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Valley and State

Ruling: Prison guards entitled to pay for pre-shift checks

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that state prison corrections officers are entitled to be paid for time spent undergoing mandatory security screenings before their …

Yarnell man accused of firing a gun out of mom's moving car

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — A Yarnell man has been arrested for allegedly firing a gun out of a moving car on Highway 89, authorities said. Yavapai County Sheriff's officials said 24-year-old Zane …

Arizona House OKs guns in cars on school grounds

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-controlled Arizona House on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow people to have loaded guns in their vehicles on school grounds. The proposal by Rep. …

Arizona bill would designate gun stores as essential firms

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate has voted to designate gun stores as essential businesses allowed to remain open during an emergency. Republicans sent the measure to the House in a 16-14 …

Navajo Nation reports 20 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 20 new COVID-19 cases with three additional deaths. The latest figures from tribal health officials bring the total number of …
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

Big Ten this week: No. 2 Michigan, Michigan State play twice

A look at the upcoming week around Big Ten basketball: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 2 Michigan and Michigan State will meet twice in four days, Thursday and Sunday. The rivals will close the regular …

Female owners encourage young women to pursue football path

It took Sheila Ford Hamp about one second to respond when asked about the potential for women in key roles in the NFL. “The sky is the limit for anything females want to do,” said Hamp, the …

Power play sends Blues to 3-2 win over skidding Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have one of the NHL's worst power-play units. Except when it comes to facing the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues converted on all three of their chances with …

Washington 68, Colorado 54

Percentages: FG 54.348, FT .636. 3-Point Goals: 11-20, .55 (Griggsby 3-3, Van Dyke 2-4, Miller 2-4, Sadler 2-4, Rees 1-3, Rooks 1-2) Blocked Shots: 1 (Miller 1) Turnovers: 16 (Sadler 4, …
Nation

SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s futuristic Starship looked like it aced a touchdown Wednesday, but then exploded on the landing pad with so much force that it was hurled into the air. The …

Texas schools, stores divided on masks as mandate ends

DALLAS (AP) — Now that Texas' mask mandate is ending, florist Lucy Alanis is reconsidering a rare treat she allowed herself in Dallas during the coronavirus pandemic: the occasional meal at a …

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 …
World

US-China tensions threaten global climate change efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world’s hopes for curbing climate change hinge on action by two giant nations whose relations are deteriorating: China and the United States. The two countries both say they …

New photos: North Korea may be trying to extract plutonium

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may be trying to extract plutonium to make more nuclear weapons at its main atomic complex, recent satellite photos indicated, weeks after leader Kim Jong Un …

Hong Kong democracy activists' court hearing enters 4th day

HONG KONG (AP) — A marathon court hearing for 47 democracy activists charged under Hong Kong’s national security law entered its fourth day on Thursday, as the court deliberates whether the …

Australia's leader backs attorney-general accused of rape

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday expressed support for his attorney-general, who this week denied accusations he raped a schoolgirl when he was a …

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 …
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Business

South Korea economy shrank in 2020 for 1st time in 22 years

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s central bank says the country’s economy shrank for the first time in 22 years in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic destroyed service industry jobs and …

AP Interview: DOE reviving loan program, Granholm says

WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of its clean-energy agenda, the Biden administration is reviving an Energy Department program that disbursed billions of dollars in loan guarantees to companies such as …

EU, Britain clash again in latest post-Brexit spat

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that Britain's “unilateral action" on trade rules will breach international law and is threatening legal action as post-Brexit tensions continue …

'Meme stocks' go mainstream: There’s now a fund for that

NEW YORK (AP) — Interested in trading some of the stocks that have rocked Wall Street recently fueled by social media buzz? Has the craziness of the comments talking up the so-called meme stocks on …

Neighbors

Phoenix nonprofit aims for healthy event

A Phoenix-based nonprofit that works to provide free primary medical care and medications to those in need, will host an April event designed to get people into wellness. Mission of Mercy Arizona …

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 …

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
This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Aurelio Conterno and his dog Birba in a scene from "The Truffle Hunters." (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

Review: In 'Truffle Hunters,' an enchanting but beset world

You've got to love a movie that credits its dogs before it does its executive producers. Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw’s exquisitely charming documentary about old Italian men who scavenge …
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 …