is no longer a mister. Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will …

Biden's trade pick vows to work more closely with allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to be the top U.S. trade envoy promised to work with America’s allies to combat China’s aggressive trade policies, indicating a break from the …

EXPLAINER: Meet the vaccine appointment bots, and their foes

Having trouble scoring a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? You’re not alone. To cope, some people are turning to bots that scan overwhelmed websites and send alerts on social media when slots open …

France extends lifetime of its oldest nuclear reactors

PARIS (AP) — France’s nuclear safety authority agreed Thursday to extend the operational lifetime of the country’s 32 oldest nuclear reactors by a decade to as much as 50 years. The public …

Neighbors

34 desks built, donated for families of Apache Junction school district students

It had become part of Breanna Gann’s daily routine. Each day after school she’d take the two laptop computers off her kitchen table and store them away for the night so she’d …

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 …

Things to do

Desert survival class March 6 at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …

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 …

Entertainment
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, author Stephen King poses for the cameras, during a promotional tour in Paris. Readers may know him best for “Carrie,” “The Shining” and other bestsellers commonly identified as “horror,” but King has long had an affinity for other kinds of narratives, from science fiction and prison drama to the Boston Red Sox.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Quotes from Stephen King interview with The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King spoke recently to The Associated Press recently about his new novel, “Later,” but he also covered topics ranging from the famous people who have turned up at his …
Sotheby's personnel display « Scene de rue à Montmartre » (Street scene in Montmartre), a painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh at Sotheby's auction house in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 25, 202. The artwork painted in 1887 is to be on public display for the first time ahead of an auction next month. It has remained in the same family collection for over 100 years, according to the auction house which did not reveal the identity of the owner. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Rarely seen Van Gogh painting exhibited ahead of auction

PARIS (AP) — A rare painting by Dutch impressionist master Vincent van Gogh of a street scene in the Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre will be publicly displayed for the first time before its …
This combination photo shows the cover of "Later," left, and author Stephen King. Readers may know him best for “Carrie,” “The Shining” and other bestsellers commonly identified as “horror,” but King has long had an affinity for other kinds of narratives, from science fiction and prison drama to the Boston Red Sox. (Hard Case Crime via AP, left, and AP)

Stephen King talks about crime, creativity and new novel

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King doesn't think of himself as a horror writer. “My view has always been you can call me whatever you want as long as the checks don't bounce,” King told The …
This cover image released by Random House shows "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson. The book looks at American history and the treatment of Blacks and finds what she calls an enduring, unseen and unmentioned caste system. Wilkerson’s book and an acclaimed biography of Malcolm X are among this year’s nominees for awards presented by the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project. (Random House via AP)

Wilkerson's 'Caste' among finalists for Lukas book prize

NEW YORK (AP) — “Caste,” Isabel Wilkerson's exploration of racism in the United States, and “The Dead are Arising,” an acclaimed biography of Malcolm X, are among this year's nominees for …
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 …