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Decision about Grand Canyon University's non-profit status expected soon | Arizona Central Decision about Grand Canyon University's non-profit status expected soon
The Higher Learning Commission's approval is key for the private Christian school to move forward with plans for non-profit status.        
Arizona Central | February 22, 2018
Mesa police officer to give up badge after sex-misconduct investigation | Arizona Central Mesa police officer to give up badge after sex-misconduct investigation
At least three Mesa police officers have been investigated after sexual-harassment complaints in recent years.        
Arizona Central | February 21, 2018
Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Mesa students walk out for 17 killed at Florida high school | Arizona Central Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Mesa students walk out for 17 killed at Florida high school
Students at Gilbert High School were the first in the Valley to take part in a wave of classroom walkouts following the Florida high school shooting.         
Arizona Central | February 21, 2018
Mesa High walk out over school shootings | Arizona Central Mesa High walk out over school shootings
Students from Mesa High walked out of school in solidarity with the Parkland school shooting victims on Feb. 21, 2018. Johanna Huckeba/azcentral         
Arizona Central | February 21, 2018
Students walkout of Mesa High School, calling for action from legislators | Arizona Central Students walkout of Mesa High School, calling for action from legislators
Students walked out of Mesa High School Wednesday. The walkout came as students in the Phoenix area and the nation are calling for action from lawmakers after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. azcentral.com.        
Arizona Central | February 21, 2018
Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Project | Arizona Central Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Project
As wild Mexican gray wolves are rounded up at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, both sides of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Project sound off on the concerns of ranchers and environmentalists. Tom Tingle and Alex Devoid/azcentral.com         
Arizona Central | February 21, 2018
Arizona prisons will now give female inmates free tampons | Arizona Central Arizona prisons will now give female inmates free tampons
Previously, incarcerated women were given 12 pads and had to ask for more. Now they will get 36 pads, tampons or a mix of both, based on preference.         
Arizona Central | February 21, 2018
Hezron Parks, man accused of shooting Tempe Fire Capt. Kyle Brayer, pleads not guilty | Arizona Central Hezron Parks, man accused of shooting Tempe Fire Capt. Kyle Brayer, pleads not guilty
Hezron Parks, 21, pleaded not guilty to 13 of 14 charges stemming from when police said he shot and killed a Tempe fire captain.         
Arizona Central | February 20, 2018
Maricopa Community Colleges faculty in uproar over possible changes to bargaining policy | Arizona Central Maricopa Community Colleges faculty in uproar over possible changes to bargaining policy
The governing board for the largest community college system in Arizona proposes changes to the faculty negotiation process for salaries, benefits.         
Arizona Central | February 20, 2018
5 developments that could change downtown Mesa | Arizona Central 5 developments that could change downtown Mesa
These five proposed developments could lead to a radical transformation in downtown Mesa.        
Arizona Central | February 20, 2018
Development hasn’t sprung up around Cubs’ Mesa stadium | East Valley Tribune Development hasn’t sprung up around Cubs’ Mesa stadium
While the Cubs’ spring presence has had a positive economic impact on Mesa, Sloan Park did not produce the development in the surrounding area that Mesa officials envisioned eight years ago.
East Valley Tribune | February 20, 2018
Counting on conversations with people who are homeless to reveal respect, gain resources | Arizona Central Counting on conversations with people who are homeless to reveal respect, gain resources
The Point-in-Time count is required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to guide policy and funding.         
Arizona Central | February 20, 2018
Arizona Talks hosts forum Tuesday for state schools superintendent candidates | Arizona Central Arizona Talks hosts forum Tuesday for state schools superintendent candidates
Six candidates vying to be elected as the state's top education official are participating in a forum Tuesday night.         
Arizona Central | February 20, 2018
Expect delays as Interstate 17 temporarily closes near Arizona's Black Canyon City | Arizona Central Expect delays as Interstate 17 temporarily closes near Arizona's Black Canyon City
The Arizona Department of Transportation says motorists on Interstate 17 will face short delays as workers remove rocks deemed as a potential hazard.         
Arizona Central | February 20, 2018
WATCH LIVE: Candidates for Arizona's schools chief discuss state of education | Arizona Central WATCH LIVE: Candidates for Arizona's schools chief discuss state of education
Six candidates for Arizona's superintendent of public instruction are participating in a forum Tuesday night that will be live-streamed on azcentral.com.         
Arizona Central | February 20, 2018
Beached gray whale returned to ocean after 3 days on Mexico coast | Arizona Central Beached gray whale returned to ocean after 3 days on Mexico coast
The whale swam into a shallow canal near Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos last Thursday and was then stranded by the ebbing tide.         
Arizona Central | February 20, 2018
Closing Mesa animal shelter will make it harder for families to adopt pets, opponents say | Arizona Central Closing Mesa animal shelter will make it harder for families to adopt pets, opponents say
More than 8,000 people in one day have signed a change.org petition opposing Maricopa County's plan to close its Mesa animal shelter.        
Arizona Central | February 20, 2018
Serious crash closes northbound Interstate 17 in northern Arizona | Arizona Central Serious crash closes northbound Interstate 17 in northern Arizona
There has been several accidents, with a major crash reported on I-17 northbound near SR 179.         
Arizona Central | February 19, 2018
Digital billboards in Arizona schools | Arizona Central Digital billboards in Arizona schools
Critics have expressed concerns about digital billboards in Arizona's schools.         
Arizona Central | February 19, 2018
Lawmaker: Lack of regulation for Arizona tattoo industry is ‘shocking’ | Arizona Central Lawmaker: Lack of regulation for Arizona tattoo industry is ‘shocking’
A bill would require all body-art businesses to take annual training and would allow inspection of premises and investigate complaints.         
Arizona Central | February 19, 2018
Cities battle at Arizona Capitol for right to regulate home-based businesses | Arizona Central Cities battle at Arizona Capitol for right to regulate home-based businesses
House Bill 2333 would prevent municipalities from prohibiting home-based businesses that otherwise conform to laws on parking, traffic and noise.         
Arizona Central | February 19, 2018
Newcomer’s guide to spring in Phoenix | Arizona Central Newcomer’s guide to spring in Phoenix
What is “spring” in a place where reaching 120 degrees isn’t a record high on a number of days in June?         
Arizona Central | February 19, 2018
Blowing dust moving into the Phoenix area, affecting driver visibility on I-10 | Arizona Central Blowing dust moving into the Phoenix area, affecting driver visibility on I-10
Traffic cameras from ADOT were showing areas of blowing dust that could affect visibility for motorists Monday afternoon.         
Arizona Central | February 19, 2018
Winds drive blowing dust toward Phoenix area while snow hits northern Arizona | Arizona Central Winds drive blowing dust toward Phoenix area while snow hits northern Arizona
Temperatures expected to drop over next few days in Phoenix area.         
Arizona Central | February 19, 2018
Blowing dust makes for hazardous driving conditions on I-10 | Arizona Central Blowing dust makes for hazardous driving conditions on I-10
Blowing dust makes for hazardous driving conditions on I-10, southeast of Riggs Road on the Gila River Indian Community on Monday afternoon, February 19, 2018. David Wallace/azcentral.com         
Arizona Central | February 19, 2018
Man shot by Mesa police has died, department says | Arizona Central Man shot by Mesa police has died, department says
A man shot by Mesa police died Saturday in a hospital two days after the shooting, a police spokesman said.         
Arizona Central | February 18, 2018
Thousands of FEMA rescuers spent more time traveling, awaiting orders than on rescues | Arizona Central Thousands of FEMA rescuers spent more time traveling, awaiting orders than on rescues
Thousands of FEMA rescuers deployed to Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico spent more time traveling than they did effecting rescues. It cost $92 million.         
Arizona Central | February 18, 2018
Bills take aim at Arizona's booming drug rehab industry | Arizona Central Bills take aim at Arizona's booming drug rehab industry
Arizona's rehab industry has boomed during the opioid epidemic, but so have practices such as patient brokering.         
Arizona Central | February 18, 2018
Phoenix ranks 9th most unaffordable city for renters, according to study | Arizona Central Phoenix ranks 9th most unaffordable city for renters, according to study
The average metro Phoenix renter must use more than a week-and-a-half of their pay to afford a typical one-bedroom apartment, according to SmartAsset.         
Arizona Central | February 18, 2018
Severe winter storm, heavy snow headed to northern Arizona | Arizona Central Severe winter storm, heavy snow headed to northern Arizona
Some parts of northern Arizona could see wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, snowfall and severe weather.         
Arizona Central | February 18, 2018
Mesa police investigating fatal crash Saturday | Arizona Central Mesa police investigating fatal crash Saturday
The crash happened about noon Saturday at the intersection of East Brown and North Recker roads in northeast Mesa.         
Arizona Central | February 17, 2018
Arizona's economy is expected to grow this year. Here is what's driving it | Arizona Central Arizona's economy is expected to grow this year. Here is what's driving it
Population gains. wage growth and a stabilizing housing market all could help Arizona's economy this year, according to a Canadian forecast.         
Arizona Central | February 17, 2018
Family says Mesa grandma assaulted by officers; police reviewing incident | Arizona Central Family says Mesa grandma assaulted by officers; police reviewing incident
Family says police roughed up grandma and cited her for obstruction. Mesa police say they're reviewing the incident, but officers were protecting her.         
Arizona Central | February 17, 2018
Nubby the Chihuahua: Challenged, but spreading comfort at Mesa hospital | Arizona Central Nubby the Chihuahua: Challenged, but spreading comfort at Mesa hospital
Nubby, a Chihuahua who was born without his front two legs, helps lift the spirits of patients at Banner Baywood in Mesa.         
Arizona Central | February 17, 2018
Mesa to consider ASU development in downtown...again. This time with film, gaming programs | Arizona Central Mesa to consider ASU development in downtown...again. This time with film, gaming programs
A proposed Arizona State University development could bring programs in film, media, gaming, virtual reality and more to downtown Mesa.         
Arizona Central | February 17, 2018
Phoenix police shoot man, use helicopter to track, arrest 2nd suspect in domestic-violence case | Arizona Central Phoenix police shoot man, use helicopter to track, arrest 2nd suspect in domestic-violence case
Police said the officer shot the armed 39-year-old man "multiple times." He was treated and transported to an area hospital, police said.         
Arizona Central | February 17, 2018
Driver faces manslaughter charge in Mesa crash that left 1 dead | Arizona Central Driver faces manslaughter charge in Mesa crash that left 1 dead
Christopher Lee Marinakis, 35, was traveling west on Guadalupe Road when he swerved, killing one victim and hitting two cars.         
Arizona Central | February 16, 2018
Arizona coach arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with teen | Arizona Central Arizona coach arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with teen
Senecca Turner, 37, was arrested after officials at Cienega High School in Vail learned about a possible "inappropriate relationship."         
Arizona Central | February 16, 2018
People don't talk about periods. A Phoenix woman says girls deserve better | Arizona Central People don't talk about periods. A Phoenix woman says girls deserve better
We got our first periods, and our mothers shushed us, handing us menstrual products like they were contraband. One woman is trying to change that.         
Arizona Central | February 16, 2018
Why is Arizona State so large, and why does it keep growing? | Arizona Central Why is Arizona State so large, and why does it keep growing?
Enrollment figures show ASU has 103,567 students, a 5-percent increase over last school year and 40 percent more than five years ago.         
Arizona Central | February 16, 2018
Mesa police: Man in shootout with officers used naked hostage as human shield | Arizona Central Mesa police: Man in shootout with officers used naked hostage as human shield
Police said Jesse McCullough, who exchanged gunfire with officers, made a hostage undress and tie his shoelaces together so he couldn't escape.         
Arizona Central | February 16, 2018
Wet Phoenix-area weather through morning, likely to dry up by evening | Arizona Central Wet Phoenix-area weather through morning, likely to dry up by evening
The Phoenix area saw a third of an inch of rain, at most, on Wednesday. The storm system is expected to move out of the Valley by Thursday evening.         
Arizona Central | February 15, 2018
Parents confront Chandler school board, accuse it of inaction over racial incidents | Arizona Central Parents confront Chandler school board, accuse it of inaction over racial incidents
About 100 community members confronted the Chandler Unified School District, accusing it of failing to address a pattern of racist incidents.         
Arizona Central | February 15, 2018
Bland: Who knows what to do about mass shootings? People who have experienced it | Arizona Central Bland: Who knows what to do about mass shootings? People who have experienced it
Maybe you can only see the simplicity of that if you’ve seen your 9-year-old daughter laying too still under a clean white sheet on a hospital table.         
Arizona Central | February 15, 2018
Who's Next: Health and fitness experts helping us live better | Arizona Central Who's Next: Health and fitness experts helping us live better
We're recognizing up-and-coming leaders in the field of health and fitness for our January Who's Next list.         
Arizona Central | February 15, 2018
Mesa police at shooting scene involving officer | Arizona Central Mesa police at shooting scene involving officer
Officers were responding to a call about a person with a gun, police said. No officers were injured.         
Arizona Central | February 15, 2018
Bill to legalize needle exchanges advances in the Arizona House | Arizona Central Bill to legalize needle exchanges advances in the Arizona House
With an 8-1 vote, the Health Committee on Thursday advanced HB 2389 for a vote on the Arizona House floor.         
Arizona Central | February 15, 2018
Challenge to APS rate hike to go before judge Thursday | Arizona Central Challenge to APS rate hike to go before judge Thursday
The judge will eventually make a recommendation to the five Corporation Commissioners who regulate utilities.         
Arizona Central | February 15, 2018
Third gender option sought for Arizona driver's licenses | Arizona Central Third gender option sought for Arizona driver's licenses
Two Democratic lawmakers are trying to give transgender and non-binary Arizonans a way to more accurately represent themselves on state documents.         
Arizona Central | February 15, 2018
Police-involved shooting in Mesa | Arizona Central Police-involved shooting in Mesa
Detective Nikolas Rasheta, Mesa police spokesman, talks about the officer-involved shooting on Feb. 15, 2018. Nathan J. Fish/azcentral.com         
Arizona Central | February 15, 2018