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Mesa officials hope new Pioneer Park will encourage play – for both kids and adults

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:56:44 -0500

Mesa is reopening Pioneer Park after $7.9 million in renovations. New features include a splash pad and a one-of-a-kind jungle gym.


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Arizona officials tested 13,000 school faucets for lead. Here's what they found

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:38:14 -0500

Most of the sinks and water fountains Arizona K-12 students use at school are producing water with low or no levels of lead, ADEQ report finds.


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When is Hanukkah and how is it celebrated?

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 18:56:48 -0500

Hanukkah celebrates an important time in Jewish history but its eight days are not the holiest on the calendar.


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Hate those cheesy lawyer ads? You can thank Arizona

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:20:52 -0500

Before two Arizona State University Law college graduates placed an ad in the Arizona Republic, lawyers didn't normally advertise their services.


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'It looks awful': Ex-officer's acquittal reignites debate over police use of force

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:52:13 -0500

The acquittal of Philip Brailsford highlights prosecutors' challenges in convincing a judge or a jury that an officer unjustifiably killed a person.


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Season for Sharing: Phoenix Day offers pre-K learning for low-income children

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:02 -0500

The goal of Project Success is to fill the gap between DES funds and what it actually costs to provide high-quality education to children.


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Ex-Mesa Officer Philip Brailsford's murder trial and acquittal: What we know

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 23:38:30 -0500

The eight-member Maricopa County Superior Court jury reached a verdict on Dec. 7 after deliberating for six hours over two days.


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Former East Valley Tribune publisher Karen Wittmer dies

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 18:48:49 -0500

Karen Wittmer Jekel, the former publisher of the East Valley Tribune, died Dec. 2 after battling cancer. She was 65.


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Shaanxi Chinese Restaurant brings unique cuisine to Mesa

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:03:05 -0500

Dining critic Dominic Armato takes you to a new restaurant in Mesa for some authentic Asian cuisine.


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Pioneer Park gets a makeover

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:29:25 -0500

Take a tour of Mesa's Pioneer Park's $7.9 million in renovations. Lily Altavena/azcentral.com


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Border Patrol: 2 Tucson men accused of smuggling people into U.S.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:12:03 -0500

Federal officials say an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old who fled from agents and wrecked their vehicle were hiding two people in the trunk.


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Multicar crash involving motorcycle snarls westbound I-10 in Tempe

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:51:03 -0500

People may still be trapped in the wreck, according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman.


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National Geographic photographer opens up about not helping dying polar bear

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:17:52 -0500

Cristina Mittermeier opens up about why she and her National Geographic colleagues didn't help a dying polar bear in a now-viral video they shot.


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Arizona law and surrogacy: What you need to know

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:06:04 -0500

An Arizona law prohibits the use of legal contracts for surrogate births, but courts routinely allow these arrangements in Arizona.


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Cottonwood police searching for man who stabbed driver in face, chest

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:42:14 -0500

Cottonwood police are searching for a man they say stabbed the driver of the car he was riding in "numerous times" before fleeing the moving vehicle.


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Conservationists boost logging to restore national forests near Grand Canyon

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:00:03 -0500

The Nature Conservancy and partners are experimenting with cost-saving tools to speed forest restoration work.


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Chandler street takes Christmas decorating to the next level

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 17:52:33 -0500

Every city has that one street that gets decked out for the holidays, but a Chandler street takes it to another level, from lights to carriage rides.


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A lack of affordable housing prompts Arizona district to offer teachers tiny homes

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 12:38:29 -0500

A southern Arizona school district is looking to build a village of tiny homes in order to attract teachers to the area that lacks affordable housing.


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Real-estate agents continue Salvation Army bell-ringing tradition

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 09:00:05 -0500

Thousands of metro Phoenix real estate and title agents are expected to help bring in donations for the nonprofit as part of Real Estate Wednesdays


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National Geographic photographer shares emotional video of dying polar bear

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 17:07:58 -0500

While in Canada's Bafflin Islands, National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen captured an emotional video of a starving polar bear.


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Flu season hitting Arizona hard and early this year

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:56:07 -0500

One child, an infant, has died this year as a result of the flu and there are 1,143 confirmed cases, according to state health officials.


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DPS detectives shoot and kill man who fled traffic stop in Tucson

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:48:55 -0500

A man was shot and killed by two Department of Public Safety detectives in Tucson after they tried to pull him over for reckless driving and he fled.


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Arizona Constitution: What 'nearly free as possible' means

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:31:06 -0500

Those words — that university instruction should be "as nearly free as possible" — are still sparking confusion, angry debate and now a lawsuit.


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Old train at Mesa park to be restored and unfenced after 24 years

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 15:17:06 -0400

The historic train at Pioneer Park, which once faced an uncertain fate, will stay at the park after a yearlong makeover.


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Tempe-Scottsdale-Mesa area emerging as sports and entertainment mecca

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:02:24 -0500

A soccer stadium near the Loop 101 and 202 is the latest major proposal for the burgeoning sports entertainment mecca.


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Mayor: Mesa to keep trying for ASU campus downtown, without higher taxes

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:24:34 -0500

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.


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Incoming Mesa police, fire chiefs face tough jobs

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:04:09 -0500

With emergency health-care costs skyrocketing and scrutiny of police rising, expectations are high for the next Mesa police and fire chiefs.


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Construction starts on Mesa light-rail extension to Gilbert Road

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:41:19 -0500

Construction has begun on the $153 million light-rail extension in Mesa, which will take the rail line to Gilbert Road.


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Can new Mesa police tool prevent crime from happening?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:13:54 -0400

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.


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‘Still feels like the flood happened yesterday’: The storm that changed Mesa

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:38:16 -0400

Two years after historic floods ravaged west Mesa, the devastated Emerald Acres neighborhood has largely recovered. But reminders of the destruction persist.


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Mesa making strides in fight against chronic veteran homelessness

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:16:45 -0400

Many have received help because last spring Mesa joined a national effort to eradicate chronic veteran homelessness.


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Downtown Mesa: 10 don't-miss spots

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:09:36 -0500

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.


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