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Yuma City Council Meeting Tonight

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The Yuma City Council will meet tonight (Wednesday 5) for their first regular meeting in March. The council will continue discussing the change from once every two month billing of utilities to every month. Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls says there will be no change in the amount billed, just the way it is billed.

The meeting starts at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall.

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Elderly Man Still Missing After Three Weeks

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It has been nearly three weeks since 73-year-old Troy Schmeltz went missing from the Yuma Lakes R-V Resort. Authorities have searched the area and found his footprints leading up to the Gila Gravity Canal. Officials went as far as to bring detector dogs and divers to the scene, but they found no trace of Schmeltz. There is a chance that the missing man has simply left the area, but officials consider that unlikely, as they have been tracking his credit cards and financial records, and nothing has come up. Alfonso Zavala with the Yuma County Sheriffs Office says they are not giving up hope that he is found.

Schmeltz went missing on Valentine’s Day. He is described as standing six foot tall Read More »

Many Low Income AZ Students Taking AP Classes To Make College Dreams Come True

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More students are making college dreams come true while still in high school. That is according to a new report that finds the number of low-income Arizona students taking Advanced Placement coursework has increased by fourteen times over the past ten years. Trevor Packer heads up the College Board's AP program and says there is still much work to be done when it comes to reaching low-income students, but he says the results show just how much potential all kids have for learning.

AP coursework is accepted for placement and credit at many universities for students who score well on A-P exams. Those exams are free for low-income Arizona students thanks to subsidies from the College Board and Read More »

Arizona Senate Approves Ban On Common Core Standards

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The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would prohibit the state from using a set of educational standards already implemented in most states. Arizona adopted the Common Core standards in 2010 without opposition, but some Republicans have recently denounced the standards, saying they are a poorly conceived, federally driven effort that usurps states' rights. Governor Jan Brewer has supported the standards and renamed them the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

Bill sponsor Al Melvin of Tucson says Arizona can do a better job of implementing standards than the federal government. Supporters of common core standards say they will better prepare students fo Read More »

Arizona House Of Representatives OK’s Bill To Limit Access To Autopsy Photos

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The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill that would ban the release of autopsy photos without a court order. House Bill 2225 was sponsored by Representative Karen Fann of Prescott. She proposed the bill after the Yavapai County Medical Examiner and the sheriff's office refused to release photos of the autopsies of 19 firefighters killed in June 2013 fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.

Some news organizations sued but eventually dropped the case. An attorney who represents those organizations worked with Fann to craft the bill. The House voted 55-1 on Tuesday to approve Fann's bill. It now goes to the Senate for action.

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Cocopah Indian Tribe To Donate Money To The City Of Yuma

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The City of Yuma will host a donation this morning by the Cocopah Indian Tribe to benefit the Yuma Community Food Bank and Crossroads Mission. 
 
The Cocopah Indian Tribe is donating over $13,700 to the City of Yuma to benefit Crossroads Mission and YCFB. Both charities will get $6800 each. Per the State of Arizona Gaming Compact, tribes must contribute a portion of gaming revenue to cities, towns and counties for certain services that benefit the general public. In this case, Yuma will pass the donation through to the mission and food bank.

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Yuma County Sheriff On The Lookout For Missing Person

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MISSING PERSON-The Yuma County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing person. 88-year-old Ramon Villegas walked away from his home this morning (Tuesday 4) in the 17000 block of South Avenue "B" in Somerton. He may have been picked up by an unknown person in the area of County 18-and-a-half and Avenue "B". Police are currently searching an area with the help of the United States Border Patrol and the Arizona Department of Corrections K-Nine units. He is described as a Hispanic male, five-foot, three-inches tall with gray hair and black eyes. He was last seen wearing navy blue pants, gray so Read More »

Man Taken Into Custody Friday For Attempting To Smuggle Methamphetamines Into The United States

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A 53-year-old male Mexican national was taken into custody Friday for attempting to smuggle more than 31-pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
 
Customs and Border Protection officers located 26 packages of methamphetamine, worth over $482,000 hidden in the doors of a Jeep Cherokee driven by Alejandro Perez-Corrales.
 
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Perez was turned over to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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Yuma County Superior Court Testing Out New Pretrial Release System

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Yuma County Superior Court will be testing out a new system of pretrial releases. Heather Murphy from the Arizona Supreme Court says it will help judges do their job more effectively and save you money. Currently the country spends $9 billion a year to hold defendants before trial. The Yuma county jail makes up part of that money. Murphy says a new system could lower that number and save public funds. It will help decide if a defendant should get out of jail before trial.
 
She adds the new system is data-driven, which will eliminate guesswork for judges. They will use nine factors to determine the release of a defendant based on statistical science and evidence. Yuma County is o Read More »

New Requirements Help Take A Bite Out Of Tooth Decay In Kids

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It is the most common chronic childhood disease, and across Arizona and the nation, there are new requirements that could help take a bite out of kids' tooth decay. Pediatric dental care is one of the essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act, meaning childhood dental care must be offered, whether it is part of a health plan or as an optional stand-alone. That should help get more children in the chair, says Doctor Paul Reggiardo with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
 
As a result of the ACA, it is estimated that as many as 8.7 million people 21-years-old and younger will gain dental coverage nationwide by 2018.

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