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FDA Wants To Phase Out Use Of Antibiotics To Promote Faster Growth In Farm Animals

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With the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the FDA wants to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote faster growth in farm animals, but some claim its efforts do not go far enough. The FDA's guidance asks the manufacturers to voluntarily change antibiotic labeling to indicate the medications are only for disease prevention. But Doctor David Wallinga with Healthy Food Action says many antibiotics are now labeled for a variety of uses and changing that will not necessarily stop their use.
 
It is estimated that in 2011 in the U.S., about eight million pounds of antibiotics were sold for human consumption, but nearly 30 million pounds were sold for meat and poultry production.< Read More »

Yuma City Hall To Close For Several Days During Holiday Season

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The Yuma City Hall will be closed several days during winter holiday season. Friday, City Hall will be closed as part of its normal customer convenience schedule. Then, City Hall will be closed both December 24th and 25th. Residential refuse collection for homes inside the Yuma city limits will not change the week of December 23rd or the week of December 30th despite the holidays. Later that week, City Hall will be closed Friday, January 3rd, 2014 as part of its normal customer convenience schedule.

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Somerton Tamale Festival This Weekend

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City-of-SomertonThe Somerton Tamale Festival is scheduled for this weekend. The Eighth Annual event has grown greatly since it’s inception. Jose Moreno says a good time will be had by all on Saturday. The event was started by Arizona State University graduates and continues to benefit those attending ASU.
 
The Somerton Tamale Festival will be held from 11am to 11pm on Saturday. There is no admission charge and the event will be held along Main Street in Somerton.

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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 »

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