Reptile spotted on Phoenix freeway; AZ stores impacted by proposed grocery merger l Morning News Brief

An unusual rescue went down along a north Phoenix freeway; nearly 100 Arizona stores will be impacted by a proposed merger between grocery giants; and more – here's a look at some of the top stories on for the morning of July 10.

1. Reptile crawls into freeway storm drain


Reptile rescued from storm drain on Loop 101 in north Phoenix

If you were driving along the Loop 101 in north Phoenix on Wednesday morning, you may have witnessed an unusual scene.

2. AZ stores impacted by proposed grocery merger


Kroger and Albertsons release list of stores to be divested in proposed acquisition

A list of stores to be divested as a result of a proposed merger between Kroger and Albertson's was released by Kroger. The proposed acquisition is in litigation by the FTC and several state attorney's general for anticompetitive practices.

3. Water main break in Phoenix

4. Actor calls on Biden to drop out of race


George Clooney, prominent Dem supporter, calls for Biden to withdraw

George Clooney wrote a lengthy opinion for the New York Times calling for President Biden to "save democracy again" by withdrawing from the race.

5. Frozen chicken recall

chicken recall

Check your freezer: More than 2,000 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products have been recalled due to the possibility of listeria contamination. Read more here.

Today's weather


Arizona weather forecast: Excessive Heat Warning continues in Phoenix

On Wednesday, temps are expected to reach about 116°F, which would break the previous record for the day.