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Permanent Memorial Planned For Victims Of Tuscon Shooting


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


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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El Centro Border Patrol Agents Disrupt Drug Smuggling Attempt; Seize 1200 Pounds Of Marijuana


Border Patrol agents from the El Centro sector recently disrupted a drug smuggling attempt resulting in the arrest of one man and the seizure of over 1200 pounds of marijuana. The incident occurred on Thursday approximately 15 miles west of downtown Calexico. Camera operators spotted a 2003 Dodge Durango heading north across the United States/Mexico boundary. The driver, a 53 year old Mexican national, used the vehicle to push the vehicle barricades aside creating a space to drive thru. He then continued driving north toward Mount Signal Road and Highway 98. Responding agents attempted a vehicle stop. The man failed to yield to agents and then attempted to return to Mexico driving southbound cross Read More »

New Yuma City Council Members Sworn In


It is a new Yuma Mayor and three new members of the Yuma City Council today. Both Mayor Douglas Nicholls and new council members William Craft, Gary Knight, Gary Wright and new municipal judge James Coil were sworn in Saturday. They officially became members effective midnight on January 1st. Wright says this is all about the citizens of Yuma.
Members have already started their new year’s resolutions. Knight is hoping for more jobs.
Their first official work session is to be held on Tuesday and the first meeting will take place on Wednesday at 5:30pm.

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Investment Banker Advises To Invest In Paid Family Leave


A strong voice from Wall Street is weighing in on the importance of paid family leave for parents of newborn children and people caring for seriously ill or elderly relatives.
Tom Nides served as Deputy Secretary of State and recently moved to Morgan Stanley. The investment banker believes in legislation introduced in Congress that would create employee-paycheck deduction pools that would compensate workers during family leaves.
Arizona Representative Ron Barber is co-sponsoring the federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act which has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. On Wednesday, Rhode Island became the third state to offer workers paid f Read More »

Steven Seagal Considering Running For Arizona Governor


Action-movie star Steven Seagal says he is considering a run for Arizona governor. The "Marked for Death" actor told KNXV-TV that he is considering a shot at the state's highest office and has had a talk about the bid with the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America. The 61-year-old made the comments while talking about his newly released reality series "Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County." Seagal teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the show that was shot in Arizona and airs on cable TV's Reelz Channel. The martial arts expert is a member of Arpaio's posse, made up of 3,000 unpaid civilians. He also has been deputized with sheriff's Read More »

Authorities Identify Shot Maricopa County Posse Member


The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has identified the posse member shot during a robbery and police chase. The office said that 63-year-old Phillip Grigg was shot this week while attempting to assist a Phoenix officer who also was shot. Deputies said Grigg has undergone multiple surgeries and remains in critical condition. The office says that Grigg has been a posse volunteer for three years. The Arizona Republic reports that Grigg's wife, Elizabeth, said at a news conference she was proud of her husband. She says he has a lot of internal damage but is "coming along." A robbery of $18,000 from two strip club employees Tuesday in east Phoenix led to a police chase and the Read More »

University Of Arizona To Lead Mission To Land Unmanned Aircraft On Asteroid


The University of Arizona is leading a $1 Bbllion project to land an unmanned craft on an asteroid that may pose a hazard to Earth. The Arizona Republic reports that the school is heading a project called OSIRIS-Rex that is scheduled for a September 2016 launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. According to the project's mission, the unmanned craft is slated to bring back a sample of asteroid Bennu, which is a third of a mile in diameter. Scientists say that if Bennu hit the Earth, it would gouge a crater four miles wide and cause widespread damage for hundreds of miles. One calculation puts the probability of collision in 2182 at 1-in-1800. The contract for the mission is the university' Read More »

Calexico Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Dangerous Gang Member


On Tuesday, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a dangerous Mara Salvatrucha gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States. Border Patrol agents observed the man, later identified as Jose Perez-Santos, a 31-year-old Salvadoran national, as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico. Agents arrested Perez without incident approximately three miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry. Perez was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station, where it was revealed he was an active member of the “MS-13” criminal gang out of El Salvador, and attempting to travel to Sacramento. Perez has a prior deportati Read More »

New Year’s Resolution For Parenting: Discipline Instead Of Punishment


It is not on the list of typical new year's resolutions along with quitting smoking or losing weight, but one expert says a goal for 2014 of parenting through discipline instead of punishment can have life-long positive effects. Ingrid Bauer is a mother of four and an expert on communication within families. She says there is a big difference between punishment – such as spankings or time-outs, that may just teach kids not to get caught next time – and discipline, which can teach values and bring parent and child closer
Bauer says a better strategy than meting out punishment when a child misbehaves is to talk with the child, try to understand why they acted out, and Read More »

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