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Congressman Paul Gosar Led Efforts to Clean Up Government

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This week, United States Congressman Paul Gosar led a series of legislative efforts to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse within the federal government.  Specifically, Representative Gosar authored and submitted five requests to the Committee on Appropriations for specific language to be included in Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bills.  Representative Gosar targeted precise areas of waste and abuse that occurred previously and sought to prohibit their reoccurrence.

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Spring Cleaning Today

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With spring set to officially arrive today (Thursday 20), many folks across Arizona are in the mood to do some cleaning. With a few simple tips, the process does not need to be so daunting.  Professional organizer Amelia Hatcher says for most people, it just is not realistic to maintain a home in perfect order each day, but they can focus on clearing out the clutter.

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Small Loan Rates May Increase

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moneyCommunity groups ranging from AARP Arizona to the Arizona Community Action Association are urging state senators to reject a bill allowing increased interest rates and fees on small consumer loans.  House Bill 2526 would allow loans up to three-thousand dollars to carry an interest rate of 36-percent, and would permit an origination fee of 150-dollars, more than double the current limit.  At the same time, Representative Debbie McCune-Davis says the bill provides no assurance that borrowers would actually be able to repay those loans.

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Senate Committee Approves Bill to Protect Cities

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Arizona-FlagAn Arizona Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill that would protect cities and towns from large insurance liabilities in the case of a disaster that results in the death or serious injury of a public safety employee. House Speaker Andy Tobin says the bill would help cities like Prescott following the deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire.  House Bill 2693 distributes the cost of death and serious injury benefits among all members of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System instead of keeping it within the city or town for which those killed in the line of duty work.  Read More »

Obama Releases Picks for March Madness

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BasketballPresident Barack Obama is picking Michigan State to win the N-C-Double-A men's basketball championship over defending champion Louisville.  Arizona and Florida round out his Final Four picks.  When asked why he did not pick Arizona to win the national title, Obama told KPHOTV that the Wildcats are tough but they lost a key starter when forward Brandon Ashley suffered a season-ending foot injury on February 1st.  If not for that, Obama says he would have picked the U-of-A to go all the way.

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Yuma City Council Meeting

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The Yuma City Council will meet tonight (Wednesday 19) at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall.  Several items are on the agenda related to the celebration of Yuma’s 100th Anniversary.  Those items mostly concern temporary liquor licenses that will be in effect for several events during the week long celebration.  The council will also authorize the execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Yuma County Flood Control District to construct new and improve existing flood control and drainage facilities in the West Yuma Mesa area.  The meeting will be held at the Yuma City Hall.

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Gunman Appears in Court Tuesday

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A man accused of threatening to shoot people with a loaded gun appeared in court Tuesday (18).
38-year-old Arcemio Ibarra was arrested after the incident near 20th Street and Tenth Avenue.  Formal charges against Ibarra include two counts of aggravated assault and one of misconduct with a deadly weapon.  The defendant asked the court to appoint him an attorney.  The judge kept his conditions of release the same, including his bond of more than 82-thousand-dollars.

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Brewer Ends Months of Speculation

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ended months of speculation about her political future on Wednesday when she announced that she will not seek a third term in office.

The Arizona Constitution limits governors to two terms, but the Republican governor and her advisers have kept alive a scenario in which she might mount a long shot legal challenge to seek another four years in office.  Brewer completed the term of former Gov. Janet Napolitano when she took a job in President Barack Obama's administration in 2009.  

Brewer then won a full term in 2010. She has said in the past that there's "ambiguity" in the constitution because she hasn't served two full terms Read More »

Racial Profiling

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A judge who ruled last year that an Arizona sheriff's office has racially profiled Latinos is criticizing the agency's top leaders for mischaracterizing and trivializing the case's key findings during a training session.

United States District Judge Murray Snow is questioning whether Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan are encouraging an attitude among sheriff's deputies that undermines efforts to remedy the agency's constitutional violations.

The judge says a video of the October training session shows Sheridan providing a misleading summary of the case and appearing to have suggested officers weren't obliged to make their best efforts at comply Read More »

Arizona House of Representatives Introduce Budget

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Speaker Andy Tobin says the Arizona House of Representatives will introduce a mirror copy of the budget introduced this week in the Senate as negotiations with Governor Jan Brewer begin. 
Tobin said Tuesday (18) he met with Brewer and she sees the nine-point-two-billion-dollar budget proposal as a good first step. Brewer's spokesman says the proposal is far from what she will accept.  Tobin says the House bills should be introduced this week and he hopes the House Appropriations Committee takes up the budget early next week.  Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed all nine of Senate President Andy Biggs' budget bills
Tuesday (18) afternoon.  Biggs hop Read More »

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