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Environment

No immediate changes in Gilbert as Colorado River moves to Tier 2A shortage

While the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation bumped up the shortage level on the Colorado River two notches to Tier 2A, Gilbert officials said it will not affect the town’s ability to meet …
MONEY LAUNDERING

Man sentenced in Arizona for romance fraud scheme

Federal prosecutors in Arizona say a Georgia man has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for his role in an international romance fraud scheme. They say 47-year-old Onovughe Ighorhiohwunu, of …
LAWSUIT

Judge limits privilege defense in AZ Mormon sex abuse case

An Arizona judge has ruled that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may not use the state's “clergy-penitent privilege” to refuse to answer questions or turn over documents in a child …
Partnership

Cross-partisan Arizona network works toward peaceful civic engagement around elections

In the midst of a hyper-partisan political environment Republicans, Democrats and Independents in Arizona have found something to work on together: democracy. As the focus moves from the …
first responders

Peoria Police seek assistance in locating missing endangered female

Peoria Police seek the public’s help in locating Colleen Nussnaumer, an 85-year-old female. She is described as a white female, 5’00”, 170lbs., with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a green blouse, mint green pants and black sandals.
COMMUNITY

Drive begins to fund Phoenix victim center renovation

A nonprofit organization supporting the Phoenix Police Department has begun a capital campaign to renovate the victim center at the Family Investigations Bureau on North Central Avenue in …
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

Missouri man indicted for threat to top Maricopa County elections official

A Missouri man has been indicted for leaving a threatening message on the personal cellphone of the top election official in Arizona’s most populous county, federal officials said. The case is the …
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Bed Bath & Beyond tumbles after influential investor exits

NEW YORK (AP) — The newest meme stock on Wall Street, Bed Bath & Beyond, is tumbling even further in after-hours trading Thursday after a high-profile activist investor confirmed that's he's …

What's next for Trump Organization after Weisselberg plea?

NEW YORK (AP) — The numbers guy did the math: Allen Weisselberg — a longtime loyal lieutenant to Donald Trump — could have gotten years in prison if he went to trial and failed to beat tax …

Vikings bring hometown crowd to see 49ers QB Trey Lance

San Francisco quarterback Trey Lance was the featured attraction in Minnesota during joint practices between the 49ers and the Vikings. The high school team from his hometown of Marshall attended the …

Colorado homeowner emptied pistol to kill bear that broke in

DENVER (AP) — Ken Mauldin was jolted awake last weekend with his wife screaming incessantly in their split level home in Colorado's mountain town of Steamboat Springs where their three children …
Around the Region
West Valley

From the outside, a title wave of change struck the Cactus program soon after the calendar flipped to 2022. Only six players with starting experience return to a team with a new coach that moved up to 5A after running roughshod over the 4A conference.

Phoenix police report hundreds of “crime guns” have been taken out of the hands of criminal just over a month after the launch of Operation Gun Crime Crackdown.The operation began July 5 …
With the high humidity, the Bermuda grass is thriving on the Recreation Centers of Sun City West golf courses.
TOLLESON — A labor dispute involving a food company has apparently started to have an impact on food business.Sysco Foods, owned by U.S. Foods, had its labor contract expire July 3. A …
The One Step Coyotes — the Valley’s only adaptive hockey program for adults who have intellectual disabilities — is preparing to hit the ice for the 2022-2023 hockey season and is currently looking for coaches, volunteers and equipment donations to support the team.
Phoenix

Thunderbirds Charities has awarded the Human Services Campus a $300,000 grant to support, enhance and expand critical client services designed to assist individuals experiencing homelessness to move …

Phoenix officials are displeased with the federal government’s decision not to include all seven basin states in its Colorado River water cuts. The reduction in water draws from the river …
Maricopa County Attorney’s Office officials said a weekend of violence in the East Valley and Phoenix hit a record high for 2022 with six homicides. Among the crimes were brutal killings in …
The Adult Congenital Heart Association will have its annual Phoenix Walk for 1 in 100 on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe. The event will feature face painting, a photo booth, …
Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and backers of universal school vouchers are taking a victory lap over legislation the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted in June giving the state the …
East Valley

A fun, spirited group of stallions will soon be gracing the streets of Scottsdale. Life-size, fiberglass stallions painted by local artists — sponsored by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale Foundation — will make their way into the city to raise money for local charities and highlight businesses and artists within the community.

The Queen Creek Town Council has approved a site plan and a conditional use permit for construction rental company Empire Southwest. The item was approved last night as part of the council’s …
The Queen Creek Town Council voted to approve a 36-month lease for a mobile show office for the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre (HPEC). The lease, from Williams Scotsman Inc., will cost the …
Declan McKinney discovered a passion for exotic animals early in life. At 9 years old, he caught his first rattlesnake, much to the shock of his parents Mark and Michelle McKinney. It’s no …
The Bureau of Land Management’s Lower Sonoran Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposed direct sale of 20 acres of public lands to the city of Apache Junction. The city has …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Cadwell: Back to school skin challenges

It’s back to school time again! The exciting and anxious energy of a new school year makes August a month of transformation and joy, and we want to do our best to make sure we start the new …

Opinion: Response to Kush

I read the guest commentary by Larry Kush. He failed to mention that he is the senior vice president at Orion Investment Real Estate, so, of course, he will bring up the report that apartments use …

Elliott: Sens. Kelly, Sinema must be replaced in U.S. Senate

First, both Mark Kelly and Blake Masters have demonstrated that they can perform well in representing Arizona...

Kampert: Biden Administration an ‘exact copy’ of Nazis, Hitler

I’m old enough to remember World War II and what the Nazis...

Kvaran: Article was worth reading in Daily Independent newspaper

When I read a recent letter to the editor (“Newspaper wrong to publish article,” Daily Independent, Aug. 10, 2022)...
National sports

Boy hurt in fall at Little League World Series alert, walks

The family of a 12-year-old Little League World Series player from Utah who sustained a head injury after falling from the top bunk of his bed at the dormitory complex says he has been moved from …

NCAA asks members for help with NIL violation investigations

NCAA officials have sent a letter to members updating them on enforcement’s staff pursuit of “potential violations” of the name, image and likeness compensation policy. The association …

Bucs coach focused on Titans, not Tom Brady's return date

The Tennessee Titans must decide if rookie Malik Willis gets a second straight preseason start as he fights for the backup quarterback job. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Tom Brady. Exactly when the …

Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. Board of Directors Approves Exploration of Potential Spin-Off

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 18, 2022--Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (“MSG Entertainment”) (NYSE: MSGE) today announced that its board of directors has authorized the Company’s …

Pujols hits grand slam, leads Wainwright, Cards over Rockies

Albert Pujols launched a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in five runs, Adam Wainwright pitched seven sharp innings and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Colorado Rockies 13-0 for a three-game sweep. …
Most recent

NEW YORK (AP) — This summer has been a breakthrough for streaming, with the time viewers spent watching services like Netflix and Hulu outpacing broadcast and cable television networks in July for …

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The administration of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has removed a top environmental official in a potential act of retribution, just days after he appeared in a report on …
CANNES, France (AP) — George Miller's “Three Thousand Years of Longing” spans millennia, but it can often feel longer waiting in between films from the “Mad Max” director. Seven years …
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Valley business

New golf director joins Rio Verde Country Club

Rio Verde Country Club recently welcomed Jake Hanson as the club’s new director of golf. Hanson will oversee all golf operations for the 36-hole private club located in Rio Verde, Ariz., just east of Scottsdale and managed by Troon Privé.

Happy Home Watch & Services earns accreditation

Happy Home Watch & Services has earned accreditation from the National Home Watch Association (NHWA) for the second year. The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the …

Nationwide CO2 supply shortages not impacting Glendale breweries

Relax craft beer connoisseurs, Glendale’s good stuff is flowing just fine.

Arizona health and wellness company hosts convention in Mexico City

Plexus Worldwide, one of the largest direct-selling health and wellness companies in the world based out of Arizona, celebrated a successful year at the 2022 Evolución Convention, held in Mexico City on July 23.

Neighbors

Queen Creek girls lose national tourney but still consider themselves winners

Their journey may not have ended the way they hoped, but a group of Queen Creek girls who qualified for a national soccer tournament were happy to be along for the ride. The Arizona Soccer Club …

Nonprofit to host breakfast with bestselling author of ‘Dopamine Nation’

Come together with other members and businesses in the community for an educational breakfast hosted by notMYkid and featuring keynote speaker Dr. Anna Lembke, New York Times bestselling author of …

‘Glendale 100’ library centennial celebration kicks off

Take part in recognizing the Glendale library’s 100 years with a Centennial Celebration kickoff this month.

Local author’s new book focuses on 1876 America, the creation of the Wild West

Sun City West author Steve Wiegand has a new book, “1876 – Year of the Gun: The Year Bat, Wyatt, Custer, Jesse and the Two Bills (Buffalo and Wild) Created the Wild West, and Why …

Things to do

Glendale youth theatre earns almost 60 ariZoni nominations

Once again, Glendale’s Spotlight Youth Theatre is making its mark on the Valley’s theatre scene.

Biggest night in Arizona beer coming to Glendale

Glendale will be where Arizona’s best breweries earn top honors for one big night.

Arabian National Breeder Finals return to Scottsdale

The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona has announced the return of the Arabian National Breeder Finals at the Equidome of WestWorld in Scottsdale. The show will run from Wednesday, Sept. 14, to …

Arizona Oral Cancer Walk is Oct. 29 at Phoenix Zoo

The Arizona Oral Cancer Walk Planning committee announces the return of the 11th annual Arizona Oral Cancer Walk. The walk will take place 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Phoenix Zoo with the …

Entertainment
FILE - People visit a 19th and 20th-century American and European minimalist and conceptual masterpieces show at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran, Aug. 2, 2022. The museum has on Thursday, Aug. 18 issued an apology and temporarily closed to handle a pest infestation, raising concerns after footage of insects scuttling across world-famous work spread widely on social media. Insects pose a serious threat to the American and European minimalist masterpieces now for the first time on display at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art since the 1979 Islamic Revolution ousted Iran's Western-backed monarchy.(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, file)

Famed Iran art museum closes to deal with insect infestation

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran’s contemporary art museum has issued an apology and temporarily closed to handle a pest infestation, raising concerns after footage of insects scuttling across …
This image shows the September 2022 issue of Creem. The magazine, which billed itself as “America's only rock ‘n’ roll magazine” during two decades of existence that ended in 1989, is being revived this fall. (Creem via AP)

Rock mag Creem attempts comeback after more than 30 years

Creem, which once billed itself as “America’s only rock ‘n’ roll magazine,” is attempting a comeback after more than 30 years. J.J. Kramer, the son of the original founder, is behind the …

Tucson’s new Glowing Pumpkins event will add to Halloween season

Glowing Pumpkins, an immersive, family-friendly Halloween spectacle of art, light, costumed characters and themed stops along an outdoor third-mile trail, opens next month in Tucson.
FILE - Salman Rushdie attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on Nov. 15, 2017, in New York. An Iranian government official denied on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, that Tehran was involved in the assault on author Rushdie, in remarks that were the country's first public comments on the attack. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Rushdie's attacker indicted, expected to appear in court

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the man who stabbed Salman Rushdie as the acclaimed author prepared to give a talk in western New York, county prosecutors said Thursday. Hadi …

Monkeypox cancels free concert held at Southern Decadence

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, a free concert held in New Orleans amid Southern Decadence — one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ events — has been canceled over monkeypox …
Obituaries & Memorials

Rachel Joanna Steinmetz

Rachel, age 93, of Paragould, Arkansas, passed to her heavenly home on Friday, August 12, 2022, at her home in Paragould. Joanna was born on September 6, 1928, in Monette to the late Joseph Matthew …

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, …
Nation

Husband sentenced to 65 years in Fitbit murder case

ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was sentenced Thursday to 65 years in prison for the 2015 killing of his wife, who prosecutors say was wearing a Fitbit exercise activity tracker with data …

Climate protesters target the Vatican's Laocoon statue

ROME (AP) — Italian environmental activists staged a second museum protest in as many months, gluing their hands Thursday to the base of one of the Vatican Museums’ most important ancient …

Starbucks must reinstate fired workers, federal judge rules

A federal judge is ordering Starbucks to reinstate seven employees in Memphis who were fired earlier this year after leading an effort to unionize their store. In a decision issued Thursday, U.S. …

CNN cancels 'Reliable Sources,' host Stelter leaving network

CNN says it has canceled its weekly program on the media, ‘Reliable Sources,’ and host Brian Stelter will be leaving the network. The show, which predated Stelter's arrival from The New York …

Vance's anti-drug charity enlisted doctor echoing Big Pharma

When bestselling author JD Vance founded “Our Ohio Renewal” a day after the 2016 presidential election, he promoted the charity as a vehicle for helping solve the scourge of opioid addiction …
World

The AP Interview: Refugee head sees lesson in Ukraine crisis

The head of the U.N. refugee agency says Europe’s embrace of millions of Ukrainians who fled Russia’s invasion has shown that it’s possible to welcome large numbers of asylum-seekers, and the …

Colombian rebels say they freed 6 soldiers ahead of talks

HAVANA (AP) — A Colombian guerrilla group says it has freed six captive soldiers in a goodwill gesture ahead of planned peace talks with the government of new President Gustavo Petro. The …

EU-mediated Serbia-Kosovo meeting ends without agreement

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo failed Thursday to reach an agreement on longstanding border and mutual recognition issues that have spiked tensions in the Balkans and added to …

Vatican shelves assault probe into Canadian cardinal claims

ROME (AP) — The Vatican said Thursday that a preliminary church investigation into sexual assault allegations by a Canadian woman against a top cardinal, Marc Ouellet, has determined the case …

WHO: World coronavirus cases fall 24%; deaths rise in Asia

LONDON (AP) — New coronavirus cases reported globally dropped nearly a quarter in the last week while deaths fell 6% but were still higher in parts of Asia, according to a report Thursday on the …