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Arizona Supreme Court To Hear Political Giving Case


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The Arizona Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal of a ruling that blocked a new law raising campaign contribution limits as much as ten-fold. The court hears arguments today on the appeal filed by lawyers for Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin. They want the court to uphold the new higher limits and allow them to take effect. The Arizona Court of Appeals blocked the law in October after the Arizona Clean Elections Commission argued it conflicted with limits set by a voter-approved law. The high court will consider whether the voter initiative that created the commission also set contribution limits.

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Gosar Co-Sponsors The Parental Bereavement Leave Act Of 2013

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar issued a statement concerning his co-sponsorship of the Parental Bereavement Leave Act of 2013, also known as the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act. He says quote – "I am pleased to be the first Republican to co-sponsor the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act, which protects the rights of grieving parents. I hope that signing as a co-sponsor helps give the bill momentum and that other members of Congress, regardless of party, will follow suit. There are some issues that are not Republican or Democrat issues, but are issues that affect all Americans. This is one of them. This bill supports families and costs nothing to businesses or taxpayers.&rdq Read More »

Border Patrol Agents Arrest Multiple People; Seize Bags Of Methamphetamines And Marijuana

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested five men and two women, and seized several bags of methamphetamine and eight backpacks of marijuana Thursday.

Agents working at the checkpoint on I-8 east of Yuma became suspicious of a black Hyundai Sonata after a canine alerted to the vehicle while performing a sniff of the exterior. Agents searched the vehicle and found a black duffle bag in the vehicle’s trunk containing vacuum-sealed plastic bags of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. The driver and two passengers, all U.S. citizens, were arrested. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 1.6 lbs pounds with an estimated value of over Read More »

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Lawyers in the racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are criticizing their rivals' recommended candidates to monitor the agency's operations to ensure it is not making unconstitutional arrests. A week ago, attorneys on both sides each recommended three candidates.

United States District Judge Murray Snow will use the list of recommended prospects to select a monitor for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office to ensure it is complying with constitutional requirements and oversee the re-training of deputies. Six months ago, Snow ruled Arpaio's office systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols. His office has appealed t Read More »

Study Raises Questions Over Movie Ratings

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You may give the OK for your child to see a PG-13 movie, thinking the content is age appropriate, but a new study says when it comes to some risky behaviors on screen, there is little difference between PG-13 and R-rated flicks. Amy Bleakley is a research scientist at the Annenberg Center and author of a study in the latest edition of the journal Pediatrics. She says a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, does not always stop the kind of material parents may think it does.
 
The study looked at 400 of the top-grossing movies released from 1985 to 2010. In nine out of ten, on average, the movies showed a main character inv Read More »

Newspaper Finds Border Patrol Agents Who Use Deadly Force Face Few Public Repercussions

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An examination by an Arizona newspaper has found that Border Patrol agents who use deadly force face few public repercussions, even in cases in which the justification for the shooting seems dubious.
 
The Arizona Republic reported Sunday that on-duty Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers killed at least 42 people since 2005.
 
The deaths vary from justifiable to questionable. CBP officials say agents who use excessive force are disciplined. But they will not say who, when, or what discipline, with the exception of a short administrative leave. CBP, Homeland Security and Border Patrol officials declined interview requests from The Read More »

YCAT Offers Holiday Lights Tour Around Yuma

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Each December, Yuma County Area Transit offers a tour of holiday lights around Yuma. This year service will operate on Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22. The route served includes the Fortuna Foothills as well as Central Yuma on a tour that takes approximately one and a half hours.
 
Regular Y-AT fares apply. The cost is two dollars for basic riders and one dollar for discount riders.

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School In Kingman Considering Switch To Year-Round School Schedule

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A school district in Kingman is seeking public input on its plan to switch over to a year-round school schedule.
 
The Kingman Daily Miner reports that public hearings on the proposal will be held next month.
 
The Kingman Unified School District Governing Board is expected to decide the matter at its January meeting. The board is considering changing the school year from the traditional 180 day schedule with breaks for the holidays, a one-week spring break and a nine-week summer break to a 45 days on and ten-days off schedule with a two-week break in the fall and spring and a six-week break in the summer.

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Yuma Police Department Investigating Incident Involving 16 Year Old Female

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The Yuma Police Department says they are investigating an incident in which a male tried to talk a 16 year old female to go into his car on Sunday night. The vehicle involved was described as a small gray four door car. The male subject was described as Hispanic about 30 years old.  The female reported she was walking in the area after leaving work and a car pulled in front of her. The car stopped in a parking lot and a man got out and offered her a ride. She said she told him no several times and continued walking on the sidewalk. The man got into the car and began to follow her. She said he continued to offer her a ride and she moved away from the roadway because she felt he may try to grab her. Read More »

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