Candidates for governor have record-breaking fundraising; Plans for Gilbert's Heritage North move forward; Francine restaurant in Scottsdale

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A look at some of today's top stories, the weather forecast and a peek back in history.

Eight leading candidates for Arizona governor collectively raised an eye-popping $17 million in 2021, fueling the race to replace Republican Gov. Doug Ducey as it accelerates into the election year.

A huge development planned to bring a mix of rentals, retail shops and a hotel to downtown Gilbert is moving forward. But the project, which initially planed to start construction in 2020, still has a ways to go before it's built.

Francine in Scottsdale serves Southern French cuisine from chef Laurent Halasz, the founder of Fig & Olive. It offers date night vibes and great food.

Today, you can expect it to be sunny, with a high near 69 degrees. Partly cloudy at night, with a low near 48 degrees. Get the full forecast here.

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Today in history

  • On this date in 1877, Allen’s Camp, Ariz. changed its name to St. Joseph after the Prophet, Joseph Smith.

  • In 1921, the first serious accident in the history of Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon occurred. Three pack horses loaded with hay, grain, provisions, bedding and 116 pounds of dynamite fell over the wall of the canyon and were killed on the rocks below. The supplies were for a construction camp at the foot of the trail where the National Park Service was building a bridge across the Colorado River.

  • In 1934, Jesse W. Ellison, who established the Q ranch in Gila County, died.

  • In 1977, on his first full day in office, President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.

  • In 2003, the Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed Blacks as America’s largest minority group.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: AZ Briefing: Candidates for governor have record-breaking fundraising

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