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Despite calls from the mayor and a majority of the City Council, Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips will not resign from office after a national backlash against comments he made at a protest against the city’s mask mandate on June 24.

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The 5th of July is the busiest day of the year for shelters across the country and many pets, frightened by the fireworks, end up wandering away from home. 

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The City of Scottsdale has modified local regulations and waived fees to provide relief to businesses affected by the recent cornavirus business shutdowns and encourage social distancing.

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A Scottsdale lawmaker who heads the House Ethics Committee is weighing whether to have full-blown hearings into the panel’s investigation of a fellow Republican legislator over allegations of an alleged love affair with a lobbyist.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is defending indoor political rallies with thousands of people without masks even as he admitted the only way Arizona will stop the upward trend of infections is if people mask up and stay home and the state began taking action against bars for violating social distancing req…

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Scottsdale’s tourism arm unveiled its strategy for injecting life back into the city’s pandemic-devastated tourism industry.

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Campaign contributions – and where they come from – are taking center stage in the 2020 Scottsdale City Council and mayoral races as some candidates and residents allege developers are pumping money into the campaigns to curry favor.

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At a candidate forum earlier this month, Scottsdale’s City Council hopefuls discussed the relationship between the city and local schools districts and staked out their positions on a range of recent hot-button issues, from Prop 420 to Southbridge Two.

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Around 1,000 protestors marched through downtown Scottsdale June 7 in solidarity with marches across the country against police brutality and unequal treatment of African Americans.

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Attorney General Mark Brnovich is suing Google, claiming the internet giant is defrauding Arizona consumers by collecting private information.

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The City of Scottsdale reduced its budget for next year in response to projected revenue shortfalls brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The coronavirus pandemic has sparked unforeseen complaints from residents neighboring Scottsdale Airport who say flight noise is worse than ever even though fewer planes are flying. 

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HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center ICU nurse Lisa Kingry’s voice doesn’t break when she talks about the COVID-19 patient who died during her last shift and how she and the four others in the room held the patient’s hand, saying that everything will be OK.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays at the Marquee office building and Caesars Republic hotel developments in downtown Scottsdale, but representatives for both projects said they are pushing forward.

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For more than 70 years, the Cactus League has been a powerful symbol of Arizona, turning into a big business and a major draw for the tourism industry.

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Update: SUSD officially announced its new “no harm” grading policy on April 24 after this story went to print. Full details of the policy can be found at https://www.susd.org/cms/lib/AZ50000436/Centricity/Shared/COVID-19/Daily%20Briefings/2020_04_24_Parents%20Briefing.pdf.

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This Thursday, Gilbert’s iconic Water Tower will light up blue for three days in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Local law enforcement answered a higher number of calls for domestic disturbances last month after East Valley residents were told to stay home in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Arizona processed a record 82,771 background checks on would-be gun buyers in March, as fears of the coronavirus drove people to gun shops in what one shop owner called “panic time.”

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The East Valley Institute of Technology will pay a high price for using uncertified instructors teaching unapproved programs during the final three years of former Superintendent Sally Downey’s Administration.

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Big cuts are on the way for Scottsdale’s next city budget, though their extent is still unknown as city leaders wait for more information on how the coronavirus outbreak has affected the economy.

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Scottsdale’s fire and police departments have not run out of critical protective equipment for its officers and first responders – though that could change as hospitals and municipalities nationwide scramble to purchase masks, gloves and other gear amid a nationwide supply shortage due to Covid-19.

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Scottsdale City Council rescinded its approval of the Southbridge Two development, putting an end to the hotly-debated project and nullifying a November referendum.

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Scottsdale Unified School District has locked down playgrounds and athletic fields due the coronavirus outbreak but that has not stopped some locals from hopping fences to exercise.

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The Scottsdale City Council could vote this week to repeal its approval of the Southbridge Two development, nullifying the citizen referendum challenging the project in the process.

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The number of Arizonans applying for jobless benefits jumped by a factor of seven this past week, providing the first clear indicators of the effect COVID-19 is having on the state economy.

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Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane signed a declaration of emergency on March 18 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, though the measure drew criticism for failing to  go as far as similar measures adopted by other Arizona cities.

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When an East Valley recycling facility burned down last fall, the City of Scottsdale’s sweetheart recycling deal went with it.

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A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has upheld the Southbridge Two referendum that would put the downtown Scottsdale redevelopment before voters in November.

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Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips will appear before the city’s independent ethics panel Monday losing his bid for dismissal of a complaint filed against him in January.

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Arizona’s community colleges won’t be offering four-year degrees, at least not in the immediate future.

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Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency last to give state officials more leeway and tools to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Arizona shoppers could end up having to pay more for eggs as state lawmakers look to protect the state’s major producer from an animal rights initiative drive.

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Fueled by additional state dollars, Scottsdale schools are spending a greater percentage of their available dollars this year in the classroom than last year, falling in line with a statewide trend.

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After some prompting from one of its former members, the Scottsdale City Council will consider eliminating or reducing the city’s sales tax on food eaten at home.

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The coronavirus began making a major impact on Scottsdale last week as several big events and the rest of Spring Training season were cancelled and concerns elevated for senior citizens, considered a high-risk for the disease. Among the events that  fell victim to concerns about "community s…

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A Scottsdale-based real estate investment firm launched its first online public offering in February, capitalizing on years of growth driven by investments in Opportunity Zones throughout Arizona.

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State lawmakers voted Thursday to create a financial disincentive for state and local governments – and even schools – to try to keep weapons off their property.

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State lawmakers are moving to subject noise complaints to the same standards as speeding violations –  only police could issue them if they have the proper equipment.

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Despite calls from the mayor and a majority of the City Council, Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips will not resign from office after a national backlash against comments he made at a protest against the city’s mask mandate on June 24.

A Scottsdale lawmaker who heads the House Ethics Committee is weighing whether to have full-blown hearings into the panel’s investigation of a fellow Republican legislator over allegations of an alleged love affair with a lobbyist.

Gov. Doug Ducey is defending indoor political rallies with thousands of people without masks even as he admitted the only way Arizona will stop the upward trend of infections is if people mask up and stay home and the state began taking action against bars for violating social distancing req…