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Mormon lawmaker pushes abuse reporting reform in Utah

A Republican state lawmaker in Utah says he plans to introduce legislation that would require all clergy to report child abuse to authorities. Rep. Phil Lyman's proposal announced Friday would …

1 dead amid 'restless' monsoon-season flooding in Las Vegas

The National Weather Service is calling this the most “restless” summer monsoon season in a decade. It became deadly late Thursday, when a person died despite being pulled by firefighters from a …

Pinal supervisors look at amendments to comprehensive plan

Along with addressing the errors that took place during the primary election, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors also looked at major comprehensive plan amendments for rezoning. Much of the …

Arizona won't wait for feds, starts filling border wall gaps

Arizona officials say they will use shipping containers to close a 1,000-foot gap in the border wall near the southern Arizona farming community of Yuma. Officials with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's …
Technical Training

Motorcycle mechanic school moves to Avondale

Universal Technical Institute's motorcycle mechanic school has relocated from Phoenix to the institute’s campus in Avondale, after first announcing the consolidation in 2020.   The …
TRANSPORTATION

Buttigieg visits Phoenix to announce $25M for trail system bridge

U.S. transportation officials announced $2.2 billion for local infrastructure projects on Thursday, paving build a new bike and pedestrian bridge connecting the north and south banks of the Rio …
CONGRESS

U.S. House lawyer wants Kelli Ward's phone records near Jan. 6 insurrection

PHOENIX - State GOP chair Kelli Ward has no legal right to block a U.S. House committee from getting her phone records about her activities leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection, an attorney for the …
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Rockies' Bernard makes MLB debut after decade in minors

Wynton Bernard is getting his chance to play in the major leagues a decade after he was drafted by the San Diego Padres. The Colorado Rockies selected Bernard’s contract from Triple-A Albuquerque …

Browns' Watson apologizes 'to all the women I have impacted'

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has apologized “to all the women I have impacted” after he was accused of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions in Texas. Watson is facing …

Russian GDP drops 4% in Q2 -- 1st full quarter of fighting

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s gross domestic product contracted 4% in the second quarter of this year, the first full quarter since Russia sent troops into Ukraine, the state statistical service said …

Sabbatini gets another year on tour with help from LIV Golf

Rory Sabbatini thought he had lost his full PGA Tour card for next season. Thanks to all the players who have signed up for Saudi-funded LIV Golf, the Slovakian can get back in the game. The tour …
Around the Region
West Valley

The Peoria Unified School District Govnerning Board has tabled an agreement with service provider Bloom 365, a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent teen violence before it happens.

As part of Peoria’s continued efforts to help residents increase water savings, residents are encouraged to find those sneaky leaks.
More Goodyear residents have turned out to vote in their city’s primary elections than they have since at least 2009, with 17,880 ballots and counting — a turnout rate of 31.42%. Under …
With the start of a new school year underway, the city of Peoria is encouraging students, families and drivers to practice back-to-school safety.
A local Sun City West organization received a top honor from an international organization.
Phoenix

The city of Phoenix is looking for nominations for the annual Living the Dream Award. The award recognizes individuals who embody the ideas of Martin Luther King “through their continued …

Tuesday, President Biden signed the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act into law. The bill includes more than $52 billion for U.S. companies producing semiconductors, with billions more in tax credits to …
Phoenix is seeing more heat-related emergencies this year. Local efforts to combat the heat have increased but have so far not kept pace with the increased number of unsheltered people on the streets …
A 37-year-old man has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with a Wednesday night shooting that involved three state troopers. At approximately 7:38 p.m. …
Work zones and closed portions of Route 143 will make travel tricky this weekend for drivers near Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. The Arizona Department of Transportation advises motorists with …
East Valley

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is hosting a film screening of Living in Delusionville followed by Q&A with Ron English at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Piper Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. …

On Aug. 11, thousands of new students began their collegiate journey by moving onto the Arizona State University campus. For many, this is the first time they’re living independently, and this can foster both excitement and anxiety.
SVN Desert Commercial Advisors Justin Horwitz, Paul Borgesen and Richard Lewis recently closed the $1,275,000 sale of Mesa Office Plaza, a 5,157-square-foot office building at 625 W. Southern Ave. in …
Community members can choose one of four free dental treatments, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, or exams and X-Rays.
Mesa Mayor John Giles this week honored Troy Kotsur, a Mesa native and  the first deaf man to win an Academy Award, with a key to the city. The event took place Thursday, Aug. 11,  at …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Should we still go camping if thunderstorms in forecast?

Headed up to Fool’s Hollow Lake this weekend for the first time...

Garavito: Here’s what’s missing from Inflation Reduction Act

I am pleased that the Inflation Reduction Act will help Americans by reducing health care costs...

Study: Cable news is the main driver of polarization in America ... not social media

The past two election cycles have seen an explosion of attention given to “echo chambers”...

Fishman: Scottsdale City Council results endorse development dearth

The race for City Council is essentially over. The development resistors have won. Kathy Littlefield, and her progeny… either Barry Graham or Pamela Carter will become members of the …

Bien-Willner: Honored to have support of Paradise Valley voters

Thank you, Paradise Valley! I am humbled by the overwhelming support shown by Paradise Valley residents for my re-election, and I am so honored to have earned your trust to continue serving as your …
Valley sports

Rockies host the Diamondbacks to open 3-game series

The Colorado Rockies open a three-game series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

Diamondbacks blow open close game in 7th to beat Pirates 9-3

Emmanuel Rivera homered and hit a two-run double in the seventh inning to help blow open a close game as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3. Rivera started the season with …

This Date in Baseball-Week Ahead, Aug. 12-18

This Date in Baseball-Week Ahead, Aug. 12-18, Two Takes
National sports

Hawkeyes look for more consistency on offense

Iowa’s defense was a big reason the Hawkeyes won 10 games and the Big Ten West last season. The inconsistency of the offense played a big part in Iowa’s four losses, including a 42-3 defeat to …

NIT headed to Las Vegas in 2023, Indianapolis in 2024

The NCAA announced Friday that the NIT semifinals and final will be played at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas in 2023 and Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in 2024. The NIT has been played at Madison …

Ruud routed hometown favorite Auger-Aliassime in Montreal

Fourth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway routed hometown favorite Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-1, 6-2 on Friday in the National Bank Open quarterfinals. The sixth-seeded Auger-Aliassime, made 21 unforced …

Halep beats Gauff 6-4, 7-6 (2) to reach Toronto semifinals

Two-time champion Simona Halep beat Coco Gauff 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday to reach the National Bank Open semifinals. Halep, the 30-year-old from Romania, won the event in Montreal in 2016 and 2018. She …

Unvaccinated Djokovic out of US Open tuneup in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic has pulled out of next week’s hard-court tournament in Cincinnati because he has not gotten any COVID-19 vaccine shots and so is not allowed to travel to the United States. That is …
Most recent

Peloton is laying off almost 800 employees and raising prices for some of its equipment as part of its latest bid to make the business profitable and free up cash. The moves were disclosed Friday in …

A man once briefly married to Britney Spears has been convicted of aggravated trespassing and battery at the pop star's June wedding. Forty-year-old Jason Alexander pleaded no contest to the two …
By chance, Associated Press reporter Joshua Goodman was at the venue in western New York when author Salman Rushdie was attacked on Friday. The Latin America correspondent based in Miami was …
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Valley business

Arizona Helping Hands receives 1,400 backpacks for foster care children

Plexus Worldwide, one of the largest direct selling health and wellness companies in the world, supported local nonprofit Arizona Helping Hands (AHH) in its effort to provide back-to-school supplies …

New Scottsdale bank offers microloan program for small businesses

Scottsdale Community Bank announced its new Lemonade Stand Microloans program, a creative concept for small businesses, that was rolled out during the anticipated grand opening of the new bank.

IMG buys majority stake in Barrett-Jackson for $261M

Events company IMG reported Thursday it had bought a majority stake in Barrett-Jackson, the premier collector car auction and live events company. IMG, which owns, operates and commercially …

Infill housing starts vertical march in West Valley

Residential infill development in the West Valley is tilting from single-family communities toward more vertical apartment- or condo-style dwellings. The speed of the changeover in three suburbs west of Phoenix depends on the degree new housing units are truly “infill”

Neighbors

Annual ‘grandparenting’ summit to be held at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church

Pastor Brett Everett announced that Desert Hills Presbyterian Church has been selected as a site for the 2022 Legacy Grandparenting Summit.

Scottsdale locals launch laptop initiative for students in-need

Starting the school year, college students are expected to come to class ready with a catalog of supplies from books to computers. Not all students can afford to keep up with the changing demands for school supplies, however one couple looks to solve this issue at Coronado High School.

Gilbert looks at redesign for Water Tower Plaza

With degrading infrastructure and a desire to continue developing amenities in the Heritage District, Gilbert is looking at a redesign of the Water Tower Plaza. “We understand how important …

Sun City Elks help students with supplies

Sun City has long been known as the “City of Volunteers.”

Things to do

The Thumb in Scottsdale opens outdoor public market

Beginning Aug. 21, every Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to noon, The Thumb in Scottsdale will host a big, outdoor public market.

Zao Theatre presents ‘Frost/Nixon’ through Aug. 20 in Gold Canyon

Zao Theatre, 6338 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon, presents “Frost/Nixon” Aug. 5-20. This fictionalized Tony Award winning British play by screenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgan is …

Band plays at local church

The Salty Dawgs will perform 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Shepherd of The Hills Methodist Church, 13658 W. Meeker Blvd. Ice cream will be served and a free-will offering will be taken. Call the …

Pastor Joel McElreath to share ‘Israel Experiences’ Aug. 24

Long-time missionaries Joel and Carolyn McElreath will share dinner and a time of reflection on their work in Israel with those attending a special evening 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at First …

Entertainment
FILE - Naomi Judd performs at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn., on June 13, 2009. Judd's family filed a court petition Friday to seal police reports and recordings made during the investigation into her death. The family said the records contain video and audio interviews with relatives in the immediate aftermath of her death and releasing such details would inflict "significant trauma and irreparable harm.” Judd died at the age of 76 on April 30 at her home in Tennessee. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)

Judds asks court to seal report of death investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of country singer Naomi Judd filed a court petition Friday to seal police reports and recordings made during the investigation into her death. The family …
FILE - Actress Anne Heche poses for a portrait to promote the film, "The Last Word" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 23, 2017.  A spokesperson for  Heche says the actor is on life support after suffering a brain injury in a fiery crash a week ago and isn't expected to survive. The statement released on behalf of her family said she is being kept on life support to determine if she is a viable organ donor. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

Anne Heche remains on life support for donor evaluation

Anne Heche remains on life support and under evaluation for organ donation. A representative for the actor says injuries suffered in a car crash a week ago led to her brain death. Under California …
This undated photo provided by The J. Paul Getty Museum shows Sculptural Group of a Seated Poet and Sirens. The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is returning ancient sculptures and other works of art that were illegally exported from Italy. The museum announced Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, that next month it will ship back the nearly life-size group of statues known as "Orpheus and the Sirens." (The J. Paul Getty Museum via AP)

Getty Museum in LA to return illegally exported art to Italy

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is returning ancient sculptures and other works of art that were illegally exported from Italy. The museum announced Thursday that next month it will ship back …
FILE - Anne Heche arrives at the premiere of "The Tender Bar" on Dec. 12, 2021, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Heche was in the hospital Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, following an accident in which her car smashed into a house and flames erupted, a representative for the actor told People magazine. The representative, who was not identified, told the magazine that Heche was in stable condition a day after Friday's accident. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Police investigate Anne Heche for DUI in crash into house

Police say they are investigating actor Anne Heche for driving under the influence of drugs after a fiery crash into a Los Angeles house that left her with critical injuries. A police spokesman said …

Novel inspired by Shirley Jackson classic expected in 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of the late Shirley Jackson has authorized a novel inspired by her classic “The Haunting of Hill House.” Elizabeth Hand's "A Haunting on the Hill” is scheduled to …
Obituaries & Memorials

Lloyd James “Bud” Moran

Bud passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City West at the age of 96. Born in LaCrosse, WI, to Lloyd M. Moran and Ruth (Faas) Moran, he was the eldest of 11 siblings. After graduating from …

Charles Joseph "Chuck" Garcia, Sr.

Charles Joseph "Chuck" Garcia, Sr., 55, went home to be with the Lord in July of 2022. He was born on March 31, 1967, to the late Carlos Garcia and Antoinette Hernandez. Chuck was married to his …

Claudette Edith Corrado

Claudette E. Corrado passed away peacefully on the morning of June 16, 2022 with family by her side. Born to James Chlad & Edna (Bertolino) in Cleveland, Ohio on February 1, 1938. After …

William Carroll Arnold

William Carroll “Bill” Arnold of Gold Canyon passed away on July 17, 2022, at home surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. Bill was born on August 29, 1935, in Duck, Clay County, …

Marilyn Paschke Zwier

Marilyn, 86, of Sun City, passed away July 24, 2022.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois to Otto Ernest and Evelyn (Uhle) Paschke.Her life was spent caring for her family first and …
Nation

Southern Baptists say denomination faces DOJ investigation

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention say that several of their denomination’s major entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. The SBC’s statement gave few details …

Publisher of USA Today, other papers axes staff to cut costs

Newspaper publisher Gannett Co. confirmed Friday that it's laying off some of its newsroom staff, part of a cost-cutting effort to lower expenses as its revenue crumbles amid a downturn in ad sales …

Hot nights: US in July sets new record for overnight warmth

America sizzled through some hot nights last month, enough to make history. Federal meteorologists say the Lower 48 states in July set a record for overnight warmth. The average overnight temperature …

Oil shipments from Russia resume to Czechia

PRAGUE (AP) — Oil shipments from Russia through a critical pipeline to Czechia resumed Friday after more than a week, the Czech pipeline operator Mero said. Czechia became the last central …

Best Buy cuts jobs after it cuts sales and profit outlook

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy, the nation's largest consumer electronics chain, is trimming jobs in an effort to adjust to new changes in consumer behavior as the virus wanes. Best Buy declined to …
World

Montenegro gunman kills 11 on the street; police kill him

CETINJE, Montenegro (AP) — A man in Montenegro went on a shooting rampage Friday, killing 11 people on the streets of a city before being shot dead, Montenegro state TV reported, quoting police …

WHO plans to rename monkeypox over stigmatization concerns

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it's holding an open forum to rename the disease monkeypox, after some critics raised concerns the name could be derogatory or have racist …

Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China's increasingly …

Paraguay vice president to quit after US alleges corruption

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Paraguay Vice President Hugo Velázquez Moreno said Friday he will resign next week shortly after he was included on a U.S. corruption list for his alleged involvement in …

Germany regrets boycott by Munich attack victims’ families

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it regrets plans by families of Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich to boycott a 50-year anniversary ceremony next month …