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Police Investigating Motel Robbery

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Police are trying to understand why two persons held up an area motel and took a piece of equipment that is no good to them once it was removed from the motel. The Oak Tree Inn was held up on Wednesday morning by two Hispanic males in their 20s. Yuma Police Department Public Affairs Officer Joe Franklin tells us more about the card door reader the pair took.
 
The two men are still on the run and police continue their investigation.

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Final Passage Of Farm Bill Expected Today

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Final passage of the much-delayed federal Farm Bill is expected today. The five-year compromise includes funding for programs that support conservation and renewable energy. While overall, the Energy Title funding has been reduced, Andy Olsen with the Environmental Law and Policy Center says the compromise provides some certainty for renewed growth in rural energy projects.
 
Olsen says the compromise allows $881 million dollars for the Energy Title over ten years, including the
Rural Energy for America Program and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Olsen says the funding will support diverse technologies for renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives in rural communit Read More »

Arizona Legislature OKs Millions For Child-Welfare Agency

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The Arizona Legislature has quickly approved a special $6.8 million appropriation that will let the state's child welfare agency hire 192 new workers right away.
 
The Senate and House of Representatives voted Thursday on identical bills authorizing the spending. The money is a key part of Governor Jan Brewer's effort to remake the agency. The proposal shifts $1.1 million in the current budget and gives the agency another $5.7 million. Brewer pulled Child Protective Services from its parent agency on January 13th and made it a stand-alone department reporting to her.

Also winning approval was a $1.46 million request for the Independent Redist Read More »

Arizona Department Of Gaming Revenue

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The Arizona Department of Gaming says contributions to the state from tribal gambling revenue will be about $13.5 million for the quarter that ended December 31st 2013. That is about 2.7% more than the same quarter in 2012. Dan Bergin, the department director, says the increase is welcome news for state programs that get funding from the tribal money. He says about $6.5 million will go toward the state's Instructional Improvement Fund for education, with roughly $3.2 million going into the Trauma and Emergency Services Fund and about $1.6 million going toward Arizona Department of Gaming operating costs. Other revenue will go to funds for wildlife conservation and tourism. Read More »

Gas Prices Slightly Lower This Week

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Gasoline prices around Arizona are slightly lower at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona say that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.24 a gallon. That is down by less than a penny from last week. This week's national average is at $3.27 per gallon, more than a penny lower than last week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.15 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.35. Montana has the lowest average gas prices in the continental United States at $3.01 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.64 a gallon.

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Police On The Lookout For Two Armed Robbers

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The Yuma Police Department is on the lookout for two suspects who allegedly robbed an area motel Wednesday morning. Police say two Hispanic males walked into the Oak Tree Inn on South Sunridge Drive early Wednesday morning and brandished a knife at the clerk. They then used the same knife to remove a room card reader, left the motel out the front door of the check in office and fled the scene in a white 2010 or 2011 four door Chevrolet Silverado. Both suspects are described as about 22-years-old, standing about five-foot, six-inches tall and weighing about 150-pounds. One suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and the second suspect was wearing a white sweater and a blue bandana over his face. Read More »

Number Of Flu Related Deaths In Yuma County Increases To Three

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The number of influenza deaths in Yuma County has now increased to three – the latest victim an infant. The other two unidentified victims were adults. Registered Nurse April Parsons of Yuma Regional Medical Center says they have seen an increase in influenza cases.
 
Doctors are urging the community to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others. Flu season does not peak until the end of February. Medical professionals are telling people to wash their hands, cover their mouths, stay home if you are sick, and most importantly get a flu shot.

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City Of San Luis Announces Retirement Of Manuel Aranda

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The City of San Luis is announcing the retirement of Manuel Aranda, Friday. Aranda’s leaving marks the end of an era for the City of San Luis. He was the first person in charge of maintenance operations for the City’s Public Works Department. Mayor Gerado Sanchez added the city is indebted to his vision and commitment for propelling the city to their present position as a progressive city. His work has assured an enhanced quality of life for local residents.


The City of San Luis is deeply thankful and honored for Aranda’s dedicated service to the City an Read More »

Yuma Lettuce Days Presents Annual Culinary Celebration At Quartermaster Depot

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Chef Chris "C-J" Jacobson, executive chef at Girasol restaurant in Studio City, California, will be the headline chef for the next Yuma Lettuce Days, set for March 1st and 2nd at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. An annual culinary celebration of Yuma's role as the nation's winter vegetable capital, Lettuce Days earned a Governor's Tourism Award as Arizona's outstanding special event in 2011. Jacobson will do two live cooking demonstrations each day, with some lucky audience members getting a chance to taste what he whips up on stage.

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Arizona Ranks 41st For Overall Financial Security

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Arizona ranks 41st in the nation for overall financial security of its residents, according to a scorecard released today by the Washington, DC based Corporation for Enterprise Development.
 
Arizona Community Action Association director Cynthia Zwick calls the results “disappointing but not surprising,” and says those households are defined as “liquid asset poor.”.
 
Arizona also ranks poorly for state policies that would help low and moderate-income families. Zwick supports lifting asset limits for temporary cash assistance to needy families and implementing a state version of the federal
Earned Income Tax Credit.
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