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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona audit of 2020 election hits hand-count milestone

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican-led hand recount of ballots cast in Arizona’s most populous county hit a major milestone Monday when counters finished tallying all the regular ballots cast in …

Arizona Legislature to hold special wildfire funding session

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature will convene in special session this week to consider adding $100 million in funding for fighting wildfires and to boost the amount of money available to …

Reginald Bolding joins race for Arizona Secretary of State

PHOENIX (AP) — House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding announced Monday that he's running for Arizona Secretary of State. Bolding, a Democrat, has represented District 27 since 2015 and was first …

State prison inmate in Tucson dies; Appears to be a suicide

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona prison inmate in Tucson has died and it appears to be a suicide, authorities said Monday. Arizona Corrections Department officials said 67-year-old Michael L. …

Doctors warn of burns from asphalt as heat wave hits US West

PHOENIX (AP) — Doctors who work in Arizona and Nevada burn centers are warning of injuries from contact with super-heated roadways and other surfaces as the first extreme heat wave of the year …
First responders
The Telegraph Fire in the Globe Ranger District has burned 86,529 acres and is 38.5% contained as of early June 11. The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. June 4 south of Superior and its cause is …
The Telegraph Fire in the Globe Ranger District has burned 85,335 acres and is 40% contained as of early June 10. The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. June 4 and its cause is unknown. Five …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from June 3-10.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Murphy: Affordable housing isn’t benefit

I just read the article about the mayor’s proposal of creating affordable housing in Surprise (Mayor: City needs more affordable housing”). I believe the first responsibility of any …
Timothy Sandefur

Sandefur: Pandemic proves one-size-fits-all mandates aren’t the answer

If there’s one lesson the pandemic has made abundantly clear, it’s that one-size-fits-all government mandates are never the right solution, particularly when those mandates impact private property and businesses.
Peggy Kirschner poses in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Kirschner: A Capitol idea — add state houses to your bucket list

We are now in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world has changed. Many of us have remained sequestered at home, and travel has been put on hold.

Gauthier: Reader wants to know why clubs targeted

My wife and I have lived in Sun City West for three years. Like any other community in America, we have governing bodies the are tasked with the governance of the country in what should be a …
Aaron Leak

Leak: Five fundamentals to financial recovery

The COVID-19 public health crisis triggered a financial crisis for many individuals and families.
Nation

Convict gets life in prison for Tennessee official's death

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted felon accused of raping and killing a Tennessee corrections administrator and then escaping from prison on a farm tractor was sentenced to life without parole …

Report says technology kept 2020 census below expected cost

The 2020 census is expected to cost $14.2 billion, well below a previous estimate of $15.6 billion, reflecting a slowdown in the price tag for the nation's head count thanks to technological …

Extra COVID vaccine may help protect transplant patients

A small study offers the first hint that an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccines just might give some organ transplant recipients a needed boost in protection. Even as most vaccinated people celebrate …

Mormons and NAACP seek to advance work with new initiatives

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Top leaders from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced $9.25 million in new educational and humanitarian projects Monday as they seek to build on an …

Despite health woes, Robert Durst murder trial continues

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered that the murder trial of New York real estate heir Robert Durst will continue, despite defense requests for a delay because they say he's in such pain …
World

Sherpa guide uses savings to help colleagues during pandemic

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The scenic Himalayan mountain trails that normally draw throngs of foreign trekkers to Nepal have been empty for more than a year, with most of the country's tourism …

Thousands in Hungary protest anti-LGBT bills on eve of vote

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Protesters and human rights officials urged lawmakers in Hungary on Monday to reject legislation banning any content portraying or promoting homosexuality or sex …

AP Interview: ICC prosecutor sees 'reset' under Biden

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday that the global tribunal’s relationship with the United States — plunged into the deep freeze by …

Germany seeks to fine operators of Telegram messenger app

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have launched proceedings against Telegram that could see the messenger app's operators fined for failing to abide by laws requiring social media sites to police …

Zambia's Kenneth Kaunda, 97, hospitalized amid virus surge

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda, 97, has been admitted to hospital, his office announced Monday, as the southern African country battles a surge in COVID-19 …
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Business

Order: Union can't limit vote to 87 Tennessee Nissan workers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have denied a union's push to try to organize fewer than 100 employees at the Nissan assembly plant in Tennessee, ruling instead to set a union …

GM exec: company to announce more battery plants this week

DETROIT (AP) — The president of General Motors says his company plans to announce more U.S. battery factories later this week. Mark Reuss gave no details of where the factories would be located …

Delicate task for Fed: When to pull back on low-rate support

WASHINGTON (AP) — With inflation rising in a fast-rebounding economy, the Federal Reserve is poised this week to discuss when it will take its first steps toward dialing back its ultra-low interest …

Donate blood, maybe win a new car

Vitalant has partnered with Valley Volkswagen dealers for its Summer Drive to Save Lives, in which donors will be entered to win a 2021 VW Tiguan 2.0T S.

Neighbors

Kannan new CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Vidhya Kannan has been appointed chief executive officer of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of East Valley. In her position as CEO, Kannan will oversee all of the day-to-day operations as …

P.E.O. gives scholarship to Apache Junction High School graduate

P.E.O., an international organization of women whose mission is to promote educational opportunities for women, has a Gold Canyon chapter. For the past two years, Chapter ES of Gold Canyon has …

2 high school juniors graduate with college credits through MCC Early College Academy

Early College Academy students Olivia Bromenschenkel and Abbygale Gurr graduated from Skyline High School, as juniors, on May 20 having earned more than 30 college credits. Both students enrolled …

Walmart now offering free classes to the public for personal, career investment

Walmart Academy was created so the superstore could train its employees to be successful in their careers. Since its inception in 2016, it has been reserved only for its associates.

Things to do

Litchfield Park to celebrate Independence Day with Splash Bash, Wigwam fireworks show

A year after canceling its annual Fourth of July Splash Bash and fireworks show at the Wigwam resort due to the COVID-19, the city of Litchfield Park is bringing both events back this Independence Day.

Apache Junction July 4 celebration includes volleyball tourney, fireworks

Join the city of Apache Junction for its annual free Fourth of July Celebration on Sunday, July 4. Kicking off the festivities is a volleyball tournament at Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, …

The Improv Syndicate live June 20 in Gold Canyon

Celebrate Father’s Day June 20 with PG-13 improvised humor from The Improv Syndicate at the Gold Stallion restaurant, 6030 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. The show starts at 6 …

Arizona Celebration of Freedom drive-in fireworks show July 3 in Mesa

Due to an abundance of caution and maintaining social distancing guidelines, the 12th Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of Freedom is once again a drive-in fireworks show this year. The …

Entertainment
Members of the Mexican grupera band Los Bukis Marco Antonio Solis signs an album as Jose Javier Solis, center and Eusebio "El Chivo" Cortez, right, look on at press conference at SoFi Stadium on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. Twenty five years after their last show as a band, the group announced that they are reuniting for a U.S. tour. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Mexican band Los Bukis to reunite for 1st tour in 25 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Mexican band Los Bukis are reuniting for a concert tour that will bring them together for the first time in 25 years. Five of its members — Marco Antonio Solis, Jose …
Bruce Brown, third from left, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, speaks accompanied by Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee, left, Washington Post general counsel Jay Kennedy, CNN executive vice president and general counsel David Vigilante, right, after a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland at the Department of Justice, Monday, June 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

News executives protest Trump-era probe with Garland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post met Monday with Attorney General Merrick Garland to protest the Trump-era Justice Department's efforts to seize …

New this week: Kevin Hart in 'Fatherhood, 'iCarly' & 'Luca'

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 — In Enrico Casarosa's …

Review: 'Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' really misses the target

Toward the end of there’s a scene where Ryan Reynolds is repeatedly smashing a man’s head into a jukebox aboard a yacht, as sometimes happens. Each time the bloodied head goes in the machine, it …

Justin Bieber, Lil Baby to headline Made in America festival

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber and Lil Baby are set to headline Jay-Z's in Philadelphia. Organizers announced Monday that Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Roddy Ricch, Bobby Shmurda and A$AP Ferg …