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Victim Of Deadly Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision Has Been Identified


The victim in the recent deadly vehicle/pedestrian collision has been identified. The Yuma Police Department says 62-year-old Leo Koivu was killed on Saturday. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 21-year-old Danny Polanco. Polanco has been interviewed by police and released. Koivu was riding his bicycle in a crosswalk on Magnolia Avenue near Eighth Street when the accident occurred. The investigation continues and the Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call 928-373-4700 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.

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Yuma City Council Meets Tonight At City Hall


The Yuma City Council is meeting tonight at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall. The council will further consider a change in the billing cycle for water and sewer customers. The issue has been delayed while some concerns of the council were considered. Mayor Douglass Nicholls says he is looking forward to moving ahead on the agenda item.
Mayor Nichols adds that there is some newer software that may help smooth out those bill pay options.

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Grijalva Calls For AZ Schools Chief Investigation


Arizona congressman Raul Grijalva has called for a federal investigation into automated calls made by state schools chief John Huppenthal last week. In a letter Monday to Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Grijalva calls for an investigation into whether Huppenthal violated student privacy laws for sending automated calls to 15-thousand Phoenix and Tucson homes in poor-performing school districts. Huppenthal explains Arizona's Empowerment scholarship program in the call. The program offers money to parents who send their children to private schools. Education advocates have legally challenged the constitutionality of the voucher-like program.
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Arizona Department Of Water Resources Gets New Director


The Arizona Department of Water Resources now has a new director. Michael J. Lacey was appointed to the job Tuesday by Governor Jan Brewer. His appointment fills the vacancy created by the departure of director Sandra Fabritz-Whitney. Brewer says Lacey has three decades of experience in water resource management. Lacey has been the department's deputy director since 2011, serving as the chief operating officer overseeing the protection and administration of water rights and water supplies. Before joining the department, Lacey was a business owner and consulting hydrologist for 22 years. Lacey has a master's degree in physical geography from Arizona State University.Read More »

Arizona State House Approves New System To Alert Public Of Police Killers


The Arizona State House has approved a new system similar to Amber Alerts. It notifies the public when a suspect who has killed or injured a law enforcement officer and who is dangerous and is on the loose. House Bill 2323 creates a "Blue Alert System" which would broadcast over media and highway signs the details of the suspect and his or her car. The House passed the bill unanimously on Tuesday. It will now move to the Senate. 18 other states have adopted the system.

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Republican Bill Targets Border Security


A House committee has approved $5 million dollar appropriation for new communications equipment in Cochise County that Republicans hope will increase border security.
House Bill 2188 sponsor Representative Carl Seel of Phoenix says the new communications system is much needed. The system would allow public safety personnel such as the sheriff's office and local police and firefighters to communicate via stronger signals, especially in remote areas. It also would connect various agencies to one central system. The bill originally called for $20 million dollars, but was reduced to $5 million dollars in part because of two multi-million-dollar private donations. The House Com Read More »

National Survey Shows Strong Support For Limits On Carbon Pollution


There is majority support for moving the country "entirely away from coal" power plants like Arizona's Navajo and Cholla plants, according to a new nationwide survey commissioned by the Sierra Club. The poll finds that 57% of those questioned support the idea. Mary Anne Hitt heads the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.
The poll found that more than three out of every five Americans support investing in clean energy sources and energy efficiency instead of the traditional fuels – coal, oil and gas.

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Firefighters Respond To Trailer Fire Monday Afternoon


Rural/Metro firefighters responded to an abandoned mobile home on fire in the 2100 block of East 14th Street Monday afternoon. Officials told the Yuma Sun an explosion caused the blaze. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the mobile home was fully engulfed. Rural/Metro asked for assistance from the Yuma Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

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Shooting In Phoenix Walmart; One Dead


Police say a man who shot and killed another man inside a suburban Phoenix Walmart opened fire in self-defense. Chandler police said Monday that 36-year-old Kriston Charles Belinte Chee was shot following a fight with another man, 25-year-old Kyle Wayne Quadlin. Detectives reviewing surveillance video report the two men fought in the store before the shooting Sunday afternoon. Quadlin told police he was losing the fight and pulled his gun in self-defense. Police say Belinte Chee was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Quadlin was not booked in the case and Chandler police say they will submit their investigation for review to the

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Arizona House Committee Approves New Fund And Committee To Set Up Memorial Honoring Granite Mountain Hotshots Killed In Fire


An Arizona House committee has approved a new fund and committee to create a memorial site honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The committee approved House Bill 2624 unanimously Monday. It would allocate $500,000 to create a memorial site to honor the firefighters. It also creates 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 board. The bill also would establish a fund of appropriated and donated money for maintaining the memorial. All but one of the 20 Hotshots on the Prescott-based crew perished June 30, 2013 when f Read More »

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