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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 »

Lawmakers Renew Push To Allow Teachers To Arm Themselves In The Classroom

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A bill before Arizona lawmakers this session renews a push to allow teachers to arm themselves in the classroom.
 
Attorney General Tom Horne and other supporters say the legislation would protect children and staff in the event of a mass shooting. But opponents would rather have police officers assigned to schools. Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill considers the proposal little more than a ploy to expand gun rights. The legislation is in its earliest stages, and it is too early to gauge its chances of passing, but a similar proposal failed last year.

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YCAT Makes Improvements To Area Bus Stops

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The Yuma County Intergovernmental Transportation Authority, which oversees Yuma County Area Transit will be making improvements to area bus stops. The Yuma Sun is reporting that Marv Kirchler of Tucson and Creative Outdoor of Orlando, Florida will be providing advertisements at the bus stops and benches at no charge to YCAT. Altogether, 38 benches and shelters throughout Yuma County, the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation and Winterhaven are expected to be improved.

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Arizona Western College Host 16th Annual College Goal Sunday

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Arizona Western College’s Financial Aid Office and the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education are teaming up for the 16th Annual College Goal Sunday. College bound students are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday on Sunday, February 23rd from 2pm-to-4pm at the Academic Complex Computer Lab on the AWC Main Campus. All students planning to attend any college this fall will receive free help to complete the FAFSA. There will be computers with internet connections to access the FAFSA online. Although there are 30 state wide sites offered, AWC’s presentation for the past few years has had some of the highest attendance numbers in the state. Loca Read More »

Superior Court Judge Passes Away

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Former Superior Court Judge Tom Cole died Thursday. Cole was 76-years-old. Cole served as an associate attorney, then ran his own law firm, and eventually was appointed to be a judge at Yuma Court in 1991. He served for 16 years until 2007 when he retired. Judge Cole is especially remembered for creating the Drug Court in 1998 and completing the Yuma Court Justice Center in 2005.

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ASU Drops Fraternity After Hosting Controversial Martin Luther King Junior Party

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Arizona State University is severing ties with a fraternity after the chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Junior Day, replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes. The school notified Tau Kappa Epsilon that its recognition as a fraternity chapter at ASU has been permanently revoked. Revoking recognition means the 65-year-old local chapter is no longer affiliated with ASU, the group will not be listed on the university's website and cannot recruit members or hold on-campus meetings.

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State Department Of Administration Releases Yuma County Jobless Rate

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Yuma County’s jobless rate for December 2013 was 27.1%. The numbers released by the State Department of Administration is lower from the 28.3% posted in November 2013. The December figure is still higher from the December 2012 unemployment figure of 26.7%. Arizona’s jobless rate was 7.6% in December.

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Gas Prices Slightly Higher This Week In Arizona

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Gasoline prices around Arizona are slightly higher again 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 an increase of almost a penny from last week. This week's national average is at $3.28 per gallon, down by nearly two-cents from last week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.17 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.34. Missouri has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $2.99 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.66 a gallon.

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State Of Nevada Looking For People To Adopt Wild Horses

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The state of Nevada is reaching out to people who may be interested in adopting a wild horse captured in the Virginia Range near Reno. Deniz Bolbol with the California-based "Return To Freedom – American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign," which handles the adoptions, says fifteen of the animals were recently rounded up and are being housed at the Carson City prison. She says owning a horse is a long-term commitment.
 
Bolbol says several of the horses have been "halter-broke," which means they can be haltered and led around, and at least two of the animals have been saddled. She adds there are several foals and yearlings, and the rest of the animals are prob Read More »

Woman Rescued After Being Stranded In Papago Park

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A woman has been rescued after being stranded since Wednesday morning on a mountain trail in Phoenix's Papago Park. Phoenix Fire Department officials say the woman in her 30s says she was hiking and got stuck on a 100-foot cliff.
 
Other hikers noticed her and called 9-1-1. Fire units from Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe deployed technical rescue teams to reach her. They rappelled using ropes and gear and performed a rescue pick-off. Crews reached the hiker Thursday and found she was not injured. After being evaluated, the woman was given a ride home. The name and age of the woman was not immediately released by authorities.

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