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Education

Gilbert Public Schools strengthening elementary art education

Gilbert Public Schools bolstered its elementary school arts education Jan. 31 as the GPS Governing Board unanimously approved adding 12 full-time art teachers for the 2023-24 school …
HEALTH CARE

Grand Canyon University, ASU share in grants to add nurses in Arizona

Arizona has made it possible for nearly 900 nursing students to accelerate completion of their studies by awarding more than $43 million in grants to five universities. The Arizona Department of …
Education

Arizona lawmakers debate educational spending measure

PHOENIX — State lawmakers are taking the first tentative steps to ensure that public schools don’t have to shut down before the end of the academic year.
Health

Cancer Action Day held at the Arizona State Capitol

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network will host a Cancer Action Day beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza outside the Arizona State Capitol.
Award

NFL and Hispanic Foundation to honor Gilbert student-athlete

The National Football League and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation will honor, for the second year in a row, ten high school student-athletes as part of the NFL’s Super Bowl LVII week celebration at the Play Football Field inside the Super Bowl Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday, February 7th.
AFMA

Arizona Fire & Medical assists with Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is fast approaching, and a Sun City West organization is playing a role.

Chandler event focuses on coding, computer science

Chandler-area parents, do you have students interested in coding or even passionate? More importantly, do you have students who are not sure if they will like coding or computer science …
Crime

Authorities identify Buckeye woman who was killed in LA shooting

Three women killed in a weekend shooting at a short-term rental home in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood were identified Sunday while police searched for suspects.
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West Valley

Memory Lane Games, a United Kingdom-based company, expanded into the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road, Surprise.

Cushman & Wakefield announced the firm has brokered the sale of a 108-room La Quinta Inn & Suites hotel, 16321 N. 83rd Ave.
Mayor Skip Hall will kick off the Surprise spring training season with the 21st Annual Mayor’s Spring Training Welcome Back Reception, featuring representatives from the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.
The city of Avondale announced that an ongoing construction project at the intersection of Avondale Boulevard and Lower Buckeye Road won’t be completed until October.  The project …
A Glendale site will be among three new Valley locations for Over Easy in 2023.
Phoenix

Two tickets – one in Phoenix and another in Cave Creek – were big winners in Monday night’s Powerball drawing. But the major jackpot was not hit and is estimated to be $653 …

Phoenix has made permanent a program that provides e-scooters, bicycles and other means of transportation in the city. The Shared Micromobility Program was tested in downtown Phoenix since …
PHOENIX - Attorneys for five Arizona gun dealers, including one in Phoenix, are asking a federal judge to toss out a claim by the Mexican government that they are responsible for violence in that …
The deadline has arrived for Phoenix residents to assist the city in teaching others about the importance of water conservation. Tuesday, Jan. 31 is the last day to register for program training in …
The Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe’s ‘first look’ as the NFL loads in and begins this transformation at the Phoenix Convention Center on Monday, January 30,
East Valley

Queen Creek residents can celebrate the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department’s 15th anniversary at Public Safety Day this Saturday and Queen Creek’s State of the Town on Feb. …

The Faith in Action Prayer Breakfast will take place Friday, Feb. 3, in Tempe. Presented by the African American Advisory Committee of the Tempe History Museum, the breakfast will be 9-11 a.m. at …
Lehi Sports Park recently opened at 2228 N. Center St. in Mesa. “The parks and community facilities in Mesa are second to none, and the new fields at Lehi Sports Park will be …
The Apache Junction Police Department is investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy after he ingested at least one fentanyl pill. Fentanyl is a synthetic, short-acting narcotic drug used for …
Car, truck, motorcycle and military vehicle lovers — as well as anyone interested in helping patriotic high school students — are invited to attend the 25th annual Navy Junior ROTC …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
February is American Heart Month.

Abrazo: Importance of cardiac health highlighted during Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and there’s no better time to take control of your heart health.

Conrad: Group tee times is long-standing RCSC practice in Sun City

The practice of selling group tee times has been going on for a long time.

Summers: Large Sun City garage is within all the rules

I am the home owner who is building a garage in my backyard.
A patient’s age upon receiving a cochlear implant can influence the technology’s effectiveness. (Pixabay)

Arslan: Cochlear implant results may vary — here’s why

Cochlear implants are among the most successful neural prostheses on the market. However, the effectiveness of cochlear implants varies greatly across users because of a range of factors, such as hearing loss duration and age at implantation.

Dewey: Commingling ends for Sun Cities softball teams

For whatever reason, a 20-plus year tradition of Sun City seniors playing softball with our neighbors in Sun City West came to a halt. The Recreation Centers of Sun City West board voted to end the tradition and no longer allow comingling between our two communities.
Local sports

Murray leads Atlanta against Phoenix after 40-point performance

Atlanta faces the Phoenix Suns after Dejounte Murray scored 40 points in the Hawks' 129-125 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The teams square off Wednesday for the first time this season. Phoenix …

Bridges scores 29, Suns pull away late, beat Raptors 114-106

Mikal Bridges scored 29 points, Deandre Ayton added 22 points and 13 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns pulled away late to beat the Toronto Raptors 114-106 on Monday night. The Suns won for the sixth …

Murekatete, Motuga lead WSU's upset of No. 19 Arizona women

Bella Murekatete scored 18 points, Ula Motuga added 16, and the two hit several key buckets down the stretch, lifting Washington State to a 70-59 victory over No. 19 Arizona. Motuga and Murekatete …
National sports

As Kareem's run atop NBA point list ends, Pat Riley reflects

Pat Riley puts it this way. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar never had any potential. Riley says, “he only had greatness." Abdul-Jabbar’s reign of nearly four decades as the NBA’s most prolific scorer is …

Saudi soccer influence grows by winning seat on FIFA Council

Saudi Arabia added to its influence in world soccer after its federation president won a seat on the FIFA Council. The country was then confirmed as host of the 2027 Asian Cup. The election win at …

Make-A-Wish delivers the ultimate Super Bowl LVII experience for 17 families

The Super Bowl returns to Arizona, the birthplace of Make-A-Wish and the global wish granting movement in 1980PHOENIX, Feb. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Super Bowl LVII represents a homecoming of sorts …

Tom Brady retires, insisting this time it's for good

Tom Brady has announced his retirement. Brady won a record seven Super Bowls for New England and Tampa. He is the most successful quarterback in NFL history and one of the greatest athletes in team …

CORRECTING and REPLACING PHOTO Fanttik to Launch X8 Nano Ball Pump and Inflator for Sports Enthusiasts

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 1, 2023--Please replace the photo with the accompanying corrected photoThis press release features multimedia. View the full release here: …
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job openings rose to 11 million in December, a sign the American labor market remains hot and a blow to the Federal Reserve's efforts to cool it off. The Labor Department …

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez travels to Rabat on Wednesday along with 12 ministers before a meeting with Moroccan government officials, as part of the European …
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaica’s prime minister said his government is willing to send soldiers and police officers to Haiti as part of a proposed multinational security assistance …
NEW YORK (AP) — There is so much left to be said about “Airplane!” Surely. (Shirley?) “Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane!” will be published Oct. 3 by St. …
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military government announced Wednesday that is extending a state of emergency it imposed when it seized power two years ago, a move that appears to set back its plans …
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Valley business

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn appoints new general manager

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is welcoming Leo Percopo to the role of area general manager at the 453-room landmark resort set on 125 acres of Sonoran Desert terrain in …

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction exceeds $190.6M, breaks records

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, which took place Jan. 21-29 at WestWorld, featured a diverse docket of 1,907 “no reserve” collectible vehicles totaling more than $184.2 million in …

Fabio On Fire is opening a second location in Peoria

There is about to be more to love when it comes to a popular Peoria restaurant.

Cox opens scholarships for local, diverse students

Cox Communications is providing diverse students with the opportunity to earn one of 10 $3,500 Cox Diversity Scholarship opportunities. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.

Neighbors

Big Game Big Give auctions $10 million penthouse

In what might be an Arizona first for live charity auctions, Big Game Big Give has announced a Bing Hu-designed and inspired penthouse at Silverleaf’s exclusive ICON development will be auctioned off on Saturday, Feb. 11 with at least $1 million going back to the charity at the star-studded party. 

Charles Santa Cruz reflects on 48 years in public education

Charles Santa Cruz cannot possibly pick a favorite memory in 48 years of public education. There are too many to count. But there is one special piece that encapsulates all those memories: a ring Santa Cruz wears.

Elementary school in Surprise raises funds for heart health

At just 5 years old, a young student in Surprise has helped inspire an entire school to raise record funds. Olivia McClain is a kindergartner at Canyon Ridge Elementary, 17359 Surprise Loop Farms …

LESD student wins Avondale’s ‘Avi Star’ award

A fifth-grader in the Litchfield Elementary School District was given Avondale’s ‘AviStar Award,’ and was personally congratulated by the city’s mayor, Kenneth Weise at a city …

Things to do

First responders, military members, veterans granted free admission to WM Phoenix Open

The Thunderbirds are once again inviting active first responders as well as active, reserve, veterans and retired U.S. military personnel and one accompanying individual to be their guest at the 2023 …

Apache Junction’s ‘state of the city’ Wednesday

The city of Apache Junction will hold its annual State of the City event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Apache Junction Performing Arts Center at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood …

‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day’ observance March 25

Phoenix and the surrounding area has been selected to thank and welcome home our Vietnam War-era veterans who served during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, according to the U.S. …

Experience Japanese performance art at Scottsdale center

The professional taiko drumming troupe KODO will perform on Feb. 15 and 16 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Entertainment
This cover image released by Crown/Penguin Random House shows "The Light We Carry" by Michelle Obama. Obama's recent celebrity-filled book tour will soon become a podcast. Audible announced Wednesday that the former first lady will launch the "Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast" on March 7. (Crown/PRH via AP)

Michelle Obama launching podcast based on 'Light We Carry'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama’s recent celebrity-filled book tour is becoming a podcast. Audible announced Wednesday that the former first lady will launch the “Michelle Obama: The …
FILE - Ozzy Osbourne arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. Osbourne announced the cancellation of his 2023 tour dates in the UK and continental Europe, in a statement issued on early Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Ozzy Osbourne cancels 2023 European tour dates, cites injury

Hard rock legend Ozzy Osbourne has announced the cancellation of his 2023 tour dates in the U.K. and continental Europe. Osbourne issued a statement early Wednesday saying damage to his spine …
Las Vegas police work near the home of former actor Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by Nathan Chasing Horse, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, in North Las Vegas, Nev. Authorities raided the home of the former actor Tuesday in connection with a sexual assault investigation. (AP Photo/John Locher)

'Dances With Wolves' actor arrested in Nevada sex abuse case

Las Vegas police have arrested former actor Nathan Chasing Horse at his home after uncovering what they describe as two decades of sexual assault and human trafficking allegations. Chasing Horse is …
FILE - Bamm Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz perform on the first day of the annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, April 11, 2013. Officials on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2023, announced a lineup of more than 270 acts for New Orleans' 40th annual French Quarter Festival, billed as Louisiana's largest free showcase of music, food and culture. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

French Quarter Festival unveils lineup for 40th anniversary

Organizers have announced a lineup of more than 270 acts for New Orleans’ 40th annual French Quarter Festival, billed as Louisiana’s largest free showcase of music, food and culture. Artists …
This combination of book cover images shows finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards, from left, "Dr. No" by Percival Everett, from left, "The Rabit Hutch" by Tess Gunty, "Bliss Montage" by Ling Ma, "The Furrows" by Namwali Serpell' and “An Immense World" by Ed Yong. (Graywolf/Knopf/FSG/Hogarth/Random House via AP)

Percival Everett, Ling Ma among nominees for critics prizes

Fiction by Percival Everett and Ling Ma, nonfiction by Annie Proulx and biographies of George Balanchine and J. Edgar Hoover are among the finalists for National Book Critics Circle awards. Former …
Obituaries & Memorials

Deacon Paul E. Csuy

Paul was born in Antigo, Wisconsin, June 22, 1937 to John and Ann Csuy. He is preceded in death by his wife Ruby, brother Jack and sister Joanne (Fassbender). He is survived by brothers David Csuy …

Robert James Strieff

Robert (Bob) James Strieff, age 73, went to be with His Lord and Savior on January 23, 2023. Bob is survived by his wife, Lynne; children: Melissa (Cody), Connie (Matt), Frank (Joy), Tori, and Josh; …

Woodrow Skelding

Woodrow Skelding, (85) of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on January 25, 2023. Woodrow, fondly known as Woody, was born on December 1, 1937 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. Woody is survived by his wife …

Woodrow Skelding

Woodrow Skelding, (85) of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on January 25, 2023. Woodrow, fondly known as Woody, was born on December 1, 1937 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. Woody is survived by his wife …

Thomas “Tom” Eugene Smiley

Thomas “Tom” Eugene Smiley 89, of Sun City, Arizona passed away on January 20, 2023.
Nation

Q&A: Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO recruits alumni as mentors

NEW YORK (AP) — Big Brothers Big Sisters America CEO Artis Stevens says the 119-year-old nonprofit long known for mentoring schoolchildren is now diversifying its programming. Stevens, who took …

India to raise spending on job creation ahead of election

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government presented to Parliament on Wednesday an annual budget of $550 billion that calls for ramping up capital spending by 33% to spur …

EU official pushes Musk for Twitter's progress on new rules

LONDON (AP) — A top European Union official told Elon Musk that Twitter needs to make progress in preparing for a new law aimed at curbing hate speech, misinformation and other harmful content, …

What is Hindenburg Research, firm accusing Adani of fraud?

NEW YORK (AP) — Hindenburg Research, the financial research firm with an explosive name and a track record of sending the stock prices of its targets tumbling, is taking on one of the world’s …

Russia focuses on eastern Ukraine for possible new offensive

Ukrainian officials say Russia is mustering its military might in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, in what Kyiv suspects is preparation for an offensive in the eastern area in coming weeks as the …
World

Russian journalist sentenced for speaking out on Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Wednesday sentenced a Russian journalist in absentia to eight years in prison on charges of disparaging the military, the latest move in the authorities' …

Top US official urges WHO to address sexual misconduct

LONDON (AP) — A top U.S. health official urged the World Health Organization to address allegations reported by The Associated Press that one of its doctors repeatedly engaged in sexual …

Ireland celebrates 'matron saint' with prayers, new holiday

Devotees in Ireland are marking the feast day of St. Brigid of Kildare. She's a medieval saint who is making a 21st century comeback. Brigid shares a name and many attributes with an ancient Irish …

Polish leader donates to Ukraine army to end defamation case

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish ruling party leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, has paid 50,000 zlotys ($11,500) for the needs of the Ukrainian army to settle a defamation case with a political …

Erdogan: Sweden can't join NATO if Quran-burning is allowed

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed Wednesday that Turkey won’t allow Sweden to join the NATO military alliance as long as it permits protests desecrating …