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State Treasurer Calls To Veto Religious Rights Bill

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Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, who is running for governor, says a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed.
 
The Republican said Saturday that he would try to create some kind of consensus legislation to protect religious liberty. Several Republican gubernatorial candidates have already weighed in on Senate Bill 1062. Secretary of State Bennett and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Friday they do not support it. Bennett called it unnecessary and divisive and Smith said it has the potential to negatively affect basic rights, including freedom of religion. Attorney Christine Jones says 1062 should be withdrawn to avoid da Read More »

Armed Robbery Suspect At Large

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handcuffsTwo persons are behind bars and a third is being sought in connection with an Armed Robbery at an area gas station.  The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says the robbery occurred at the Chevron Station located at 2003 West Eighth Street on Thursday (20) morning.  A male walked into the store and demanded money, threatening to harm the store clerk.  He also told the clerk he has two others waiting outside to assist him if the clerk did not cooperate.  He left with an undisclosed amount of money.  A short time later, deputies observed the suspect at another Circle K located at 3640 West Eighth Street.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident an Read More »

Miss Yuma County is Hosting Walk Off Hunger 5k

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Miss Yuma County 2014 Hailey Bernardo has partnered with the Yuma Community Food Bank to Fight the War on Hunger in Yuma County.  She is hosting a Walk Off Hunger Five-K at Smucker Park on March 22nd.  Festivities begin at 4pm with the  Glow Walk around 6pm.  Pre-signup details are being worked out in next few days and will be announced at that time.

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Yuma City Council Approves Plans To Build New Subdivision

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The Yuma City Council – despite several people voicing opposition – approved the preliminary plans for a new subdivision at 44th Street and Avenue 6E. The Yuma Sun is reporting that the council on Wednesday approved to change the land designation from rural density to low density residential. The next steps the council will have to take is to annex the 90 acres so the subdivision can be annexed into the city. Plans also include the construction of a school on ten acres of the property. 224 single family homes are expected to be constructed.

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Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest Four Smugglers And Seize 537 Pounds Of Marijuana

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station arrested four smugglers
Tuesday and seized 537 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated 268-thousand-dollars. Agents apprehended four Mexican nationals southwest of the Sierra Pinta Mountains, located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, all of whom were in the U.S. illegally.  The men and 510 pounds of marijuana were turned over to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
 
In a second incident, agents patrolling the Barry M. Goldwater Range discovered one abandoned bundle of marijuana weighing 27 pounds. It was seized for destruction.

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Sex Offender Arrested At Port Of San Luis

An El Paso man wanted on sex charges in Texas was apprehended Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of San Luis. Officers first referred the man for additional questioning when he attempted to enter the United States through a pedestrian lane, giving officers a fictitious name. During a routine records check, officers learned the man was actually 22-year-old Gerardo Pinedo. He is wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants for sex crimes involving a child and resisting/evading arrest. He was turned over to the San Luis Police Department.

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Doug Ducey Announces Candidacy For Republican Nomination For Governor Of Arizona

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Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey has officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor of Arizona. Ducey is the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery and has been hinting at a run but officially announced his candidacy on Wednesday. He says his campaign will focus on the economy and job creation, education and "solutions-driven" governance. Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Secretary of State Ken Bennett and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas are also running in the Republican primary. GoDaddy attorney Christine Jones and state Senator Al Melvin are also candidates.
 
Primary elections will be held August 26th. The general electi Read More »

Class Size Plays Significant Role In How Well Students Do In School

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As school districts across Arizona continue to cope with dwindling budgets, new research examines the impact of class size and the role that crowded classrooms can play in students' educational outcomes. In a new policy brief, Associate Professor at Northwestern University Diane Schanzenbach points out that having a manageable class size really does make a difference in how well students do in school.
 
Her research says student-teacher ratios in public schools fell steadily over the past 40 years, but that trend has changed recently. In the last five years, the average class size in the U.S. has increased 5%, to almost 22 students per classroom. The National Center for Education Read More »

Yuma Aeromodelers Host Model Airplane Show

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Several airplanes will be flying this weekend, but it is not at Yuma International Airport or the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. The Yuma Aeromodelers will host a show that will showcase model airplanes. Dave Bartholomew tells us more about the main day’s events on Saturday.
 
Anyone can come out on Sunday and fly as well during the open flying session. More information can be found at yumaaeromodelers.com.

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Another Arizona House Committee Approves $500,000 Appropriation To Create A Memorial Site For Granite Mountain Hotshots

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Another Arizona House committee has approved a $500,000 appropriation to create a memorial site honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire last year. The House appropriations committee approved House Bill 2624 by a vote of 8-1 on Wednesday. The energy, environment and natural resources committee approved the bill by Republican Representative Karen Fann of Prescott on Monday.
 
The bill allocates $500,000 to create a memorial site to honor the firefighters and a committee to oversee the memorial and administer the fund. The committee would include relatives of the firefighters killed, as well as state representatives and officials from the state parks bo Read More »

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