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Valley and State
Housing

Catholic Charities breaks ground on affordable housing

Catholic Charities, through its Housing for Hope, Inc. affiliate, has broken ground on Mesquite Terrace, an affordable housing community in Phoenix.

More Arizona school districts approve mask-wearing mandates

PHOENIX (AP) — Tucson's largest school district and two more Phoenix districts have approved mask-wearing mandates to curb the spread of COVID-19 despite a recently enacted state law barring school …

Vaccinated Arizona legislator tests positive for COVID-19

PHOENIX (AP) — A vaccinated Arizona legislator says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms while isolating at home. Democratic state Sen. Tony Navarrete of …

Phoenix Zoo asks public to name black-footed ferret litter

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Zoo is asking the public to help name one of its black-footed ferret litters. The zoo is caring for 27 black-footed ferret kits and officials say it’s the most …

Navajo Nation: No COVID-related deaths for 3rd day in a row

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported 28 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the third consecutive day. The latest numbers released by tribal health …
First responders
The Scottsdale Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in identifying five additional suspects wanted for crimes committed during last year’s downtown riot. The first …
A student set to enter Sunrise Mountain High School this week has succumbed to a head injury he received after an OHV accident in Payson.
Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Gloria Caballero, a 15-year-old runaway.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Klapp: Policies that limit Scottsdale patients’ access to innovative healthcare should be rejected

Reducing out-of-pocket prescription medication costs is of extreme importance for patients in our medical system in Scottsdale and in Arizona. Tackling skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs is …
Work crews remove rubberized asphalt as part of the 10 Broadway Curve reconstruction in this undated file photo.

Rubberized asphalt removal: Interstate 10 Broadway Curve reconstruction under way

It’s go time! If you’ve noticed things are starting to look a little different on Interstate 10 in the Southeast Valley, you’re not alone. Crews have started the first phase of work …

Sellers: AZ GOP denying reality with election ‘audit’

It has now been 10 months since the November 2020 election, yet the Arizona Senate Republican leadership continues to deny reality. The election held in Maricopa County was one of the best run …

LeBreck: Save the Superstition Mountain wilderness

I am reaching out to you today regarding the Arizona State Land Trust’s decision to sell 11,700 acres of pristine desert land in Gold Canyon at the foothills of the Superstition …
Roberta Russell

Russell: Preserve natural beauty of Apache Junction, Gold Canyon

Pinal County major comprehensive plan amendment No. PZ-PA-006-21 is bad for Apache Junction and Gold Canyon. It would change an area of 11,700 acres at the base of the Superstition Mountains along …
More sports

Schedule,2nd Add

Sept. 5 at PRST, 12 a.m. Sept. 11 at PRST, 6 p.m. Sept. 18 Western Oregon University, 5:05 p.m. Sept. 25 Montana St., 5:05 p.m. Oct. 2 at S. Utah, 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at Idaho, TBA Oct. …

Schedule,1st Add

Sept. 2 at LIUCWP, 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at West Virginia, 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at LIUCWP, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at St. Francis (Pa.), TBA Oct. 16 Merrimack College, TBA Oct. 23 at CCSU, Noon Oct. …

Schedule,3 takes

Sept. 4 at SMU, 7 p.m. Sept. 11 Louisiana College, 7 p.m. Sept. 18 Texas-Permian Basin, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Lamar, 7 p.m. Oct. 2 Cent. Arkansas, 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at E. Kentucky, …

AAC's Aresco: Did not plot with ESPN to poach other leagues

American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco vehemently denied that his league has ever “plotted” with ESPN to undermine another conference by poaching its schools. Aresco addressed …

Lack of experience at QB an unusual situation for Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Third-year Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Wednesday opened a preseason camp for the first time without a good idea of who's going to start at quarterback. “If I did, I'd …

Analysis: He's Kevin Durant, and finding his Olympic groove

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make the connection. Kevin Durant is looking like Kevin Durant. And USA Basketball is looking like USA Basketball. There are other …
Most recent
Broadway, Hollywood costumes go on exhibit in heart of NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Most Broadway stages may still be dark, but there's a place in Times Square where the costumes shine. More than 100 costumes from such shows as "Hamilton," “Dear Evan Hansen” …

Forecasters: Hurricane season to be busier than 1st thought

UK to roll out COVID-19 vaccines to 16 and 17-year-olds

Mexico sues US gun manufacturers over arms trafficking toll

Nation

Political pressure grows on Cuomo; prosecutors eye him, too

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's legislative leaders signaled Wednesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo could swiftly face an impeachment trial if he doesn't resign, while a growing number of prosecutors also …

AP: Police brass eyed in probe of Black man's deadly arrest

MONROE, La. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Louisiana State Police brass obstructed justice to protect the troopers seen on punching, dragging and stunning Black motorist …

After decades in woods, New Hampshire man forced from cabin

CANTERBURY, N.H. (AP) — For almost three decades, 81-year-old David Lidstone has lived in the woods of New Hampshire along the Merrimack River in a small cabin adorned with solar panels. He has …

MacArthur aims to help people with disabilities find work

As a temporary program associate at Borealis Philanthropy, Adam Fishbein helps track payments the organization makes through its pooled funds. He uses transcription software to identify keywords and …

This year's summer of climate extremes hits wealthier places

As the world staggers through another summer of extreme weather, experts are noticing something different: 2021′s onslaught is hitting harder and in places that have been spared global warming’s …
World

US blocks seafood from Fiji ship accused of enslaving crew

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tuna fishing boat based in the Pacific island nation of Fiji that has been accused of essentially enslaving its crew was blocked Wednesday from importing seafood in the United …

'Freedom is worth fighting for': Belarus activists on trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Leading members of the Belarusian opposition went on trial Wednesday, part of a multi-pronged crackdown on dissent in the ex-Soviet nation that was rocked by months of protests …

Head of UN health agency seeks vaccine booster moratorium

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help ensure that doses are available in countries …

Red Cross questions Lithuania on trying to block migrants

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Red Cross warned Wednesday that Lithuania's decision to turn away immigrants attempting to cross in from neighboring Belarus does not comply with international …

Impact of space station spin requires study, official says

MOSCOW (AP) — Space engineers will analyze whether a glitch that caused the International Space Station to spin out of its normal orientation could have impacted any of its systems, a Russian space …
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Business

Robinhood shares fly again, soaring as much as 80%

NEW YORK (AP) — Robinhood's stock is flying again Wednesday, jumping so much that trading was temporarily halted three times in the first half hour after the market opened. Robinhood Markets was …

Growth in US services sector hits record high in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growth in the U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, increased to a record pace in July even as businesses continued to face challenges in hiring workers. The …

The five best hybrid SUVs you can buy

Buying a hybrid vehicle is typically a smart way to help save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint compared to a conventional gasoline-only vehicle. Not long ago your shopping choices were …

Treasury announces auctions to raise $126 billion next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department announced Wednesday it will raise $126 billion to finance the government in a series of auctions next week by employing emergency measures to keep from …

Neighbors

Ralston named Hometown Hero for entrepreneurial spirit

Since his formidable years Queen Creek resident Jerome J. Ralston knew he wanted to be in business for himself. “I told my mom that I was going to be a businessman and she just …

Developmental, sensory screenings needed for young children, First Things First says

As Arizona’s early childhood agency, First Things First recognizes that while every child develops at their own pace, developmental and sensory screenings are a way parents can learn about …

Tempe Girl Scout earns prestigious Gold Award through photography

When Tempe resident, Victoria Thurman’s grandfather complained about the lack of artwork on the walls at his assisted-living facility, she noticed an opportunity for her photography to serve a …

Glendale native eyes graduating from Navy Officer Candidate School

Literally hundreds of Seamen apply for Officer Candidate School. Applications alone take months to prepare.

Things to do

Salt River Tubing open seven days a week

Salt River Tubing and Recreation is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow conditions permitting, with safety protocols in place. “SRTR will strive to do its best to …

Coheed and Cambria at Mesa Ampitheatre Aug. 28

Coheed and Cambria and The Used 2021 — with special guests Meet Me at the Altar — perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Mesa Amphitheatre. 263 N. Center St. The event is presented by …

Surprise mayor’s art exhibit reflects on 9/11

Submissions are being accepted for the first-ever Mayor’s Exhibit: A Tribute to Our Heroes, a partnership of the West Valley Arts Council, the Dysart Unified School District and The Vista …

Family day Aug. 7 at Commemorative Air Force Museum

Take a trip through 100 years of military aviation with inspiring and educational programs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Airbase Arizona flying museum at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport, …

Entertainment

Carnegie Hall to reopen Oct 6 with Philadelphia Orchestra

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall will return from the coronavirus pandemic with a gala concert featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra on Oct. 6. Carnegie has not had a performance since March 13, …

Grammys commit to more hiring diversity for 2022 show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammy Awards will adopt an inclusion rider that will require producers to recruit and hire more diverse candidates backstage and in front of the camera for next year's …

Garth Brooks reassessing stadium tour because of COVID surge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Garth Brooks said he will be reassessing whether to continue his stadium tour because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. In a statement issued on …
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, Alvin Ing attends "The Gambler" premiere in New York. Ing, know for his roles on Broadway and on tour in "Pacific Overtures" and "Flower Drum Song" as well as in films such as "The Gambler," has died. He was 89. Ing died Saturday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, in Burbank, California, due to COVID-19 complications, according to his representatives at Mosaic PR. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

'Flower Drum Song' and screen star Alvin Ing dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor and singer Alvin Ing, known for roles on Broadway and on tour in “Pacific Overtures” and “Flower Drum Song” as well as in films such as "The Gambler," has died. He was …

The searing, timely play 'Pass Over' leads Broadway's return

NEW YORK (AP) — Danya Taymor was jazzed. It was late July and the theater director had just cracked open the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway after months of stillness and silence. She soaked …