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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State
Community News

Water, wastewater treatment rates expected to rise in Florence

EPCOR is raising its rates and the Florence Town Council is none too happy about it. At the Monday, April 5 council meeting, EPCOR officials gave a presentation of the changes that are coming now …
First responders

Service for Buckeye Fire Chief Bob Costello held Thursday

Services for Buckeye Fire Chief Bob Costello will be held Thursday with a view scheduled for Wednesday. Mr. Costello, who had served with the West Valley city since 2004 and was its chief since …

Man found dead at group home in Gilbert; Suspect is arrested

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a man at a group home in Gilbert, according to police. They said 37-year-old Christopher Lambeth has been jailed …

Tucson man gets federal prison term for firearms smuggling

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in federal prison for smuggling firearms and ammunition into Mexico. Prosecutors said 31-year-old Ruben Arnulfo Chavarin also …

Bill to legalize sports betting heads to Arizona governor

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature late Monday approved a key part of a plan that will provide new opportunities for gambling at casinos owned by Native American tribes and for the first time …
First responders
Almost three years to the day after a hit-and-run crash that killed Grand Canyon University student Taylor White at age 21, Phoenix police arrested the two suspects they believe are responsible on …
A Scottsdale couple has died from a suspected murder-suicide on April 11, police officials say. Just prior to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, Scottsdale Police Department officers responded to …
A traffic accident on Grand and 85th avenues  in Peoria resulted in a fatality, police said.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Kraft: Mother Earth needs a tax break

Tax season is here and we must all pay taxes. This is an unavoidable truth. Unfortunately, another unavoidable truth is Mother Earth is overtaxed. Her current rate is way too high. We can’t …

Harding: Visiting the site of the Granite Mountain Hotshots? Honor them by doing it safely

Planning to visit Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park in Yarnell? Make sure you do it by not parking illegally along State Route 89, putting yourself and others at risk.

Owen: How to skip the diet, get your body results it needs

Keto. Low Carb. Eating programs based on a point system. You name it, the “diet” most likely exists. And while these programs offer the promise of a healthier lifestyle, touting huge …

Sahlberg: Sun City banner needs to be replaced

I’m sending you another plea for a new Sun City flag at the corner of Grand and 107th avenues. You put hard work into trying to draw people to our community by putting any and all kinds of …
Aaron Leak

Leak: Are money issues ruining your relationship?

The COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with families’ finances through lost jobs, squeezed budgets, increased debt and missed payments.
More sports

Caleb Grill heading back to Iowa State after season at UNLV

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Caleb Grill will transfer back to Iowa State after playing last season at UNLV for new Cyclones coach T.J. Otzelberger. Otzelberger announced Grill's move Tuesday. The 6-foot-3 …

Ex-student sues U of Evansville, ex-coach, alleging rape

EVANSVILLE. Ind. (AP) — A former student is suing the University of Evansville and its former basketball coach, Walter McCarty, accusing him of rape and the school of not protecting students from …

Olympic baseball qualifying in West Palm Beach, St. Lucie

The United States' delayed second chance at qualifying for the Olympic baseball tournament has been moved to the spring training home of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals and the …

Post-Masters working vacation on peaceful Hilton Head Island

PGA TOUR RBC HERITAGE Site: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Course: Harbourtown GL. Yardage: 7,121. Par: 71. Prize money: $7.1 million. Winner's share: $1.278 million. Television: …
Nation

EXPLAINER: The law and science behind the CDC’s eviction ban

When the U.S. government enacted a ban on evictions, it did so through an unlikely agency: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has said the policy, first enacted in September …

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the U.S. Overall, 55% of Americans say their financial …

Asian shares mostly gain as China exports rise

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday with hopes growing for a global economic rebound despite surging coronavirus cases in many places. China reported its exports rose nearly …

Sailor who shot, killed himself at Hawaii resort identified

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office on Monday identified the U.S. Navy sailor who shot and killed himself at a luxury resort after a standoff with police over the …

Ex-police chief gets 1 year in prison for hiring scandal

The former police chief of Connecticut's largest city was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for rigging the hiring process that led to his appointment in 2018. A federal judge in …
World

Russia says troop buildup near Ukraine is a response to NATO

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that the country's massive military buildup in the west was part of readiness drills amid what he described as threats from NATO. Defense …

St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island …

France suspends all Brazil flights due to virus variants

PARIS (AP) — France suspended all flights from Brazil on Tuesday amid mounting fears over the particularly contagious coronavirus variant that has been sweeping the South American country. Prime …

Johnson & Johnson delays vaccine rollout in Europe

BERLIN (AP) — Johnson & Johnson says it is delaying the rollout of its coronavirus vaccine in Europe amid a U.S. probe into rare blood clots. The company announced the decision Tuesday after …

Spain's PM wants EU recovery funds to transform the nation

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's left-wing government wants the massive coronavirus windfall it will be receiving from the European Union to transform the nation after the economic devastation …
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Business

Facebook users can appeal harmful content to oversight board

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's quasi-independent Oversight Board said Tuesday that it will start letting users file appeals over posts, photos, and videos that they think the company shouldn't have …

Consumer prices jump 0.6% in March, biggest gain since 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices increased a sharp 0.6% in March, the biggest uptick since 2012, while inflation over the past year jumped 2.6%. The big gains had been anticipated and are …

Several Surprise projects under review in March

Here are permits the city of Surprise received for review in March.

Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

NEW YORK (AP) — Backed by an international concert hosted by Selena Gomez and headlined by Jennifer Lopez, Global Citizen is unveiling an ambitious campaign to help medical workers in the world’s …

Neighbors

Meet Your Neighbor: Electrician Robert Zuart powers Valley lives

Meet your neighbor, Robert Zuart, a Scottsdale resident who makes a living as a professional electrician. Read below to get to know Mr. Zuart, including what he considers to be the best days. …

April 17 pickleball tournament in Mesa to benefit Superstition Community Food Bank

Local health agencies are partnering with Superstition Community Food Bank to sponsor a pickleball benefit tournament to feed the hungry. The tournament is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the …

Arizona Rotary Clubs host inaugural ‘Rotary Week of Service’

Scottsdale and Tempe Rotary clubs are among those in Arizona inviting friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to join them as they conduct service projects to benefit the local community during the …

Foster president-elect of national certification board

Charles “Wes” Foster, Mesa Community College nursing faculty, is president-elect of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board's board of directors. Mr. Foster has been on the …

Things to do

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, …

Poetry Illuminated opens Saturday in Goodyear

In honor of National Poetry Month, the city of Goodyear will showcase the words of eight local poets in Poetry Illuminated, a temporary installation curated by inaugural city of Phoenix poet laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski.

‘The Sound of Music’ continues Friday 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 …

Entertainment
FILE - Author J.K. Rowling appears at the world premiere of the film "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" in Paris on Nov. 8, 2018.  Scholastic announced Tuesday that Rowling's “The Christmas Pig,” the story of a boy named Jack and a beloved toy (Dur Pig) which goes missing, will be released worldwide Oct. 12. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Rowling children's story 'The Christmas Pig' out in October

NEW YORK (AP) — J.K. Rowling has a new book coming this fall, a holiday children's story with all new characters. Scholastic announced Tuesday that “The Christmas Pig,” the story of a boy …
This combination photo shows cover art for “The 1619 Project: Born On the Water” based on a student’s family tree assignment, with words by Hannah-Jones and Renee Watson and illustrations by Nikkolas Smith, left, and “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story”. The two books based on the Pulitzer Prize winning “1619 Project” will be released this fall. (Kokila/One World via AP)

Two books based on '1619 Project' coming out in November

NEW YORK (AP) — Two books based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project” will be released this fall, with contributions from Jesmyn Ward, Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, and dozens of …
FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, Britain's Prince Philip salutes during a special Armistice Day ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. The Duke of Edinburgh attended a special Armistice Day ceremony on Monday to oversee the handover of 70 sandbags of soil from Flanders fields. The sandbags, collected by Belgian and British schoolchildren from Commonwealth cemeteries in Belgium, were handed over to the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and will be taken to London and placed in the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at the Wellington Barracks. When Elizabeth became queen at the age of 25 in 1952, Philip gave up his naval career and dedicated himself to supporting her and the monarchy.  Prince Philip who died Friday April 9, 2021, aged 99, lived through a tumultuous century of war and upheavals. (AP Photo/Paul Edwards, FILE)

Prince Philip shaped, and was shaped by, a century of tumult

LONDON (AP) — Born into an age of revolutions in the wake of a pandemic, Prince Philip lived through a tumultuous century and worked to make the British monarchy a rock of stability in changing …

Robert Durst murder trial resumes May 17 after virus delay

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The murder trial of eccentric New York real estate heir Robert Durst will resume next month after more than a yearlong hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, a judge said …

Kanye agrees with Kim on joint custody in divorce response

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West agrees with Kim Kardashian West that they should have joint custody of their four children and neither of them need spousal support, according to new divorce …