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DRUGS

DPS arrests Mesa man with 35.7 pounds of fentanyl in Chandler

Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives arrested a suspect and seized 35.7 pounds of fentanyl pills near Route 101 and Chandler Boulevard following a drug-trafficking investigation. The …
DROUGHT

EXPLAINER: Arizona hit hardest by new water cuts

People in Arizona and Nevada won’t face bans on watering their lawns or washing their cars despite water shortages on the Colorado River. Officials said Tuesday there will be less water available …
BORDER

Arizona's border wall delayed after 2 containers topple

An effort by Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to use shipping containers to close a 1,000-foot gap in the U.S.-Mexico border wall suffered a brief setback when two stacked containers somehow …
Law Enforcement

Scottsdale City Council asked to increase police pay

The Scottsdale City Council is being asked to approve salary increases for its sworn police officers at a meeting next week. On Aug. 22, the Scottsdale City Council meeting agenda includes …
EDUCATION

Ducey slams school voucher opponents at Phoenix Christian Prep

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 …
DROUGHT

Federal officials cut Arizona's water draw from Colorado River

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. officials announced Tuesday that Arizona and Nevada - two states reliant on water from the Colorado River - will face more water cuts as they endure extreme …
CRASH

6 French tourists on plane that crashed into Lake Powell, killing 2

Authorities say a small plane that plunged into a lake that straddles the Arizona-Utah state line, killing two people and injuring five, was carrying six French tourists plus a pilot. Kane County …
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Openings

Jersey Mike's opens at Prasada in Surprise

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.
Rodeo Grounds

Florence agrees to provide water to rodeo grounds

The Florence Town Council voted to give $14,500 a year for 10 years in water services to the organization that is running the Charles Whitlow Rodeo Grounds. This spring, the town of Florence …

Buchner leads way in Freeman's first season with No. 5 Irish

New Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman and quarterback Tyler Buchner are chasing history. It's been nearly 60 years since a first-year coach and a new starting quarterback joined forces to nearly win a …

Bank of America's overdraft fees down 90% under new policy

Bank of America says the revenue it gets from overdrafts has dropped 90% from a year ago, after the bank reduced overdraft fees to $10 from $35 and eliminated fees for bounced checks. The nation’s …
Around the Region
West Valley

Latino rock band El Chicano will be headlining 2022 Somos Peoria for Hispanic Heritage Month in Old Town Peoria, 4-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24.

Glendale Community College presents Arizona’s poet laureate sharing his journey, “From Nogales Boy to Poet Laureate: A Latino’s Journey,” in celebration of Latine Month.
Despite pay raises last year, Peoria Unified School District’s bus driver woes are continuing in to this school year.
Western Maricopa Education Center is a public school district in the Valley that provides industry-standard career training programs for high school and adult students. Every student who completes a program has the opportunity to test for licensure or certification.
The Surprise Fire Medical Department is opening recruitments for multiple positions this and next month.
Phoenix

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, …

Business and community leaders will be on their way back to school for the Partner with a Principal program. During the weeks of Sept. 19 through Oct. 14, local corporate executives and community …
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it will host a press conference Aug. 16 to reveal details on how water usage will evolve to address the current drought conditions impacting the Colorado …
Common Sense Media announced Monday a new campaign in Arizona to create awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program, an effort to bridge the digital divide for lower-income families. The …
Jayleen McGehee feels and tastes the benefits of gardening in her backyard. And she sees the benefits, too - in her wallet. McGehee is a beneficiary of the city of Phoenix’s Backyard …
East Valley

The Mesa Police Department took the following reports of robberies July 30-Aug. 5: Robbery of an individual at a shopping mall Aug. 1 in the 6500 block of East Southern Avenue. Robbery of an …

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of disorderly conduct and other incidents in Gold Canyon Aug. 1-7. Fraud/forgery, reported at 3:36 p.m. Aug. 1 in the 8900 block …
The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports of a robbery and burglaries Aug. 1-7: Robbery of an individual, reported at 9:02 p.m. Aug. 1 in the 1600 block of West Apache …
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 …
The Arizona Department of Health Services on Aug. 17 reported the number of coronavirus cases in Mesa is 182,971 in ZIP codes 85201-85210, 85212, 85213 and 85215. That is an increase of 828 from …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

I still like my old CDs better; how about you?

I still buy CDs as there is something tangible about their ownership...

Powers: Congress should do more, pass the Open App Markets Act

I was happily surprised to open the Daily Independent and see that President Biden had signed the CHIPS Act...

Kehaly: Arizona, let’s stand together for health care affordability

In a recent Pew Research study, reducing health care costs is the second-most-important priority for Americans...

Herrington: 4 things you should know about new COVID-19 guidance

Updated COVID-19 GuidanceThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 guidance to focus on reducing the risk of severe illness...

Cantor: Questions raised as Arizona elections ensue

Here I am again. I have mentioned before that I really don’t like politicians and politics and those who give large sums to those campaigns……and do not want anyone to know about …
Valley sports

Giants host the Diamondbacks on 5-game home win streak

The San Francisco Giants, on a five-game home winning streak, host the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Crawford's HR with 2 outs in 9th lifts Giants past D-backs

Brandon Crawford hit a game-ending two-run homer off Ian Kennedy moments after Thairo Estrada’s two-out triple, and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1.The Giants …

Live TV feed briefly shown in D-backs' dugout during game

A monitor in Arizona’s dugout at Oracle Park showed a live television feed during the first inning of Monday night’s game between the Diamondbacks and Giants. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said a …
National sports

AP sources: Talks on possible Watson settlement progress

Two people familiar with the negotiations tell the AP that talks between the NFL and NFL Players Association on a discipline settlement for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson have …

Venus Williams back in US Open after being given wild card

Venus Williams will be back in the U.S. Open this year after being given a wild card into what could be younger sister Serena’s final tournament. Venus Williams won back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2000 …

Daniels out as Rangers president after 17 years leading club

Jon Daniels is out as president of baseball operations for the Texas Rangers after 17 years leading the club. Team owner Ray Davis says Daniels was relieved of his duties immediately after the …

North Carolina aims to contend in ACC despite QB uncertainty

North Carolina coach Mack Brown wants the Tar Heels to get back to the consistency they played with two seasons ago. That comes after his team won just six games last year after opening with a No. 10 …

Coming home: Cristobal, new staff look to bring Miami back

Mario Cristobal isn't the only football coach who came home to Miami. The 16th-ranked Hurricanes have no shortage of assistants and analysts with deep Miami ties who signed on to join Cristobal's …
Most recent

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The major freight railroads signaled they're ready to negotiate a new deal with their workers based on a presidential report that calls for 24% raises, but the 12 unions involved …

Banner Ironwood Medical Center in Queen Creek and Banner Goldfield Medical Center in Apache Junction recently received a four- and five-star rating respectively from the Centers for Medicare and …
Duane Brown was simply exploring his job options two weeks ago while visiting the New York Jets and seeing if they might be a good fit. Right tackle Mekhi Becton went down with a season-ending knee …
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Valley business

ASU grad opening new Tempe brewery

This autumn, the Tempe community surrounding Arizona State University and craft beer lovers all around the valley will have new stomping grounds — Hundred Mile Brewing Company. 

Glendale licenses 39 new businesses in July

The city of Glendale approved 39 new business licenses in the month of July.

Mici Italian makes Inc. list for fastest growing private companies

Family-owned Mici Italian, which has a location in Gilbert, has been ranked on the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Model homes open at Rev at Eastmark by Landsea Homes

Residential homebuilder Landsea Homes Corp. announced Aug. 16 that two model homes are available to tour at Rev at Eastmark in Mesa and that homes are also now selling. “We’re excited …

Neighbors

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 …

Glendale fundraiser to support Special Olympics of Arizona

A fundraiser to support Special Olympics of Arizona is coming to Glendale.

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
Elvis fans tour the Elvis Presley Birthplace on Saturday morning, Aug. 13, 2022, in Tupelo, Miss., for Elvis Fan Appreciation Day. (Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Elvis death anniversary increases tourism at his birthplace

The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Mississippi is welcoming an increasing number of visitors as fans commemorate the 45th anniversary of Presley’s death. The king of rock ‘n’ roll died …
FILE - German film director Wolfgang Petersen speaks during a press conference promoting his latest film "Poseidon," a remake of the 1972 film "The Poseidon Adventure," in Tokyo, on April 19, 2006. Petersen, the German filmmaker whose WWII submarine epic “Das Boot” propelled him into a blockbuster Hollywood career, died Friday at his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara, File)

Wolfgang Petersen, blockbuster filmmaker of 'Das Boot,' dies

Wolfgang Petersen, the German filmmaker whose WWII submarine epic “Das Boot” propelled him into a blockbuster Hollywood career that included the films “In the Line of Fire,” “Air Force …
FILE - Darius Campbell Danesh appears at the after party for the opening night of the "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" musical in the Savoy Hotel in London on April 2, 2014. Campbell Danesh, who shot to fame in 2001 on the British reality-talent show “Pop Idol" and topped British music charts the following year with his single “Colourblind," has died at age 41. His family said Tuesday that he was found unresponsive in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota on Aug. 11 and pronounced dead by the local medical examiners’ office. The family says the cause of death hasn't been determined yet. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, File)

'Pop Idol' and stage star Darius Campbell Danesh dies at 41

British singer and performer Darius Campbell Danesh has died at age 41. His family said Tuesday that he was found unresponsive in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota, on Aug. 11 and pronounced dead …
The Lost Mural hangs in the entryway of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, in Burlington, Vt., July 29, 2022. The mural painted in 1910 by a Lithuanian immigrant, that was later hidden behind a wall for years, has been rehabilitated and moved and is what experts say is a rare piece of art. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Long-hidden synagogue mural gets rehabbed, relocated

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A mural that was painted in a Vermont synagogue more than 100 years ago by a Lithuanian immigrant — and hidden behind a wall for years— has been termed a rare piece …
The Trauma Teddy Program raises money to buy bears that the Glendale fire and police departments, local emergency rooms and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office give to children experiencing traumatic situations.

Annual Teddy Bear readies for return to downtown Glendale

The 18th annual Teddy Bear Day returns to downtown Glendale in September.
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

Yellen tells IRS to develop modernization plan in 6 months

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has directed the IRS to develop a plan within six months outlining how the tax agency will modernize its technology, customer service and hiring. With Democrats' big …

Vegas man faces death penalty in boy’s body-in-freezer case

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for a Las Vegas man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son and hiding the body in a freezer. Police found the boy's remains when the boy’s …

US retail sales were flat in July as inflation takes a toll

The pace of sales at U.S. retailers was unchanged last month as persistently high inflation and rising interest rates forced many households to spend more cautiously. Retail purchases were flat in …

Little talk of rainforest protection in the Brazilian Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the Brazilian Amazon these days, it's nearly impossible to run for office talking up the environment. More common is a scene like this: A candidate for Congress …

NASA's moon rocket moved to launch pad for 1st test flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new moon rocket arrived at the launch pad Wednesday ahead of its debut flight in less than two weeks. The 322-foot (98-meter) rocket emerged from its …
World

WHO chief: Lack of help for Tigray crisis due to skin color

The head of the World Health Organization has described the persistent crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as “the worst disaster on Earth” and asked if the reason global leaders haven't …

Kenya's president-elect will 'engage' in any court challenge

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan president-elect William Ruto says that if there’s a court challenge to the election results, “we will engage in those” as East Africa's most stable democracy …

Taiwan, China hold opposing military drills amid tensions

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan is staging military exercises to show its ability to resist Chinese pressure to accept Beijing’s political control over the self-governing island, following new …

Egypt says central bank governor resigns amid economic woes

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s central bank governor resigned Wednesday as the country struggles to address its economic woes. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi accepted the resignation of Tarek Amer and …

China and US spar over climate on Twitter

The world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases are sparring on Twitter over climate policy, with China asking if the U.S. can deliver on the landmark climate legislation signed into law by …