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Arizona attorney general: Pre-state abortion ban enforceable

Arizona’s Republican attorney general says that a pre-statehood law that bans all abortions is enforceable. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his decision Wednesday and said he will soon …

Buckeye P&Z passes 455-home plat

It’s not often a West Valley planning commission has almost 700 homes on its agenda at the same time. That’s the quantity the Buckeye Planning and Zoning Commission recommended for …
Politics

Arizona House leader receives award for commitment to veterans

State Representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, has been honored with the Legislator of the Year award from the Arizona Department of the American Legion for his commitment to veterans. …
Development

Update: ‘Minor’ changes to The Goldwater suffice Scottsdale mayor

The mayor of Scottsdale changed his mind about asking for City Council to initiate a formal review into a recent development review board decision, citing minor changes made by the applicant prior to …

Salmon backs Robson over Lake after dropping Arizona gov bid

Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon has thrown his support behind Karrin Taylor Robson in the Republican race for Arizona governor. Salmon announced the endorsement on KTAR radio's Mike Broomhead show …
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West Valley

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Glendale will have two nights of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Cate Hinkle, who has guided Theater Works’ growth and outreach over the last seven years has announced her departure from the organization, effective the end of June.
Peoria Unified School District Superintendent Jason Reynolds will be receiving at least 50% of his performance pay based on goals that were set by the governing board last September.
The city of Peoria is about to begin saving transportation funds on a Valley Metro bus route.
Goodyear police apprehended a suspect in the Tuesday shooting death of 50-year-old Luis Rene Duarte at his home in Goodyear near 167th and Hilton avenues.  48-year-old Surprise woman Dulcenia …
Phoenix

The Valley’s favorite neighborhood hangout, The VIG, is returning to north central Phoenix with the opening of an all-new location this fall. The VIG North Central ,8729 N. Central Avenue will …

Cox Communications announced it is expanding its gig internet, TV, phone, home security and automation services to nearly 2,500 residents and businesses in Desert Hills. The move is part of about …
The Maricopa County Community College District is conducting a search for candidates to replace Shari Olson, South Mountain Community College’s president, who is retiring  this summer.
After a record-breaking post-pandemic year, the Arizona State Fair is back for more.
PHOENIX — About six months after Congressional and state legislature redistricting was completed in Arizona, and almost 10 months after precinct lines were redrawn in Maricopa County, the …
East Valley

The Scottsdale Police Department is investigating the tampering of a package of over-the-counter laxatives sold at a local Walmart store, officials say. On June 28, the Scottsdale Police …

The candidates for mayor of Paradise Valley, incumbent mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and councilwoman Julie Pace, participated in a forum at the town hall June 28 to answer pressing questions about …
Tempe residents are being asked to weigh in on the city’s future in a new citywide survey, which is set to close July 1. 
The Tempe Office of Sustainability is getting a big financial boost, to the tune of $500,000. 
The Arizona monsoon season is underway and will last through Sept. 30. In the months ahead, storms are expected to develop rapidly and may cause severe localized winds and flooding in Scottsdale.  
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Why are there so many drownings in Arizona?

...What is with all the almost and drownings in Arizona? I am a ’70s and ’80s girl and everyone I knew had a pool...

Masino: I support Lamon for GOP U.S. Senate primary contest

The time for Arizona voters to make a difference in our government is rapidly approaching. Early voting ballots will be mailed to Republican voters July 2.

Patchen: Our teachers aren’t paid enough

I read your recent article in the Scottsdale Independent, “Leaving the Classroom,” with avid interest because of my strong belief...
In this Aug. 10, 2016 file photo, lightning streaks across the night sky as a monsoon storm sweeps through the Phoenix metro area. Arizona’s monsoon season is quickly approaching. ADOT plans to begin installing the new dust-detection system early this fall 2019.

Berg: Monsoon storms bring dust, heavy rain … and health dangers

Monsoon 2022 has arrived and with it the promise of thunderstorms that bring welcome rain...

First bipartisan gun control bill in a generation signed into law: 3 essential reads on what it means

President Joe Biden signed into law on June 25 a bipartisan bill that is the first significant change in federal gun legislation in nearly three decades.
Valley sports

Clevinger 1-hit ball for 6 innings, Padres beat Diamondbacks

Mike Clevinger outpitched Madison Bumgarner by throwing one-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the year, leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0. Jake …

Padres take 3-game losing streak into matchup with the Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres head into the matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks after losing three in a row.

Diamondbacks rally from 6-run deficit to beat Padres 7-6

Josh Rojas scored the winning run in the ninth inning when shortstop C.J. Abrams couldn’t handle a throw at second base, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from a late six-run deficit to beat the …
National sports

Bird sets WNBA career wins record as Storm beat Aces 88-78

Sue Bird became the WNBA’s leader in career wins with 324 as the Seattle Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 88-78. Bird, who has announced this will be her final season, passed former Minnesota star …

Wimbledon updates | Nadal and Gauff play on Day 4

Rafael Nadal, Coco Gauff and 2021 runner-up Karolina Pliskova are scheduled to play second-round matches on Centre Court on Day 4 at Wimbledon. Top-seeded Iga Swiatek is also in action. The …

Rakuten and JUBF Launch “World University Basketball Series” in Tokyo This August

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 30, 2022--Rakuten Group, Inc. and the All Japan University Basketball Federation (JUBF) today announced the launch of Sun Chlorella’s World University Basketball Series …

LEADING OFF: Yankees-Astros play 1-game series in Houston

The New York Yankees and Houston Astros will meet Thursday in a one-game series between AL division leaders at Minute Maid Park. It’s a makeup of a matchup postponed by the lockout. Both teams were …

Ohtani Ks 11, extends scoreless streak in 4-1 win over WSox

Shohei Ohtani extended his scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings while pitching five-hit ball into the sixth with 11 strikeouts in the Los Angeles Angels’ 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Luis …
Most recent

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a growing recognition of the problem, the United States continues to see newspapers die at the rate of two per week, according to a report issued Wednesday on the state of …

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges have issued arrest warrants for three men wanted on suspicion of committing war crimes during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, the …
A measure of inflation that is closely tracked by the Federal Reserve rose 6.3% in May from a year earlier, unchanged from its level in April. Thursday’s report from the Commerce Department …
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Valley business

New restaurant concept coming to Scottsdale this summer: Collins Bros. Chophouse

An award-winning restauranteur, Christopher Collins, of the Valley-based Common Ground Culinary, announced in a press release the grand opening of his newest concept on the northwest corner of Hayden …

Rosewood Homes announces groundbreaking of new development in Scottsdale

Scottsdale-based Rosewood Homes announced the start of pre-sales and model home construction at its new 19-home Rosewood Canyon in the Storyrock Master Planned Community in north Scottsdale.

Large logistics building in Mesa sold to private firm

MESA — Cushman & Wakefield advised Lexin Capital, a private investment, development and management company, on Monday in the dispositional sale of a recently built Class A warehouse/distribution building totaling 147,435 square feet on 29 acres in Mesa.

Husch Blackwell Strategies strengthens team with public policy pro

Husch Blackwell Strategies announced it is bolstering its state advocacy team in Arizona as John Fetherston joins the HBS office in Phoenix. Fetherston joins HBS Arizona as a Principal, bringing more …

Neighbors

Meet Your Neighbor: Adamski president of LeTip networking group chapter

Name: Nikol Adamski Age: 49 Town/neighborhood: Northeast Mesa When and why I moved here: My parents moved here in 1979 from Michigan to escape the cold, for a better life and a fresh start. …

Help youth in foster care succeed at school

For kids and teens in foster care, back to school is just one more hurdle to overcome because they often don’t have the right – or enough – school supplies to succeed. Without the right tools, not only do kids feel embarrassed, they are unable to perform at the same level as their peers, limiting their chances at good grades and graduation.

Scottsdale’s Gore rolls out red carpet for June 29 movie premier

Screenwriter Scott Gore, of Scottsdale, knows how to put a fresh spin on what some may consider a “familiar story,” by adding a new layer of interesting characters, plot twists and story lines.

Arizona Coyotes help launch Pride Growlers

In a June 27 press release, the Arizona Coyotes stated it is proud to support the Arizona Legacy Pride Hockey Association (ALPHA) Pride Growlers with the goal to show that hockey is for everyone and …

Things to do

Karaoke Club continues ‘Kabaret’ this summer

Members of the Karaoke Club of Sun City West meet for their “Karaoke Kabaret” Fridays this summer. Located in the arts and crafts building at the Beardsley center, doors open at 5 p.m. …

Scottsdale Canal Convergence to celebrate 10th anniversary in November

Scottsdale Arts’ Canal Convergence — Water + Art + Light will celebrate its 10th anniversary Nov. 4–13, at the Scottsdale Waterfront.The free, 10-night event features large-scale …

Glendale invests almost $900K in Gila River Arena upkeep

The city will spend almost $900,000 for capital repairs to Gila River Arena, inside the Westgate Entertainment District.

Peoria inches closer to its first competitive mountain bike trail

Peoria resident Ed McKelvey took up mountain biking after he was introduced to it by his brother-in-law when he and his wife moved to the north Valley about five years ago.

Entertainment
This image released by Universal Pictures shows characters, from left, Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, Bob, Kevin and Stuart in a scene from "Minions: The Rise of Gru." (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via AP)

Review: In 'Rise of Gru,' Minion mayhem reigns

For a not small segment of the audience for “Minions: Rise of Gru,” only one thing really needs to be said. The Minions are in it. That’s enough. More than any previous “Despicable Me” …
FILE - Singer Janet Jackson performs during the European MTV Awards in Bilbao, Spain, on Nov. 4, 2018. Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 2022 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture. Headliners will include Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Mickey Guyton and New Edition. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

Essence Fest is back in New Orleans after two-year hiatus

Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans as thousands converge for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture. The multiday …
This image released by Lionsgate shows Daniel Craig in a scene from "Knives Out." Craig will return as Detective Benoit Blanc in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” writer-director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his whodunit hit “Knives Out.” It will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. (Claire Folger/Lionsgate via AP)

'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' to debut at TIFF

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” writer-director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his whodunit hit “Knives Out,” will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The …
FILE - R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Sept. 17, 2019. R&B legend R. Kelly is entering another phase of his well-publicized downward spiral with a sentencing in a New York City courtroom Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that could put him behind bars for a quarter century or more. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R&B hitmaker R. Kelly due in court for sex abuse sentencing

NEW YORK (AP) — R& B star R. Kelly faces the possibility of a quarter century or more in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal sex trafficking case in New York. A jury found …
Tubers can trade in full litter bags at the end of their floating adventure for a $7 tube rental discount coupon that is valid on their next visit to Salt River Tubing.

Salt River Tubing hosts ‘Bag it for Bucks’ July 2-4

Celebrate a fabulous Fourth of July holiday weekend with a floating beach blast at Salt River Tubing’s fan favorite, “Bag it for Bucks,” a Take Pride in America special event 8:30 …
Obituaries & Memorials

Arthur Alexander Babbitt

On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Arthur Alexander Babbitt loving husband and father passed away at age 93. He was born on October 8, 1928, to the late John Forrest and Lessie Myrna (Snyder) Babbitt in …

Donna June Buske

Donna Buske, 82, of Apache Junction passed peacefully Monday, June 13, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband Waldo "Buck" Buske, daughter Candy Lynn Fischer, son Donald Scott Smith and …
William E. “Hap” Carty, considered U-Haul's first employee, died in Tempe at the age of 95.

U-Haul pioneer, Tempe resident dies at 95

An 18-year-old William E. “Hap” Carty, while on leave from the U.S. Army in 1945, helped his sister and brother-in-law with an upstart company they were building – quite literally – in a milk house on the Carty Ranch in Ridgefield, Washington.

Helen Cristin (Henningsgard) Nelson

Helen Cristin (Henningsgard) Nelson SUN CITY - Of Buffalo, MN passed away peacefully on Friday, June 17th at her winter home in Sun City. Helen was born on September 15, 1924 to teacher Julia …

Ann H Szumowski

Ann Freeman (Hartigan) Szumowski (1929-2022) Ann Freeman (Hartigan) Szumowski passed away peacefully at home with family on June 14, 2022, at 92. She was born July 24, 1929, in St Paul, Minnesota …
Nation

Slightly fewer Americans apply for jobless claims last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, reflecting a robust job market despite rising job cuts in some sectors of the economy that have cooled in …

Germany sees possible Russian 'blockade' of key gas pipeline

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's vice chancellor said Thursday he suspects that Russia may not resume natural gas deliveries to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline after planned maintenance work in …

Czech Republic to extend coal mining amid high demand

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has decided to reverse plans to halt mining in a key black coal region to help the country safeguard its power supply amid high demand and the energy crunch …

European Union inks deal on crypto transfer tracing rules

LONDON (AP) — The European Union has agreed on new rules subjecting cryptocurrency transfers to the same money-laundering rules as traditional banking transfers. EU negotiators signed a …

OPEC+ may not be much help with high oil, gasoline prices

Oil prices are high, and drivers are paying more at the pump. But the OPEC oil cartel and allied producing nations may not be much help at their meeting Thursday. The OPEC+ alliance, which includes …
World

Remains of Congo's independence hero interred amid honors

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The remains of Congo’s independence hero and first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba will be laid to rest in Kinshasa Thursday. The interment in a specially-built …

Germany plans to ease rules for formal changes of gender

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Thursday presented plans to make it easier for transgender people to formally change their name and gender, ending decades-old rules that require them to get …

Meghan bullying claims: Review findings to stay private

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace has investigated how staff handled allegations of bullying made against Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex — but the findings will remain private. Palace officials …

WHO: COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases rose by 18% in the last week, with more than 4.1 million cases reported globally, according to the World Health Organization. The U.N. health …

COVID restrictions ease in Shanghai as case numbers drop

BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai is moving to allow in-person dining and reopening its Disney Resort theme park as domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 in China’s largest city remain at zero …