United States Congressman Paul Gosar released a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that held unconstitutional an Arizona law protecting the lives of babies 20 weeks and older, effectively striking down the law. He said quote – "The spurious legacy of Roe continues unabated. This is more than a legal issue; it’s an issue of life or death for unborn babies. This law struck a balance that protected women who wanted to terminate their babies' lives, while also keeping older babies from feeling the excruciating pain of death by abortion. As a father of three and a health care provider, I am appalled and disma Read More »
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A leading insurance industry analyst upgraded its rating for the City of Yuma’s building code effectiveness to a level shared previously by only one other jurisdiction in Arizona and only one-percent of jurisdictions nationwide. The Insurance Services Office Incorporated, which supplies data and analytics for the insurance industry, upgraded the City’s rating in the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule to a grade of two for one-and-two-family residential properties and also for commercial and industrial properties. The grading scale is one to ten, with one being highest; however, few achieve a one rating. No Arizona jurisdictions earned a BCEGS of one in 2013. The resulti Read More »
A new team assigned to review more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned nearly 6,000 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named on December 2nd 2013 by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Monday. It said more than 3300 children identified in the reports now have been seen and almost 2900 cases have had a response. The team is led by the head of the state's Juvenile Corrections department, Charles Flanagan. Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed the uninvestigated reports called into a hotline on November 21st 20 Read More »
The federal government says nearly 28,000 Arizonans have picked plans under the Affordable Care Act health care exchange in the first three months of open enrollment. The figures were released Monday by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. More than $2 million people have signed up nationally. Most of those signing up for coverage in Arizona are older. The department says that 36% of those that have chosen plans are between ages 55 and 64. At 53%, slightly more women have chosen plans than men in Arizona. 68% are getting financial help to pay their monthly premium.Read More »
A judge has set a March 17th trial date to decide whether Jodi Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. The 33-year-old Arias was convicted of murder last year, but the jury deadlocked on her punishment. A new penalty phase must be held in which lawyers are expected to bring evidence and call witnesses. The Maricopa County court system announced the date Monday after a closed-door hearing in the case. The first trial became an international sensation as it revealed violent and tawdry details about the crime and people followed the case on live video streams. But the judge will limit video in the courtroom for the next trial.Read More »
The federal government's cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP and food stamps, are being felt in Arizona. A 5% cut in SNAP benefits took effect in November 2013, amounting to about $36 per month for a family of four. Jerry Brown with Saint Mary's Food Bank Alliance says the reduction can mean many lost meals for those living on the edge of hunger.
Brown says the food bank gets busier at the end of the month when people start to run low on SNAP benefits and rely more on emergency food boxes.
United States Congressman Paul Gosar voted in favor of the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act Friday, legislation that requires the Department of Health and Human Services to notify within two business days any individual whose personal information was stolen or unlawfully accessed through an ObamaCare exchange. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 291-to-122. After the vote, Representative Gosar stated quote – "Millions of Americans were required to enter their personal information on a website that the Obama Administration knew was insecure and was not fully tested. Now these people are at risk for identity theft. While I will contin Read More »
A suspect in a shooting that left one man wounded has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. 22-year-old Marco Navarrete was arraigned Friday on two felony offenses. Navarrete has also been charged with one count of aggravated assault. Navarrete entered not guilty pleas to both charges. A justice of the peace denied a request from Navarrete's defense lawyer to reduce his bond.
The Yuma Police Department responded Wednesday morning to a report of a disturbance involving a gun. Officers found a 46-year-old man with gunshot wounds to one of his feet. He was treated and released at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Police have not identified him. Investigators say an argument may have led Read More »
The Yuma Police Department is notifying the public concerning the relocation of a registered sex offender. Police say 33-year-old Kevin Wiley has relocated to 2513 South Edgewood Drive in Yuma. He is described as standing 5’9 tall and weighing 265 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. In August 2003, he entered a plea agreement on one count of Attempted Sexual Conduct with a minor. He was sentenced to one-and-a-half-years in prison and lifetime intensive probation. He is a level two sex offender with a medium risk to re-offend.
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Several people were injured following a multiple car accident on Highway 95 on Thursday night. The accident occurred just south of County 12th-and-a-Half Street. The initial investigation at the scene revealed that the Honda CR-V was traveling southbound on Highway 95 when the driver became aware of an approaching ambulance with lights and sirens activated, and slowed down to transition right into the slow lane. The driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck traveling southbound behind the Honda CR-V was not able to slow down in time and rear-ended the Honda CR-V. As the three stood next to the truck, a Honda Odyssey van traveling southbound rear-ended the Chevrolet pickup truck, and hit all th Read More »