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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State
Fiesta Bowl Charities

Junior Achievement: Financial literacy is indicator in breaking cycle of poverty

An old adage exists for a reason and the one “the children are our future” holds true perhaps today with more sense of urgency than ever before. A fundamental key to success inside and …

Renewable energy at center of race for Arizona utility board

PHOENIX — The little-watched race for control of Arizona’s utility regulatory commission could have big implications for power rates and the future of renewable energy. Democrats now …

Sheriff’s office in Phoenix struggling with Arpaio legacy

PHOENIX (AP) — Even though Joe Arpaio was ousted as metro Phoenix’s sheriff four years ago, the agency he used to run still struggles in the wake of his controversial 24-year tenure, including …

Parties' late spending on Senate races shows GOP's jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are unleashing millions in eleventh-hour spending to contest Senate seats in states that read like a list of reliable GOP strongholds: Alaska. Arizona. …

Polaris Donates $97,000 to Off-Road Organizations With T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 23, 2020-- Deepening its commitment to providing support for the development and improvements of trail systems throughout the United States, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix police officer shot and wounded a man who first fired a rifle at officers after a pursuit that ended when the man’s car crashed, the police department …
A Goodyear man charged with disrupting a polling place in 2018 by videotaping in violation of the state’s “75-foot-limit” statute has been sentenced to six months’ probation and fined $400 after pleading guilty.
A Phoenix man was arrested for charges including second-degree murder earlier this month after fatally shooting one man and non-fatally shooting another man in the group he was socializing …
More sports

Mertz, No. 14 Wisconsin rout Illinois 45-7 in Big Ten opener

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Graham Mertz threw five touchdown passes to match the Wisconsin record in a commanding first career start and the No. 14 Badgers beat Illinois 45-7 on Friday night to open the …

Tulsa capitalizes on 3 South Florida turnovers, wins 42-13

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Deneric Prince rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, Corey Taylor II added 67 yards rushing and two scores, and Tulsa beat South Florida 42-13 on Friday night. Tulsa led …

Jacksonville State gets 1st FCS victory over FBS this season

MIAMI (AP) — Alen Karajic made his fourth field goal with 2:40 remaining and Jacksonville State beat Florida International 19-10 on Friday night for the first FCS victory over an FBS team this …

Thomas has a fast start for a 65 and a 1-shot lead at Zozo

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Justin Thomas went from a fast finish one day to a fast start the next, and it carried him to a 7-under 65 on Friday and a one-shot lead in the Zozo Championship at …
Nation

Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats' blockade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised for a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put on the and cement a conservative majority before Election Day despite Democratic efforts to stall …

Police chief: Illinois police officer who fatally shot Black man has been fired

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Police chief: Illinois police officer who fatally shot Black man has been fired.

US Navy: Both crew members on training plane from Florida that crashed in Alabama killed; victims' names not released

FOLEY, Ala. (AP) — US Navy: Both crew members on training plane from Florida that crashed in Alabama killed; victims' names not released.

Judge: Michigan agency can evaluate Great Lakes tunnel plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Public Service Commission has some authority over Enbridge's plans to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, …

GOP Arkansas candidate dismissed from school over KKK outfit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican candidate running for Arkansas State Senate said he made “mistakes" as a teenager after repeatedly denying his dismissal from a Mississippi high school for …
World

Mexican border state of Chihuahua returns to lockdown

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua returned to the highest level of alert and lockdown Friday after coronavirus cases jumped there and hospitals began to fill …

Mexico ruling party works out leadership dispute on 3rd try

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Morena party of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador finally chose a leader Friday after two failed, acrimonious attempts. A poll of party members gave a …

Brazil approves import of Chinese shot that Bolsonaro nixed

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s health regulator has authorized the import from China of a potential vaccine against the coronavirus, just days after President Jair Bolsonaro insisted he wouldn't allow …

UN assembly chief unhappy at NY mayor spurning COVID meeting

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the United Nations General Assembly wasn’t happy that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio rejected a meeting with him to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 …

Mexico rights agency says migrants held without light, water

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said Friday that some migrants are being held at some government facilities without proper sanitary measures, with migrants with …
Business

PG&E to cut power to over 1 million people in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric will cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires as extreme fire weather returns to the region, the utility …

Asia Today: 2 Melbourne schools shut; Seoul tests hospitals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — All staff and students from two schools in northeast Melbourne have been told to immediately get tested for COVID-19 after the emergence of seven new cases on Saturday. …

US shows support for airline venture between Delta, WestJet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department said Friday it has tentatively approved plans by Delta Air Lines and Canada's WestJet to work together in scheduling and setting prices for flights …

Biden's warning on oil tests voter resolve on climate change

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Biden is confronting the harsh political realities of combating climate change. The Democratic presidential nominee has spent months touting a $2 trillion plan to boost …

Travel

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting rages as US hosts talks

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — Heavy fighting raged Friday over Nagorno-Karabakh even as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan traveled to Washington for negotiations on settling the …

French woman in Thailand may have acquired virus locally

BANGKOK (AP) — A French woman on the Thai resort island of Samui has tested positive for the coronavirus and probably acquired it after arriving in Thailand in what could be one of few cases of …

Jacob Lawrence painting missing for 60 years rediscovered

A painting by American artist Jacob Lawrence that has not been seen in public for 60 years has been found and will soon take its designated place in a 30-piece exhibit of Lawrence's work, officials …

American, Southwest join rivals in reporting big 3Q losses

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are continuing to pile up billions of dollars in losses as the pandemic causes a massive drop in air travel. American Airlines said Thursday that it lost $2.4 billion and …

Things to do

Drive Thru Fair Food open for another weekend in Phoenix

Officials at the Arizona State Fair announced that due to overwhelming demand, they're continuing Drive Thru Fair Food for one final weekend, beginning on Thursday.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park continues reopening plans

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park reopened Sept. 3 with rave reviews from visitors and moved forward Sept. 19 with the second phase of their reopening plan.

Honor first-responders at in-person, virtual events in the Phoenix metro area

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The date is now …

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.

Valley Voices
Ben Toma

Toma: Why universal vote-by-mail is a solution in search of a problem

Mail voting is a popular mechanism for casting a ballot in the western U.S. Prior to 2020, of the states that mailed ballots directly to voters who had not requested them, many were Arizona’s …

Lux: Questions ‘packed’ high court

In response to Rich Andrews letter (“Calls for confirmation for Barrett,” Daily Independent, Oct. 22, 2020), you believe Congress electing, or more accurately placing, Judge Barrett on …

Payne: Don’t let them ‘California’ our Arizona

We’re seeing millions of dollars flow into Arizona campaigns from California in an effort to change our Legislature and state policies to mirror California’s. Given California’s …

Broyles: Calls out division, animosity

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nation as divided as ours, which only benefits our adversaries and enemy nations alike. This has become an “uncivil” war, with President Trump …
Glenn Hamer

Hamer: I endorse Schweikert for U.S. House

I am proud to endorse Rep. David Schweikert to represent Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.
Entertainment

Arlo Guthrie, citing health, says he's retired from touring

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant. But it appears we've seen Arlo Guthrie tell us that in person for the last time. In lengthy posts on his Facebook page and …

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — To be announced. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for …
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in "Black Panther," poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died of colon cancer on Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles. He was buried on Sept. 3, in Belton, South Carolina, about 11 miles from his hometown of Anderson, according to a death certificate obtained Monday, Sept. 14  by The Associated Press. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Art exhibit in Chadwick Boseman's hometown honors legacy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There’s a hole in Anderson, South Carolina. It opened suddenly in August when Chadwick Boseman, one of the city’s favorite sons and an international star for his role as …
The Tampa Bay Rays celebrates their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Ray beat the Dodgers 6-4.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

World Series draws record-low audience for 2nd night

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The World Series drew a record-low audience of television viewers for the second straight night. Tampa Bay’s 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 on Wednesday …

US-Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

1. A Time for Mercy, John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. Dog Man: Grime and Punishment, Dav Pilkey (Graphix) , 3, Room on the Broom, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Puffin) 4. Modern Comfort Food, …