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Valley and State

Arizona House OKs bill on businesses ignoring mask mandates

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-controlled Arizona House on Wednesday approved a measure that would let businesses ignore government mask mandates imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus …

Arizona prison guard alleges sex assaults by supervisor

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona corrections officer has alleged in a lawsuit against the state that she was subjected to a hostile environment while working at a prison where her supervisor was accused …

4-year-old girl dies after being hit by vehicle in Glendale

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl died and a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured Wednesday after being struck by a pickup truck on a walkway outside a store in Glendale, police …

Senate has no space for ballots it got after court fight

PHOENIX (AP) — Millions of voted ballots from Maricopa County's November election won by President Joe Biden are loaded on a truck and ready for delivery to the Arizona Senate after a judge ruled …

100+ Sonoran desert tortoises are up for adoption in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Wanted: Forever homes for more than 100 Sonoran desert tortoises that can grow to 14 inches and live as long as 100 years. Due primarily to illegal breeding, Arizona Game and Fish …
First responders
Captain Greg Lugo has been leading the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 in Queen Creek for more than three years. Last week, Mr. Lugo was reassigned within the MCSO organization as a …
The Mesa Fire and Medical Department was dispatched to the following fires Feb. 17-20: Check smoke — no incident found on arrival at dispatch address; 4:25 a.m. Feb. 17, 100 block of South …
The Mesa Police Department took reports of the following assaults Feb. 19-23: Assault — domestic violence at a residence/home Feb. 19 in the 7800 block of East Main Street.Assault — …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Dickman: Short-term rental report is powerful warning against current practices

A nearly 40-page study publicly released on March 1 by well-known and highly respected Arizona economic and real estate analysis firm Elliott Pollack and Co. (“Pollack”) explains that …

Jacobson: Senators should know precisely what they’re voting on

Weighing, debating and voting on proposed legislation is the most important thing Congress does. It’s serious business, and should be treated as such.
Nathan Lamberth

Lamberth: Telehealth gives more patients access to primary care, mental health services

It’s hard to believe that we have been navigating the coronavirus for more than a year. Much has changed since then. Many of us are working remotely, our kids are learning virtually, and we are …
Jim Binns

Binns: 30 years after the Gulf War: Veterans and the legacy of toxic wounds

 America's memory of the 1991 Gulf War has faded, but we must remember the 697,000 U.S. veterans who drove the Iraqi army from Kuwait 30 years ago this month -- especially the one in four who lost their health to toxic exposures serving their country. That country refuses to care for them.   Related:NPR "Here and Now."   https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2021/02/23/gulf-war-illness

Noble: Women need to pay attention to their heart health, even during the pandemic

COVID-19 has dominated the medical space for the last year. As we continued to learn more about the coronavirus, we learned that people with underlying conditions like diabetes and obesity are more …
More sports

Ruff may be mixing up lines with Devils struggling to score

NEWARK, N.J (AP) — Coach Lindy Ruff seemingly is shaking up his lines with the New Jersey Devils slumping and struggling to score. A day after losing 2-1 to the New York Islanders, Ruff altered …

Boston College 67, Pittsburgh 56

Percentages: FG 32.759, FT .864. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (Swartz 4-8, Dickens 3-9, Garraud 1-3, VanTimmeren 1-3, Ivey 1-1) Blocked Shots: 3 (Garraud 2, VanTimmeren 1) Turnovers: 17 …

Mississippi close to putting limits on transgender athletes

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House voted Wednesday to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls' or women's sports teams in the state's schools and universities. The bill heads to …

Oregon St. 71, California 63

Percentages: FG 5.909, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Von Oelhoffen 3-5, Corosdale 1-4, Goforth 1-2, Goodman 0-3) Blocked Shots: 5 (Jones 2, Corosdale 1, Goforth 1, Mitrovic …
Nation

VIRUS TODAY: Most small businesses don't require virus tests

Here's what's happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY: — The majority of U.S. small businesses for employees, according to the U.S. Census …

Man accused of QAnon vandalism at 'America's Stonehenge'

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Police have made an arrest following a 15-month-long investigation into vandalism at a group of rock configurations in New Hampshire called “America's Stonehenge." Mark …

Oklahoma prosecutor urges panel to reject inmate's claims

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The evidence implicating an Oklahoma death row inmate whose case has drawn national attention is overwhelming and his application for a commutation is filled with …

Arizona community colleges ready to upskill and reskill workers for economic recovery

PHOENIX, March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A new entitled, Arizona Reskilling & Recovery Network: A Workforce Development and Education/Training Framework, outlines how Arizona's community colleges are …

Chicago mayor proposes new rules after botched police raid

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor on Wednesday proposed changes in the way police serve search warrants, the latest move to regain public trust that was damaged when officers stormed into the wrong …
World

Israel suspects Iran connection to Mediterranean oil spill

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities said Wednesday that a Libyan-owned tanker suspected of smuggling oil from Iran to Syria was responsible for spilling tons of crude into the eastern …

Palace to investigate after Meghan accused of bullying staff

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace said Wednesday it was launching an investigation after a newspaper reported that a former aide had made a bullying allegation against the Duchess of Sussex. The …

French government dissolves anti-migrant identity group

PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday dissolved an identity group that for years staged spectacular actions to get out its anti-migrant message in what it claimed was a mission to preserve French and …

Senegal's opposition leader arrested amid violent protests

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s main opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested Wednesday on charges of disturbing the public order after hundreds of his supporters clashed with police while he …

Czechs turns to other nations to treat its COVID-19 patients

PRAGUE (AP) — With hospitals in some parts of the Czech Republic filled up, the country turned to Germany and other European countries with a request for help. The Czech Republic, one of the …
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Business

Fed survey finds modest gains in the US economy in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions across the United States has found that economic activity was expanding at a modest pace in February. The Fed survey released …

Facebook lifts ban on US political, social issue ads

Facebook says it is lifting its ban on political and social-issue ads put in place after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Political candidates, groups and others will be able to place ads on …

House panel seeks storm documents from Texas grid operator

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee is investigating the agency that operates the Texas power grid, seeking information and documents about the lack of preparation for the recent winter …

Rio Tinto chairman leaving over destruction of sacred sites

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson said Wednesday he was accountable for the mining giant destroying sacred Indigenous sites in Australia to access iron ore and he will …

Neighbors

Equality Arizona, ONE Community support passage of non-discrimination ordinance in Mesa

The Mesa City Council on March 1 passed an LGBTQ+ inclusive non-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance will fully protect LGBTQ+ families and individuals from discrimination in public …

Goodyear man blends fantasy, reality in book about childhood cancer battle

A Goodyear man who turned his childhood battle with T-cell leukemia into a novel recently published an audio version of the book.

Wigged Out, Inc. gives the gift of dignity, confidence during time of crisis

A matriarch of a family is oftentimes the glue that holds it together, and just as cruel as the disease itself, a cancer diagnosis can shake a family to its core. Another reality of the …

Scenic Arizona: ‘Leap Day’ sunset in Apache Junction

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net is publishing submitted photos that highlight the community and showcase Arizona’s beauty. Readers are invited to submit scenic pictures of desert …

Things to do

Alton Brown at Mesa Arts Center Nov. 11

Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown will bring “Alton Brown Live – Beyond The Eats” to the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., on Thursday, Nov. …

Art, spirits, music on tap at Litchfield Park festival this weekend

Art and wine/craft brew enthusiasts who enjoy live music and food will find all of the above at the 23rd annual Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival this weekend.

Scottsdale reinvents Western Week with new date, modifications

The city of Scottsdale has announced a new timeline for its annual Western Week celebration, which honors Old Town’s distinctive heritage, history, cultures and experiences.

Desert survival class March 6 at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …

Entertainment
Animated character Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, center, appears with Tuk Tuk, voiced by Alan Tudyk, in a scene from "Raya and the Last Dragon." (Disney+ via AP)

Review: 'Raya and the Last Dragon’ is a dazzling adventure

Contrary to what “Game of Thrones” might have you believe, not all dragons are agents of destruction. In the newest offering from Walt Disney Animation, “ ,” they are kind, full of magic and, …
This cover image released by Knopf shows "Klara and the Sun," a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. (Knopf via AP)

Review: 'Klara and the Sun' is a poignant mediation on love

“Klara and the Sun,” by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf) “Klara and the Sun,” by Nobel-winning writer Kazuo Ishiguro, takes readers on a journey through the mind of Klara, one of many artificial …
FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on May 27, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. It's been 51 years since Dolly Parton earned her first Grammy nomination, and this year the national treasure who has won nine Grammys throughout her career is competing for her 50th honor. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

Dolly Parton on her 50th Grammy nod: 'It's always special'

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been 51 years since Dolly Parton earned her first Grammy nomination, and this year the national treasure who has won nine Grammys throughout her career is competing for her …

Miss Universe competition to air live from Florida in May

NEW YORK (AP) — After a year and a half, the competition will return with a live telecast on May 16. The 69th Miss Universe event will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino …
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, from left, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, wife Vanessa and daughter Natalia Diamante Bryant are seen before an NCAA college women's basketball game between Connecticut and UCLA, in Los Angeles. Vanessa Bryant says she is focused on “finding the light in darkness” in an emotional story in People magazine. She details how she attempts to push forward after her husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter Gigi died in a helicopter crash in early 2020. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Vanessa Bryant still perseveres after Kobe, Gigi's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vanessa Bryant said she is focused on “finding the light in darkness” detailing her attempts to push forward after her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi died in a …