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Surprise honors community leaders with awards

George Van De Langeryt is a decorated disabled veteran, who has been fighting for veteran causes in the Surprise area for more than 15 years.

11-suite commercial condos development approved in Apache Junction

A commercial condominium subdivision with 11 suites is to be constructed near the southeast corner of Gold Drive and Apache Trail in Apache Junction. The Apache Junction City Council on Sept. 19 …

The Best Places to Live in 2023. Does Your City Make the Cut?

In a polarized society, it’s no surprise Americans are divided on the best places to live in the United States. Many top destinations have just as many detractors as fans. A new study by real …
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Keeping Arizona seniors connected to low cost internet

As more Americans  than ever become seniors, keeping them connected to their families and communities becomes a critical challenge. As of 2020, the nation had nearly 56 million older adults. …
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Phoenix, Scottsdale Powerball tickets worth $50K, jackpot grows to $925M

Two winning Powerball tickets worth $50,000 each were sold for the Sept. 27 drawing, but the big jackpot remained unclaimed. The winners were sold at the Circle K, 3441 Union Hills Drive in …

Americans Look for Side Hustles To Survive Inflation

United States citizens searched the web for more income opportunities over 133,000 times last year. Residents of South Carolina, Louisiana, and Nevada lead the hunt. The annual inflation rate for …

Gates will be locked and thousands of rangers furloughed at national parks if government shuts down

Gates will be locked and thousands of rangers will be furloughed from national park sites if Congress doesn’t reach a budget agreement. But Arizona and Utah officials say they’ll make sure …

Downtown Glendale prepping for 29th annual Front Porch Festival

Celebrate the return of “sweater weather” in Historic Downtown Glendale at the 29th Annual Front Porch Festival & Old Towne Marketplace.

Sun City Fire joint agreement study likely due in December

A study determining the feasibility of the Sun City Fire District merging with another entity should be ready in December, according to district officials. Acting Fire District Chief Rob Schmitz said …

Florence releases statement on dismissal of town manager

The town of Florence has released a statment on the move earlier this week that the council took in firing Russ Martin as town manager. The firing, by a 6-1 vote, came just after Martin has been …

Donation helps Phoenix nonprofit serve newborns addicted to opioids

The Del E. Webb Foundation has donated $100,000 to Hushabye Nursery to renovate approximately 1,000 square feet in their basement to create a new board room, two telehealth offices, two administrative offices, and one restroom.

Local veteran celebrates 90th birthday before Honor Flight to D.C.

The Anasazi Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution provided breakfast and lunch to the honorees of the latest Honor Flight.


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Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices & Encouraging Civility

Platt: Discussing a 'glaring omission'

Rick Brammer and Don Graves’ analysis in the recent article about empty desks in CUSD contained a glaring omission.
Chris Nace

Nace: Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors supports local school elections

The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors (Scottsdale Realtors) supports the Scottsdale Unified School District budget override and Fountain Hills and Paradise Valley school district bonds in the …

Rose: In favor of Glendale measures

Speaking from my 27 years of experience with the Glendale Police Department, including the last six as Chief, I wholeheartedly endorse a yes vote on the bond questions in November.
Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega

Ortega: Tested, successful Scottsdale model ignored by Rep. Gress

With much fanfare, on Sept. 13, State Representative Matt Gress (Phoenix) choreographed a committee hearing at the Scottsdale Civic Library, which Gress characterized as an “Ongoing fight …
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Gaudio: A yes vote will support the things that make SUSD excellent

On Oct. 11, ballots will be mailed to all registered voters within the Scottsdale Unified School District boundaries, asking for a continuance of the Maintenance and Operations …
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West Valley

Paradise Honors senior star quarterback Gage Baker is racking up passing numbers — including meaningful ones leading to big wins — at a record pace, even for him. Skill, experience …

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved agreements that will provide more than $3.75 million in funding dedicated to adding and rehabilitating housing in the West Valley.
The Lakes Golf Course Snack Shop Project to paint and do floor replacement starts on Oct. 2. “Recreation Centers of Sun City members/cardholders and golfers are advised the Lakes Snack Shop …
The Strategic Alternatives Ad Hoc Committee created by the board of Recreation Centers of Sun City Inc to discuss possible renovations to Mountain View Recreation Center voted to delay making any …
The council agreed to an agreement with 16 performing arts programs to award grant funding that ranges from $1,065 to $4,000.

Kyrene leadership is examining how they have supported student success during the past three years as well as reviewing the district’s annual goals and priorities for the ongoing school year.

The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is accepting 2024 grant applications now.
Valley of the Sun United Way has been awarded a $475,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation to look into chronic student absenteeism in Maricopa County.
PHOENIX — Yom Kippur, which began Sunday and ended Monday at sunset, is one of the most important holidays in Jewish faith, but Arizonans looking for a synagogue to observe Yom Kippur might …
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month Cox is spotlighting Valley residents making a difference in their community by sharing their stories.
East Valley

Tempe Jam will celebrate the creativity of those who live in the city 6-9 p.m. Nov. 4. The event at the Tempe Sports Complex is  free and all ages are invited to hear music, watch dancers …

Three airplane hangars for Cunningham Aviation are to be constructed at Falcon Field Airport west of Higley Road and north of McKellips Road in Mesa. The planned look and landscaping for the …
The Chandler City Council authorized the use of $2.25 million in state appropriations for specific Chandler Police Department expenses and purchases with a vote on its consent agenda during its Sept. …
Luminous: The Art of Light opens Friday at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa where families and guests can play, learn and create using artistic illuminaton. Hands-on experiences include: …
Banner MD Anderson, the Banner Health Foundation and Taylor Morrison broke ground this week on eight homes in Gilbert to provide housing and financial assistance for patients who travel to the Valley …
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Local sports

Analysis: It looks like it'll take all 162 games to decide MLB's postseason races

It might take all 162 games of the long Major League Baseball season to decide the playoff races in both the National League and American League.The epicenter of the wild-card chase is in Arizona …

Diamondbacks delay clinching playoff berth as Vaughn, Moncada homer for White Sox in 3-1 win

The Arizona Diamondbacks delayed clinching an NL wild card berth, losing to the White Sox 3-1 on as Andrew Vaughn and Yoán Moncada homered for Chicago. Arizona (84-75) is in position for the second …

AZ-Arizona Digest

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up for select Arizona stories. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s complete coverage of Arizona and the rest of the world, visit …
National sports

Today in Sports - Brett Favre passes Dan Marino to become the NFL leader in career touchdown passes

Today in Sports, September 30 - Brett Favre passes Dan Marino to become the NFL leader in career touchdown passes

Ageless Oksana Chusovitina -- at 48 -- is still hoping to qualify for Paris Olympics in gymnastics

Oksana Chusovitina competed in her first Olympics at the 1992 Barcelona Games and won a gold medal in gymnastics. Her first title in a big meet came in 1988 at the junior nationals in the Soviet …

Best friends Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns again struggle together in Ryder Cup loss

Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns are best friends away from the golf course but it's been a struggle when they play the sport together. The latest example came when the Americans won only one hole in …

Analysis: Thriving NFL benefits most from Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce relationship

The NFL didn’t need a popularity boost before Travis Kelce became enchanted with Taylor Swift. They’ll gladly welcome millions of Swifties to watch this love story unfold. The biggest news that …

Russia is set to avoid a full ban from the 2024 Paralympics in Paris

Russia appears to have avoided a full ban from next year’s Paralympics in Paris after the International Paralympic Committee’s members voted against suspending the country's membership. The IPC …
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Former Polish President Lech Walesa said as turned 80 on Friday that he is supporting opposition leader Donald Tusk's effort to oust Poland's conservative government in the …

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another Powerball drawing Saturday night, another chance at a jackpot that is inching toward $1 billion. The estimated $925 million prize is the world's ninth-largest …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ahead of his sixth studio album, “Killed the Cowboy,” Dustin Lynch sensed some inner conflict. The 38-year-old country star had achieved many of his goals: He spent the …
NEW YORK (AP) — Karin Engstrom thought she’d be paying off her federal student loans for the rest of her life. The 82-year-old was shocked when she logged on to check her balance ahead of …
Flashes of intrigue greeted guests at Loewe’s meticulously designed space for Paris Fashion Week. Bright, other-worldly lighting brightened a dove-gray runway where gold modernist sculptures by …
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Valley business

Pumpkin Patch season coming to Phoenix Desert Ridge Marketplace

Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix is getting ready to kick off its 5th annual Pumpkin Patch.

Phoenix hotel on Central Avenue sells for $18M

A Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott on Central Avenue in Phoenix is under new ownership.

Peoria restaurants free to apply for upcoming Restaurant Expo

The city of Peoria and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute at ASU have partnered to run the Workforce Development Training program, providing foundational restaurant and hospitality industry training.

New $450M Glendale casino celebrates construction milestone

The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise on Wednesday hosted a topping off ceremony for the construction of its new Desert Diamond Casino facility in Glendale.


Goodwill raises $285K in Phoenix to support employment programs

Annual Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona fundraising event brings in more than $285,000.

Meet Owen – Teen ready for creative forever family

Owen’s goofy, fun-loving personality immediately grabs anyone he meets. The 14-year-old enjoys talking with everyone about just about anything.

West Valley Women’s Networking Group to honor Glendale YWCA CEO

The CEO for YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix in Glendale will be honored as the West Valley Women’s Networking Group’s Woman of the Year.

Donate blood in Glendale, enter Chicken N Pickle prize raffle

A blood drive is coming to Glendale this weekend.

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Midwestern in Glendale to host ‘Rudy’ for free speaking engagement

Famed Notre Dame University alumnus and motivational speaker Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger will appear in Glendale for an inspirational speaking engagement.

Avondale Fire to host Fire Prevention Week open house

In honor of Fire Prevention Awareness Week, Avondale firefighters will welcome the community into their “house” with an open house event.

New photography, interactive artwork invigorates SMoCA

New exhibits opened this month at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The new exhibits include an extensive series by photographer Christina Fernandez, an interactive light installation by …

Free Arts to celebrate 30 years with Phoenix costume gala

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Pure Imagination Costume Gala this fall.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Mary June Mitchell-Kubiak

Mary j Mitchell Kubiak, 81 of Lower Burrell Pa. was called home to the Lord after a long struggle with dementia September 14th at her home in Apache Junction Arizona. Viewing and memorial will be …

Sue Brooks

Sue Brooks of Sun City, AZ - 3/24/39 – 7/14/23. Contact Leonard Wiest, 10302 W. Mountain View Rd. Sun City, AZ 85351. 425-252-7063

Earl J. Black

Earl passed peacefully at home with family. He was born the eldest of 5 children in Limington Maine where he grew up and graduated High School. He married Rita Gerrish July 3, 1952, and was married …

Dr. Donald Eugene Bortz

Dr. Donald Eugene Bortz born October 2,1946 in Valparaiso, IN to Wayne/Pauline Bortz, lived in Wanatah, IN. It was Harlan Knosher and a basketball scholarship that brought Don to Knox College …

Phillips C. Hall

PHILLIPS HALL (OL' PHIL) 1931-2023 Ol' Phil never met a stranger. His contagious personality endeared him to people all over the world. He engaged with strangers every day and loved …
The Latest News Around The Globe

The Supreme Court will decide if state laws limiting social media platforms violate the Constitution

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether state laws that seek to regulate Facebook, TikTok, X and other social media platforms violate the Constitution. The justices will review laws enacted by …

Higher gas prices lift Fed's preferred inflation gauge but underlying price pressures remain mild

An inflation gauge closely tracked by the Federal Reserve accelerated in August, boosted mainly by higher gas prices. But measures of underlying inflation slowed in the latest sign that overall price …

Inflation drops sharply in Europe. It offers a glimmer of hope, but higher oil prices loom

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation that has been plaguing Europeans made a marked decline in September, strengthening hopes that consumers will eventually get relief from costlier groceries, …

As employers face labor shortages, Biden administration rolls out playbook for training workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday is expected to release a playbook on best practices for training workers as the low 3.8% unemployment rate and years of underinvestment have …

Stock market today: Asian shares mixed, with most regional markets closed after Wall St ticks higher

Asian markets are mixed, with only a few open due to public holidays across the region. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was slightly lower. On Thursday, Wall Street's benchmarks ticked higher, trimming its sharp …

An election with no parties: Africa's Eswatini, one of the last absolute monarchies, holds vote

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The small southern African nation of Eswatini was holding elections Friday to decide part of the makeup of its parliament, even as its extremely wealthy king retains …

More than 70% of Nagorno-Karabakh's population flees as separatist government says it will dissolve

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — More than 70% of Nagorno-Karabakh's original population has fled to Armenia as the region's separatist government said it will dissolve itself and the unrecognized republic …

Explosion at rally celebrating birthday of Islam's prophet kills 6 people in southwest Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful bomb exploded at a rally celebrating the birthday of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in southwest Pakistan on Friday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens of …

US quietly acknowledges Iran satellite successfully reached orbit as tensions remain high

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States has quietly acknowledged that Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard successfully put an imaging satellite into orbit this week in a launch …

As China censors homegrown feminism, a feminist scholar from Japan is on its bestseller lists

A 75-year-old Japanese feminist scholar who’s not married and does not have children is not the kind of person you'd expect to get famous in China. But Chizuko Ueno, a professor emeritus at the …
In this photo provided by The Waseda International House of Literature, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami speaks during a ghost story reading event in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023. Murakami hosted the event amid growing attention before the announcement of this year's Nobel Prize in literature, an award he is a perennial favorite to win. (The Waseda International House of Literature via AP)

Novelist Murakami hosts Japanese ghost story reading ahead of Nobel Prize announcements

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami hosted a ghost story reading event in Tokyo amid growing attention before the announcement of this year's Nobel Prize in literature, an award he is a …
Republican presidential candidates participate in a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX Business Network and Univision, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Second Republican presidential debate draws fewer viewers than first, with 9.5 million watching

NEW YORK (AP) — The second Republican presidential debate this week attracted fewer viewers than the first debate in August, with an estimated 9.5 million tuning into Wednesday night's event. …

Artisans League at Vistancia in Peoria planning ‘Artwalk’ this fall

Twice a year members of The Artisans League at Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria open their workshops to showcase their latest pieces of art, and the fall event is around the corner.
Tyler Burkum, left, and Josh Lovelace of Needtobreathe perform "I Wanna Remember" at the CMT Music Awards in 2021, in Nashville.

Grammy-nominated Needtobreathe bringing tour to downtown Phoenix

Grammy-nominated Needtobreathe is planning a Phoenix stop on their Caves World Tour.

Phoenix to host Rocky Mountain Emmy’s Annual Awards Gala

The Rocky Mountain Emmy’s Southwest Chapter will host its annual Regional Awards Gala in Phoenix.