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Matthew Hendley

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    April 16, 2014

    Arizona Lawmakers Vote to Expand Church Tax Exemptions; Could Cost State $2.1 Million

    A bill expanding tax exemptions for churches passed the Arizona Legislature yesterday, and could cost the state $2.1 million in lost revenue.The bill, House Bill 2281, is also the third bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Police that legislators have passed this session. Others include the notorio ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Arizona Legislature Passes Five Gun-Related Bills

    No Arizona legislative session is complete without some attention paid to guns.The Senate this morning voted to approve five gun-related bills, the majority of which would generally be considered pro-gun bills, naturally.

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    April 15, 2014

    More Arizona Parents Not Having Their Children Vaccinated

    The number of Arizona parents choosing to not have their children vaccinated is increasing.Back in 2003, only 1.6 percent of kindergartners weren't vaccinated due to a personal-belief or religious exemption. As of last school year, a decade later, that rate more than doubled, to 3.9 percent.

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    April 9, 2014

    2015 NFL Pro Bowl Coming to Arizona

    The National Football League announced today that the 2015 Pro Bowl will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.Super Bowl XLIX will be held in Glendale a week later.

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    April 9, 2014

    Sky Harbor Airport Shuttle Drivers Go on Strike

    Some bus drivers and curbside "ambassadors" at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport have gone on strike.The workers are employed by a transportation company called Veolia, which is under contract with the city for the airport service. Amalgamated Transit Union officials say the contract dispute revolves aroun ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Phoenix Police Shootings the Subject of Hearing Before Lawmakers

    After 31 officer-involved shootings in Phoenix in 2013, and another eight so far in 2012, an Arizona House committee held a hearing yesterday to try to find the reasons why there have been so many shootings.Two Phoenix councilmen plus a sergeant from the Phoenix Police Department gave various explan ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Arizona Lawmakers Proposing State Immunity for Things Like Fighting Wildfires

    State legislators are proposing a law that says the state isn't liable for state employees fulfilling its duties on state land.Fighting wildfires happens to fall under the scope of that law, and the proposal is no coincidence, as precursors to lawsuits have been filed against the state in recent mon ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Phoenix-to-Las Vegas Interstate Proposal Gets Signs

    Twenty-three years after the first official discussions of a straight, interstate-quality path for vehicles to travel from Phoenix to Las Vegas, there is finally physical evidence of progress: some signs.There's no construction date, no funding, and the studies aren't even done, but the Arizona Depa ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Border Officers Find Five Pounds of Heroin in Woman's Underwear

    Today in Found at the Border: A Mexican woman tried to cross the border in Nogales with five pounds of heroin in her underwear, according to authorities.According to federal court documents, 38-year-old Cristina Luna-Ramos tried to drive through the port of entry around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Officer ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Group Claiming Ties to Anonymous Says It's Going to "Expose" Palo Verde Nuclear Plant

    A group claiming an association to the hacking collective Anonymous says it plans to "expose" the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in the coming weeks.There are Twitter and Youtube accounts associated with the group, which claims to be doing a "tactical investigation" on the plant, located abou ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    No One Leading Race for Arizona Governor

    For the second month in a row, pollsters have found that Arizonans don't really know who they'd like to be the next governor.In results released today, Public Policy Polling found the leader in the GOP primary to be "undecided," at 34 percent. The leading GOP candidate is Secretary of State Ken Benn ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Two Phoenix Police Officers Shot

    Two Phoenix police detectives were shot while chasing a fugitive, authorities say.The alleged shooter was killed at the scene, near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

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    March 1, 2014

    Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

    In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

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    February 27, 2014

    7-Eleven Customers Pull Guns on Each Other in Chandler, One Shoots the Other in the Face

    One man shot another man in the face inside a 7-Eleven store in Chandler last night, according to police.The man's injury isn't life-threatening, but this is the second time in less than two weeks that a customer of a Chandler business shot another customer inside the store.

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    February 26, 2014

    SB 1062 Protesters Demand Apology From Lobbyist Cathi Herrod

    In addition to protests at the state capitol over Arizona's Senate Bill 1062, activists have now taken to the office of the lobbying group that developed and pushed the bill, the Center for Arizona Policy.Citizens for a Better Arizona led a delegation of people to CAP's Phoenix office today, to dema ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Ride-Sharing Regulations Proposed by Arizona Legislators

    Arizona legislators have proposed regulations for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, which would help legitimize their operations in the state.The system of using an app to find a ride from a private driver might sound like a taxi service, but these companies aren't registered with the state ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Arizona Hemp-Farming Bill Voted Down by Senate Committee

    Arizona's Senate Judiciary Committee voted against a bill that would allow industrial hemp farming in the state.Hemp farming is illegal in most states, despite the fact that smoking the plant, which is related to marijuana plants, won't get you stoned.

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    February 14, 2014

    DPS Warns of Speed Patrols by Airplane This Weekend

    If you're driving from Phoenix to Las Vegas or Kingman this weekend, beware -- the Arizona Department of Public Safety is bringing out the airplane to catch speeders.According to DPS, the plane will be cruising U.S. Route 93, and the Highway Patrol officers on the ground will be along the highway, s ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Arizona Counties Label Obesity as Top Public-Health Priorty

    It might not be surprising, but county health departments in Arizona ranked obesity the top public-health priority, according to a survey in the state's first-ever comprehensive health assessment.In the last 20 years, Arizona's had a 19 percent increase in the amount of people who are obese or overw ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    Creepy, Bloody Mask Prescribed by Mexican Healer Is Seized at Border

    Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the port of entry in Nogales seized a very creepy mask that someone tried to bring back into the United States.A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman says an officer conducting a routine search of a car on Tuesday found "a suspicious mask that appe ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Man With Serious Dislike of Circumcision May Have the Worst Custom License Plate in Arizona

    Here's a guy who's not ashamed to let everyone know how he feels about children's penises.This truck with the "NOCIRCM" license plate was spotted this morning in Phoenix, along the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway.

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    November 6, 2013

    Snowbirds in Phoenix: Good or Bad?

    It appears some feathers were ruffled this week with out list of the "10 Worst Things About Snowbirds."The number-one retort we got was, but, the economy!

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    October 23, 2013

    Phoenix Man Hacked Off a Puppy's Ears With a Box Cutter

    A guy who offered to "crop" the ears of a dog-owner's pit bull ended up hacking off the puppy's entire ear flaps with scissors and a box cutter, police say.Police haven't been able to identify the man, but a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.

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    October 22, 2013

    Better Use of Taxpayer Money: Defending Arpaio's Racial Profiling, or 73 Jetpacks?

    The estimate of the taxpayers' tab in the Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit is more than $7.3 million, the Feathered Bastard reported yesterday.While thinking of a more judicious use of $7.3 million in taxpayer money, we found these really badass jetpacks.

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    October 22, 2013

    Big Mormon Temple in Gilbert to Be Open for Public Tours

    A 26,000 square-foot Mormon temple being built in Gilbert will be open for public tours early next year.Construction of the temple started nearly three years ago, and according to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it's the largest temple the church has built in 17 years.

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    October 10, 2013

    Man Sets Himself on Fire in North Phoenix

    A car fire in north Phoenix this morning actually turned out to be a suicide attempt.A Phoenix police spokesman says there was no vehicle accident, and the driver just set himself on fire, near Pinnacle Peak Road and 49th Avenue.

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    October 10, 2013

    Concrete-Truck Drivers Have Just Been Crashing Everywhere Around Phoenix

    It might be a good time to stay far away from concrete trucks on the highway.In the last two weeks, four concrete-mixer trucks have crashed, and almost all of those crashes have come on busy highways during rush hour (of course).

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    October 4, 2013

    Will Arizona Ever Let Undocumented Immigrants Get Driver's Licenses?

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses in the state.Here in Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer has insisted that no undocumented immigrants, and certainly not the ones granted deferred action by the federal government's Deferred Action for ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Prediction Poll: Will the Phoenix Coyotes Make the Playoffs?

    The Phoenix Coyotes season starts tonight in Glendale.The team missed the playoffs last season, which was a shortened season, but maybe new ownership and a couple new players will make a difference this year.

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    October 2, 2013

    Yarnell Hill Fire: The Former Site of a Yarnell Home, Three Months Later

    Although it's been nearly three months since the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire was contained, the signs of the fire still remain in the small town.Consider the photo above of what used to be a home, which was completely burned down. Notice that the grass surrounding the foundation is almost perfectly gre ... More >>

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    September 28, 2013

    Yarnell Hill Fire Report Released

    The investigative report into the Yarnell Hill Fire has been released.Perhaps the most important part of the report is the disclaimer, "This report does not identify causes in the traditional sense of pointing out errors, mistakes, and violations but approaches the accident from the perspective that ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Cancer-Faker Guilty of Molesting Boy, Pastor Gets Prison for Molestation, and More

    Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, a cancer-faker pleads guilty to molesting a boy, a former youth pastor gets prison for molesting a boy, two more child abusers have their day in court, and more:

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    September 19, 2013

    10 Grossest Bestiality Cases in Arizona

    There seems to be an especially high number of people who get caught having sex with animals in Arizona.Just earlier this week, when authorities said a man who was just recently jailed for allegedly branding his initials into his girlfriend's vagina had been re-arrested for allegedly having sex with ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Interstate 10 Jacked Up This Morning Due to Aluminum Cans All Over the Place

    If your commute was ruined by traffic on Interstate 10 this morning, we'll tell you that the culprit has been revealed as aluminum cans.Like, a lot of aluminum cans, which covered several lanes of traffic near the Salt River Bridge.

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    September 3, 2013

    Drunk 15-Year-Old Stole a Mesa Police Car, Cops Say

    A 15-year-old stole a police car while officers were breaking up the party he was attending in Mesa, cops say.The youngster's name wasn't released by police, but Mesa Police Sergeant Tony Landato says he was seen running from the home when police arrived, but returned to hop into the front seat of a ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    ASU Semester Starts Off With a Bang -- 371 Arrests in Three Days by Alcohol Task Force

    It appears that there has been no shortage of alcohol-related high jinks in Tempe in advance of the new semester.Classes start today, and the Tempe Police Department has been running a "Safe and Sober" campaign, with an emphasis on alcohol-related crimes. The result: 371 arrests in three days.

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    July 25, 2013

    Should Cops Be Allowed to Profile Bikers?

    Members of a motorcycle club called the "Sons of Hell" claim in a federal lawsuit that they were treated unfairly by police.The lawsuit contends that cops violated their constitutional rights and treat them as a gang "based solely on their associations and friendships with the Hells Angels Motorcycl ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Arizona Diamondbacks Add Luchador Mascot, Which Is Way Better Than Most MLB Mascots

    The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they're adding a luchador as an official mascot of the team, and some people are poking fun at the move, naturally.We're not sure if you've taken a look at the mascots around Major League Baseball recently, but a Mexican wrestler in a lucha libre mask is way b ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

    ADOTA couch in the HOV lane at Loop 101 and Thomas Road.Aside from the clueless driving that ruins the commute for the rest of us every single day, highway backups are sometimes caused by some weird things.Unfortunately, some of these weird things aren't captured on the Arizona Department of Transpo ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Most People Don't Show Up for Jury Duty in Maricopa County

    Chris Spavins via FlickrStatistically, most people who are summoned for jury duty in Maricopa County just don't show up.Maricopa County Superior Court officials say they're enacting a "get-tough policy" for the people who get a jury summons in the mail and promptly toss it in the garbage.

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    July 17, 2013

    ABC 15 Goes to Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles for Reaction to Trayvon Martin Case

    Out of all the places where ABC 15 could have looked for people to interview about their opinions on Trayvon Martin case, it just happened to pick Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles.Perhaps the lighting at the local basketball court wasn't conducive to filming television interviews that night.

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    July 1, 2013

    Yarnell Hill Fire: Time-Lapse Video of Fire's Spread

    The Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters yesterday southwest of Prescott is still burning uncontained this morning.A time-lapse video of the fire, captured by Valley photographer Matt Oss, shows just how fast this fire is spreading.

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    June 27, 2013

    F-16 Crashes Near Luke Air Force Base (Photos, Videos)

    An F-16 fighter jet crashed in a field near Luke Air Force Base yesterday evening, but both pilots were able to eject themselves from the plane, and avoided injury.According to an Air Force spokesman, the pilots "were conducting a routine training mission," and the cause of the accident is under inv ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Maricopa County Mugshots of the Week: Clownin' Around

    At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.This week, all of our alleged offenders look like clowns -- figuratively, for ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Was There Any "Brutality" in the Action-Packed Video of an Arrest Involving Mesa Cops?

    Yesterday, we posted a video billed as supposed police "brutality" during a physical arrest in Mesa that doesn't appear to be very brutal.The video, which has thousands of hits on YouTube, does include a pretty physical arrest, as well as a cop getting in a crash on his way to help, an old man tryin ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Mesa Cops Don't Seem Very Brutal in Alleged "Police Brutality" Video

    A video of supposed police "brutality" during a physical arrest in Mesa looks more like a blooper reel, including one officer slamming what appears to be his personal vehicle into another car on his way to help fellow officers subdue a suspect.Mesa Police Sergeant Tony Landato tells New Times that t ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Mexican National Tries, and Fails, to Hide 3,000 Pounds of Weed in Cans of Jalapeños

    Today in Found at the Border: A 34-year-old Mexican national tried to come into the United States through Nogales yesterday with thousands of jalapeño cans.The problem was that 2,000 of those cans were light on the jalapeños, but heavy on the marijuana -- more than 3,000 pounds of it, in total.See ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Fred DuVal Is Runnin' for Governor

    Democrat Fred DuVal has made his candidacy for governor official, as one of only two Dems whose names have been tossed around in the media for the seat in 2014.DuVal has a lot of titles you could use to describe him, like former underling to President Clinton and Governor Bruce Babbitt, lobbyist, un ... More >>

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    December 25, 2012

    Valley Fever's 12 Most Popular Arizona News Stories of 2012

    It seems like every year there's one local story that defines the news more than others. Last year, it was the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson (which we got a horrific reminder of with the recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary). This year, as far as actual readership g ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    New Times Welcomes Matthew Hendley Back To the Valley

    We'd like to take a moment to introduce the newest addition to New Times' stable of scribes -- please join us in welcoming Matthew Hendley back to the Valley.Loyal Valley Fever-ers may remember Hendley -- he did an internship with us last year and brought us some classic yarns about stupid politicia ... More >>

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