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A Grant Has Been Awarded To The Oak Creek Watershed Council For Continued Research Efforts

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Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials say a nearly 166-thousand-dollar grant has been awarded to the Oak Creek Watershed Council for continued outreach efforts and cleanup events in northern Arizona. The grant is one of three awarded in Arizona this year, administered by ADEQ's water quality improvement grant program. It is to address polluted runoff from different sources. Last year, the Creek Ambassadors program and Oak Creek cleanup project conducted a successful campaign north of Sedona near Highway 89-A along Oak Creek. The project collected nearly two tons of trash. With continued funding this year, the ambassadors will work as two-person teams trained by the United States Fore Read More »

Arpaio’s Layers Say Fees Request Excessive

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers say a request for approximately $7 Million in legal fees and costs for lawyers who won a racial profiling suit is astonishingly excessive. The lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case have said their fee request is reasonable because the case involved nearly six years of work. Arpaio's lawyers dispute that and say the amount sought should be drastically reduced. Their response says the lawyers' hourly rates are too high and that there have been massive and inefficient overstaffing and duplication of efforts. United States District Judge Murray Snow ruled that Arpaio's office systematically singled out Latinos in its traffic enforcement a Read More »

Gabby Giffords Says It’s “Too Dangerous To Wait” On Gun Control

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Gabby Giffords is telling Washington leaders that "it's too dangerous to wait" to confront gun violence.  The former Arizona congresswoman is featured in a new television ad campaign set to air immediately before and after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. In the ad, Giffords faces the camera and says that "Congress is afraid of the gun lobby." Giffords, a Democrat, is still recovering from a brain injury suffered in 2011 when a mentally ill man shot her in the head as she met with constituents outside an Arizona shopping center. She was First Lady Michelle Obama's guest at last year's State of the Union, when gun control was Read More »

Arizona’s Fourth Grade Reading Gap Follows Home Income Gap

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Seventy-two percent of Arizona fourth-graders are reading below grade level. That is one finding of a new Kids Count Data Snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Casey Foundation’s Elizabeth Burke Bryant says one key to success in life is learning to read in the early grades.
 
Although Arizona fourth-grade reading levels have improved over the past decade, the reading gap between higher and lower-income students is getting worse. The report finds 43% of Arizona’s higher-income fourth-graders are reading at or above grade level, compared with only 15% of lower-income kids Read More »

Yuma Proving Grounds Dedicates New Wind Tunnel

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The Yuma Proving Ground dedicated a new wind tunnel on Friday, January 24th. The tunnel will help train military members and others on parachute landings.
 
The tunnel is the largest in the world and able to fit up to eight jumpers at once. The tunnel was named after the late Green Beret Master Sargent George A. Bannar Junior.

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Former University Of Arizona Director Of Athletics Passes Away

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Former University of Arizona Director of Athletics Dave Strack passed away on Saturday at the age of 90. Strack served as AD at the U of A from 1972-to-1982. Highlighting his decade-long tenure at Arizona, Strack hired the first African-American head coach at a major university when he appointed Fred Snowden head men’s basketball coach in 1972. He also oversaw the opening of the McKale Memorial Center in February 1973. Strack was also instrumental in Arizona’s transition from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pac-10 in 1978.

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Cocopah Indian Tribe Donates Money To Tacna Fire Department

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe donated $1000 to the Tacna Fire Department. Throughout the years the Cocopah Tribal council has donated thousands to the department. 20 Fire fighters from the Tacna Fire Department volunteer their time to serve their community. The Tacna Fire Department provides emergency response in East Yuma County from Telegraph Pass to the Maricopa County line. According to Assistant Chief, Gary Shaw the funds will be used to pay for fuel, safety gear, equipment, maintenance, repairs and other operating costs.

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State Money Sought Out To Put On 2015 Super Bowl

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As Glendale prepares to host the Super Bowl next year, city officials and sports executives are lobbying the state to help offset costs. The Arizona Republic reports Glendale city leaders and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee have been working separately to get state funds to help stage the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.
 
State Representative David Gowan submitted a bill last week that would benefit Glendale. The bill proposes the state reimburse public-safety costs for cities hosting large events. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl host committee and other business groups are joining efforts to get financial backing for responsibilities tied to hosting major events. Repre Read More »

Yuma Announces Annual Neighborhood Cleanup

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It is time for the annual Yuma Neighborhood cleanup. Over the next ten weeks, the city will pick up items they normally do not take. Dave Nash with the city of Yuma tells us more.
 
For a complete listing of dates and when your neighborhood will be served, go online to the City of Yuma website.

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Shopping Cart Injuries Pose Big Danger To Little Kids

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A new study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows that shopping cart safety needs a closer look. Researchers found from 1990-to-2011, more than a half-million children were treated in the nation's emergency rooms for injuries associated with shopping carts – including falls, entrapment, and carts that tipped over on them. Doctor Gary Smith with Nationwide's Center for Injury Research and Policy says parents' and children's behavior play a factor, but there also are flaws in shopping cart design.
 
The study recommends several design changes, such as placing the seating area of the cart near the floor. Doctor Smith says the latter change improves safe Read More »

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