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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Abortion ban for genetic issues revived with minor changes

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature on Monday amended a sweeping anti-abortion bill to satisfy concerns of a lone GOP senator who voted against the measure earlier this …

Arizona issues 13 more licenses for marijuana dispensaries

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials on Monday issued 13 more licenses for marijuana stores in eight rural counties as the state expands access to recreational marijuana approved by voters last …
Education

Grand Canyon University sees largest graduating class in history

Grand Canyon University conferred its largest graduating class in history on Monday.

Virus relief funds Arizona school counselors, social workers

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal coronavirus relief funding will help schools hire 140 counselors and social workers as children return to classrooms with pandemic-induced stresses and isolation, Arizona …

Tempe police: Man arrested in fatal stabbing of girlfriend

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend at a Tempe apartment complex’s clubhouse, police said Monday. They said 23-year-old Mason …
First responders
The Scottsdale Police Department has arrested two men who both reportedly overdosed while partaking in illegal activity at Pawn First Friday morning. Travis Stack, 22, and Joshua Bess, 27, are the …
Many members of the public calling into Phoenix City Council meetings for the past year have been urging city leaders to reduce the Phoenix Police Department’s budget and mandate more …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area April 8-15: Theft of property reported at 8:32 a.m. April 9 in the 6600 block of West Pleasant Oak …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Demetra Presley [VoyagePhoenix.com]

Women's Watch: Sometimes best ideas found in unexpected places

Demetra Presley was inspired to start her nonprofit organization, Go With The Flow, after seeing a “Now This” video on Facebook about a teacher making “period packs” for her …
Matt Beienburg

Beienburg: Education savings accounts turn 10 and states are celebrating

What’s the best way to celebrate a big school choice birthday? Give more educational opportunities to more students.
James Gahar

Gahar: Daily workouts, losing weight and staying healthy

My story is pretty simple. I was a very active young man, running everywhere, and served as a volunteer in an elite Navy unit. After my discharge, I worked as a bouncer in bars from Florida to …
Becky Harlow, public relations volunteer for the AZ Women’s Partnership

Harlow: Philanthropy continues during COVID-19 crisis

As the pandemic surged through the country in 2020 many organizations had to evaluate how to continue their mission safely.

McCoy: Trash cans need to be out of sight

I am writing concerning the article in the newspaper dated March 17 (“Property rules up for discussion”). I am a resident of Surprise and would like to voice my opinion of a situation …
More sports

McDavid has goal, 2 assists as Oilers topple Canadiens 4-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid scored the winner late in the third period and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 in a physical matchup Monday. Jesse Puljujarvi, …

Denver 139, Memphis 137

Percentages: FG .477, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 17-40, .425 (Melton 6-10, Allen 3-10, Konchar 2-3, Tillman 2-3, Morant 2-5, Bane 1-3, Anderson 1-5, Jones 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: …

Curry scores 49, hits 10 3s, as Warriors win in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephen Curry hit 10 3-pointers and scored 49 points to extend his sizzling stretch, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 107-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday …

Talbot stops 22 shots, Wild beat Coyotes 5-2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, Cam Talbot stopped 22 shots and the Minnesota Wild stretched their winning streak to four games with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona …
Nation

EXPLAINER: State, defense differ on impact of Floyd drug use

CHICAGO (AP) — The effect drug use had on his health and his death remained a key thread as Monday in the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin's defense attorney has repeatedly …

Judge keeps ex-cop's 20-year sentence for killing Black man

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge upheld a 20-year prison sentence on Monday for former police officer Michael Slager in the killing of Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who ran from a traffic stop in …

Pressure mounts for release of Knoxville shooting video

Pressure is mounting on authorities to publicly release police body camera video of a shooting at a school in the Tennessee city of Knoxville that left a student dead and an officer …

Apple signals return of right-wing 'free speech' app Parler

Apple said it has reached an agreement with the right-wing social app Parler that could lead to its reinstatement in the company's app store. Apple in January over ties to the deadly Jan. 6 siege on …

2 views of Floyd onlookers: Desperate to help, or angry mob?

To the prosecution, the witnesses who watched ’s body go still were regular people — a firefighter, a mixed martial arts fighter, a high school student and her 9-year-old cousin in a T-shirt …
World

Germany expects vaccine deliveries to ramp up in 2nd quarter

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister on Monday welcomed the announcement by two pharmaeutical companies that they will deliver more coronavirus vaccines during the second quarter than previously …

Endangered venomous Mexican lizards hatch at zoo in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two endangered Mexican beaded lizards have hatched at the Wroclaw Zoo in Poland, boosting the population of the venomous lizards. The zoo said the lizards, which are …

Cuba's Communist Party chooses Miguel Díaz-Canel as leader

HAVANA (AP) — In many ways, Cuba's new maximum leader is nothing like those who have governed the island for the past six decades. Miguel Díaz-Canel was never a guerrilla fighter and was for …

Police: Albanian man with knife wounds 5 at mosque in Tirana

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian man with a knife attacked five people Monday at a mosque in the capital of Tirana, according to police. A police statement said Rudolf Nikolli, 34, entered the …

Myanmar junta cracks down on celebrations of new shadow govt

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar used violence on Monday against demonstrators who sought to celebrate last week’s formation of a shadow government to serve as an alternative to …
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Business

Filiberto’s building in Goodyear sells for $1.6 million

Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in investment sales, financing, research and advisory services, announced April 19 the sale of Filiberto’s, a 2,200-square-foot, net-leased property at 891 S. Cotton Lane in Goodyear.

United loses $1.36 billion as business travel remains weak

United Airlines posted a $1.36 billion loss in the first quarter and will need a rebound in lucrative business and international travel before it returns to profitability. The loss reported Monday …

Miners' union backs shift from coal in exchange for jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest coal miners' union said Monday it would accept President Joe Biden's plan to move away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy …

Tempe brewery tackles staffing shortages through aggressive hiring initiative

As businesses start to rebuild following brutal blows from the COVID-19 pandemic, finding enough employees has become a major problem for some.Restaurants have increasingly been re-opening since the …

Neighbors

Nonprofits can apply for Mesa Arts Center rental/production support

Mesa Arts Center Foundation’s Arts at the Center program is accepting letters of interest for the 2021-22 season. Arts at the Center grants support educational and non-profit organizations …

HALO Animal Rescue receives $30,000 grant from Petco Love

HALO (Helping Animals Live On) Animal Rescue, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that helps animals in Maricopa County find furever homes, has received a $30,000 grant from the newly named Petco …

Roman Rozell inducted into Apache Junction High School Wall of Fame

Years before Roman Rozell became a Green Beret and the oldest man to compete in an NCAA wrestling match, he was an overweight and troubled kid at Apache Junction High School. Mr. Rozell’s …

Wells Fargo, Larry H. Miller Ford Mesa donating vehicle to retired U.S. Army specialist

Wells Fargo in collaboration with Larry H. Miller Ford Mesa are sponsoring a donation of a payment-free 2020 Ford TRKS Edge through the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s …

Things to do

Gila River Music Festival May 21-22

The inaugural Gila River Music Festival is May 21-22 in Kearny, a small town on the Gila River an hour from the Valley just down the road from Superior. “The music festival will feature a …

‘The Sound of Music’ continues Friday-Saturday at Zao Theatre

"The Sound of Music," the world’s most beloved musical, graces the Zao Theatre stage March 26-April 17, featuring the music of Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard …

Classical music makes its grand return at Mesa Arts Center

The series Classical Music Inside Out returns for the 2021-22 season at Mesa Arts Center, kicking off with Shelly Watson in October and culminating with an all-star performance featuring Zuill …

Salt River Tubing opens Saturday, May 1

Salt River Tubing and Recreation will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow conditions permitting, beginning Saturday, May 1, with safety protocols in …

Entertainment

Rapper Black Rob, known for hit ‘Whoa!,' dead at 52

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Black Rob, known for his hit “Whoa!” and key contributions to Diddy's dominant Bad Boy Records in the 1990s and early 2000s, has died. He was 52. Black Rob died …

Judge keeps supervision of union for Disney performers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Until there's an election, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters can keep control of a local affiliate whose leader was removed because of complaints of mismanagement from …
This combination photo shows promotional art for the film "Stowaway," streaming April 22 on Netflix, the new series "Rutherford Falls," premiering April 22 on the Peacock streaming service, and the Oscars, airing on Sunday April 25 on ABC. (Netflix/Peacock/ABC via AP)

New this week: 'Stowaway,' 'Rutherford Falls' and the Oscars

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — The Oscars are Sunday …
This image released by Bleecker Street shows Ed Helms, left, and Patti Harrison in a scene from "Together Together." (Tiffany Roohani/Bleecker Street via AP)

Review: An odd surrogate friendship in ‘Together Together’

The new film “ ” has a great premise: A single, straight man wants to be a father and decides to hire a surrogate to help. It’s fertile territory that has been fairly unexplored in popular art …

Ziggy Marley happy to be part of Earth Day concert

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic can't stop Ziggy Marley from celebrating the Earth. The son of reggae icon Bob Marley and Rita Marley will be one of the highlights of Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021 …