MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred backs the Diamondbacks in the team’s arguments with Maricopa County. David Kadlubowski/

Good morning, Arizona. Here’s what you need to know to start your workday. 

Today is shaping up to be another hot one in the Valley, with a high of 106 and a low of 79.

The trend will continue through the workweek, but there’s hope: Forecasters say the high temp for metro Phoenix will slide to 96 by Monday. 


Two people were killed in a wrong-way crash on the transition ramp between southbound State Route 51 and the eastbound Interstate 10 on Tuesday evening, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

A man in a red sedan started traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near Sky Harbor International Airport around 7:45 p.m, a DPS spokesman said.

The man then drove into the transition ramp leading to SR-51, traveling north in the southbound lanes, and colliding head-on with a vehicle heading south, according to DPS.

The wrong-way driver and the man driving the other car were killed.

The crash comes on the heels of two wrong-way crashes on freeways just last week and other incidents this year.


The Arizona Diamondbacks must look for another home if Maricopa County does not spend money on repairs at Chase Field, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday.

The Diamondbacks have sued to explore leaving the stadium, arguing Maricopa County doesn’t have enough funds to handle as much as $187 million in repairs the team believes are needed. County officials say they will have enough money to fund necessary safety repairs, but that some of the team’s requests are cosmetic.

Read the commissioner’s full remarks and Bickley’s analysis (he thinks Manfred is treading on dangerous ground).


The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution opposing construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, the first action of its kind in Arizona.

The measure passed along party lines, with the three Democratic supervisors voting in favor, and the two Republicans opposed.

The city of Tucson, part of the traditionally blue county, also joined in opposition.

About 100 miles of Pima County border Mexico. Read the full story for more. 


President Trump will nominate former Justice Department official Christopher Wray for FBI director to replace James Comey, who was abruptly fired last month in the midst of an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

The president made the announcement early Wednesday morning via Twitter.

“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI,” Trump tweeted. “Details to follow.”



UPS will bring up to 1,500 jobs to Goodyear over the next two years with the opening of a package-processing facility along the industrial Loop 303 corridor.

United Parcel Service intends to expand the 618,000-square-foot building it leased in May into a 970,000-square-foot facility and bring 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time jobs by the end of 2019.

The expansion will enhance UPS’s capability for Saturday ground delivery, which is already underway in the Valley with facilities in Mesa and Phoenix.


  • 1776: Richard Henry Lee of Virginia offered a resolution to the Continental Congress stating “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”
  • 1892: Homer Plessy, a “Creole of color,” was arrested for refusing to leave a whites-only car of the East Louisiana Railroad. (Ruling on his case, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld “separate but equal” racial segregation, a concept it renounced in 1954.)
  • 1929: The sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.
  • 1942: The Battle of Midway ended in a decisive victory for American naval forces over Imperial Japan, marking a turning point in the Pacific War.
  • 1958: Singer-songwriter Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis.
  • 1965: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Griswold v. Connecticut, struck down, 7-2, a Connecticut law used to prosecute a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Haven for providing contraceptives to married couples.
  • 1998: In a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was hooked by a chain to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas. 

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