Good morning, Arizona, and happy Friday! Here’s what you need to know.
Today’s forecast for the Valley calls for mostly cloudy skies and warm weather, with a high of 92 and a low of 62.
Things get a little more comfortable over the weekend. Saturday’s high will be 87 and Sunday’s high will be 81 forecasters say.
From there, high temps will rise back into the high 80s by Tuesday.
U.S. ATTACK ON SYRIA: WHAT WE KNOW
Why did the U.S. attack Syria? What does President Trump say? What did the U.S. attack?
The U.S. launched cruise missiles against Syria Friday, a day after President Trump said a chemical weapons attack that killed 86, “crossed many, many” lines.
Syria, meanwhile, condemned U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian air base, describing them Friday as a “blatant act of aggression.”
The office of Syrian President Bashar Assad said the strikes, which President Trump launched in response to a chemical attack on civilians, were “shortsighted,” “reckless” and “irresponsible.”
DUCEY SIGNS EXPANSION OF AZ’S VOUCHER PROGRAM
Late Thursday night, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law an expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program, his spokesman said, which will allow any student to use taxpayer dollars to pay private-school tuition or for other educational expenses.
The legislation, sent to Ducey by Republicans in the Legislature after a marathon session Thursday, is not as expansive as the original proposal, which would have allowed all 1.1 million public-school students to use the program by 2021. Instead, the legislation will allow within several years all students to apply for the program but limits the number who could become eligible.
SEE DIERKS BENTLEY TODAY FOR FREE
Country music superstar Dierks Bentley is dropping by his new Whiskey Row in Gilbert on Friday, April 7, before heading out to Florence, where the Phoenix native headlines this year’s Country Thunder Arizona music festival.
Fresh from co-hosting the ACM Awards, Bentley will be there from 5-6 p.m. and has said he’ll perform a few songs, hang out and take photos with fans.
This event is open to the public, but the venue highly recommends getting there earlier rather than later.
Bentley said he planned to stop by both Valley locations when he spoke to azcentral prior to the ACM Awards.
POLICE ID MAN FOUND IN TRUNK OF BURNING CAR
A dead body found in the trunk of a burning car abandoned after a Phoenix police chase last month has been identified.
Police announced Thursday that the body was that of 40-year-old Dustin Jones and the homicide case is still being investigated.
Police had pursued the vehicle March 30 following reports a person threatening others with a gun.
The car later was found crashed into a tree and engulfed in flames. Police say the car’s two occupants fled on foot.
GORSUCH SET TO WIN CONFIRMATION TO HIGH COURT
Neil McGill Gorsuch of Colorado is poised Friday to win confirmation as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, completing a 419-day odyssey that stretched from the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the denial of President Obama’s nominee to a Senate rules change known as the “nuclear option.”
Gorsuch, 49, a conservative judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, is expected to win Senate confirmation largely along party lines after a day in which Democrats mounted a successful partisan filibuster of his nomination and Republicans eliminated the 60-vote threshold that threatened to block final action.
The final vote, expected to be 55-45 at about 8:30 a.m. Arizona time, won’t put Gorsuch on the high court immediately. He still must be sworn in at the court and the White House, most likely early next week. He then would attend his first private conference with the other eight justices on Thursday and sit for the next round of oral arguments that begins April 17, including an important case on the separation of church and state.
BAN ON MEDICAL POT ON CAMPUSES OVERTURNED
An appellate court ruled Thursday that Arizona colleges and universities can prohibit medical marijuana on campuses but lawmakers can’t make it a crime.
The medical marijuana law approved by Arizona voters in 2010 allowed cardholders to possess small amounts of marijuana but it prohibited possession in prisons, schools and on school buses.
The ruling Thursday struck down a 2012 decision by the Legislature to expand the off-limits list by adding college and university campuses.
However, the Court of Appeals ruling said colleges and universities can still forbid possession of medical pot under their own rules.
TODAY IN HISTORY
- In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, New York.
- In 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece.
- In 1909, American explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits became the first men to reach the North Pole.
- In 1947, the first Tony Awards were held in New York.
- In 1980, 3M introduced its “Post-it Notes,” a re-branding of a product formerly known as “Press ‘n Peel.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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