Good morning, Arizona. Here’s what you need to know to start your workday.
For now, we’re out from under the treat of triple-digit temps. Today’s high for metro Phoenix, according to the National Weather Service, will slump to a pleasant 87 degrees, with a low of 61. Looking out a few days, temps aren’t likely to rise much past 90 this workweek.
But today will be extremely windy in the Valley, with gusts as high as 40 mph in the afternoon. Hold on to your hat!
FINAL ARGUMENTS IN NAU SHOOTING TRIAL
The prosecution and defense are expected to make closing arguments today in the trial of Steven Jones, the former Northern Arizona University student who shot four students during an altercation that spilled onto campus in October 2015.
Jones took the stand during his trial last week, and his attorneys sought to convince jurors that he acted in self defense. Prosecutors maintain Jones acted with premeditation when he shot and killed Colin Brough and wounded three other students, all 20 at the time.
Jurors could begin deliberating later today. Return here to watch the trial LIVE.
WILL THIS BE STANTON’S LAST MAJOR SPEECH AS MAYOR?
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will deliver his sixth — and what could be his last — State of the City speech today.
The speech is typically the mayor’s most visible platform of the year, but the tone this time could be different.
While Stanton has three years left in his term, he’s widely expected to leave City Hall to run for statewide office in 2018. Stanton has created a committee to run for Arizona Secretary of State.
AN ODE TO PHOENIX’S OLDEST BASHAS’ STORE
A plan to shutter a 1950s-era Bashas’ on Friday hits close to home for one azcentral reporter — she’s been a shopper there for 30-plus years.
As political reporter Mary Jo Pitzl writes, “it was the community feel that endeared me to the store. My neighbors shopped there, and we’d stop to handicap the presidential race or review the latest flap over where to put our recycling barrels.”
The store, at 7th Avenue and Osborn, is the oldest Phoenix location for the Bashas’ chain, built and opened in 1956. It is closing for good April 28, making way for yet another apartment complex in the heart of the city.
GOOGLE SELF-DRIVING CARS AVAILABLE IN METRO PHOENIX
SAN FRANCISCO — Eight years and two million miles after Google began to build self-driving car technology, it’s ready for passengers.
Waymo, the search giant’s renamed autonomous car company, will begin taking applications Tuesday from Phoenix-area residents who want to be among the hundreds of riders testing out an expanded fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid minivans outfitted with Waymo’s myriad autonomous car sensors.
A range of automotive and technology companies have said they aim to produce self-driving cars for ride-hailing programs by around 2020. They include Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Volvo, Nissan and BMW.
But Waymo’s Arizona initiative shows it’s getting a lot closer to the goal.
TODAY IN HISTORY
- 1862: During the Civil War, a Union fleet commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut captured the city of New Orleans.
- 1945: During World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany’s defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
- 1964: Vandals sawed off the head of the “Little Mermaid” statue in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- 1974: The “Carnation Revolution” took place in Portugal as a bloodless military coup toppled the Estado Novo regime.
- 1983: 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she’d written expressing her concerns about nuclear war; Andropov gave assurances that the Soviet Union did not want war, and invited Samantha to visit his country, a trip she made in July.
- 1990: The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in orbit from the space shuttle Discovery. (It was later discovered that the telescope’s primary mirror was flawed, requiring the installation of corrective components to achieve optimal focus.)
- 2002: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of the Grammy-winning trio TLC died in an SUV crash in Honduras; she was 30.
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