Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Sept. 10-12

Sep 12, 2021, 6:00 PM
(Facebook photo/Peoria's 2nd Saturdays)...
(Facebook photo/Peoria's 2nd Saturdays)
(Facebook photo/Peoria's 2nd Saturdays)

PHOENIX — Peoria announced the return of Second Saturdays in October, Arizona Department of Revenue announced Thursday $48 million in unclaimed property has been returned to owners, and three pediatric patients were taken to the hospital on Saturday after drowning in a pool in Buckeye.

Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.

Peoria announces return of Second Saturdays in October

After more than a year on hiatus, Second Saturdays will return to Peoria next month, the city announced in a press release.

The event will occur on the second Saturday of each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through May 14, 2022. It will take place on Jefferson Street and 83rd Avenue in Old Town Peoria.

Every month will have its own theme, kicking off with “The Great Pumpkin” on October 9.

Second Saturdays is a free night market consisting of special vendors, outdoor games, art displays, local pop-up restaurants and live music.

Arizona Department of Revenue returns $48M in unclaimed property

The Arizona Department of Revenue announced Thursday $48 million in unclaimed property has been returned to owners for the 2021 fiscal year.

The agency returned about 83,000 properties to over 13,000 claimants that ranged in value from $1 to $166,000, according to a press release.

In the past three fiscal years, approximately $138 million has been returned to individuals and businesses.

Unclaimed property refers to money owned to a business or individual from origins including old bank accounts, uncashed payroll checks, returned deposits and dormant safe deposit boxes, the release said.

3 pediatric patients taken to hospital after drowning in Buckeye

Three pediatric patients all under the age of four were taken to the hospital on Saturday after drowning in a pool in Buckeye, authorities said.

Firefighters were dispatched to an apartment complex near Broadway Road and Miller Road after a report of three drowning victims, according to the Buckeye Fire Department.

All three children were transported to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, two by air and the third was taken by an ambulance in fair condition.

Ducey announces plans to work with educators, lawmakers to require 9/11 education

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday announced plans to work with educators and lawmakers to pass legislation guaranteeing 9/11 education in K-12 schools.

Currently, 14 states require students receive instructions about 9/11, and Arizona is not one of them, Ducey’s office said in a press release. Only “broad references” to 9/11 and terrorism are included in the state’s economic standards.

Ducey, along with the Arizona State Board of Education, educators and members of the state Legislature are working to add to that list.

Ramping up education in schools can also potentially combat misinformation and conspiracy theories that have circulated on the internet. Twenty years have passed and a Google search of “9/11 conspiracy theories” approaches 8 million hits.

Valley of the Sun United Way new program to provide over 78K meals for seniors

Valley of the Sun United Way announced Wednesday it has launched a new meal program that will provide more than 78,400 restaurant-style meals to Valley seniors in need.

Ruby’s Diner in Anthem prepares and freezes the meals that are both nutritious and low sodium as part of a partnership with United Way for the Senior Connect program, according to the release.

The meals are then distributed to approximately 1,000 seniors across the North and Northwest Valley by 11 food banks and nonprofit organizations.

Seniors get six meals per week as part of the five-month program, according to the release, along with other information about services they may be eligible for, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Valley Metro Photo)...
SuElen Rivera

Valley Metro riders can now pay fares through mobile app

Just in time for the big game, Valley Metro riders have a new way of paying for fares, the company announced Wednesday.
12 hours ago
Fall Out Boy performs at Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 4, 2017, in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam ...
Kevin Stone

Fall Out Boy returning to Phoenix this summer for 1st time in 6 years

Fall Out Boy is returning to Phoenix for the first time in six years this summer when the pop punkers hit the road to support a new album.
12 hours ago
(NPS Photo/Neal Herbert)...

Grand Canyon National Park opens self-guided river trip lottery

Grand Canyon National Park has begun accepting applications for 2024 self-guided river raft trip permits on the Colorado River.
12 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Donald Babiano)...
Griselda Zetino

Empty seats: COVID pandemic not the only reason for spike in chronic absenteeism in Arizona

The number of Arizona students missing school has skyrocketed over the last few years. The COVID pandemic isn’t the only reason.
12 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Over Easy Restaurant)...

Breakfast restaurant Over Easy plans to open 3 Valley locations this year

Breakfast and brunch restaurant Over Easy announced plans to open three new locations across the Valley this year.
12 hours ago
(Surveillance footage video provided by the Glendale Police Department)...
SuElen Rivera

Glendale police seek public’s help identifying suspect in Circle K robbery

Glendale police are asking the public's help in identifying a suspect involved in a robbery in December, authorities said.
12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Sept. 10-12