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“Regarding the woman who left her kids in a hot car for a job interview: Strangers donated more than $114K to her. That’s enough to pay off my mortgage and I’m out of work too. But I don’t have any kids. My car isn’t running right now. What should I do?”
When it comes to Saguaro’s football team, there is one question everyone has that nobody has seemed to be able to solve: How in the world do you stop Christian Kirk.
Hamilton football coach Steve Belles isn’t expecting a lot of support for his Huskies in Friday's Division I state final against archrival Chandler.
The recovery of home prices in Arizona appears to have all but stalled.
Collegiate sports have a different feel about them than professional sports. Loyalties to alma maters run deep. Now Arizona State fans will have another NCAA team to cheer on.
They can't gather their first signature for more than seven months, but foes of Republican Diane Douglas, newly elected the state school superintendent, now have the legal ability to start soliciting funds for the effort.
For more than 20 years, Jay Leno used comedy and charm to keep late-night viewers enthralled as the host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Tempe’s annual holiday kickoff has served as a consistent source of entertainment and joy for families for two decades without necessarily offering the same experience one year after another.
The saying goes that good teams don’t rebuild, they simply reload. That seems to be the case with the East Valley’s boys basketball teams as several of them are set to make deep playoff runs again.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Rep. Ron Barber, D-2nd Dist., filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop certification of the 2nd Congressional District race in Arizona after the count put his Republican opponent fewer than 200 votes ahead of Barber.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Tucson is the latest attempt by the Tucson-area Democrat to challenge the results that had him losing to Martha McSally by 161 votes. Barber wants 133 disqualified votes to be counted before the election is certified. The results are headed for an automatic recount mandated by state law because of the razor-thin margin.
McSally has claimed victory and has attended freshman orientation in Washington.
Three Arizona voters who say their lawful votes weren't counted are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Lea Goodwine-Cesarac, an 81-year-old retired teacher, says she moved shortly before the election and voted at the wrong polling place but was not told to go to the correct one.
"No election is perfect. We rely on volunteers to run our democracy and make it work. And they deserve our thanks, but sometimes they make mistakes," Barber attorney Kevin Hamilton said.
Barber last week asked the board of supervisors for both Pima and Cochise counties to hold off on certifying the election results, a necessary step before the Arizona secretary of state certifies them on Dec. 1.
Both boards declined to do so. In Pima County, some supervisors said it was not their role to interfere in the election in that way.
The Barber campaign has also requested that Secretary of State Ken Bennett add 156 uncounted ballots to the tally. They include the 133 votes mentioned in the federal lawsuit.
Hamilton said he hopes a judge will hear the request on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays.
Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, was ousted nearly seven months after she and two high-ranking officials were placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment at the hospital. Helman had led the giant Phoenix facility, which treats more than 80,000 veterans a year, since February 2012.
The Phoenix hospital was at the center of the wait-time scandal, which led to the ouster of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and a new, $16 billion law overhauling the labyrinthine veterans' health care system.
VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Helman's dismissal underscores the agency's commitment to hold leaders accountable and ensure that veterans have access to high-quality, timely care.
An investigation by the VA's office of inspector general found that workers at the Phoenix VA hospital falsified waiting lists while their supervisors looked the other way or even directed it, resulting in chronic delays for veterans seeking care. At least 40 patients died while awaiting appointments in Phoenix, the report said, but officials could not "conclusively assert" that delays in care caused the deaths.
About 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix hospital, the IG's office said.
"Lack of oversight and misconduct by VA leaders runs counter to our mission of serving veterans, and VA will not tolerate it," McDonald said in a statement late Monday. "We depend on VA employees and leaders to put the needs of veterans first."
Helman is the fifth senior executive fired or forced to resign in recent weeks in response to the wait-time scandal.
Helman did not immediately respond to telephone messages Monday from The Associated Press.
Helman, who has worked at the VA since 1990, has been on paid leave since May 1, shortly after a former clinic director at the Phoenix site alleged that up to 40 patients may have died because of delays in care and that the hospital kept a secret list of patients waiting for appointments to hide the treatment delays.
Dr. Samuel Foote, who had worked for the Phoenix VA for more than 20 years before retiring last December, brought the allegations to light and says supervisors ignored his complaints for months.
In an interview with the AP in May, hours before being placed on administrative leave, Helman denied any knowledge of a secret list and said she had found no evidence of patient deaths due to delayed care.
Helman told the AP that she takes her job seriously and was personally offended by the claims of misconduct.
"I have given over 20 years of service to this mission. I am proud to lead this hospital," Helman said. "I have never wavered from the ethical standards that I have held my entire career, and I will continue to give these veterans what they deserve, which is the best health care."
Associated Press writer Brian Skoloff in Phoenix contributed to this story.
Thanksgiving is a day of warmth amid a cold season that serves as a sharp contrast to the start of a desolate stretch of months. It’s the start of a stretch that can be quite difficult for families who cannot afford several of the components that fuel the warmth, whether it’s the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing or the camaraderie that comes from spending an afternoon among the people who care.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's incoming governor may be faced with a lot of the same bills his predecessor passed on.
Sponsors of legislation that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed said they see Gov.-elect Doug Ducey as a possible second chance. Lawmakers including state Rep. John Kavanagh and Rep. Warren Petersen say they are already making plans to resurrect certain measures.
"It's already written, so there's nothing to lose," Kavanagh told the Arizona Capitol Times .
The Republican from Fountain Hills, who is moving to the Senate in January, intends to revive a bill banning aggressive panhandling. Brewer said the bill didn't clearly address any statewide concern.
Petersen, a Republican from Gilbert, wants to sponsor an anti-regulatory bill that Brewer vetoed last year. The bill enforces civil penalties on government officials who make licensing decisions based on requirements that aren't permitted under state statute. Brewer had called the bill "punitive and unnecessary." Petersen said he is hopeful Ducey's business background will mean a shared opinion.
"What's great about Ducey is he knows what it's like to work in the real world and run a business and deal with red tape. So when it comes to government accountability, I see him signing anything in that fashion that crosses his desk," Petersen said.
Some high-profile bills that Brewer vetoed include legislation that would have given added protection from lawsuits to people who assert religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. She also denied a bill exempting ride-sharing businesses such as Uber from the same state-imposed requirements as taxis. She vetoed legislation three times that would allow people with concealed weapon permits to bring firearms into public buildings.
Ducey has already started getting in touch with legislative leaders, Republicans and Democrats. He said how much he communicates with them about legislation will depend on the issue, but he does plan to maintain good communication.
"I typically do like to operate from a standpoint of little to no surprises," Ducey said. "So I think that's how you build relationships and get things done."
Brewer vetoed 141 bills in her six years as governor. Only her predecessor, Democrat Janet Napolitano, has vetoed more.
Seton Catholic's Zach Wade runs through a big hole in the Snowflake defense during the semi-final playoff game between Seton Catholic and Snowflake HS at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Seton Catholic's Jacob Terrill runs back a kickoff during the semi-final playoff game between Seton Catholic and Snowflake HS at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Seton Catholic's Antonio Campanella breaks tackles for a long run during the semi-final playoff game between Seton Catholic and Snowflake HS at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Seton Catholic's Antonio Campanella runs for a first down during the semi-final playoff game between Seton Catholic and Snowflake HS at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Seton Catholic's Antonio Campanella makes a long run during the semi-final playoff game between Seton Catholic and Snowflake HS at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Seton Catholic's Brandon Garcia runs for a big gain during the semi-final playoff game between Seton Catholic and Snowflake HS at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
In January, new Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a new director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The director’s term coincides with the governor’s.
Brophy's Noah Pittenger runs off tackle for a gain during the Division I semi-final playoff football game between Hamilton High School and Brophy College Prep at Chandler High School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]b
Hamilton's Kyeler Burke runs wide left for a first down during the Division I semi-final playoff football game between Hamilton High School and Brophy College Prep at Chandler High School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Hamilton's James Sosinski runs the read option during the Division I semi-final playoff football game between Hamilton High School and Brophy College Prep at Chandler High School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Hamilton's Morris Kroma runs back a Brophy punt for a touchdown during the 1st quarter of the Division I semi-final playoff football game between Hamilton High School and Brophy College Prep at Chandler High School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]