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A $4.3 million total budget should yield a pretty fine car wash.

By Bill Helm October 27, 2020
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For the fourth time in 12 days, Arizona is reporting more than 1,000 new COVID-19 positive tests.

By Jason W. Brooks October 27, 2020
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Each of the Verde Valley’s six school districts have reported at least one COVID-19 positive case since opening school to face-to-face instruction.

By Bill Helm October 27, 2020
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A sharp drop in the number of youngsters in Arizona kindergartens this year due to COVID-19 could have ripple effects for years to come on their education.

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Trial judges cannot keep voter-proposed initiatives off the ballot just because the description doesn't mention every provision, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday, a conclusion that should make it easier to put future initiatives to voters.

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Homeless Coalition director charged with fraud, theft
Cottonwood police: Debit card used for small amounts at first, but, later, $12,000

The executive director of one of the Verde Valley’s largest homeless services organization was arrested on felony charges Friday, according to the Cottonwood Police Department.

By Jason W. Brooks October 26, 2020
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As of Monday, Mingus Union High School District has no reported COVID-19 positive cases since opening school to face-to-face instruction.

By Bill Helm October 26, 2020
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Tuesday’s Clarkdale Town Council agenda is quite full — and marijuana might not even be the topic of its most lengthy, complicated item.

By Jason W. Brooks October 26, 2020
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Horse Fire: Final report shows 74% containment
Type 1 incident management team wraps up operations

Sunday morning, Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 issued its final report on the Horse Fire — which is promising news in itself.

By Jason W. Brooks October 25, 2020
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For the third time in 10 days, Arizona is reporting more than 1,000 new COVID-19 positive tests.

By Dan Engler October 25, 2020
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Remains of 181 migrants were found in the Arizona desert through the end of September, 37 more than in all of last year and the most since 2013, according to the group Humane Borders.

By Chase Hunter, Cronkite News October 25, 2020
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President Donald Trump name-dropped Arizona early in Thursday’s presidential debate, claiming the “very big spike” in COVID-19 cases in the state is “now gone.”

By Joycelyn Cabrera, Cronkite News October 25, 2020
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Arizona’s unemployment rate bounced back up to 6.7% in September, but economists say there may actually be some positives behind what look like negative numbers at first glance.

By MacKenzie Belley, Cronkite News October 25, 2020
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After more than a decade of work, $800 million and 200 million miles of space travel, it all came down to six seconds.

By Josh Ortega, Cronkite News October 25, 2020
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APS wants to raise rates
During pandemic, many Arizonans aren’t on board

Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility provider, is proposing a rate increase starting next year, a move opposed by many customers reeling from the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Kyla Pearce, Cronkite News October 25, 2020
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A Southern Arizona lawmaker wants to know whether Pima County employees have a First Amendment right to financially aid candidates for county office.

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Arizona's top Democrats are going to court after accusing a nominating panel of trying to pass off partisan Republicans for what is supposed to be a non-partisan slot on the Independent Redistricting Commission.

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A prominent Tucson developer will serve on a commission that will draw the lines for legislative and congressional elections for the coming decade.

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Cottonwood City Council passes recreational marijuana ordinance
Permitting with dual medical licensing; conditional on statewide passage of Proposition 207

The Cottonwood City Council took action this week to be prepared if the expected passage of the state's Proposition 207 happens on Nov. 3.

By Jason W. Brooks October 24, 2020
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Temperatures approaching 90 degrees, coupled with little shade and long lines, spelled medical trouble for dozens of attendees at the re-election campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Prescott last week.

By Cindy Barks, Special to the Verde Independent October 24, 2020
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The federal judge hearing criminal charges against former executives of Backpage.com is refusing to step aside from the case, saying her marriage to state Attorney General Mark Brnovich is irrelevant.

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Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden called out Republican Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday over his failure to implement a statewide mask mandate.

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Friday, in addition to its weekday COVID-19 report, Yavapai County Community Health Services also issued some helpful tips for voting in person during a pandemic.

By Jason W. Brooks October 23, 2020
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Tuesday, Oct. 27, is the last day to mail your automatic ballot-by-mail, using the U.S. Postal Service. Do not mail your ballot after Tuesday.

By Jason W. Brooks October 23, 2020
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On Monday, Oct. 19, Beaver Creek School learned of a positive COVID-19 test on its campus, District Superintendent Karin Ward said Friday.

October 23, 2020

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