Good morning, Arizona. Here’s what you need to know today.
It will be a windy day to start your weekend, with patchy blowing dust after 3 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear tonight, with a low around 58.
Still breezy on Saturday, sunny, with a high near 80. Gusts as high as 20 mph. Clear and breezy Saturday night. Low around 58.
Sunny Sunday, with a high near 85.
THE NEWEST ARIZONA CARDINAL
The Cardinals had only one pick in the first round of the draft on Thursday evening, but they came away with two players.
At least that’s the way they feel about Temple linebacker Haason Reddick, whom the Cardinals believe can play inside, outside, and – unlike the team’s last two first-round picks – often during his rookie season.
Coach Bruce Arians called those types of players “two for ones.”
“When we get a guy who can play two positions, equally great, that’s huge for us,” Arians said. “He will have a huge impact in a lot of different positions.”
Arizona has offered tax breaks in exchange for donations to private-school scholarships for two decades. Seventeen states have followed in the Grand Canyon State’s footsteps.
President Donald Trump has proposed investing $250 million into a private-school-choice program, though he has offered no details on what it would involve. Education experts have indicated it could be a voucher program similar to the program Arizona just expanded, but say it’s more likely to be a tax credit similar to Arizona’s School Tuition Organization program.
FREEWAY SHOOTING CONNECTION?
The Arizona Department of Public Safety has turned over evidence gathered in its investigation of the string of freeway shootings in 2015 to Phoenix police.
Phoenix police are investigating Aaron Juan Saucedo, who is being held in a 2015 fatal shooting.
The link between the two cases, police say, was a Hi-Point 9mm handgun Saucedo had sold less than three weeks after the murder.
Speculation quickly arose about a possible connection to the freeway shootings, which occurred the same year and also involved a Hi-Point 9mm handgun.
SAY HELLO TO THE WEEKEND!
We’ve got the best events, shows and more happening around the Valley the next few days.
- Wet Electric with Diplo. America’s largest waterpark music festival on Saturday. Need we say more?
- Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market: Dozens of vintage, rustic, antique and shabby-chic vendors will be on hand selling their wares during the three-day event at WestWorld.
- Moonlit Drive-in Movies: ‘Finding Dory’: Saturday, at the Promenade in Scottsdale.
- Phoenix Arab American Festival: Saturday-Sunday. Steele Indian School Park
TODAY IN HISTORY
- In 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after he refused to be inducted into the armed forces.
- In 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States.
- In 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.
- In 1947, a six-man expedition set out from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to the Polynesian Islands.
- In 1952, war with Japan officially ended as a treaty signed in San Francisco the year before took effect. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Supreme Allied commander in Europe; he was succeeded by Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway.
- In 1987, Contra rebels in Nicaragua killed Benjamin Ernest Linder, 27, an American engineer working on a hydroelectric project for the Sandinista government.
- In 2001, a Russian rocket lifted off from Central Asia bearing the first space tourist, California businessman Dennis Tito, and two cosmonauts on a journey to the international space station.
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