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Weekend wrap-up: The biggest Arizona stories from past weekend

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PHOENIX — If you were too preoccupied with staying cool over the weekend to pay attention to the news, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some of the biggest news stories that happened over the weekend, both in Arizona and nationwide:

Arizona native brings home second Triple Crown victory in 4 years

An Arizona native made history Saturday as he took home his second Triple Crown victory in four years.

Trainer Bob Baffert, a Nogales native, competed with Justify, a strapping chestnut colt who completed the series sweep on Saturday in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York.

Baffert won his first Triple Crown in 2015 with American Pharoah, ending a 37-year drought.

And now, the white-haired trainer saddled a colt to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

Trump delivers warning on trade as he leaves G-7 summit

President Donald Trump delivered a stern warning on trade to foreign countries at the Group of Seven summit on Saturday, advising trading partners not to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum. “If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” Trump declared.

Trump told reporters he pressed for “fair and reciprocal” trade practices at the G-7 meeting in Canada, urging his foreign counterparts to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices. The president has been at odds with key allies over the new tariffs, which dominated his talks with the leaders of major industrialized nations in the Canadian resort town.

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the group includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

NASA announces seven awards for Arizona small businesses

Some of the states small businesses are taking one giant leap.In an way to benefit both NASA’s mission and the country’s ceremony, the company handed out funding to 348 awardees recently.

Out of the more than 300 small businesses, six hailed from Arizona, receiving seven awards.

Through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts, $43.5 million was distributed to the small businesses around the United States.

South Phoenix residents push to stop light rail expansion

A group of Phoenix residents are hoping to persuade city officials to reverse course and derail a planned expansion of the metro area’s light rail system.The city has already approved the 6-mile (10-kilometer) expansion into south Phoenix with construction expected to begin in 2019, The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.

The project will extend the light rail along Central Avenue south of downtown between Jefferson Street and Baseline Road.

More than 200 residents recently gathered at a community center in south Phoenix to protest the project, claiming it will hurt businesses along the planned route by removing car lanes and diminishing their customer base. They also claim the extension will bring crime to their neighborhoods.

Unorthodox Trump faces toughest test yet in NKorea summit

Embarking on a self-described “mission of peace,” President Donald Trump puts his seat-of-the-pants foreign policy to its toughest test yet as he attempts this week to personally broker an end to North Korea’s nuclear program in talks with Kim Jong Un.

The impulsive American president, who just this weekend sowed chaos within the Western alliance, is set to face his match on the global stage as he prepares to meet Kim in Singapore on Tuesday.

In the historic first meeting between the leaders of the technically-still-warring nations, Trump is prioritizing instinct over planning. Unlike traditional summits between heads of state, where most of the work is completed in advance, U.S. officials say the only thing certain ahead of these talks will be their unpredictability.

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