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Starbucks is introducing a cold drink cup made with less plastic

Booming sales of cold drinks at Starbucks stores have created a problem: growing amounts of plastic waste from the single-use cups that Frappuccinos, Refreshers, cold brews and other iced drinks are …

Sluggish start for spring homebuying season as home sales fall in March with mortgage rates rising

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The spring homebuying season is off to a sluggish start as home shoppers contend with elevated mortgage rates and rising prices. Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes fell …

IMF's Georgieva says there's 'plenty to worry about' despite recovery for many economies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the world economy has proven surprisingly resilient in the face of higher interest rates and the shock of war in …
Valley & State

ADOT schedules Arizona highway safety meetings

State transportation officials are looking for the public’s help in updating Arizona’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan and creating the state’s first Active Transportation Safety …

Closing arguments set in case against Arizona rancher charged in fatal shooting of unarmed migrant

A southern Arizona jury will hear closing argumentsin the case against a rancher accused of fatally shooting a migrant on his property near the U.S.-Mexico border. George Alan Kelly was charged with …

With one show sold out, Fuerza Regida adds 2nd Phoenix show

Fuerza Regida has announced a new Phoenix date for its upcoming summer tour.

Democrats clear path to bring proposed repeal of Arizona’s near-total abortion ban to a vote

Democrats in the Arizona Senate cleared a path to bring a proposed repeal of the state’s near-total ban on abortions to a vote after the state’s highest court concluded the law can be enforced …

Valley veterans reminisce, get hero’s sendoff on flight to D.C.

Tucked into a gathering room in a corner of Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are a bunch of men and women wearing gold shirts.
Health care

Arizona’s long-COVID cases top nation’s; Hispanics most likely to suffer

PHOENIX – Andrew Archer has been recovering from COVID-19 for almost four years. “My life is so different (now), and I’m slowly starting to accept that,” Archer said. …

Gilbert moves on four points to address teen violence

Gilbert has four points moving forward to address teen violence in the community and will hand over further planning on the matter to the town’s Community Engagement Task Force.   …
Election 2024

Arizona race for US Senate seat features highly watched battles

The race for the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona will be one of the most highly watched matches of the 2024 election cycle nationwide. Looking to replace outgoing independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, …

Chandler Council expected to act on QuikTrip plan Thursday

​An action item expected to draw a large crowd will be on the agenda for Thursday’s Chandler City Council meeting. Council will be asked to approve a development plan and rezoning for …


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Opinions with Civility
Some people are acting as if abortion is a God-given right. I’m sure that God, who values all human life, would not be in favor of abortion.
Democracy is worth fighting for - Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams, et al per the Declaration of Independence - 1776.
Hispanic workers, from entrepreneurs to farmworkers, are a unique strength of the American economy.
It was a picture-perfect day out at Grayhawk Golf Club for Hospice of the Valley’s 2024 Pro-Am Golf Tournament, presented by Cigna Healthcare.
Former Republican senator and physician Tom Patterson makes some good points in his letter. However, his true colors are revealed when he declares that going green will drive us into poverty based on …
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Local sports

Coyotes close out 28-year tenure in Arizona with 5-2 win over Oilers

The Coyotes closed out their 28-year Arizona tenure as winners, getting a goal and an assist from Dylan Guenther in a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. The Coyotes buzzed early at Mullett Arena …

New BYU basketball coach Kevin Young focused on building NBA pipeline with Cougars

Kevin Young wants to turn BYU into a breeding ground for NBA talent. Young, who was introduced as the Cougars’ new head basketball coach on Wednesday night, said he plans to use his NBA experience …

Cody Bellinger hits a go-ahead homer and the Cubs beat the Diamondbacks 5-3 to take series

Cody Bellinger hit a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning, Mike Tauchman added an RBI double and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Wednesday. The Cubs took two of three in the …
National sports
Today in Sports, April 19 - Patrick Marleau breaks Gordie Howe’s NHL record for most games played
- CaptainU to serve as a partner for the NAHL Combines and NAHL Prospects Challenge - DALLAS, Texas, April 18, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to …
The tantalizing prospect of Kylian Mbappé squaring up to Real Madrid in the Champions League final looms large. Mbappé becomes a free agent after the season when Madrid is favorite to finally land …
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Valley business

Scottsdale native brings AI to dentistry

Scottsdale native Ryan Miller is introducing AI into the medical world.

Ever been lying in bed worrying about the day’s medical appointment? What did the doctor say about the diagnosis? How much was the bill? You’ll call first thing in the morning …

Waste Not and Birdcall are teaming up to fight hunger

Local nonprofit Waste Not and restaurant Birdcall are teaming up April 24 to raise funds to fight hunger in Arizona.

April 24 is Stop Food Waste Day and local nonprofit, Waste Not, is teaming up with Valley restaurant, Birdcall, to help raise awareness. Arizona is known as the worst offender for food waste in …

Forbes names Scottsdale’s Trevor Wilde among top advisors in Arizona

Trever Wilde, CEO and investment advisor for Scottsdale’s Wilde Wealth Management Group, was named the No. 2 overall advisor in Arizona.

Trever Wilde, CEO and investment advisor for Scottsdale’s Wilde Wealth Management Group, was named the No. 2 overall advisor in Arizona. (Wilde Wealth Management Group) Forbes names …

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers presents a $5,100 check to cops

As part of it’s Cold Beers Cares initiative, Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers present a $5,100 check to the Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association April 16.

Scottsdale-based Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers presented April 16 a $5,100 check to nonprofit Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association as part of its Cold Beers Cares initiative. More than 10,000 …


Valley of the Sun United Way launches new ‘Fair Chance Collaborative’

The Valley of the Sun United Way, with help from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, is launching a new program to help those who have been involved with the justice system help to find things like a job, food and health care.

Valley of the Sun United Way is forming a new Fair Chance Collaborative to help address the multi-dimensional needs of individuals in the Phoenix metropolitan area who have been involved with the …

Cycle the Arts event planned as part of Bike Month celebration

Scottsdale’s Cycle the Arts is scheduled for Sunday, April 21.

Scottsdale’s Transportation and Streets department and Scottsdale Arts will host the 2024 Cycle the Arts event on Sunday, April 21. This year’s bike tour of the city’s public art …

Honoring a local hero: Pat’s Run co-founder reflects on 20th anniversary

Pat's Run marks two decades of honoring the life of Pat Tillman in Tempe.

Pat’s Run marks its 20th anniversary April 13, celebrating two decades of honoring the life of Pat Tillman.

Meet Christopher – Artsy teen looks to create with adoptive family


Christopher is an artsy teen who dreams of one day selling his paintings and drawings at art shows. His walls are covered in his work and he enjoys sharing his creations with others.

Things to do

‘Glamping’ kids’ night out at Jewish Community Center

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center is hosting a “glamping” night out for kids K-8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 20.

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale will host an exciting and fun-filled night of indoor “glamping” for children in grades K-8 Saturday, April 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 …

Grammy-nominated mariachi band to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Phoenix

Mariachi Sol De México de José Hernández will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a concert at the Madison Center for the Arts.

The Madison Center for the Arts will celebrate Cinco De Mayo this year with upbeat, classic Mexican music.

Marley Brothers’ Legacy Tour to appear in Phoenix

The Marley Brothers will bring their tour to Phoenix on Sept. 12.

The Marley Brothers – Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Ky-Mani and Damian – will include Phoenix on their upcoming 22-date The Marley Brothers: The Legacy Tour.

With new album, Shakira bringing tour to Phoenix

Shakira will perform in downtown Phoenix on Nov. 7.

Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning artist Shakira’s first string dates of her anticipated world tour, “Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran World Tour,” will include a show in downtown Phoenix.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Earl E Jensen Jr.

Earl found eternal rest in the arms of his Savior on April 14, 2024 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Earl Jr. was born to the late Earl and Emily Jensen on June 18, 1943 in …

James Morton Akason

James Morton Akason passed away peacefully on April 10, 2024, in Sun City West, AZ, with his wife Carol by his side. The last year of his life, cancer impacted his physical health and mobility, but …
Cliff Webb

Cliff Webb

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, Clifford Preston Webb, on March 19, 2024.  He was 87 years old and died peacefully of natural causes. …

Phyllis Still Brescia

Phyllis Still Brescia, 88, passed away on March, 21, 2024. She was born in Nevada, Missouri, to George Farold Hill and Alice Valentine Hosfield Hill. The family soon moved to Chillicothe, Missouri, …

Jeanne Sulley

On Friday, April 5, 2024, Jeanne Ellis McDaniel Sulley who was born in Joplin, Missouri passed away at the age of 94. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Dorothy McDaniel and son, …
The Latest News Around The Globe

Takeaways from AP's story on the BP oil spill medical settlement's shortcomings

Thousands of ordinary people who helped clean up after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico say they got sick. A court settlement was supposed to help compensate them, but it hasn’t turned …

The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits holds steady as labor market remains strong

The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits didn't change last week as the labor market continues to defy efforts by the Federal Reserve to cool hiring. The Labor Department reported …

European Union official urges G7 to step up air defense for Ukraine and expand Iran sanctions

CAPRI, Italy (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat urged Group of Seven foreign ministers on Thursday to take quick, concrete steps to provide more air defense systems to Ukraine, warning that …

Europe wants 2 things from China. It may not get far on either of them.

BEIJING (AP) — Europe wants two things from China: First, a shift in its relatively pro-Russia position on the war in Ukraine. Second, a reduction in the trade imbalance — Chinese goods exports …

Takeaways from this week's reports on the deadly 2023 Maui fire that destroyed Lahaina

Officials are still trying to determine exactly what went wrong when the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century burned through a historic Hawaii town, more than a half-year after the …

Croatia's conservative PM convinced his party will soon form a new majority after inconclusive vote

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia ’s ruling conservatives said Thursday that talks have already started about the formation of a new governing majority following a highly contested parliamentary …

Choctaw artist Jeffrey Gibson is first Native American to represent the US solo at Venice Biennale

VENICE. Italy (AP) — Jeffrey Gibson’s takeover of the U.S. pavilion for this year’s Venice Biennale contemporary art show is a celebration of color, pattern and craft, which is immediately …

Belgian and Czech leaders exhort the EU to react amid concern over Russian election interference

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Belgium and the Czech Republic are warning their European Union partners to take urgent action to prevent Russian interference in June’s Europe-wide elections, …

Russia reports downing 5 Ukrainian military balloons in Kyiv's latest apparent war innovation

Russian air defenses downed what authorities described as five Ukrainian balloons overnight, the defense ministry in Moscow said Thursday, as the sides kept up long-range strikes that have featured …

UK's Prince William returns to public duties for first time since Kate's cancer diagnosis

Prince William is returning to public duties for the first time since his wife’s cancer diagnosis. He will be bolstering the royal family’s ranks as health problems continue to sideline the …
FILE - The marquee of the Egyptian Theatre appears during the Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 28, 2020, in Park City, Utah. The Sundance Film Festival may not always call Park City home. The Sundance Institute has started to explore the possibility of other U.S. locations to host the independent film festival starting in 2027, the organization said Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

After 40 years in Park City, Sundance exploring options for 2027 film festival and beyond

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival may not always call Park City, Utah, home. The Sundance Institute has started to explore the possibility of other U.S. locations to host the …
Five hundred dancers gathered outside the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City to break the world record for most dancers on pointe at the same time. The dancers come from many U.S. states and countries around the world. (AP Video: Joe Frederick)

How many ballerinas can dance on tiptoes in one place? A world record 353 at New York's Plaza Hotel

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of young dancers in white tutus and tightly coiffed hair gathered in New York's Plaza Hotel on Wednesday to break the world record for dancing on pointe in one place. …
FILE - A view of La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, on April 4, 2022. Milan’s La Scala, one of the world’s most prestigious and historic opera houses, has named Fortunato Ortombina as its new director. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Milan's famous La Scala names new director of the opera house after months of controversy

ROME (AP) — Milan's La Scala, one of the world’s most prestigious and historic opera houses, has named Fortunato Ortombina as its new director, ending months of political controversy. He will …
This image released by Peacock shows Orlando Bloom in an episode of the television series "Orlando Bloom: To the Edge." (Casey Durkin/Peacock via AP)

'I was afraid for my life' — Orlando Bloom puts himself in peril for new TV series

Orlando Bloom wanted to test himself for his latest adventure project. Not by eating something gross or visiting a new country. He wanted to risk death, and with not one but three extreme sports. The …
FILE - Karol G poses in the press room with the award for best musica urbana album for "Manana Sera Bonito" during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. The 2024 Latin Grammys will return to Miami — where the show first started 25 years ago, and where the organization is headquartered. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

The 2024 Latin Grammys will return home to Miami after a controversial move to Spain

The 2024 Latin Grammys will return to Miami — where the Latin Recording Academy is headquartered. The 25th annual event will air live from the Kaseya Center on Nov. 14. Nominations will be …