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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Inmate in Arizona prison found unresponsive, pronounced dead

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An inmate at the state prison in Florence has died of apparent suicide, correctional officials said. Prison staff found Jason Rothlisberger, 45, unresponsive at the prison …

Navajo Nation reports no new virus deaths for nearly a week

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is coming up on a week of reporting no additional deaths of the coronavirus on the vast reservation where safety precautions like a mask mandate and …

Lawyers say Arizona’s fine over prison care could reach $23M

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers representing Arizona prisoners say a third round of contempt of court fines against the state for failing to improve health care for incarcerated people could reach as high …

Part of I-17 in Phoenix closed after police incident, wreck

PHOENIX (AP) — Part of a freeway in north Phoenix was closed Friday due a what officials called a police incident that involved a collision. The closure of four miles (six kilometers) of …

Light rail payments head to affected Phoenix businesses

Businesses next to light rail construction in Phoenix are now eligible for direct payments from the city and could start receiving payments as early as this week. When new light rail construction …
First responders
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 …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from April 8-15.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Jon Lyons

Lyons: April 22 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

My daughter was 10 years old when she first attended Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at my office.
David Coward

Coward: Arizona must follow the Constitution for redistricting

Some are advancing the argument that the 2010 process was flawed because it emphasized “competitiveness.” This is a false argument used to undermine the integrity of the work of the 2011 redistricting commission and perpetuates the idea that the 2011 district maps were unfairly drawn to benefit Democrats because competitiveness was considered.

Verdier: What does the COVID-19 vaccine mean for employers?

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is well under way. We all hope this is a means to an end of social restrictions and making our way back to life as we once knew it. According to the CDC over …

Lyons: An open letter to Scottsdale officials about 5G, smart city

Dear Scottsdale City Council, Are you sleeping well at night? Unfortunately, many of your constituents aren’t, because you, our council, are not upholding your oaths of office to protect our …
John Safin

Safin: Help our communities return to a brighter future

Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order on March 25 certainly had and will continue to have an impact on our community. Whether you agree or disagree with the transition of “required” virus mitigation to “recommended,” it’s here.
More sports

Randle scores 44 in hometown, Knicks beat Mavs 117-109

DALLAS (AP) — Julius Randle scored 44 points in his best game in his hometown, leading the New York Knicks to a 117-109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night for a five-game winning …

Minnesota-L.A. Angels Runs

Angels fourth. David Fletcher pops out to shortstop to Jorge Polanco. Shohei Ohtani grounds out to shallow infield, Jorge Polanco to Miguel Sano. Mike Trout walks. Justin Upton doubles to deep left …

Lehner gets shutout as Golden Knights blank Ducks 4-0

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Robin Lehner made 16 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th of his career, and the Vegas Golden Knights extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-0 …

Ko pushes ahead at Kapolei in bid for 1st win since 2018

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Lydia Ko again put herself in position for her first win in three years, shooting a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Lotte …
Most recent
Innovative Education Program Offsets Preschool Enrollment Drop

(NewsUSA) - The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to keep many children out of preschool nationwide, due to school closures or to parents' concerns about sending their children to the in-person …

Detroit-Oakland Runs

N.Y. Knicks 117, Dallas 109

Once again, volcanic Caribbean island looks to recovery

McCollum, Trail Blazers escape with 107-106 win over Spurs

Nation

Celebrities make a stand for COVID vaccines on TV special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and a slew of celebrities including Billy Crystal, Jennifer Hudson and Lin-Manuel Miranda are part of a special aimed at …

Federal officials reverse limits on fetal tissue research

Federal officials on Friday reversed Trump administration restrictions on using human fetal tissue for medical research. The changes clear the way for using government money on work that in the …

What to expect in closings for ex-cop's trial in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For three weeks, prosecutors at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing played and replayed video, supplementing the bystander video that shocked …

EXPLAINER: What Chicago boy's death says about foot pursuits

CHICAGO (AP) — After a police officer chased a 13-year-old boy into an alley and shot him to death, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanded a new policy that would protect officers, suspects and …

Grand jury in Prude death voted 15-5 to not indict 3 cops

A grand jury investigating the police suffocation death of Daniel Prude last year in Rochester, New York, voted 15-5 not to indict the three officers who restrained him, according to transcripts of …
World

Raul Castro confirms he's resigning, ending long era in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 …

Lawsuit over Indonesia 737 crash claims autothrottle problem

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit filed in Seattle against Boeing alleges that a malfunctioning autothrottle system on an older 737 jet led to the crash of the Sriwijaya Air plane into the Java Sea in …

New blast at St. Vincent volcano; cruise ship helps evacuees

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — La Soufriere volcano shot out another explosive burst of gas and ash on Friday as a cruise ship arrived to evacuate some of the foreigners who had been stuck on a St. …

Veteran AP producer, cameraman in Iraq dies of COVID-19

BEIRUT (AP) — Khodeir Majid, who covered Iraq’s numerous conflicts as a video producer and cameraman for the Associated Press over 17 years has died, relatives said Friday. He was 64. The …

Senate Democrats urge Biden to deny funds for Brazil Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than a dozen Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday complaining of a woeful environmental track record by his Brazilian counterpart, Jair …
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Business

Justice Department sues Roger Stone over $2M in unpaid taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone on Friday, accusing the conservative provocateur and his wife of failing to pay nearly $2 million in income tax. The …

SpaceX picked for moonwalkers, on verge of 3rd crew launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA chose SpaceX on Friday to build the lunar lander that will eventually put the first woman and person of color on the moon. The announcement came a few hours …

Vartan Gregorian, longtime president of Carnegie Corp., dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Vartan Gregorian, the noted scholar and philanthropic leader who led the Carnegie Corporation of New York since 1997, died Thursday after being hospitalized for stomach pain. He was …

AP source: Virus surge in Michigan slows Ram truck plant

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 outbreak is beginning to slow auto production, with a major Ram pickup truck plant reducing its output because of a high number of absent …

Neighbors

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 …

Meet Wesson – Musical teen seeks family to live in harmony

The room fills with laughter as Wesson cracks another joke. The thirteen-year-old has a magnetic personality and a wide smile that he likes to show often.

Things to do

‘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 …

National Geographic Live Virtual Speaker Series ends April 14

Mesa Arts Center is hosting a live virtual speaker series with stunning imagery and stories from National Geographic’s world-renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers, …

Entertainment
FILE - This May 14, 2019 file photo shows Jimmy Kimmel at the Walt Disney Television 2019 upfront in New York. Kimmel and former NASA engineer and YouTube Creator Mark Rober will host a three-hour-long livestream fundraiser for autism. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Jimmy Kimmel, YouTube's Mark Rober to host autism benefit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel and YouTube personality and engineer Mark Rober will host an online fundraiser to benefit those with autism. The three-hour event, “Color The Spectrum: A …
Barbecue chipotle burgers. [MetroCreative]

Burger season gets fired up

As the mercury rises, the opportunities to cook a greater number of meals on the grill increases. For many people, there’s nothing like the smoke-kissed flavor of meats, poultry and vegetables …
In this video grab provided by the SAG Awards, Viola Davis presents an In Memoriam tribute during the 27th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on April 4, 2021. (SAG Awards via AP)

Viola Davis is named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Viola Davis was named Woman of the Year on Friday by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “Viola has inspired our company with her incredible grit and …

Keith Urban, Mickey Guyton have chemistry as ACM hosts

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards will host a very special crowd who will finally get to see live music performances again. A small group of vaccinated medical …
FILE - Ali Stroker accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical for her performance in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!" at the 73rd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 9, 2019. Stroker teamed up with middle grade author Stacy Davidowitz for a new children's book "The Chance to Fly," published this week. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Singer with disability shines in Ali Stroker's new kids book

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway star Ali Stroker says she always felt like her “most powerful self” when onstage, and now as the co-author of a new book for kids, she’s trying to empower …