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Lemon Producers In Yuma Are Having A Good Season


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Lemon producers in the Yuma area are now having a good season after many years of struggling to compete in a global market. The Yuma Daily Sun reports that producers in the Yuma area were benefiting from higher lemon prices and favorable growing conditions. The improving prospects for Yuma's lemon producers come as weather conditions in two of the world's major citrus producing countries led to a global squeeze on the supply of lemons. Argentina is the fourth largest lemon producer in the world. Trees in that country's biggest lemon producing region were exposed to extended periods of icy temperatures for several days in late July.

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Former Police Chief Cleared Of Wrongdoing

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A former Coocpah Police Chief has been cleared of any wrongdoing in an incident in which he shot and killed one person. James Spuregon had been investigated since the October 25th shooting death of 25-year-old Joshua Collins. Joe Franklin of the Yuma Police Department says the investigation has concluded.

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Identity Of Pedestrian-Vehicle Victim Released

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the victim killed in a pedestrian-vehicle accident last week. 26 year old Roy Darrel Williams the Second of Yuma was killed on Saturday as he was walking on Highway 95 near Avenue 3E. Police say a white 2012 Nissan Armada driven by 57 year old Henry Ghiotto of Winterhaven was traveling eastbound on Highway 95 from Avenue 3E. Williams was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police are still seeking Ghiotto. 

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Thanksgiving Day Shopping Popular In Arizona

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but the Christmas shopping season is far from over. The National Retail Federation says Black Friday business was down a little more than 13 percent this year, but that is because Thanksgiving Day shopping was a hit. Jerry O’Brien, executive director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing Excellence, says it looks like Turkey Day shopping is here to stay.
 
K-Mart started the Thanksgiving Day shopping trend in Arizona, and was open all day on this year's holiday. Several other stores were open Thanksgiving evening for the first time this year.

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Public Hearing Ignites Passions Over Mexican Gray Wolves

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A regional official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the limited area set aside in New Mexico and Arizona for recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is tying the agency's hands.
 
Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle says the agency can not maintain the species' genetic viability in such a small area.
 
A plan to expand the range of one of the Southwest's rarest animals has reignited passions about whether and where humans should coexist with the predators. The Arizona Republic reports that ranchers and rural families were outraged as the expansion plan was discussed at a public meeting Tuesday in Pinetop. A similar meeting was held last month Read More »

El Toro Bowl Kicking Off This Saturday

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One of the premiere Division Two college football bowl games is about to kickoff.
 
The Fisher Automotive 2013 El Toro Bowl will pit New Mexico Military Institute against the Arizona Western College Matadors Saturday at 1pm at Veteran’s Stadium. AWC Athletic Director Jerry Smith says this weekend’s activities are much more than just a football game.
 
The Matadors beat NMMI when they met on the field earlier this year 47 to 27. Our pregame coverage of the Fisher Automotive 2013 El Toro Bowl starts at 12:30pm Saturday here on News Talk 560 KBLU.

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Colder Weather Rolling Into Northern Arizona

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A storm rolling in over the weekend will keep northern Arizona in the grips of freezing temperatures, bringing more snow and making travel a little tricky. Phoenix residents could see a dusting of snow in the surrounding mountains as snow levels drop to 3,000 feet Saturday into Sunday. Several inches of snow could fall in the higher terrain.

The cold, low pressure system that has settled over the West will keep residents bundled up until early next week. Officials are reminding folks to protect plants, pipes and pets in the meantime. Residents in northwestern Arizona and other desert areas of the state will experience the first freezing temperatures of the season. Tucson crews were Read More »

Arizona Forestry Division Fined For Firefighter Deaths

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Citations issued to the Arizona Forestry Division by the state's workplace safety agency for the deaths of 19 firefighters could bolster efforts by their families to sue the state. But employment law attorneys said Thursday the bar remains very high for suits in workplace deaths. The state Industrial Commission levied nearly $560,000 in fines Wednesday after finding willful and serious lapses of workplace safety rules during the June fire northwest of Phoenix. A lawyer for one family that has filed a claim and a lawyer not involved in the case say the citations make it easier to sue. But others say the bar is extremely high, and a judge might block any lawsuits. At issue is Read More »

Congressman Gosar Votes In Favor Of Cutting Business Strangling Red Tape 


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United States Congressman Paul Gosar voted Wednesday in favor of the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act legislation that would eliminate excessive regulations that damage the economy, increase businesses’ costs and restrict access to private sector capital that small businesses need in order to grow and create jobs. It would do so by exempting private equity firms that meet certain requirements from burdensome Securities and Exchange Commission filing criteria, allowing them to invest that money in businesses rather than use it to comply with these excessive regulations.

The House of Representatives passed the bill 254 to 159.

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