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President Donald Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time in an unprecedented House vote Wednesday, a week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to "fight like hell" against election results just before they stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly siege.

By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press January 13, 2021
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An attorney for the city of Tucson asked Arizona Supreme Court Tuesday to slap back yet another effort by state lawmakers to tell charter cities when they have to hold their elections.

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A coalition of rights groups and their members is trying to overturn a trial judge's ruling which essentially says that the Arizona Legislature is subject to the state's Open Meeting Law that it adopted only when it chooses to do so -- and people can't sue over violations.

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The latest data from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows the state has surpassed 100,000 new cases of coronavirus in just 11 days to begin 2021.

By Dan Engler January 12, 2021
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Online forum provides some Spring Creek Ranch answers
Final reading of ordinance to be held at Jan. 19 meeting

Monday’s online forum provided some important answers to questions about Cottonwood’s potential annexation of Spring Creek Ranch.

By Jason W. Brooks January 12, 2021
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The co-founder of the Jerome Film Festival said he wasn’t sure if the publicity from attending the Trump rally Jan. 6 would hurt or help the festival.

By Vyto Starinskas January 12, 2021
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Saturday, Jan. 9, members of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona, Verde Valley District, present a large check to this year’s organization of choice: American Legion Post 25.

By Jason W. Brooks January 12, 2021
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As part of a regional study, an online survey was launched Monday for Verde Valley residents and workers to help determine the direction of future housing development.

By Jason W. Brooks January 12, 2021
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Here are some events and other announcements about things happening in the Verde Valley.

January 12, 2021
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Ariazona Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he will not fund "empty seats'' in classrooms or allow schools to remain in "a perpetual state of closure.''

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Arizonans have no constitutional right to online privacy to keep police from snooping around to find out who they are without first getting a warrant, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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Concert venues in the U.S. have received no government relief and were among the first businesses to close last spring and will be one of the last to reopen, even though their expenses continue

By Lauren Hernandez, Cronkite News January 11, 2021
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The pandemic has affected different people in different ways, causing financial stress due to job loss, sliding grades, relationship pressures and worries that vulnerable loved ones could contract COVID-19.

By Chloe Jones, Special for Cronkite News January 11, 2021
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Teen Lifeline is a peer-to-peer crisis call center in the Phoenix area that regional health experts consider the gold standard of youth crisis communications.

By Jordan Elder, Special for Cronkite News January 11, 2021
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Late Monday, a spokesperson for Prescott National Forest said that a fire spotted Saturday near Camp Verde is 100 percent contained.

By Jason W. Brooks January 11, 2021
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Yavapai County Community Health Services Monday reported 578 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths over the weekend.

By Dan Engler January 11, 2021
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A Clarkdale man was killed Sunday evening in a single-vehicle rollover wreck on Cornville Road, the Cottonwood Police Department said in a Monday news release.

By Jason W. Brooks January 11, 2021
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Before the Clarkdale Town Council’s Tuesday, Jan. 12 meeting agenda was amended Friday, it didn’t contain anything but the most routine items.

By Jason W. Brooks January 11, 2021
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Beaver Creek, Sedona-Oak Creek educators to get COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday
Verde Valley schools scheduled to get first Moderna vaccine Jan. 13-28

Wednesday, educators at Beaver Creek and Sedona-Oak Creek school districts will receive their first Moderna vaccine for COVID-19.

By Bill Helm January 11, 2021
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A House resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke constitutional authority to remove President Donald Trump from office was blocked Monday by Republicans.

By LISA MASCARO, DARLENE SUPERVILLE and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press January 11, 2021
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Next COVID-19 vaccine tier to begin this week
County plans to ‘sub-prioritize’ tier 1b to vaccinate educators, first responders first

Every day for the past two weeks or so, the Yavapai County Community Health Services Department has been fielding about 1,000 calls, most with a common question: “When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?”

By Cindy Barks, Special to The Verde Independent January 11, 2021
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9,727 cases and 113 deaths. Those are the numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths Arizona is currently averaging on a daily basis this month.

By Dan Engler January 11, 2021
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Here are some events and other announcements about things happening in the Verde Valley.

January 11, 2021
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The 2021 session will get off to a quick start as one of the first act of lawmakers will be to determine whether it's time to finally pull the plug on the state of emergency that Gov. Doug Ducey declared 10 months ago, an action, if it gets a majority vote, the governor cannot veto.

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While issues surrounding the ongoing emergency and election laws are likely to command a lot of legislative heat and light, there are dozens of other subjects, great and small, that will be debated.

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