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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 …
PUBLIC SAFETY

Phoenix ‘crime gun’ crackdown reports results

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 …
SEED

Inflation drives up costs for Sun City West association

With the high humidity, the Bermuda grass is thriving on the Recreation Centers of Sun City West golf courses.
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Development

Construction equipment company receives permit from town council

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 …

EMCOR in Greater Boston 14th Annual Charity Golf Event Donates $10,000 to The Jimmy Fund

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 18, 2022--David Bolduc, President, EMCOR Services Northeast, Inc.; Robert Gallagher, President and CEO, J.C. Higgins Corp.; and Tom Coates, VP and General Manager, …

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 …
Around the Region
West Valley

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.
Relax craft beer connoisseurs, Glendale’s good stuff is flowing just fine.
The W, Hotel Valley Ho, Camelback Inn, Sanctuary. These are only a few names that make up the hospitality epicenter that is Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.
Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened its second location in Surprise at 13641 N. Prasada Parkway on Aug. 10.
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

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 …
At last night’s meeting, the Queen Creek Town Council approved the following final plats as part of its consent agenda: Bungalows On Combs [cqmedia layout="panel" …
The Queen Creek Town Council unanimously voted last night to adopt the results of the Aug. 2 primary election. The vote was part of the council’s consent agenda. [cqmedia layout="panel" …
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

Experienced roster could help UCLA Bruins contend in Pac-12

Chip Kelly’s arduous rebuilding job at UCLA started to show positive results last season with an 8-4 record and a Holiday Bowl invitation. The biggest question is if Kelly can continue the climb to …

After turbulent 2021, Washington State eyes better offense

Washington State football coach Jake Dickert is looking forward to a normal season. He was named the interim coach when Nick Rolovich was fired last year for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. …

DeBoer takes charge at Washington seeking quick turnaround

New Washington coach Kalen DeBoer is taking over a major task with the Huskies. Washington is coming off a tumultuous season in which it finished with its worst record since 2009, fired coach Jimmy …

Notable suspensions under NFL’s personal conduct policy

Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended for 11 games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct made against him by two dozen women in …

McCaw, Cole, Meeks among USA Basketball AmeriCup invitees

NBA champions Patrick McCaw, Norris Cole and Jodie Meeks are among the 15 players who have been invited by USA Basketball to training camp for the FIBA AmeriCup tournament. The camp starts Tuesday in …
Most recent

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

Russian fans of Starbucks coffee shops are getting the chance to see if a homegrown successor can measure up. After the U.S. company left Russia in the wake of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, …
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 …
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Valley business

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 …

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.

Sonsons Pasty Company working on opening Gilbert location in September

Mesa-based Cornish bakery Sonsons Pasty Company is coming to Gilbert at 1430 W. Warner Road, Gilbert. The family-owned bakery sells a wide variety of Cornish pasties with meat, vegetarian and …

Industrial park breaks ground on 113-acre project in Glendale, Loop 303

Construction has started on a new industrial logistics park situated in the heart of Glendale’s Loop 303 corridor.

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

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 …

Handbell Ringers seek volunteers

The Handbell Ringers of Sun City are looking for experienced musicians to ring their biggest bells. Sometimes called “buckets and pails,” the bronze “buckets” are heavy, …

Arizona Theatre Company’s London hit show comes to Arizona

Arizona Theatre Company announces that “The Lion,” a one-man folk musical telling a true story of survival, will open its 55th season after its run at Southwark Playhouse in …

Entertainment

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 …

Anne Heche's death ruled accidental after fiery car crash

The coroner's office says actor Anne Heche died from burns and inhalation injury after her fiery car crash and the death has been ruled an accident. The cause of her death was released on the Los …
FILE - A home from actor Brad Pitt's Make It Right rebuilding project is seen in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans on Oct. 9, 2008. Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation and homeowners of the houses built by the program, in an area of New Orleans that was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, reached a $20.5 million settlement Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Brad Pitt foundation reaches settlement over Louisiana homes

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation and homeowners of the houses built by the program, in an area of New Orleans hit hard by Hurricane Katrina have reached a more than $20 million settlement. The …
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

Google workers demand abortion protections, data privacy

Hundreds of Google employees are petitioning the company to extend its abortion health care benefits to contract workers and to strengthen privacy protections for Google users searching for abortion …

For early-childhood grantmakers, collaboration is key

When Phyllis Glink took a job at the Irving Harris Foundation 26 years ago, “we were by far the biggest funders in early childhood because there weren’t that many of us,” she recalls. A …

Wildfires in Algeria kill at least 37, including family of 5

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 37 people and wounded 161 others, the civil protection department of the North African country said …

Climate bill's unlikely beneficiary: US oil and gas industry

Renewable energy incentives in the climate bill signed by President Joe Biden are expected to drastically reduce overall U.S. emissions. But some analysts say the legislation will also boost oil and …

Federal study: New climate law to slice carbon pollution 40%

The first official federal calculations of the new spending package that President Biden signed this week show it will slice America's carbon pollution by more than 1 billion tons by the end of the …
World

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 …

Estonian minister defends visa ban against Russian tourists

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s foreign minister on Thursday defended his country’s decision to bar Russian tourists, saying they are shirking their “moral responsibility” to stand up to …

In Mexico resort, squatters make a stand against developers

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — Unchecked development has hit this once laid back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager — even desperate — to build condominiums …