Good morning, Arizona! Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
But first, the weather. We’re expected to have a pleasant weekend. It will be sunny today, not as warm, highs 83 to 88. Clear tonight. Lows 50 to 59.
It will be sunny on Saturday, and we should stay out of the 90s. Highs 84 to 89. Cear Saturday night, Lows 51 to 61.
Mostly sunny in the Sunday morning, then becoming partly sunny. Highs 87 to 92. Partly cloudy Sunday night. Lows in the mid 50s to lower 60s.
Monday will be be partly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s.
3 DIE IN WRONG-WAY CRASH THAT CLOSES I-17
Three people died in an early Friday wrong-way collision in the northbound lanes of Interstate 17 north of Greenway Road.
It happened just after 2 a.m. according to Capt. Reda Bigler, Phoenix fire spokeswoman, who said two vehicles were involved. The driver in one vehicle and another driver and their passenger of the second vehicle all were pronounced dead at the scene, she said.
“This is a two vehicle wrong-way collision,” said Raul Garcia, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, “The wrong-way vehicle was going southbound in northbound lanes in the area of I-17 and Greenway.”
I-17 from the Greenway Road was closed to Bell Road and wasl remain so for the morning rush hour commute according to DPS.
FLAKE ENDURES BRUTAL TOWN HALL IN MESA
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake endured a brutal face-to-face confrontation with angry constituents Thursday as liberal voters dominated a standing-room-only audience at a town-hall meeting in downtown Mesa.
Even before he took the stage, the audience chanted “health care for all,” showing their support for former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the health-care-reform law that Flake, R-Ariz., has opposed.
Flake was battered with questions about that issue as well as President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall; his resolution to stop an Obama administration-era rule on internet privacy; his opposition to taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood; and his support for eliminating the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees to secure the confirmation of Trump’s pick, Neil Gorsuch.
But the conversation kept coming back to health care.
GROUND BROKEN FOR DOWNTOWN PHOENIX GROCERY
Phoenix leaders said downtown has arrived as a true urban city center when they broke ground Thursday on a mixed-use project featuring the area’s only grocery store.
The project, led by RED Development, also is slated for 330 apartments, 200,000 square feet of office space and restaurants and retail at First and Washington streets. The site is known as “Block 23” for its place in Phoenix’s original townsite.
The team expects completion of the project sometime in 2019.
Developers at the event said the full-service Fry’s Food Store anchoring the complex comes after more than a decade of planning. City Council members and residents have for years pushed for better options in a “food desert” with little access to fresh food. See photos here.
ARIZONA BILL COULD LOOSEN LIQUOR LAWS
It could soon get more convenient for customers to belly up to the bar — or the brewery, winery and distillery — in Arizona.
House Bill 2337 proposes numerous changes to state liquor laws.
Among them: The state would make more series 7 beer and wine liquor licenses available; these can be used by breweries, bars, wineries and some restaurants to sell beer or wine to go. For example, this could allow more breweries to sell growlers.
MAN WHO SENT MANIFESTO TO TRUMP CAPTURED
MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin man who sent a manifesto to the president earlier this month has been captured, the Beloit (Wis.) Police Department announced via Twitter on Friday.
Law enforcement authorities have been searching for Joseph Jakubowski since April 4.
The nationwide search was launched last week for Jakubowski, 32, who is suspected of stealing firearms from a Janesville, Wis., gun shop, including an automatic weapon, and threatening to use them on public officials or a school, according to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.
TODAY IN HISTORY
April 14, 1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery was formed in Philadelphia.
In 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster’s “American Dictionary of the English Language” was published.
In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington.
In 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time and began sinking. (The ship went under two hours and 40 minutes later with the loss of 1,514 lives.)
In 1935, the “Black Sunday” dust storm descended upon the central Plains, turning a sunny afternoon into total darkness.
In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published by Viking Press.
In 1949, the “Wilhelmstrasse Trial” in Nuremberg ended with 19 former Nazi Foreign Office officials sentenced by an American tribunal to prison terms ranging from four to 25 years.
In 1956, Ampex Corp. demonstrated the first practical videotape recorder at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention in Chicago.
In 1965, the state of Kansas hanged Richard Hickock and Perry Smith for the 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, his wife, Bonnie, and two of their children, Nancy and Kenyon. The murders were detailed in the Truman Capote non-fiction novel “In Cold Blood.”
In 1981, the first test flight of America’s first operational space shuttle, the Columbia, ended successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1994, two U.S. Air Force F-15 warplanes mistakenly shot down two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters over northern Iraq, killing 26 people, including 15 Americans. Turner Classic Movies made its cable debut; the first film it aired was Ted Turner’s personal favorite, “Gone with the Wind.”
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