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Yuma City Council Meeting Tonight With New Mayor

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The Yuma City Council faces a light agenda for the first meeting of 2014 tonight. This will be the first meeting for Mayor Doug Nicholls and new council members William Craft, Gary Knight and Gary Wright. Mayor Nichols is happy to have a light agenda.
 
The agenda includes the appointment of a Deputy Mayor and several liquor license requests as well. The meeting starts tonight at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall.

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Tesla Supercharging Stations Hope To Help Arizona Tourism

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Arizona's tourism economy could get a boost in the new year, courtesy of Tesla Motors. The maker of the popular electric vehicles has opened one of its supercharging stations at Quartzsite, with six more coming soon around the state.
 
Ray Hagerman with Four Corners Economic Development says Tesla strategically locates the stations in areas near amenities like restaurants and shopping centers. He says the idea is that Tesla owners will spend some money while waiting for their vehicles to charge.
 
Tesla supercharging stations will open in the next few months near Buckeye, Flagstaff, Gila Bend, Kingman, Winslow and Yuma, with two more Arizona stations pl Read More »

Despite Deep Freeze, Global Warming Still Happening

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Most of the nation may be frozen, but an expert says the world is still warming. Lonnie Thompson is a renowned climatologist and professor at Ohio State who has studied the effects of climate on glaciers around the globe. He says public opinion on climate change tends to shift in response to cold weather patterns.
 
Thompson says each of the past three decades has been hotter than the one before, and those three decades were hotter than at any time in the past 1400 years. Phoenix had its hottest summer ever in 2013, and seven of the ten hottest years in the city have happened since 2000.

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Conservative Group’s TV Ads Target Rep. Barber, Kirkpatrick

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Arizona television viewers will soon know it is an election year just by turning on their television sets. A conservative group is committing $650,000 to television ads targeting two Democratic members of Congress for their support of the president's health care overhaul law.
 
Americans for Prosperity announced Tuesday it was committing the cash for a three-week campaign targeting Representatives Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick. The tea party-aligned group gets funding from billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Americans for Prosperity is also spending big in other races across the nation. A spokesman for Kirkpatrick's re-election campaign says she is focused on helping Read More »

Congressman Paul Gosar Announces His Nominations For U.S. Service Academies Class Of 2018

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar announced his nominations to the United States Service Academies for the Class of 2018. Of those, several from Yuma were nominated. They include Kyle Spruell of Yuma training at West Point and with the United States Naval Academy, Ryan Hoffmann of Yuma who is a merchant marine and training with the United States Naval Academy and Daniel Hugh of Yuma training with the United States Air Force and the United States Naval Academy.

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Number Of DUI’s Drop In Arizona

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There is good news for Arizona drivers. The total number of DUI's in the state dropped for the first time in the past decade. This is according to new data from the Governors Office of Highway Safety, which coordinates a statewide task force targeting drunk drivers. Our television partner KYMATV reports that officers participating made more than 29,000 DUI arrests last year, a decrease of more than 3,000 from 2012's total. Nearly 4,000 of those arrests took place during the 2013 holiday season, which began November 25th and ran through the end of the year.

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Yuma County Board Of Supervisors Approve Licensing Contract With Humane Society Of Yuma

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A new licensing contract with the Humane Society of Yuma has been approved by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors. The board on Monday approved the contract, asking HSOY to conduct rabies vaccinations and licensing clinics in the county during the first three months of the year. Supervisor Russ Clark asked that the item be pulled from the agenda wanting more information before tackling the issue. The Yuma Sun says HSOY will keep $5 for each license sold.

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Latest Arizona Child Abuse Report Updated Shows More Than 5100 Cases Assigned

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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 more than 5100 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 nearly 2400 children identified in the reports now have been seen and more than 2,000 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 Read More »

Permanent Memorial Planned For Victims Of Tuscon Shooting

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A permanent memorial is planned for downtown Tucson in remembrance of the 2011 mass shooting that left six people dead and injured 13 others, including former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Organizers announced Monday the memorial will be placed at the Old Pima County Courthouse and is expected to take several years to complete. It will be comprised of hundreds of items, including heartfelt letters, candles and American flags that formed makeshift memorials across the city in the days after the January 8th 2011 attack. Giffords was shot in the head during a meet-and-greet outside a Tucson supermarket.
 
The Arizona Democrat later resigned Read More »

Congress Heads Back To Work Today

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Congress heads back to work today – including Arizona Representative Paul Gosar. Gosar appeared on our Eye on the Desert Southwest program on Monday. He says there are several issues facing lawmakers in 2014 – including that of raising the debt ceiling once again.
 
He adds that even though 2013 was a rocky year for Congress, his hopes are this year there are more good stories that come out of Washington.

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