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Ducey signs bill directing $335M to build border fence

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that directs $335 million in state cash to construct virtual or physical fencing along the Mexican border. Thursday's funding is part of a $564 million …

High court: Arizona can enforce genetic issue abortion ban

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed enforcement of a 2021 Arizona law that lets prosecutors bring felony charges against doctors who knowingly terminate pregnancies solely because the fetuses have a …
Community

Downtown Phoenix Inc. to merge with Downtown Phoenix Partnership

Two groups promoting downtown Phoenix are merging, as Downtown Phoenix Inc. absorbs Downtown Phoenix Partnership. The merger originally was planned to be official today but will wait until the …
Education

Tempe school districts struggle to hire teachers

Arizona has struggled with a shortage of teachers for years, but the problem was only exacerbated by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
HEALTH

Sun Health Research Institute brain, body donation numbers down

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West Valley

As part of continued drought management efforts, the city of Peoria has declared stage 1 to increase awareness and voluntary reduction efforts.

Toll Brothers announced its Arizona division has received five Grand Award honors from the Pacific Coast Builder Conference (PCBC) at The Gold Nuggets, one of the home building industry’s most prestigious national awards competition.
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches has opened a new location in Peoria, 7635 W. Bell Rd., Suite 2020A.
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack, ultimately saving lives.
The city of Surprise released a new visitor’s guide, inviting guests to “Find Your Surprise” and explore why Surprise is an award-winning travel destination.
Phoenix

Phoenix Rescue Mission, the Christ-centered nonprofit providing support and resources to underserved communities, announces its back-to-school community outreach event will return to an in-person …

PHOENIX – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona has announced that 22 people have been indicted on drug and weapons charges in a case that began with an investigation of …
PHOENIX - Three of the four Republicans who hope to replace Doug Ducey as governor lashed out at him and some of the things he did, including how he handled COVID, promising something radically …
The Phoenician Resort is poised to take its next step in expansion, adding five luxury condominium timeshare units next to the resort entrance at the foot of Camelback Mountain in east …
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 …
East Valley

Signed Jemez pottery, Acoma pieces, art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with dish sets, decorative items and much more will be featured in the upcoming “Summer Market” in Fountain Hills.

A well-known restaurant and family entertainment chain is coming to Queen Creek. Queen Creek Marketplace announced in a press release that Dave & Buster’s has begun construction on its …
Arizona State Parks and Trails is updating its reservation system to support the needs of nearly three million visitors annually. The new system will be in place by July 25 and all existing …
Mesa residents have a new place to delight in aviation with the opening of a newly renovated aircraft viewing area at Falcon Field Airport. The viewing area is located adjacent to the airport …
Scottsdale City Council recently approved over $1.9 million for nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of people who are at risk and in need.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Russell: 'Monsoon' describes a year's entire season

Please be aware that the word monsoon describes the entire season of a particular year. The front page of the July 2022 issue of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent said “Prepare for …

Hague: Profitable sales are built on scarcity

Every home in America is unique. Even if a home is in a subdivision surrounded by hundreds of others very much like it...

Kufahl: Tech work causes havoc in yard

On June 6 one of a construction team entered our area of Sun City West and proceeded to install this portion of fiber-to-the-home network as introduced in a carefully crafted letter sent to homeowners in the affected area some weeks ago. This team turned into a virtual wrecking ball when they reached my yard.

Hamway: Fear mongering has no place in Paradise Valley politics

I attended the Mayor’s Forum last Tuesday at Town Hall and I am always comforted by the quality of candidates that chose to serve our town. However, several of candidate Pace’s …

Why are there so many drownings in Arizona?

...What is with all the almost and drownings in Arizona? I am a ’70s and ’80s girl and everyone I knew had a pool...
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

JT Poston shoots 62, leads John Deere Classic by 2 strokes

J.T. Poston shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. Coming off a second-place tie last week in Connecticut after also opening with a 62, Poston …

AP source: Jokic, Nuggets agree on record $264M extension

Nikola Jokic went from No. 41 draft pick, to two-time MVP, and now the holder of the largest contract in NBA history. Jokic and the Denver Nuggets agreed Thursday to a $264 supermax extension, …

Jokic, Beal cash in quickly as NBA free agency begins

The NBA generated more basketball related income than ever this past season, the total number coming up just short of $9 billion. Business is good. The first night of free agency underscored how …

Astros' Tucker tries to steal home amid PitchCom malfunction

Houston’s Kyle Tucker was thrown out when he tried to steal home while New York Yankees starter Luis Severino tinkered with his malfunctioning PitchCom device. With Yuli Gurriel at-bat and Tucker …

AP Sources: NFL adamant on indefinite suspension for Watson

Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing concluded Thursday with the NFL adamant about an indefinite suspension of at least one year and the quarterback’s legal team arguing there’s no basis for …
Most recent

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is offering pilots raises of nearly 17% by the end of 2024, a sign of the leverage that pilots enjoy as airlines struggle with a labor shortage. CEO Robert Isom …

Greystar, an international development and management company, broke ground today on Gateway Grand, a more than two-million-square-foot, three-building industrial park at the northeast corner of …
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials said Thursday that they will move forward with plans to build two supersize prisons despite a bond sale falling more than $200 million short amid a …
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Valley business

George Oliver selects Camelback Corridor for next office transformation

Phoenix-based developer George Oliver has purchased Biltmore Commerce Center, a landmark building in the heart of metro Phoenix’s Camelback Corridor, for its latest office …

Legend Acres selected best in-person, online dog training solutions

Legend Acres has been selected as Best In-Person & Online Dog Training Solutions - Arizona by LUXlife magazine.  LUXlife launched the Pet Products and Services Awards several years ago to …

Peoria renews contract with Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Peoria City Council renewed its contract with Greater Phoenix Economic Council for fiscal year 2023 for $95,778.

We Are Airstream acquires oldest Airstream dealership on the west coast

We Are Airstream Chandler announces its acquisition of Airstream of Santa Barbara. The one-acre property, which is the oldest Airstream dealership on the west coast, will now be called We Are …

Neighbors

Queen Creek players headed to national soccer tournament

An Arizona soccer team with seven Queen Creek girls is heading to a major national tournament in July. The U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships take place July 18 at the ESPN Wide World of …

City of Surprise Fire Department Battalion Chief Cheatham retires

For nearly 40 years, Autry Cheatham has spent his career extinguishing fires, extricating people from vehicles and responding to life-threatening situations from Phoenix to Surprise.

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.

Things to do

To lick or not to lick: Scottsdale restaurant offers salt bricks for customers to purchase

After almost 15 years of business and a new location, The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale and its infamous Himalayan salt wall have received a bit of buzz for viral videos and images of patrons taking a taste of more than the restaurant’s tasty dishes.

Glendale water park will have 2 nights of July 4th fireworks

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

Hinkle announces departure from Theater Works after 7 years

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.

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. …

Entertainment
Vanessa Dawson, back left, producer of Maui Moisture, stands in her hair care truck near the Essence Festival in downtown New Orleans on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked a multitude of times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any speculation, making the answer to that question very clear.(Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Essence CEO Wanga: Festival is 'never leaving' New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked multiple times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any …
FILE - Hells Angels founder Ralph "Sonny" Barger and his wife Sharon are shown after his release on $100,000 bond in San Francisco, Aug. 1, 1980. Barger, the leather-clad figurehead of the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club, has died at age 83. Barger's death was announced late Wednesday, June 29, 2022, on his Facebook page. Barger composed the post placed on the Facebook page managed by his current wife, Zorana. (AP Photo/Robert Houston, File)

Sonny Barger, figurehead of Hells Angels, dies at 83

The leather-clad figurehead of the Hells Angels motorcycle club has died. Sonny Barger was 83. Barger's death Wednesday was announced in a post on his Facebook page that said he had a brief bout with …
This cover image released by Interscope shows "Mercury — Act 2," by Imagine Dragons. (Interscope via AP)

Review: Imagine Dragons offer light at the end of the tunnel

If you were hiding under your bed after listening to the last album by Imagine Dragons, it’s time to come out. The second volume of “Mercury” is upbeat, often Caribbean-spiced and throbbing. It …
This image released by Bleecker Street shows Freida Pinto in a scene from "Mr. Malcolm's List." (Ross Ferguson/Bleecker Street via AP)

Review: Austen-era schemes, dreams fill 'Mr. Malcolm's List'

“Mr. Malcolm’s List” is not, technically, by Jane Austen, but it is Austenesque through and through. It’s also “Bridgerton”-esque, featuring a diverse cast. The terrific ensemble is led …
FILE - Author Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York on Nov. 15, 2017. The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award for her lifetime of work examining racism and social injustice. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Author Jesmyn Ward wins Library of Congress fiction prize

The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award and is being honored for her lifetime of …
Obituaries & Memorials

Shirley Ann Cleveland

Shirley Ann Cleveland born March 22, 1933 in Bemidji, Minnesota to Paul and Ethel Wrege. She passed away May 15, 2022 in Sun City, Arizona at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by husband …

Janet Dolores Larson

Janet Dolores Larson, 79, of Goodyear, AZ passed away June 26, 2022

Jean Bratton (JB) Wyckoff

Jean Bratton (JB) Wyckoff passed away peacefully early in the afternoon of June 23, 2022

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 …
Nation

McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is threatening to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled climate and social policy …

Agency clears way for Oakland Athletics $12B ballpark plan

A California agency has cleared the way for the Oakland Athletics to move forward with a $12 billion waterfront ballpark project. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission voted …

Spirit's delay allows airline bidding war time to play out

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Spirit Airlines rose Thursday after it postponed a vote for the second time on a proposed merger with Frontier Airlines, allowing for a bidding war over the budget airline …

High court declines to take up fight over airline crew rest

The U.S. Supreme Court is letting states set their own standards for meal and rest breaks by airline crews. On Thursday, the court declined to hear an appeal against a California law that gives …

California first to cover health care for all immigrants

California will be the first state to guarantee free health care for all low-income immigrants who are living in the country illegally. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign a $307.9 billion …
World

Caribbean storm likely to gain force, hit Central America

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a storm that has hurled rain on the southern Caribbean and the northern shoulder of South America is expected to hit Central America as a tropical storm over …

Ecuador: Agreement ends 18 days of strikes

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s government and the country’s main Indigenous group reached an agreement Thursday to end 18 days of often-violent strikes that had virtually paralyzed the …

Mudslide in northeast India leaves 14 dead, over 30 missing

Pounding rain following weeks of heavy downpours has triggered a mudslide in northeast India that killed at least 14 people and left more than 30 others missing. Disaster response workers, police and …

France's Macron urges world leaders to better protect oceans

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron urged other world leaders Thursday to better protect the planet's oceans by adopting an international agreement modeled on the legally …

Erdogan: Nordic NATO bid could still be nixed if vows unkept

ISTANBUL (AP) — Just two days after agreeing to lift deal-breaking objections to Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession, Turkey’s leader warned Thursday that Ankara could still block the process …