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Arizona governor issues 1st line-item veto

PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey exercised his first-ever line-item veto of a state budget Tuesday as he found an item he didn’t like. The governor used his constitutional power to remove $3.6 …
maricopa county government

County redistricting coming to an end

PHOENIX — About six months after Congressional and state legislature redistricting was completed in Arizona, and almost 10 months after precinct lines were redrawn in Maricopa County, the …

Judge: Law eliminating early voter list can be challenged

PHOENIX — Voting rights groups can contest a 2021 state law that eliminates the state’s permanent early voting list.

Ducey OKs $18B budget upping school, infrastructure spending

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed into law his eighth and final state budget. The governor on Tuesday gave his blessing to an $18 billion spending plan that uses a record surplus to invest in …

Salmon drops out of GOP primary race for Arizona governor

Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon is dropping out of Republican primary race for Arizona governor. Tuesday's move comes a week before early ballots are mailed out and leaves the GOP contest a …


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West Valley

South Dakota State announces Blake Wayne Wooten, of Peoria, has graduated following the spring 2022 semester.

Independent Newspapers is hosting a candidate forum Wednesday, July 6 for the three men running for the Surprise City Council in District 1.
Peoria resident Ed McKelvey took up mountain biking after he was introduced to it by his brother-in-law when he and his wife moved to the north Valley about five years ago.
For the ninth year, West Valley Preps has announced honors for the best baseball players it covers in the Northwest Valley. Here is the complete all-West Valley Preps baseball team:
Goodyear police are conducting a homicide investigation this morning into the shooting death of a 50-year-old man. Police said they responded to a call of an “unresponsive person not …

“When Rez Dogs Howl,” a new body of work by Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, will be on display beginning next month at the Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., …

The Laveen Spectrum, a 72-acre mixed-use project northeast of Loop 202 and Baseline Road, took the next step in the zoning process Friday, June 24, earning preliminary site plan approval from the …
PHOENIX— All Valley Metro rail stations in downtown Phoenix will be open for light rail service beginning Sunday, July 3, as progress continues with the construction of the south central …
Phoenix Sun’s center JaVale McGee was the host last week of a charity softball game for his nonprofit foundation JUGLIFE, but he also took time to honor Hope 4 Kids International with the Global Community Impact Award.
Independent Newsmedia Inc., USA continues to expand its footprint in the Phoenix Metro market, acquiring JG Media National’s Phoenix operations.
East Valley

The Tempe City Council approved the new 250 Rio development at its most recent meeting on June 23. 

Scottsdale-based Rosewood Homes announced the start of pre-sales and model home construction at its new 19-home Rosewood Canyon in the Storyrock Master Planned Community in north Scottsdale.
A new bill has passed the Arizona Legislature giving municipalities authority to issue licenses and permits to short-term rentals. Senate Bill 1168, which passed the Arizona Senate and House of …
Celebrate a fabulous Fourth of July holiday weekend with a floating beach blast at Salt River Tubing’s fan favorite, “Bag it for Bucks,” a Take Pride in America special event 8:30 …
The city of Apache Junction will close all administrative offices on Monday, July 4, in observation of Independence Day. Emergency services through the police department will not be impacted by …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Walus: Budget derailed by some directors

I watched in dismay the dysfunctional Recreation Centers of Sun City West governing board May 26 as the directors debated the proposed 2022-23 budget.

Houston: Supreme Court taking trip into dark past

Well, “Hee Haw!” has finally come to the U.S. Supreme Court. Those self-appointed, sidewalk authorities have decided that women are no longer competent to decide their own health issues.

Miller: Women’s bodies are not only their own

Our local Arizona opinion writer E.J. Montini made the following observation: “Should women control their bodies or should the state? That’s it. That’s all there is to it.”

Gillis: Arizona: teachers among lowest paid in the U.S.

States basically, because of the libertarian and conservative influences keep our property taxes at incredibly low levels!

Experts: Social Security plays key role in preventing older Americans from lacking food

Social Security benefits make it easier for older Americans to afford the food they need to live a healthy, active life, according to our recently published research...
Valley sports

Padres take 3-game losing streak into matchup with the Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres head into the matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks after losing three in a row.

Diamondbacks rally from 6-run deficit to beat Padres 7-6

Josh Rojas scored the winning run in the ninth inning when shortstop C.J. Abrams couldn’t handle a throw at second base, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from a late six-run deficit to beat the …

This Date in Baseball

This Date in Baseball-June 29
National sports

Fifth Third Bank Employees, Customers Provide More Than 8.4 Million Meals for Those in Need

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 29, 2022--Fifth Third Bank’s “Feeding Our Communities” initiative, held each year in May, this year provided more than 8.4 million meals to fight hunger across …

Ratings show Fox News viewers tuning out Jan. 6 hearings

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel is airing the Jan. 6 committee hearings when they occur in daytime hours and a striking number of the network's viewers have made clear they'd rather be doing …

Wimbledon updates | Djokovic, Raducanu on Centre Court

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is back on Centre Court as the second round begins on Day 3 at Wimbledon. The six-time Wimbledon champion will play 79th-ranked Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia in the …

STRIVE Closes $6M in Funding to Accelerate Growth

BOTHELL, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 29, 2022--STRIVE, the only platform proven to optimize muscle performance for elite athletes and teams, today announced it closed $6 million in Series A funding. …

NBA Finals viewership up 24 percent over 2021

The Nielsen company says the NBA Finals series between two stories franchises reached 24% more viewers than the 2021 Finals. Nearly 14 million people watched the Golden State Warriors clinch its …
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a 1.6% annual pace in the first three months of the year, the government reported Wednesday in a slight downgrade from its previous estimate for …

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance faces its “biggest challenge” since World War II amid the war in Ukraine. Stoltenberg said at the start of the NATO summit in …
Fourteen environmental justice organizations from around the United States have begun to receive money under the Justice40 initiative, a business accelerator announced Wednesday. The Justice40 …
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Valley business

Large logistics building in Mesa sold to private firm

MESA — Cushman & Wakefield advised Lexin Capital, a private investment, development and management company, on Monday in the dispositional sale of a recently built Class A warehouse/distribution building totaling 147,435 square feet on 29 acres in Mesa.

Husch Blackwell Strategies strengthens team with public policy pro

Husch Blackwell Strategies announced it is bolstering its state advocacy team in Arizona as John Fetherston joins the HBS office in Phoenix. Fetherston joins HBS Arizona as a Principal, bringing more …

United Food Bank names Mediacom hunger hero

Mediacom Communications has been named a hunger hero by United Food Bank. The Hunger Hero Award recognizes Mediacom for taking an active role in the fight to end hunger by providing the funding to …

TerraLane Communities sells two build-for-rent assets

SCOTTSDALE — TerraLane Communities, a developer of rental neighborhoods, has sold two of its build-for-rent assets, TerraLane at South Mountain and TerraLane at Canyon Trails, to Inland Real Estate Acquisitions, a Chicago-based real estate investment trust.


Scottsdale’s Gore rolls out red carpet for June 29 movie premier

Screenwriter Scott Gore, of Scottsdale, knows how to put a fresh spin on what some may consider a “familiar story,” by adding a new layer of interesting characters, plot twists and story lines.

Arizona Coyotes help launch Pride Growlers

In a June 27 press release, the Arizona Coyotes stated it is proud to support the Arizona Legacy Pride Hockey Association (ALPHA) Pride Growlers with the goal to show that hockey is for everyone and …

Local group honors veterans, veteran services

On Flag Day, June 14, Sun City Agua Fria National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter Regent Twila Lobitz presented the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Flag …

Glendale Fire Department hiring new members

The Glendale Fire Department is hiring.

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Glendale invests almost $900K in Gila River Arena upkeep

The city will spend almost $900,000 for capital repairs to Gila River Arena, inside the Westgate Entertainment District.

YogaFit conference comes to Scottsdale July 16

YogaFit Training Systems presents its CEO and founder, Beth Shaw, at its annual Mind Body Fitness conference on Friday, July 16, in Scottsdale.

Irish Wolfhound sets up music in Surprise

Irish Wolfhound Pub, 16811 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 102, released its July entertainment schedule.

Wiffle Ball tournament returns to Scottsdale Stadium Oct. 29

The Western Wiffle Ball Classic will be returning to Scottsdale Stadium, the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Last year’s second tournament had over 25 …

FILE - R. Kelly arrives at the Cook County Criminal Court Building, in Chicago, June 13, 2008. R&B legend R. Kelly is entering another phase of his well-publicized downward spiral with a sentencing in a New York City courtroom, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that could put him behind bars for a quarter century or more. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

R. Kelly’s musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer could be put away behind bars for a …
FILE - R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Sept. 17, 2019. R&B legend R. Kelly is entering another phase of his well-publicized downward spiral with a sentencing in a New York City courtroom Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that could put him behind bars for a quarter century or more. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R&B hitmaker R. Kelly due in court for sex abuse sentencing

NEW YORK (AP) — R& B star R. Kelly faces the possibility of a quarter century or more in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal sex trafficking case in New York. A jury found …
This combination of photos shows some of the new members named to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, top row from left, Andrew Ahn, Mariano Barroso, Lori Tan Chinn, Pawo Choyning Dorji, and Robin de Jesús, second row from left, Jamie Dornan, Billie Eilish, Ryusuke Hamaguchi , Jeremy O. Harris, and Gaby Hoffmann, third row from left, Amir Jadidi, Troy Kotsur, Adele Lim, Olga Merediz, and Hidetoshi Nishijima, bottom row from left, Finneas O’Connell, Jesse Plemons, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Anya Taylor-Joy. (AP Photo)

DeBose, Kotsur, Eilish among 397 invited to film Academy

Recent Oscar winners Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur and Billie Eilish are among the 397 individuals who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization …
FILE - Leonard Cohen is photographed in Toronto on Feb. 4, 2006. Cohen is the subject of the documentary "Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song." (Aaron Harris/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Review: A deep dive into Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

In the new documentary “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song,” filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Gellar examine how despite the odds, the song managed to take on a life of its own after …
Actor Alec Baldwin attends the screening for "Framing John DeLorean" during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival on April 30, 2019, in New York, left, and filmmaker Woody Allen attends a press conference for the film "Irrational Man," at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 15, 2015. Allen told Alec Baldwin during a live interview Tuesday on Instagram that he is mulling ending his movie-making career, saying directing has lost its luster. (AP Photo)

Woody Allen mulls end of career, talks with Alec Baldwin

Woody Allen told Alec Baldwin during a live interview Tuesday on Instagram that he is mulling ending his movie-making career, saying directing has lost its luster. The two men — each facing …
Obituaries & Memorials

Donna June Buske

Donna Buske, 82, of Apache Junction passed peacefully Monday, June 13, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband Waldo "Buck" Buske, daughter Candy Lynn Fischer, son Donald Scott Smith and …
William E. “Hap” Carty, considered U-Haul's first employee, died in Tempe at the age of 95.

U-Haul pioneer, Tempe resident dies at 95

An 18-year-old William E. “Hap” Carty, while on leave from the U.S. Army in 1945, helped his sister and brother-in-law with an upstart company they were building – quite literally – in a milk house on the Carty Ranch in Ridgefield, Washington.

Helen Cristin (Henningsgard) Nelson

Helen Cristin (Henningsgard) Nelson SUN CITY - Of Buffalo, MN passed away peacefully on Friday, June 17th at her winter home in Sun City. Helen was born on September 15, 1924 to teacher Julia …

Ann H Szumowski

Ann Freeman (Hartigan) Szumowski (1929-2022) Ann Freeman (Hartigan) Szumowski passed away peacefully at home with family on June 14, 2022, at 92. She was born July 24, 1929, in St Paul, Minnesota …

Christina Lytle Mooney-Compton

Christina Lytle Mooney-Compton, 76 years old, of Philadelphia, PA, passed away at home after a valiant battle with cancer on June 13, 2022 in Sun City West, AZ. Christina was born on September 9, …

Czech brewer Budvar again increases net profit amid pandemic

PRAGUE (AP) — Budvar, the Czech brewer that has been in a long legal dispute with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch over use of the Budweiser brand, increased its net profit by some 10% for the second …

China's Baidu races Waymo, GM to develop self-driving cars

BEIJING (AP) — With no one at the wheel, a self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. is rolling down a Beijing street when its sensors spot the corner of a delivery cart jutting into its …

New York's 1st legal marijuana crop sprouts under the sun

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (AP) — New York's recreational marijuana market is beginning to sprout, literally, with thin-leafed plants stretching toward the sun in farms around the state. In a novel …

Final jury selection begins in Florida school massacre trial

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The final phase in the selection of 12 jurors who will decide whether Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz should receive the death sentence got underway Tuesday, the …

EXPLAINER: Abortion, tech and surveillance

With abortion now or soon to be illegal in over a dozen states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that vacuum up personal details of their users are facing new calls to limit …

Strong ruble could hurt Russian businesses, official warns

MOSCOW (AP) — As the ruble strengthens to levels not seen in seven years, Russia's minister of economic development warned Wednesday that the country's businesses could suffer if the trend …

Hindu man killed as religious tensions boil in India

NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Tensions were high Wednesday in the western Indian city of Udaipur, a day after police arrested two Muslim men accused of slitting a Hindu tailor's throat and posting a …

$30B from Russian oligarchs frozen under REPO seizure effort

A multinational task force designed to seize Russian oligarchs' wealth has blocked and frozen $30 billion in sanctioned individuals’ property and funds in its first 100 days. The Treasury …

EU countries approve climate measures after long talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries reached a deal backing stricter climate rules that would eliminate carbon emissions from new cars by 2035 following hard-fought talks that dragged into the …

Verdict looms in trial over 2015 Paris extremist attacks

The historic trial stemming from the 2015 Paris attacks by Islamic State extremists that killed 130 people has reached a conclusion after nine months. The violence in the Bataclan theater, Paris …