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PHOENIX — A first-term Arizona lawmaker wants to require that students have to study what he says is the “brutality” of communism before they can graduate. Rep. Quang Nguyen, … more
Born out of the ashes of the waylaid Boys & Girls Club proposal in Surprise, the nonprofit Surprise Youth Foundation is now fulfilling some of the same functions five years later. The … more
Phoenix will continue to close some of the city’s most popular and most dangerous hiking trails during midday on the hottest days of the year, making permanent the policy from a pilot program … more
After months of waiting, neither Queen Creek nor Goodyear will be the site of Samsung’s new $17 billion semiconductor factory. According to the New York Times, the South Korean electronics … more
When COVID-19 hit Arizona, the state’s robust tourism and hospitality industries were the hardest hit. But Arizona leaders say tourism is on its way back in a big way, and there’s a tremendous need for additional lodging to house all the visitors flocking to the Valley. more
Uncertainty looms over whether some Valley businesses will be held to a standard by a federal vaccine mandate that requires workers to get vaccinated or get weekly tests by Jan. 4. On Tuesday, the … more

A Mesa fire station built for future expansion opened recently in the community of Eastmark. The $5.9 million Fire Station No. 221 was funded from a 2018 public safety bond approved by Mesa … more
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies were kept busy chasing down calls that appeared to be shootings in Sun City. more
PHOENIX — One wouldn’t think it would take years for a county board of supervisors to figure out how to amend a billboard ordinance.However, with the thorny question of whether to allow … more
PHOENIX — The nation’s largest manufacturer of vaping products has agreed to change how it does promotion in Arizona and elsewhere. In a deal announced Tuesday, Juul Labs agreed not to … more
PHOENIX — The governor’s chief medical adviser said Tuesday said COVID infections could be cut sharply if people would do more to protect themselves, including wearing masks. But Dr. … more
Airline tickets soared this holiday season after a year of shutdowns and travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Those heading to other parts of the country, including Arizona State University … more
Scottsdale City Council has reportedly sent a unified letter to the Arizona House of Representatives leader seeking changes to short-term rentals, as the municipality strengthens its regulations on … more

With winter holidays right around the corner, Experience Scottsdale is predicting a robust tourism boom, officials say. Experience Scottsdale also announced the receipt of a $500,000 grant to be … more
Light rail in metro Phoenix will get a funding boost from federal coffers, which is in addition to millions of dollars headed to Arizona under the infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed this week. more
In a normal year, hospitals have no problem staffing their halls with travel nurses to fill in gaps or prepare for the busy winter months. But 2021, much like the year before, has not been a normal year for the health care industry. more
PHOENIX — For those of you who thought the Thanksgiving feast this year would break the bank, there's some good news. Prices are up. But not as much as you might have thought. The latest … more
Two attorneys who provide public defender services in the Apache Junction Municipal Court have been rehired at the same pay — $2,225 per month. A third will be needed when residents begin … more
A combination of lower vaccination rates and higher positive testing rates has made Arizona among the unsafest states regarding COVID-19, according to a new Wallethub report. Arizona ranked No. 44 … more
BUCKEYE — Several Valley municipalities have set aside funds for beautification projects that will improve the look of central commercial districts. Buckeye is one of those municipalities. … more

Surprise city leaders have long wanted a signature event to bring people in from across the Valley and even further. more
PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey remains adamant he’s not going to force anyone to get inoculated or even wear a mask as COVID cases in Arizona rise to the highest level since before the vaccine … more
PHOENIX — The decision by the state’s senior senator to plot her own path on issues like infrastructure relief is leaving a mark. And it's not necessarily a good one. A new survey … more
Tony Gido has more to be thankful for this week than in past Thanksgiving holidays. more
Public records reveal hundreds of domestic violence arrests in two batches of arrest data provided to Independent Newsmedia from the Apache Junction and Scottsdale police departments. Data shows … more
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