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Company's bid to build dams on tribal land a step closer

Jun. 3, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Federal regulators have accepted a Phoenix-based company's application for a preliminary permit to look further into building hydro-powered dams on tribal land. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission confirmed the acceptance in a letter Tuesday to Pumped Hydro Storage LLC, opening...

Phoenix police ID man who was fatally shot

Jun. 3, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A man who was fatally shot in Phoenix last weekend has been identified, according to police. They said the victim was 20-year-old Victor Valdez. Police are still searching for two suspects in the homicide case. They said the shooting Sunday afternoon followed an argument in the parking lot...

Police look for people who did not get off the street after the start of curfew Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers May 25. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Thousands on New York City streets after curfew

Jun. 3, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Thousands of protesters on New York City streets after curfew. — Protest in Washington on Tuesday lacking tension of...

Arizona National Guard troops disembark from military vehicles near the Arizona Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Phoenix, where there have been several days of protests over the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

900 Arizona National Guard troops on duty amid unrest

Jun. 2, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona National Guard has called up about 900 soldiers to help the state deal with protests after Gov. Doug Ducey declared a statewide 8 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew on Sunday, Guard spokesman Maj. Aaron Thacker said. The troops include military police that can assist in crowd control, as...

Some residents of Queen Valley evacuated by growing wildfire

Jun. 2, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

QUEEN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — An evacuation order was issued Tuesday for some residents of Queen Valley east of Phoenix as crews continued to battle a lightning-caused wildfire. Tonto National Forest officials said the fire had burned nearly 33 square miles (8,500 hectares) as of Tuesday with 8% containment....

Rick Bramhall, left, and Giovanni Robinson hold up signs Monday, June 1, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz., during an

Ducey criticizes Scottsdale's response to looting at mall

Jun. 2, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has urged several Arizona mayors to aggressively confront any rioting in their communities and singled out Scottsdale as an example of how not to approach the problem due to the city’s response over the weekend to looting at an upscale mall. The governor told the...

Relief stations opened in Phoenix area due to excessive heat

Jun. 2, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Salvation Army activated 12 heat-relief stations across metro Phoenix on Tuesday as forecasters warned of excessive heat that could be dangerous. The Salvation Army said the relief stations would be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Apache Junction,...

Judge nixes plea deal for man who blocked Hoover Dam bridge

Jun. 2, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge has rejected a plea deal for a man who used a homemade armored vehicle to block a highway bridge near the Hoover Dam in 2018. Mohave County Judge Billy Sipe called the deal that would have given Matthew Wright less than 10 years in prison too lenient. Wright, 32, of...

Tree trimmer in Phoenix dies, apparently was electrocuted

Jun. 2, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A tree trimmer has died after an incident at a Phoenix home, according to authorities. Phoenix Fire Department officials said they received a rescue call about 9 a.m. Monday. The trimmer is believed to have made contact with electrical lines, electrocuting himself while working on a backyard...

Arizona schools chief released reopening guidelines

Jun. 1, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top school official released guidelines on Monday for reopening the state's K-12 schools that includes detailed suggestions on how the districts can decide whether to start traditional classes after summer break or switch to partly or fully digital learning models. But the document...