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BASIS tops them all in AZMerit testing

The AZMerit score results in language arts and math for 14 tri-city area charter schools showed a strong performance for most of the schools, with BASIS Prescott earning the highest scores that reflected progress from the prior year’s scores.

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Groom Creek veteran witnessed official signing of Japanese surrender in 1945

Seventy-three years ago today, Aug. 14, 1945, Groom Creek resident Chuck Webster was a United States Navy sailor aboard ship in Tokyo Bay, a witness to the end of World War II with Japan’s announcement of its official surrender.

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Motorhome hits church, driver jailed for alleged DUI

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputies responded to a report about a motorhome colliding with a church building in the 20,000 block of Club Lane in Cordes Lakes around noon on Saturday, Aug. 12, according to a news release from YCSO Media Coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Phoenix woman accused of killing runaway and dumping body

Authorities say a woman is accused of fatally strangling a runaway in her Phoenix apartment and wrapping the victim's body in plastic before dumping it in the trash.

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Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn't mention him

$716 billion defense bill to boost military pay 2.6 percent, largest increase in nine years

President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain but included no mention in his remarks of the Republican senator, who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona.

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More than a heat wave ... DROUGHT

Study shows climate change responsible for longer, hotter drought cycles

Arizona is in its 21st year of drought, and climate change is bringing longer, more intense heat waves.

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Cleared for takeoff: Booking is underway for United Express flights from Prescott to Denver, L.A.

On most days of the week beginning Aug. 29, one hundred dollars will get Prescott passengers to Los Angeles and back.

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CAFMA staff, board members stacking up legal fees

About 18 months of internal strife among Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) board members and its staff has led a couple key players to hire private attorneys in order to protect their reputations.

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Female motorist saved during swift water rescue in Humboldt

An unidentified woman was rescued Sunday evening, Aug. 12, after the car she was driving became trapped by a torrent of water at a river crossing in Humboldt, the Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority (CAFMA) said.

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Meet the candidates running for Justice of Peace, Constable in Yavapai County

For many people, a justice of the peace or constable are not part of one’s daily life.

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Arizona Democrats hope to ride blue wave in midterm election

The blue wave that Democrats hope will crash into Arizona in November is creeping up in community centers, library auditoriums and churches this summer.

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Sheriff's Office: Man arrested in triple homicide in Wittman

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says a 35-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting deaths of three other men at a home in Wittman.

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National Guard troops providing manpower at state's borders

n an attempt to stem a recent rise in drug trafficking at Arizona's borders, National Guard troops are assisting U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers with increased inspections.

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Endangered condors to be released in northern Arizona

Arizona's Game and Fish Department is inviting the public to witness the release of endangered California Condors at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument next month.

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AZMerit scores are in, with mixed results

Results should be viewed as more than a score; educators see it as a tool to measure growth

Area educators are clear children aren’t numbers, and numbers don’t tell a students’ academic story.

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Dewey-Humboldt candidates want ‘country town’ to remain

Dewey-Humboldt Town Council candidate Karen Brooks complimented the audience of about 80 at Thursday’s candidate forum for being informed about the issues facing the town.

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CAFMA puts out residential fire in Dewey's Whitehorse Ranch

Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority responded to a residential structure fire in the 1900 block of North Gallian Fox Run in the Whitehorse Ranch subdivision in Dewey at 2:47 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, according to a release from CAFMA Fire Marshal Rick Chase.

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Community calendar: Aug. 12-18

Your guide to events and happenings in the greater Prescott area, Aug. 12-18.

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Need2Know: Spirit Halloween open for season; Hertz coming to Prescott; Coldwell Banker buys Windermere Real Estate

Is it Halloween already? Not quite, but retailers are gearing up for it.

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Arizona GDP grew 2.5% in first quarter, ahead of national rate

Arizona’s gross domestic product grew by 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2018, driven by increases in real estate and retail trade, according to a report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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Chantry Trial: Defendant testifies, expert witness details circumstances of ‘honest false memory’

After nearly two weeks of testimony, the state rested its case Aug. 8 in the trial of a former Prescott pastor charged with multiple accounts of child molestation.

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Prescott High teacher hopes to translate Fulbright scholarship into global awareness for students

In Prescott High School French teacher Cathleen Cherry’s classroom, students experience a high-energy educator who does a lot more than teach a language — she offers a taste of world culture and diversity meant to tantalize them into thinking of a life beyond their day-to-day existence.

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Tweet retreat: Twitter purge trimmed lawmakers’ followers, impact small

When Twitter purged suspicious accounts last month, Arizona Sen. John McCain lost 210,000 followers overnight – but it barely made a dent for McCain, who still had almost 3.2 million followers.

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‘Ballot harvesting’ suit questions 2016 law; activist calls it violation of her rights

PHOENIX — Attorneys for a Democrat activist told a federal judge Friday, Aug. 10, there is a legal and constitutional right for her and others to deliver someone else’s ballot to polling places.

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Chantry takes stand, denies victim accusations in assault, molestation trial

Thomas Chantry took the stand in his own defense Friday in the trial of the former pastor accused of multiple counts of child molestation dating back to more than two decades. The trial wrapped up its third week Friday.

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