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More showers, T-storms expected in Phoenix area

PHOENIX (AP) - Two days after the Phoenix area experienced flooding from heavy monsoon rain, the forecast calls for more showers and thunderstorms in the region with a possibility of more flooding.

The National Weather Service says a potent low pressure system will move through the area Thursday and that periods of very heavy rain and gusty winds are likely.

The forecasters also say there's a threat of flooding of low-lying areas and washes.

Storm runoff on Tuesday closed parts of Interstate 17 and other highways as well as flooding several homes. It also forced rescues of numerous stranded motorists and caused minor evacuations in areas north of Phoenix.


Tempe police launch safety campaign; classes begin

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tempe police are launching a campaign aimed at alcohol abuse and other safety problems as fall classes begin at Arizona State University.

Tempe police say their "safe and saber" campaign starts Thursday and will run through Sept. 6.

Elements include increased patrols, drunken-driving enforcement, liquor law inspections and enforcement of ordinances related to social events.

Agencies and offices partnering with Tempe police in the campaign include the Fire Department, ASU and social-service agencies.



Man accused of Tucson killing to get another trial

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A man accused of first-degree murder in a 2013 shooting in Tucson will get another trial next month.

Pima County Superior Court jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of 34-year-old Donald Earl Woods.

He's accused of killing Brandon Luster in the parking lot of a Tucson apartment complex in October 2013.

Prosecutors say argument earlier on the night Luster was killed prompted the fatal shooting.

But Woods' lawyer says some of the witnesses who identified his client held grudges against Woods and used the shooting as an opportunity for revenge.

Woods was being tried for first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited possessor.

The Arizona Daily Star says Woods previously served 12 years in prison for armed robbery and sexual assaults.


Ruling allows search of visitor's personal items

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court is adopting a legal guideline that says police with a warrant to search a place may inspect personal items of a person not named in the warrant if the items aren't in that person's possession.

The unanimous ruling issued Wednesday upholds the convictions and sentences of a woman arrested while visiting a Kingman residence.

Police searching the residence found drugs and drug paraphernalia in Alicia Leah Gilstrap's purse. She was taking a shower when the search began.

Her lawyers argued that the evidence was illegally obtained because she wasn't named on the search warrant for the residence.

However, the Supreme Court said the search of her purse was legal because she didn't have the purse in her possession when officers found it.


Lynx's Moore wins WNBA MVP award

(AP) -- Minnesota's Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award after leading the league in scoring.

The WNBA announced that Moore will receive the award before the Lynx host San Antonio in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals on Thursday night.

It's the first league MVP award for Moore in her four-year career. She averaged a career-best 23.9 points and set a WNBA record by scoring at least 30 points 12 times, including in four straight games. The scoring mark was the third-highest average in league history, trailing only Phoenix's Diana Taurasi's 25.3 points in 2006 and 24.1 in 2008.

Moore received 35 of the 38 first place votes, followed by Taurasi and Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry. Los Angeles' Candace Parker was fourth and Phoenix's Brittney Griner finished fifth.

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