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Valley and State

Arizona utility regulators again reject clean energy rules

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's utility regulators have rejected new rules that would have drastically boosted the use of renewable energy for the second time in a year, drawing sharp reaction from clean …

Report: Ex-prisons boss drank tequila before standoff

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan had already consumed a half bottle of tequila by the time officers responded to a call nearly three weeks ago at his Tempe home that …

Arizona marks 2 years since state's first COVID-19 case

PHOENIX (AP) — As some expressed cautious optimism that Arizona's surge of COVID-19 will soon peak, public health experts, overworked health care workers and former Arizona State University …

Senate panel OKs working poor tax credit Dems, Ducey want

PHOENIX (AP) — A Democratic proposal to create a new tax credit for working low-income Arizonans that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey adopted as part of his budget proposal was approved by an Arizona …
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Financial assistance guidelines discussed for Apache Junction funding

A rubric for determining which Apache Junction nonprofits should receive funding was discussed recently by the city’s Health & Human Services Commission. The commission reviews requests …
First responders
An Apache Junction man was arrested Jan. 25 on the charges of multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, police said. The arrest is the result of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security …
The Mesa Police Department took the following reports of burglaries and a robbery Jan. 10-16: Burglary at a residence/home Jan. 10 in the 700 block of South Dobson Road.Burglary at a restaurant …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of domestic violence and other incidents in Gold Canyon Jan. 13-19: Disorderly conduct — noise disturbance, reported at …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Burch: We gotta get tough on Arizona’s illegal trash dumpers

I want to comment on the illegal dumping article (“Illegal dumping continues at city’s western edge,” Surprise Independent, Jan. 26, 2022). It’s not a Surprise problem. It’s a nationwide problem.

Andrews: United States must not be the world’s ‘policeman’

Our president gets us out of one war only to perhaps get us into another. The sad and costly way Biden got us out of Afghanistan has embolden our enemies, especially Russia and China. Russia now threatens the Ukraine and China threatens Taiwan.

Halikowski: Learn the roles, responsibilities of the State Transportation Board

I would like to thank Steve Stratton for his year of service as chair of the State Transportation Board in 2021 and welcome incoming Chairman Jesse Thompson. I look forward to working alongside you and the board in 2022.

New tricks: 4 reasons to teach your puppies (and even old dogs)

It isn’t just puppies who can benefit from training! Dogs of all ages are capable of learning new behaviors or skills. Many dog owners think that after a puppy reaches a certain age you can’t break their bad habits or teach them new skills, which simply isn’t true. You just need to take the time to train them and have patience during the process.

Miller: I was born White; and for that I am sorry

I was born White and I am sorry. My birth certificate even has blocks labeled “Color” for my parents; and the block lists “W” for both. I cannot even claim to be partly Black or brown. I am sorry for that because, for that reason, I cannot claim to be free of racism.
More sports

Hornets break franchise record with 158-126 win over Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets broke the franchise's single-game scoring record on Wednesday night and notched the highest point total in the NBA this season in their 158-126 rout of the …

Bogdanovic, Okongwu lead surging Hawks past Kings, 121-104

ATLANTA (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points in his return from a knee injury, Onyeka Okongwu also scored 18 off the bench and the Atlanta Hawks recovered from a slow start to beat the …

Moore's heave at the buzzer helps Miami beat Va. Tech 78-75

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Kameron McGusty had 19 points to lead five Miami players scoring in double figures and Charlie Moore hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to help the Hurricanes beat Virginia …

Reimer, Sharks beat Capitals 4-1 to snap 2-game skid

WASHINGTON (AP) — James Reimer made 32 saves, Jonathan Dahlen scored in one of his dad's old home arenas and the San Jose Sharks beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Wednesday night to snap a …

Clippers rally for 2nd straight night to top Magic, 111-102

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Amir Coffey scored 19 points, Luke Kennard added 17 and the Clippers rallied to defeat the Orlando Magic 111-102 on Wednesday night, one day after Los Angeles matched the …

Bynum's 3-pointer lifts No. 17 Providence over No. 21 Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jared Bynum's 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining lifted No. 17 Providence to a 65-62 victory over No. 21 Xavier on Wednesday night. Al Durham led the Friars with 22 points, …
Most recent
Samsung reports robust profit based on chip strength

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its operating profit for the last quarter rose by more than 53% from the same period last year as it continued to thrive during the …

Vescovi scores 23, No. 18 Vols rally past Florida 78-71

England lifts COVID restrictions as omicron threat recedes

'Jeopardy!' champ Amy Schneider opens a new chapter for show

Nation

Army’s highest ranking Muslim soldier is also a TikTok star

(RNS) — Roughly half of the content creators on social media platform TikTok are under the age of 28. It’s just one reason why the popularity of Army Colonel Khallid Shabazz, who has some 43,000 …

Federal appeals court blocks execution of Alabama inmate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the state from executing an inmate convicted of killing a driver who gave him a ride, upholding a lower court ruling that he …

EXPLAINER: 'Excited delirium' and George Floyd

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The issue of whether George Floyd was suffering from the disputed condition of “excited delirium” the day he was killed resurfaced Wednesday at the federal trial of three …

Feds accuse Texas man of selling gun used to take hostages

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man has been charged with a federal gun crime after authorities say he sold a gun to a man who held four hostages inside a Texas synagogue earlier this month before being …

EXPLAINER: Why are Florida waters so dangerous for migrants?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The turbulent ocean waters around Florida can be treacherous even on a calm, sunny day. Throw in an overloaded boat, inexperienced mariners, stormy weather and the dark …
World

Seoul: N Korea fires projectile in 6th launch this month

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military says North Korea has fired at least one unidentified projectile into the sea in its sixth weapons launch this month. South Korea’s Joint …

EU leaders worried by rise in antisemitism, Holocaust denial

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders pledged Wednesday to confront the rise of antisemitism and Holocaust denial witnessed during the coronavirus pandemic, on the eve of the annual commemorations …

Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar count deaths, damage by storm

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi are counting the deaths and damage by tropical storm Ana and more than a week of heavy rains across southern Africa. In central and …

Venezuela recall faces 'impossible' conditions; turnout low

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans got a chance on to demand a recall of President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday — but a government-friendly electoral board imposed limits that backers said …

Ex-US senator Jeff Flake begins post as ambassador to Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake formally stepped into his new position as U.S. ambassador to Turkey on Wednesday, after presenting his credentials to Turkish President Recep …
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Business

Tesla posts record profits as its deliveries soared in 2021

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Inc. on Wednesday posted record fourth-quarter and full-year earnings as deliveries of its electric vehicles soared despite a global shortage of computer chips that has slowed …

Biden gets CEO support for economic agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday secured the blessing of several business leaders on his economic agenda that has stalled in the Senate, part of an effort to restart some momentum …

How Fed hikes could affect mortgages, car loans, card rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Will mortgage rates go up? How about car loans? Credit cards? How about those nearly invisible rates on bank CDs — any chance of getting a few dollars more? With the …

General Motors to add 8,000 technical workers this year

DETROIT (AP) — There are more than 8,000 new technical job openings at General Motors, and the automaker plans to fill them during a hiring spree this year. The Detroit automaker is looking for …

Neighbors

AJHS thespians win at Central Regional Festival

Two members of the Apache Junction High School thespian troupe recently received superior ratings at the Central Regional Festival sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association. Avery Fisher, a …

AJUSD’s top 3 spellers compete in county bee Feb. 4

Annabelle Ritchey, a sixth grader from Peralta Elementary School, proved she was an orthographer (good speller) by taking first place in the Apache Junction Unified School District Spelling …

Grants nurture native seed and plant projects at Mesa Community College

An Arizona Lottery Gives Back Grant sprouted a seed project at Mesa Community College, which has spread its wings to engage students, nurture a butterfly initiative and launch native plant programs …

December 2021 Central Arizona College graduates listed

Central Arizona College recognizes the Fall 2021 graduating class and celebrates their success. The following list of students represents the December 2021 graduating class. The listing is …

Things to do

Sedona Film Festival makes its return in February

More than 140 films have been selected for live screenings at the upcoming 28th annual Sedona International Film Festival, Feb. 19-27.

EVIT Expo Saturday showcases career training programs

High school students and adults in the Phoenix metro area can explore career training options offered by the East Valley Institute of Technology during the 2022 EVIT Expo on Saturday. Instructors …

Phoenix Boys Choir performs in Mesa in March

Accompanied by the majestic sounds of the grand pipe organ, The Phoenix Boys Choir performs “Glorious Reverberation” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at First United Methodist Church of …

Taliesin West debuts 2022 calendar of events

This month the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is rolling out an array of new daily tours, cultural programs and events at Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, to offer first-time and returning visitors an …

Obituaries & Memorials

Troy Trudo Murray

Troy Murray went home peacefully to his Lord and Savior on December 21, 2021. He was 86, born in 1935 in Clarkdale, Arizona to Troy T. Murray Sr. and Veda Newcomb Murray. He had three sisters and two …

Jutta "Judy" Kowatt

In loving memory of Jutta "Judy" Kowatt (Knackstedt), 80, Sun City, Arizona, who passed away peacefully on January 20, 2022. Born November 10,1941 in Unterhaun, Germany, she married John J. Kowatt, …

Mabel Lois Mardock

Mabel Lois Mardock, 91, Sun City, Arizona, passed away on January 22, 2022. Born March 10, 1930 to Gladys Charlton Wilson and Tracy Wilson in Jerseyville, Illinois; she married James Russell Mardock …

William (Bill) Joseph Johnson

William Joseph Johnson (Bill) 68, of Sun City, AZ died in his sleep January 18, 2022 at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ. Bill was born in Des Moines, Iowa on March 25, 1953 and was …

William (Bill) Joseph Johnson

William Joseph Johnson (Bill) 68, of Sun City, AZ died in his sleep January 18, 2022 at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ. Bill was born in Des Moines, Iowa on March 25, 1953 and was …
Entertainment

Review: Strangers on a train in 'Compartment No. 6'

A train ride from Moscow to the arctic port city of Murmansk would not seem like the most likely setting for anything as warm as Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen's “Compartment No. 6." To …
This image released by Bleecker Street shows Tim Roth in a scene from "Sundown." (Bleecker Street via AP)

Review: Tim Roth drops out, in paradise, in ‘Sundown’

A man sits on the edge of an infinity pool contemplating his existence in Michel Franco’s “ Sundown.” It’s one of many such ennui-laden images, though the settings get less luxurious as we go …
This cover image released by New West Records shows "Set Sail" by North Mississippi Allstars. (New West Records via AP)

Review: North Mississippi Allstars fly high on ‘Set Sail’

“Set Sail,” North Mississippi Allstars (New West Records) It takes hard work to sound this relaxed. The North Mississippi Allstars have mastered their métier and pin the meter on “Set …

Bobbe 'Beegie' Adair, jazz pianist, dies in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jazz pianist, session musician and bandleader Bobbe Long “Beegie” Adair, who played on over 100 records throughout her six decade career, has died. She was 84. Her …

Southwest Shakespeare Company names Debra Ann Byrd artistic director

In recent weeks, Debra Ann Byrd has been named the Southwest Shakespeare Company artistic director officials taking the reins of the local company the first of the year. Byrd is the acclaimed …