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Why Avondale police didn't publicize a murder for 38 days

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:26:04 -0500

Avondale police rejected claims that they should have issued a broader announcement with details about the Dec. 11 death of Jesus Real.


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Kami Gilstrap, killed by stray bullet in Buckeye, was 'happiest soul'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:43:13 -0500

Kami Gilstrap had worked as a nanny for years and was finally expecting her first child with her husband. A stray bullet cut their lives short.


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Am I missing my college freshman? 13 ways I'm not (and a few that I am)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:20:26 -0500

I don't miss a lot of things with the kid at school. But maybe it's not because I'm a bad mom. Maybe I'm just preparing for the rest of his life.


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3 women accused of hindering investigation in Avondale serial killing

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:02:36 -0500

Three women were accused of hiding the victim's cellphone after an Avondale murder linked to Phoenix serial killings suspect Cleophus Cooksey Jr.


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Rick Gray to replace Debbie Lesko, represent West Valley in Arizona Senate

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:52:59 -0500

Former Arizona Rep. Rick Gray will replace former state Sen. Debbie Lesko after the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed him.


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BLM: Target shooting near Buckeye may be suspended after death

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:52:27 -0500

Federal officials want to assess future management of the area after a stray bullet killed Kami Gilstrap of Goodyear on Sunday.


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Phoenix police: 9 murder victims ranged in age from 21 to 56

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:02:51 -0500

Phoenix police say they have tied nine Valley homicides to a single suspect: 35-year-old Cleophus Cooksey Jr.


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As government shutdown looms, Park Service now says some parks could stay partially open

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:08:51 -0500

The National Park Service says the Grand Canyon and other parks and monuments in Arizona could stay partially open during a government shutdown.


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Phoenix police: Double-murder suspect killed seven others over three weeks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:56:25 -0500

Police say they've linked Cleophus Cooksey Jr. to the killings of his mother and stepfather and up to seven other recent homicides in metro Phoenix.


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Camp Patrick aims to give kids with spina bifida a place to play

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:04 -0500

There are summer camps for kids with cancer, cardiac conditions and burn injuries. But in Arizona, there are no camps for children with spina bifida.


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'Meeting' on chemistry teacher's day off turns into $25K educator award

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:04 -0500

When Jonathan Cadena was cajoled into coming in to work on his day off, he was surprised when he received the Milken Educator Award.


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Arpaio's lawyers take another step to get contempt conviction vacated

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:54:57 -0500

A brief filed with 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says President Donald Trump's pardon requires ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's conviction to be vacated.


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Audit: Unusual, questionable spending for some student fees at Arizona universities

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:42:10 -0500

Money from student fees was spent on promoting boxed wine over bottled wine, computer tablets and recruiting student athletes, according to an audit.


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5 things to know about Phoenix area's latest serial murders

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:47:39 -0500

Cleophus Cooksey Jr. is accused of killing nine people across Phoenix, Glendale and Avondale. This is what we know and what we don't.


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Phoenix police to wrap up landfill search for missing mom

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:07:00 -0500

Phoenix police said they are hoping to have the landfill search for the missing Phoenix mom completed Friday afternoon.


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A non-native fish with humanlike teeth is taking a bite out of Arizona's waterways

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:11:21 -0500

A Tucson fisherman caught a fish with humanlike teeth, most likely dumped by an owner who could no longer care for the non-native critter.


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Bishop Alexis Thomas of Phoenix's Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church dies at 50

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:56:45 -0500

Thomas was said to have passed away unexpectedly Thursday night. A cause of death was not immediately available.


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Phoenix police link 9 murders within hours using in-house technology

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:52:29 -0500

Within two days of Cleophus Cooksey Jr.'s arrest, Phoenix police had linked the 35-year-old to several other Valley homicides in late 2017.


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Phoenix mayor, police chief discuss serial-murder suspect

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:12:29 -0500

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Police Chief Jeri Williams talk about how law enforcement tied double-murder suspect Cleophus Cooksey Jr. to seven other homicides, during a news conference Jan. 18, 2018. Sean Logan/azcentral.com


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Grand Canyon, other national parks will close indefinitely if government shuts down

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:14:43 -0500

If Congress doesn't pass a spending bill and President Trump doesn't sign it into law, the federal government will shut down at midnight Friday.


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Flagstaff elementary school teacher accused of child molestation

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:18:49 -0500

A Flagstaff elementary school teacher was arrested on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation, police said.


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Avondale police arrest person of interest in man's shooting death

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:35:34 -0500

Police arrested a person of interest in connection with the shooting death of a man in Avondale.


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Nominate now for Who's Next: Health & Fitness

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:18:03 -0500

Now's the time to recognize those health and fitness experts who help us stick to our New Year's resolutions.


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Restaurant inspections: 3 Phoenix-area eateries on this week's list

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:17:35 -0500

Get details on restaurants cited by Maricopa County inspectors for four or more priority violations the week of Jan. 1.


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University of Arizona doctor works to develop biological test for schizophrenia

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:00:02 -0500

Dr. Amelia Gallitano of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix received a grant to develop a biological test for schizophrenia.


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2 children flown to hospital after head-on collision in Gila Bend

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:07:10 -0500

The children were flown by helicopter as a precautionary measure after a head-on collision in Gila Bend, sheriff officials said.


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Arizona's DUI laws and penalties

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:01:09 -0500

Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the U.S. Learn about the laws and how to steer clear of the penalties.


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Allhands: Kami Gilstrap's senseless death should anger all shooters

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:53:44 -0500

Kami Gilstrap died after a stray bullet hit her in the chest. This should anger every responsible shooter who fires in the desert.


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Some Buckeye residents angry over spikes in water bills, as city rate decrease coming soon

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:47:58 -0500

Buckeye residents who have seen spikes in their water bills are demanding answers for a problem they say the city isn't taking seriously.


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$178 million makeover headed for Phoenix International Raceway

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:42:56 -0500

Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale will receive a major overhaul worth $178 million.


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Tolleson Mayor-elect Anna Tovar shows she's a survivor

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:42:18 -0500

Former state lawmaker Anna Tovar is the first woman elected as Tolleson Mayor and the city's first new mayor in 22 years.


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1 year later: What we know about missing Buckeye boy Jesse Wilson

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:21:25 -0400

It's been a year since 10-year-old Jesse Wilson of Buckeye went missing. What we know now.


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Can man-made wetlands clean Goodyear's polluted water?

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:23:09 -0400

A six-year project to treat a harmful byproduct from Goodyear's drinking water through a first-of-its-kind wetlands project will soon expand, or go down the drain. 


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6 new features at Avondale's Friendship Park

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:26:54 -0400

Big changes have arrived at Avondale's Friendship Park with about $3.5 million in renovations for several new features.


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Downtown Southwest Valley: 10 don't-miss spots

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:39:52 -0500

Downtown Avondale and Tolleson have some amazing, little-known places and great art. Here are our favorite spots:


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Long-vacant Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear is in escrow, could be demolished

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:40:20 -0400

The Phoenix Trotting Park, one of the Valley's most unique buildings, is closer to being sold — and maybe demolished.


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Readers' picks: Worst West Valley eyesores

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:43:06 -0400

The list is dominated by empty buildings and vacant lots. A few are headed for improvement, while others languish.


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