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Arizona attorney general: Pre-state abortion ban enforceable

Arizona’s Republican attorney general says that a pre-statehood law that bans all abortions is enforceable. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his decision Wednesday and said he will soon …
Politics

Arizona House leader receives award for commitment to veterans

State Representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, has been honored with the Legislator of the Year award from the Arizona Department of the American Legion for his commitment to veterans. …
Development

Update: ‘Minor’ changes to The Goldwater suffice Scottsdale mayor

The mayor of Scottsdale changed his mind about asking for City Council to initiate a formal review into a recent development review board decision, citing minor changes made by the applicant prior to …

Salmon backs Robson over Lake after dropping Arizona gov bid

Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon has thrown his support behind Karrin Taylor Robson in the Republican race for Arizona governor. Salmon announced the endorsement on KTAR radio's Mike Broomhead show …
TRANSPORTATION

ADOT: No full highway construction closures over July 4 weekend

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced no full weekend construction or maintenance closures are scheduled along state highways during the extended holiday weekend. While …
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West Valley

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Glendale will have two nights of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Cate Hinkle, who has guided Theater Works’ growth and outreach over the last seven years has announced her departure from the organization, effective the end of June.
Peoria Unified School District Superintendent Jason Reynolds will be receiving at least 50% of his performance pay based on goals that were set by the governing board last September.
The city of Peoria is about to begin saving transportation funds on a Valley Metro bus route.
Goodyear police apprehended a suspect in the Tuesday shooting death of 50-year-old Luis Rene Duarte at his home in Goodyear near 167th and Hilton avenues.  48-year-old Surprise woman Dulcenia …
Phoenix

The Valley’s favorite neighborhood hangout, The VIG, is returning to north central Phoenix with the opening of an all-new location this fall. The VIG North Central ,8729 N. Central Avenue will …

Cox Communications announced it is expanding its gig internet, TV, phone, home security and automation services to nearly 2,500 residents and businesses in Desert Hills. The move is part of about …
The Maricopa County Community College District is conducting a search for candidates to replace Shari Olson, South Mountain Community College’s president, who is retiring  this summer.
After a record-breaking post-pandemic year, the Arizona State Fair is back for more.
PHOENIX — About six months after Congressional and state legislature redistricting was completed in Arizona, and almost 10 months after precinct lines were redrawn in Maricopa County, the …
East Valley

Tempe residents are being asked to weigh in on the city’s future in a new citywide survey, which is set to close July 1. 

The Tempe Office of Sustainability is getting a big financial boost, to the tune of $500,000. 
The Arizona monsoon season is underway and will last through Sept. 30. In the months ahead, storms are expected to develop rapidly and may cause severe localized winds and flooding in Scottsdale.  
The construction project for a new Scottsdale community park at Ashler Hills is in the beginning stages. In June, Scottsdale City Council approved a contract with Valley Rain Construction Corp. …
Three Scottsdale Police Cadets have graduated from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Basic Training Academy Throughout the two-week program, Connor Gleen, Adham Reyes and Sarah …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Fishman: Ignoring facts won’t benefit community

Council member Caputi’s editorial perfectly captures the extremism among some council members and candidates regarding development, water adequacy, and building heights. Those in that camp …

Unkefer: Term limits have many benefits to the community

Many governments, including Scottsdale and Phoenix, have term limits for elected officials, but not Paradise Valley. Paradise Valley is fortunate to have a tradition of citizen volunteers who …

Mason: The legislature should be congratulated for passing SB1168

The legislature should be congratulated for passing SB1168, now awaiting the governor’s signature. It is both good news and a good step forward on short-term rental issues. Importantly, …

Walus: Budget derailed by some directors

I watched in dismay the dysfunctional Recreation Centers of Sun City West governing board May 26 as the directors debated the proposed 2022-23 budget.

Houston: Supreme Court taking trip into dark past

Well, “Hee Haw!” has finally come to the U.S. Supreme Court. Those self-appointed, sidewalk authorities have decided that women are no longer competent to decide their own health issues.
Valley sports

Clevinger 1-hit ball for 6 innings, Padres beat Diamondbacks

Mike Clevinger outpitched Madison Bumgarner by throwing one-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the year, leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0. Jake …

Padres take 3-game losing streak into matchup with the Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres head into the matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks after losing three in a row.

Diamondbacks rally from 6-run deficit to beat Padres 7-6

Josh Rojas scored the winning run in the ninth inning when shortstop C.J. Abrams couldn’t handle a throw at second base, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from a late six-run deficit to beat the …
National sports

AP source: Harden declines $47M option with Philadelphia

James Harden is taking less with hopes the Philadelphia 76ers can do more. A person familiar with the situation said Harden chose not to exercise his $47.4 million option for next season and will …

NFL inisists on indefinite suspension at Watson hearing

The NFL and Deshaun Watson’s legal team presented their arguments before a disciplinary officer for a second day with both sides holding firm as the hearing is scheduled to continue in Delaware on …

Leach signs 2-year contract extension with Mississippi State

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach has signed a two-year contract extension through 2025 after leading the Bulldogs to their second consecutive bowl appearance. The third-year coach’s annual base …

Phils: Harper surgery went well, but no timetable for return

Phillies slugger Bryce Harper had successful surgery to repair his broken left thumb, but there is no timetable for his return. Philadelphia remains hopeful the 2021 NL MVP can play again this …

Sept. 11 families plan protest as LIV tees off in Oregon

LIV Golf’s first U.S. event was set to begin Thursday, with a group of survivors and families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 terror attacks planning to gather at a nearby park to speak out …
Most recent

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is to be sworn in as president of the Philippines on Thursday 36 years after an army-backed “People Power” revolt booted his father to global infamy. Marcos Jr.'s rise to …

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Congo warned Wednesday that the M23 rebel group has increasingly acted as a conventional army during escalating military action in the country’s …
A large Missouri hospital chain briefly stopped providing emergency contraception amid confusion over whether the state's abortion ban could put doctors at risk of criminal charges for providing the …
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Valley business

New restaurant concept coming to Scottsdale this summer: Collins Bros. Chophouse

An award-winning restauranteur, Christopher Collins, of the Valley-based Common Ground Culinary, announced in a press release the grand opening of his newest concept on the northwest corner of Hayden …

Rosewood Homes announces groundbreaking of new development in Scottsdale

Scottsdale-based Rosewood Homes announced the start of pre-sales and model home construction at its new 19-home Rosewood Canyon in the Storyrock Master Planned Community in north Scottsdale.

Large logistics building in Mesa sold to private firm

MESA — Cushman & Wakefield advised Lexin Capital, a private investment, development and management company, on Monday in the dispositional sale of a recently built Class A warehouse/distribution building totaling 147,435 square feet on 29 acres in Mesa.

Husch Blackwell Strategies strengthens team with public policy pro

Husch Blackwell Strategies announced it is bolstering its state advocacy team in Arizona as John Fetherston joins the HBS office in Phoenix. Fetherston joins HBS Arizona as a Principal, bringing more …

Neighbors

Meet Your Neighbor: Adamski president of LeTip networking group chapter

Name: Nikol Adamski Age: 49 Town/neighborhood: Northeast Mesa When and why I moved here: My parents moved here in 1979 from Michigan to escape the cold, for a better life and a fresh start. …

Help youth in foster care succeed at school

For kids and teens in foster care, back to school is just one more hurdle to overcome because they often don’t have the right – or enough – school supplies to succeed. Without the right tools, not only do kids feel embarrassed, they are unable to perform at the same level as their peers, limiting their chances at good grades and graduation.

Scottsdale’s Gore rolls out red carpet for June 29 movie premier

Screenwriter Scott Gore, of Scottsdale, knows how to put a fresh spin on what some may consider a “familiar story,” by adding a new layer of interesting characters, plot twists and story lines.

Arizona Coyotes help launch Pride Growlers

In a June 27 press release, the Arizona Coyotes stated it is proud to support the Arizona Legacy Pride Hockey Association (ALPHA) Pride Growlers with the goal to show that hockey is for everyone and …

Things to do

Karaoke Club continues ‘Kabaret’ this summer

Members of the Karaoke Club of Sun City West meet for their “Karaoke Kabaret” Fridays this summer. Located in the arts and crafts building at the Beardsley center, doors open at 5 p.m. …

Scottsdale Canal Convergence to celebrate 10th anniversary in November

Scottsdale Arts’ Canal Convergence — Water + Art + Light will celebrate its 10th anniversary Nov. 4–13, at the Scottsdale Waterfront.The free, 10-night event features large-scale …

Glendale invests almost $900K in Gila River Arena upkeep

The city will spend almost $900,000 for capital repairs to Gila River Arena, inside the Westgate Entertainment District.

Peoria inches closer to its first competitive mountain bike trail

Peoria resident Ed McKelvey took up mountain biking after he was introduced to it by his brother-in-law when he and his wife moved to the north Valley about five years ago.

Entertainment
This image released by Universal Pictures shows characters, from left, Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, Bob, Kevin and Stuart in a scene from "Minions: The Rise of Gru." (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via AP)

Review: In 'Rise of Gru,' Minion mayhem reigns

For a not small segment of the audience for “Minions: Rise of Gru,” only one thing really needs to be said. The Minions are in it. That’s enough. More than any previous “Despicable Me” …
FILE - Singer Janet Jackson performs during the European MTV Awards in Bilbao, Spain, on Nov. 4, 2018. Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 2022 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture. Headliners will include Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Mickey Guyton and New Edition. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

Essence Fest is back in New Orleans after two-year hiatus

Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans as thousands converge for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture. The multiday …
This image released by Lionsgate shows Daniel Craig in a scene from "Knives Out." Craig will return as Detective Benoit Blanc in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” writer-director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his whodunit hit “Knives Out.” It will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. (Claire Folger/Lionsgate via AP)

'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' to debut at TIFF

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” writer-director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his whodunit hit “Knives Out,” will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The …
FILE - R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Sept. 17, 2019. R&B legend R. Kelly is entering another phase of his well-publicized downward spiral with a sentencing in a New York City courtroom Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that could put him behind bars for a quarter century or more. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R&B hitmaker R. Kelly due in court for sex abuse sentencing

NEW YORK (AP) — R& B star R. Kelly faces the possibility of a quarter century or more in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal sex trafficking case in New York. A jury found …
Tubers can trade in full litter bags at the end of their floating adventure for a $7 tube rental discount coupon that is valid on their next visit to Salt River Tubing.

Salt River Tubing hosts ‘Bag it for Bucks’ July 2-4

Celebrate a fabulous Fourth of July holiday weekend with a floating beach blast at Salt River Tubing’s fan favorite, “Bag it for Bucks,” a Take Pride in America special event 8:30 …
Obituaries & Memorials

Arthur Alexander Babbitt

On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Arthur Alexander Babbitt loving husband and father passed away at age 93. He was born on October 8, 1928, to the late John Forrest and Lessie Myrna (Snyder) Babbitt in …

Donna June Buske

Donna Buske, 82, of Apache Junction passed peacefully Monday, June 13, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband Waldo "Buck" Buske, daughter Candy Lynn Fischer, son Donald Scott Smith and …
William E. “Hap” Carty, considered U-Haul's first employee, died in Tempe at the age of 95.

U-Haul pioneer, Tempe resident dies at 95

An 18-year-old William E. “Hap” Carty, while on leave from the U.S. Army in 1945, helped his sister and brother-in-law with an upstart company they were building – quite literally – in a milk house on the Carty Ranch in Ridgefield, Washington.

Helen Cristin (Henningsgard) Nelson

Helen Cristin (Henningsgard) Nelson SUN CITY - Of Buffalo, MN passed away peacefully on Friday, June 17th at her winter home in Sun City. Helen was born on September 15, 1924 to teacher Julia …

Ann H Szumowski

Ann Freeman (Hartigan) Szumowski (1929-2022) Ann Freeman (Hartigan) Szumowski passed away peacefully at home with family on June 14, 2022, at 92. She was born July 24, 1929, in St Paul, Minnesota …
Nation

Amazon, Rite Aid cap purchase of emergency contraceptives

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. …

EXPLAINER: Heat, humidity a perilous mix in immigrant deaths

The combination of heat and humidity would have quickly created life-threatening conditions inside the packed, un-airconditioned tractor-trailer where dozens of immigrants were found dead, an expert …

Louisiana AG warns doctors against performing abortions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s attorney general on Wednesday warned doctors against performing abortions, despite a judge’s order blocking the state from enforcing its ban on the procedure. …

Elmo, 3, joins youngest Americans in getting vaccinated

Elmo got a COVID-19 vaccine. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced that Elmo had gotten vaccinated in public service announcement posted to YouTube. …

EXPLAINER: Abortion ruling sparks wave of new legal issues

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that abortion is not a constitutional right, federal and state courts around the country saw a rush of activity as abortion rights advocates raised new …
World

NATO pivots to highlight Chinese 'challenges' for 1st time

MADRID (AP) — NATO has for the first time singled out China as one of its strategic priorities for the next decade, warning about its growing military ambitions, confrontational rhetoric toward …

Israeli PM Bennett won't run in upcoming election

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will not run in upcoming elections, after he led a broad but fragile coalition government that came unraveled barely a year after taking office. The government …

Pope urges end to ideological polemics over old Latin Mass

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged the Catholic faithful Wednesday to stop exploiting the old Latin Mass for ideological reasons and to start discovering the beauty of the new liturgy that grew from …

WHO chief: U.S. abortion ruling 'a setback,' will cost lives

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. calling the decision to no longer recognize a constitutional …

Live updates | NATO chief: alliance in 'biggest challenge'

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance faces its “biggest challenge” since World War II amid the war in Ukraine. Stoltenberg said at the start of the NATO summit in …