Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Jan. 6-8

Jan 8, 2023, 6:00 PM
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PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed a pair of executive orders on Friday, a man accused of shooting a Scottsdale police sergeant is dead and Immersive Monet and The Impressionists return to the Valley for a limited time.

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

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signs 2 executive orders on homelessness, elections

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs continued her First 100 Days Initiative with a pair of executive orders on Friday.

The first — and second signed since Hobbs took office — reinstates a commission on homelessness and housing that was abolished in 2020. The other order signed on Friday establishes a bipartisan elections task force.

Executive Order 2 creates the Governor’s Interagency and Community Council on Homelessness and Housing, which will be chaired by the sitting governor of Arizona. The council will plan and develop policies aimed at addressing homelessness in the state.

Man accused of shooting police sergeant dies after second shooting in Tempe

A man accused of shooting a Scottsdale police sergeant in downtown Phoenix died after he was involved in a separate officer-involved shooting on Saturday, authorities announced.

Kenneth Hearne, 37, was taken to the hospital following the Tempe shooting where he died from his injuries, the Tempe Police Department said in a press release Sunday.

Hearne was accused of shooting the sergeant just after 7 p.m. at an apartment complex near First Avenue and Roosevelt Street while the Scottsdale Police Department was serving a search warrant, authorities said.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs names 4 cabinet members focused on economy, transportation

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs on Friday, the day following her inauguration ceremony, named four more cabinet members for tourism, transportation, commerce and administration.

Sandra Watson will return to her role as president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, a position she has held since October 2012.

Lisa Urias was named director of the Office of Tourism, Jennifer Toth will direct the Department of Transportation and Elizabeth Alvarado-Thorson was selected as director of the Department of Administration, which she most recently served as deputy director.

Immersive Monet and The Impressionists returns to the Valley for another run

Those who missed Immersive Monet and The Impressionists have another chance to experience the art exhibit as it has returned to the Valley for a limited time after a successful run in 2022.

The first showing was Friday at Lighthouse ArtSpace Phoenix in Old Town Scottsdale (4301 N. Scottsdale Rd.) and tickets for future shows can be purchased online starting at $29.99

The art exhibit features more than 500,000 cubic feet of projections comprised of 1.2 million frames showcasing the iconic works of 18 artists, including Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Mary Cassatt.

Police investigating discovery of human remains in Buckeye

Police officers were investigating an area in west Buckeye where an off-roader discovered human remains in the desert, according to police.

The skeletal remains included a human skull and other bones, which were taken to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office for examination.

Officers were summoned to the area near Johnson Road and Southern Avenue in Buckeye at 1 p.m. and asked the public to avoid the area.

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