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Yuma Police Cracking Down On Thieves During Christmas Holiday

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With only a couple more days left until Christmas, the holiday hustle is in full throttle. And while this may be a favorite time of year, officials say burglars are thinking the exact same thing. Leanne Worthen of the Yuma Police Department says criminals are on a field day at this time of year.
 
Agencies including the Yuma Police Department and the U-S Marshal Service teamed up this past week to crack down on theft, robbery, and burglary. These crimes historically increase during the holiday season. The operation resulted in a total of 161 arrests in Yuma and other surrounding cities. While officials say it is rare that they encounter violence during these operations, Read More »

Arizona Congressman Ron Barber Extends Invitation To The New Secretary Of Homeland Security To Tour International Drug Smuggling And Illegal Border Crossings

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Arizona Congressman Ron Barber is extending an invitation to the new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to tour an area of the international border that is plagued by drug smuggling and illegal crossings. Barber, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent his offer Friday, December 20th in a letter to Jeh Johnson, who was confirmed as secretary earlier this week. Barber says the area of the border he represents is porous and continues to have one of the highest rates of apprehension for people who are entering the country illegally. He says touring the area will give Johnson a firsthand look at the conditions. According to figures released this week by Read More »

Somerton Considers Constructing New City Hall Building

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The city of Somerton is considering the purchase of land to construct a new city hall. The Yuma Sun is reporting that the city council recently established $125,000 as the amount the city will offer to Precious Treasurers Mission for a lot located at the corner of State Avenue and Spring Street. The council wants to construct the new city hall in downtown Somerton in keeping with their downtown redevelopment plan. The offer to purchase the property was three-to-nothing at the last Somerton City Council meeting.

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Lower Health Subsidies Are Expected In 3 Arizona Counties

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People living in Pima, Maricopa and Pinal counties are expected to get less in health insurance subsidies than most consumers in the 36 states that use the federal marketplace created under the nation's new health care law. An analysis by The Arizona Republic found that the calculations used to determine the subsidies are driven in Arizona by a single insurer that charges much less than other companies. The difference in the amount Arizonans will get compared with consumers in other states could be significant. According to the consumer-information website Value Penguin, a non-smoking 27 year old Tucson resident who earns $25,000 a year will not get any subsidy. But a person of the same age a Read More »

Target Says 40 Million Credit And Debit Cards May Be Affected By Data Breach

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Many people have been affected by the recent security breach with Target. Some 40 million names, information and debit and credit card account numbers were stolen – one of the biggest electronic breaches in history. Now the company is in damage control to try to fix the situation. Our television partner KYMATV spoke the the Yuma Better Business Bureau. Janet Torricellas says there are ways to protect yourself now before another such incident takes place. Target is adding additional security measures as they continue to fix the issue.

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Yuma County’s Unemployment Rate Drops Below 30%

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For the first time in several months, Yuma County’s unemployment rate is below 30%. The November unemployment rate is 28.2%. Jobs in Yuma County increased from 61,700 to 63.500 from October to November. Statewide, Arizona’s unemployment rate in November was 7.8% – dropping nearly a half percent from the October figure of 8.2%.

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Congress Fails To Extend Unemployement Benefits To Arizonans This Holiday

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A dark cloud is circling over the heads of 17,000 Arizonans this holiday, as they face the end of their emergency unemployment benefits on December 28th. Congress has failed to extend those benefits before leaving on its holiday break. Rebekah Friend with the Arizona AFLCIO says the emergency unemployment – put in place in 2008 at the beginning of the Great Recession – still is needed for thousands.
 
Arizona pays a maximum weekly state unemployment benefit of $240 – almost $70 less than the national average. The federal emergency benefits are intended to help people who still cannot find a job when state benefits run out after 26 weeks.
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Judge James Alan Soto Nominated To Serve As Federal Judge In U.S. District Court For Arizona


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President Barack Obama has nominated the presiding Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for Arizona.
 
Judge James Alan Soto will join five other White House judicial nominees who are awaiting confirmation in the Senate. Soto has served in Santa Cruz County Superior Court since 2001. He was president and a shareholder in a Nogales law firm from 1992 to 2001. Soto was a part-time Patagonia town attorney from 1975 until the early 1990s. The Arizona State University graduate also had stints as a part-time Nogales deputy city attorney and a part-time deputy Santa Cruz County Attorney.

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Maricopa County Officials Hold Closed Door Meeting To Consider Action In Lawsuits Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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Maricopa County officials held a closed-door meeting Thursday to consider action in two lawsuits that accuse Sheriff Joe Arpaio of abusing his powers. The officials did not take any action and plan to pick up the issue again today. The county will not reveal the action being considered in a lawsuit filed over unsuccessful criminal cases against ex-County Supervisor Don Stapley and another lawsuit over the 2007 arrest of two newspaper executives. Stapley and other officials alleged they were targeted for investigation because they were at odds with Arpaio and others in disputes. Arpaio contended his office was trying to root out corruption.

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Gas Prices Slightly Lower This Week

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Gasoline prices around Arizona are slightly lower at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona say that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.13 a gallon. That is down by nearly $0.02 from last week. This week's national average is at $3.21 per gallon, more than $0.04 lower than previous week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.04 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.34. Missouri has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $2.87 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.66 a gallon.

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