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Mesa teacher defends taxing the rich for education | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 21, 2018
A Mesa high school teacher and other organizers of a ballot measure to generate $690 million a year for education are defending their plan to have all of that new money paid by what essentially would be the top 1…
Hopefuls sign up for council election | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 21, 2018
From one end of the city to the other, Mesa City Council seats are on the Aug. 28 primary election ballot, and the result could give city leadership a new look.
Mesa Chamber recognizes businesses, people for their work | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 21, 2018
The Mesa Chamber of Commerce honored two longtime institutions – A.T. Still University and the Save the Family Foundation – as well as nearly a dozen businesses and individuals last Thursday at its annual Leadership Awards dinner.
South Mountain Freeway construction: Are we almost there? | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 21, 2018
Arizona's largest highway project — a $916 million effort to add 22 miles of freeway in metro Phoenix — is more than halfway done, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.         
Phoenix weather: Excessive-heat warning for June 21 and 22 | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 21, 2018
The first day of summer gets an excessive-heat warning. Temperatures could reach 110 degrees Thursday and Friday.         
Carbon monoxide puts boaters at risk in the summer. Here's how to stay safe | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 21, 2018
Carbon monoxide can put boaters at risk for health problems and death during the summer months. However, there are ways to stay safe. Here's how.         
MCSO: Nearly half of work-furloughed inmates failed drug test | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 20, 2018
More than 40 percent of Maricopa County inmates in the work furlough program tested positive for drugs, officials said Tuesday.         
Arizona border agents find 18 migrants smuggled in box truck | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 20, 2018
Border Patrol agents found 18 undocumented immigrants inside a box truck near Hereford in southeastern Arizona on Saturday.         
Even in the shade, hot cars can quickly become lethal for children, study shows | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 20, 2018
Arizona State University and University of California at San Diego researchers studied how hot cars get and the impact on children left inside.         
Rooftop pools? Haunted buildings? 8 Arizona university myths debunked, confirmed | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 20, 2018
Some of the lore about ASU, UA and NAU is true, or at least contains a kernel of truth. Others are falsehoods, which may have started as pranks.         
89,000 Arizonans could see a major rent increase under HUD proposal | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 20, 2018
The Department of Housing and Urban Development helps pay the rent of 89,000 low-income residents in Arizona. HUD proposes changing the program.         
Mesa Arts Center to display works by veterans, military personnel | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 19, 2018
The Mesa Arts Center will host a free exhibition of artwork by veterans and active-duty service members on May 4 and 5 from 5-7 p.m.
Mesa mulls sales tax boost for safety | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 19, 2018
Mesa is considering a sales tax increase to hire additional officers, firefighters and civilian support staff.
Mesa Community College now home to state's first accredited arboretum | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 19, 2018
Mesa Community College marked Arbor Day last Friday by planting a salvaged mature native tree in what is now the state’s first arboretum accredited by the global ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program.
Group salutes music programs in  Mesa schools, Campo Verde High | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 19, 2018
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation last week said Mesa Public Schools and Campo Verde High School in Gilbert are among the best schools for music education in the nation.
Realistic dinosaur replica will start hanging out in Mesa | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 19, 2018
You won’t find a fly on the wall outside the Arizona Natural History Museum. Instead, you’ll find a dinosaur.
The state took her foster license away. But the kids stayed with her. Why? | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 19, 2018
A Tempe foster mom lost her license, and thousands in support payments, but DCS still let the kids live with her. Here's how that can happen.         
Top 5 calls to Poison Control and what the hotline advises you should do | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 19, 2018
The most common calls to Poison Control have to do with bites and stings followed by pain medication-related calls         
Coming to Walmart's shelves: Mesa entrepreneur's cooking sauces | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 19, 2018
Kay Weldon is the only Arizonan to secure orders through Walmart's "Open Call" initiative. Her cooking sauces will be on shelves in the fall.         
DPS: 2 dead, 5 hurt after wrong-way driver crashes into church van | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 18, 2018
Two people were killed and five others were injured Saturday after a wrong-way driver crashed into a church van on I-40, officials said Sunday.         
AzMERIT results: 56 percent of Arizona third-graders aren't proficient in reading | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 18, 2018
Preliminary 2018 AzMerit test results show some small improvements in student performance, but most students didn't pass.         
FD: 16-year-old boy attacked by bees in Scottsdale | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 18, 2018
The boy had an allergic reaction after being stung "multiple times," officials said.         
See the unofficial AzMERIT scores for 2018 in 8 charts | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 18, 2018
How did students score this year on the AzMERIT? See graphs that break down the unofficial scores by grade and proficiency.         
Pima County sheriff: Convicted murderer dead after being found 'unresponsive' in cell | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 17, 2018
Brian Ferry was convicted of the 2002 murders of Charles Russell and Catherine Nelson.         
Waymo self-driving vehicle involved in Mesa crash | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 17, 2018
The driver of the vehicle that crashed into the Waymo vehicle has been arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired.         
Man found dead in house after police shooting in Mesa | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 17, 2018
The man raised what appeared to be a handgun, causing an officer to fire their weapon, a police spokesman said.         
Mesa PD: Man fatally shot by officers after raising BB gun | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 17, 2018
Mesa Police identified the victim as 53-year-old Michael D. Fletcher.         
National Weather Service issues flash flood warning for Cave Creek and Carefree areas | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 17, 2018
A flash flood warning was issued in the Cave Creek and Carefree area after it received more than 1.5 inches of rain in less than an hour.         
Mesa girl wins handwriting contest | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 16, 2018
Emma Laird, a second-grade student at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Mesa, won $500 and the Nicholas Maxim Award for special needs students in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.
Mesa school renamed to honor longtime education advocate | East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune | June 16, 2018
During his 41-year career at A New Leaf, Mike Hughes has noticed a direct relationship between education and the ability of people to reach their potential and live a better life.
Missing Arizona children: In 90 seconds, Mesa's Mikelle Biggs disappeared while waiting for ice cream truck | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
It’s been 18 years since Mikelle Biggs disappeared on Jan. 2, 1999. Her sister, Kimber Biggs, was the last person to see her.        
Mesa making strides in fight against chronic veteran homelessness | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Many have received help because last spring Mesa joined a national effort to eradicate chronic veteran homelessness.        
Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 25 things to do in Mesa | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Here is a list of things to do in Mesa you'll want to add to your bucket list.        
Mayor: Mesa to keep trying for ASU campus downtown, without higher taxes | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
ASU is open to discussion, but Mesa's mayor said a tax hike won't be part of a plan after voters rejected the initial proposal.        
Incoming Mesa police, fire chiefs face tough jobs | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
With emergency health-care costs skyrocketing and scrutiny of police rising, expectations are high for the next Mesa police and fire chiefs.        
Tempe-Scottsdale-Mesa area emerging as sports and entertainment mecca | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
A soccer stadium near the Loop 101 and 202 is the latest major proposal for the burgeoning sports entertainment mecca.        
Construction starts on Mesa light-rail extension to Gilbert Road | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Construction has begun on the $153 million light-rail extension in Mesa, which will take the rail line to Gilbert Road.        
‘Still feels like the flood happened yesterday’: The storm that changed Mesa | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Two years after historic floods ravaged west Mesa, the devastated Emerald Acres neighborhood has largely recovered. But reminders of the destruction persist.        
Bike-sharing companies see rapid growth, but abandoned bikes pose concerns | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Dockless bikes do not require a station like those used by the Grid bike-share program, which allows customers to leave them wherever they please.         
Can new Mesa police tool prevent crime from happening? | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Mesa soon will implement state-of-the-art, crime-predicting software officials say could help police stop burglaries, drug deals and other crimes before they happen.        
State Parks, under public pressure, rehires fired employee being treated for cancer | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Arizona State Parks, following outcry, rehired Sue Hartin, who is battling cancer, after "additional information" became available, officials said.         
Old train at Mesa park to be restored and unfenced after 24 years | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
The historic train at Pioneer Park, which once faced an uncertain fate, will stay at the park after a yearlong makeover.        
Yay! Phoenix area gets rain after nearly 100 days | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Light showers started to fall in the Valley on Friday and continued into Saturday, with parts of the state getting as much as 1.2 inches         
Downtown Mesa: 10 don't-miss spots | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
From pizza to comics, downtown Mesa has everything you need to have a good time. There are many restaurants within walking distance from theaters, museums and unique stores. Here are our favorite spots.        
Mesa donates $5,000 to save neon sign from closed Main Street Dairy Queen | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Mesa donated $5,000 to the Mesa Preservation Foundation to buy the sign from the property's new owners.         
Monsoon season 2018: Rain hits the valley near Cave Creek Road | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 16, 2018
Rain falls in front of Home Depot on Cave Creek Road in North Phoenix Saturday afternoon.         
Hottest state in the U.S. this summer? It's not Arizona. Here's why | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 15, 2018
With weeks of triple-digit temperatures in Phoenix, you'd think Arizona is the hottest state in the nation. You'd be wrong.         
Purchase of $1.3M house for University of Arizona president approved by regents | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 15, 2018
The 4-bedroom home near the Tucson campus features two "stately fireplaces," a gym, granite counters, a pool and a large outdoor courtyard         
On Father's Day, dads don't need (or want) you to go through the motions | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 15, 2018
If we're just going through the motions to buy another tie, do we need a Father's Day at all?         
Man critically injured in central Phoenix shooting | Arizona Central
Arizona Central | June 15, 2018
The shooting happened Thursday evening near 16th Avenue and Roosevelt Street.