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Despite an $11.8 billion unfunded liability owed by more than 300 Arizona municipalities, counties and state agencies, some encouraging trends are emerging in the system that provides pensions for nearly 60,000 retired first responders, corrections officers and qualifying elected officials.

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As the Valley reaches record-breaking temperatures, Phoenix Rescue Mission is also breaking records. The Mission’s Street Outreach Team has rescued 120 men, women and children off the streets since launching its Code:Red Summer Heat Relief effort in May.

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Glendale teenager Malia Bradford ran away from home in March 2020 after she was dropped off at school on a Friday morning. She was frustrated with growing up, confused about her family, and just wanted to be normal like the other kids at school. 

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The Arizona Coyotes are paving the way for a move to the East Valley after the team showed interest in a Tempe project. 

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Glendale Community College was recognized by the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program as achieving the Platinum Level of excellence in worksite wellness. 

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A 24-year-old man was arrested after he drove a vehicle into a canal and led Glendale Police in a foot chase July 13. 

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The city of Glendale is making improvements to two long-term public housing programs. Preapplications are available and are due by Monday, Aug. 2. 

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Tony Vining has returned to the Peoria Unified School District as the Raymond S. Kellis High School principal. 

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Richmond American Homes, Pulte Homes and David Weekley Homes are selling in phase one of Northpointe at Vistancia, the fourth and final lifestyle community within the award-winning 7,100-acre Vistancia master-planned community.

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As part of its Health and Wellness Giving Day on June 18, Walmart donated more than $1 million to organizations across the country.

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Starting next week, billboards, social media, television and print media will carry messages urging thousands of Valley motorists, including those in the West Valley, to prepare for four years of disruptions in their driving routines.

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The Peoria Unified School District recently received multiple awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) in the 2021 National School Communications Awards contest. 

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The University of Arizona recently launched a new game, in which the public can estimate rain measurements during the monsoon season and win prizes. 

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Julie Trent doesn’t think about herself when she recalls her spot as a quarterfinalist in the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum Music Educator Award. 

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With the critical appeal for blood continuing in Arizona, Vitalant is hosting the Saving Arizona Blood Drive from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 3. 

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The Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Council elected a new chair, Mesa Mayor John Giles. The Regional Council is MAG’s governing body.

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Longtime Glendale resident Robert Nejbauer Jr. is pressuring city officials and residents to act after he said Mayor Jerry Weiers verbally assaulted him in the Gila River Arena parking garage. 

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is filling up with more travelers this year, with more than 4.8 million passengers boarding flights there in the past four months alone, according to a report published by the airport.

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A couple months after 22-month-old Justin Alvarez nearly died after falling into a backyard pool, the basketball-loving boy had the chance to meet the first responders who helped save his life during a ceremony honoring them. 

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The Glendale Elementary School District was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in financial reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International. 

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When 19-year-old Ashin Tricarico allegedly terrified the West Valley with a string of drive-by shootings, many residents were shocked.

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Glendale was founded as a town in 1910 and the municipality’s Historic Preservation Commission ensures the public remembers its past. 

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The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has chosen the date for Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium — Feb. 12, 2023. 

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Art is a finicky industry, according to Erik Hoyer. As the CEO of the Glendale-based EJ’s Auction & Appraisal, Hoyer feels the auctions can be tough in that regard.

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Former Glendale Fire Chief Gray Crabtree was honored with a plaque dedication ceremony in front of Fire Station 151 on May 26. Firefighters, dignitaries, retirees, family and friends gathered at the station for a small ceremony to celebrate his legacy.

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Upgrades at two parks in Peoria are fully completed following renovation projects that lasted for several months.

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The city of Glendale continues to support the critical work of the Heat Relief Network, spearheaded by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). 

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Glendale took another step forward in development of the Heroes Regional Park recently, when city officials broke ground on a new lake.

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Glendale’s parks and recreation master plan was approved and adopted during the May 25 city council meeting. 

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The Glendale City Council unanimously approved a nondiscrimination ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and places of public accommodation based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, vet…

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The Glendale Fire Department aided the Phoenix Fire Department in rescuing 22 park attendees stuck on a roller coaster at Castles N Coasters in North Phoenix.

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Registration is open for the first Urban Heat Leadership Academy developed by the Nature Conservancy, Phoenix Revitalization Corp. and other partners. The academy is free and open to Valley residents.

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Health care is a thriving sector in the West Valley, and by all accounts, the region’s industry boom has only just begun.

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Maj. Randy Hammit and Lt. Kelli Hammit received the Silver Medal of Valor on May 20, a year after their heroic efforts saved visitors during the Westgate Entertainment District mass shooting.