The Arizona Senate has killed a bill prohibiting the state from using a set of new educational standards adopted by most of the nation. Senate Bill 1310 by Republican Senator Al Melvin of Tucson would revoke the use of Common Core standards. The standards aim to focus learning on comprehension and real life examples and were designed by a national group of governors and education leaders. Arizona adopted them in 2010 without opposition, and school districts have spent millions implementing them. But some Republicans have denounced the standards, saying they are a poorly conceived federal effort to usurp states' rights. Supporters say eliminating the program would cost Arizona millions in federal f Read More »
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The Arizona House has approved a bill giving state police and other Department of Public Safety workers a $40 million dollar raise over the next three years.
House Bill 2691 by Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin originally asked for two-point-nine million dollars for each of the next three years, but amendments to the bill have increased that amount significantly. The bill now allocates $8.1 million dollars in 2014, $13.3 million dollars in 2015 and $18.8 million dollars in 2016. That is $40.3 million dollars in total. The House approved the bill on a 53-5 vote Wednesday and it now moves to the Senate. Tobin says Arizona DPS officers are underpaid and the raises are necessary to retain Read More »
An elderly man reported missing on Tuesday was found safe several hours after the search began. 88-year-old Ramon Villegas was reported missing early Tuesday morning in the area of the 17000 block of Avenue “B” in Somerton. He was found several hours later. Villegas suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease and had walked away from his home. He was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment.Read More »
Another person has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an area motel in January.
The Yuma Police Department says 21-year-old Angel Ramirez was arrested as he was going through the Algodones Port of Entry on Tuesday. He was interviewed by police and transported to the Imperial County Detention Center awaiting his return to Yuma County. Ramirez is charged with Aggravated Robbery, Theft and Unlawful Use as a means of Transportation. He and another suspect are accused of robbing the Oak Tree Inn at knifepoint.
A subject accused of Attempted Murder appeared in Yuma County Superior Court on Tuesday. 50-year-old Barry Todd was arrested following a Friday night shooting at the LZ Bar and Grill. Todd allegedly shot 33-year-old Ryan Hyatt of Yuma. Hyatt is suffering from a damaged lung, liver and diaphragm following the shooting. Todd’s attorney asked for a reduction in bond.
The court increased the bond to $500,000. Todd will return to court next week.Read More »
The Yuma City Council will meet tonight (Wednesday 5) for their first regular meeting in March. The council will continue discussing the change from once every two month billing of utilities to every month. Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls says there will be no change in the amount billed, just the way it is billed.
The meeting starts at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall.Read More »
It has been nearly three weeks since 73-year-old Troy Schmeltz went missing from the Yuma Lakes R-V Resort. Authorities have searched the area and found his footprints leading up to the Gila Gravity Canal. Officials went as far as to bring detector dogs and divers to the scene, but they found no trace of Schmeltz. There is a chance that the missing man has simply left the area, but officials consider that unlikely, as they have been tracking his credit cards and financial records, and nothing has come up. Alfonso Zavala with the Yuma County Sheriffs Office says they are not giving up hope that he is found.
Schmeltz went missing on Valentine’s Day. He is described as standing six foot tall Read More »
More students are making college dreams come true while still in high school. That is according to a new report that finds the number of low-income Arizona students taking Advanced Placement coursework has increased by fourteen times over the past ten years. Trevor Packer heads up the College Board's AP program and says there is still much work to be done when it comes to reaching low-income students, but he says the results show just how much potential all kids have for learning.
AP coursework is accepted for placement and credit at many universities for students who score well on A-P exams. Those exams are free for low-income Arizona students thanks to subsidies from the College Board and Read More »
The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would prohibit the state from using a set of educational standards already implemented in most states. Arizona adopted the Common Core standards in 2010 without opposition, but some Republicans have recently denounced the standards, saying they are a poorly conceived, federally driven effort that usurps states' rights. Governor Jan Brewer has supported the standards and renamed them the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.
Bill sponsor Al Melvin of Tucson says Arizona can do a better job of implementing standards than the federal government. Supporters of common core standards say they will better prepare students fo Read More »
The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill that would ban the release of autopsy photos without a court order. House Bill 2225 was sponsored by Representative Karen Fann of Prescott. She proposed the bill after the Yavapai County Medical Examiner and the sheriff's office refused to release photos of the autopsies of 19 firefighters killed in June 2013 fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.
Some news organizations sued but eventually dropped the case. An attorney who represents those organizations worked with Fann to craft the bill. The House voted 55-1 on Tuesday to approve Fann's bill. It now goes to the Senate for action.
Prosecutors, law enforc Read More »