PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County elections officials say they’ve completed reviews of signatures qualifying two Democratic candidates for a special congressional election ballot and one falls well short.
The review of signatures challenged by a third Democratic candidate shows Gene Scharer has just 353 of the 665 needed signatures.
The Maricopa County Recorder certified Monday that Brianna Westbrook has 669 valid signatures, four above the threshold.
The signatures were challenged in court by a backer of the third Democratic candidate, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni. Court hearings are set for Tuesday.
Twelve Republican candidates are also seeking the seat vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Trent Franks when he resigned last month amid sexual harassment allegations.
The special primary election is Feb. 27, followed by an April 24 general election.
Woman fatally struck by vehicle crossing Phoenix street
PHOENIX (AP) — A woman walking across a Phoenix street was fatally struck Sunday night by a passing vehicle.
Phoenix police say the 56-year-old woman was trying to cross Thomas near 29th Street when she was struck by the vehicle. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say the man driving the vehicle showed signs of impairment and could face criminal charges.
They say the man drove a short distance after the collision but pulled over.
Entrance gates to Grand Canyon open during federal shutdown
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Entrance gates to the Grand Canyon remained unlocked Monday with no one collecting fees during the federal government shutdown.
Visitors were free to hike trails at the national park, stay in the campgrounds, and use river and backcountry permits they already had.
Concessionaries are keeping lodges, campgrounds, restaurants and retail shops open. But anything run by the National Park Service, such as visitors centers and permit offices, was shut down. Campgrounds run by the agency had no one checking reservations. Workers over the weekend posted signs saying that emergency services will be available but limited. Non-essential workers were furloughed. The state of Arizona has donated money to clean restrooms, empty trash and plow roads, if needed.
Glendale police ID a man killed in an early-morning shooting
GLENDALE (AP) — Police in Glendale have identified a man who was fatally shot outside a sports bar and say they’re still searching for the shooter.
They say the victim of the shooting early Sunday was 48-year-old Julian Hackett.
Police received a 911 call around 2:35 a.m. that a man had been shot, possibly several times.