Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Bill Granting Tax Breaks To Private Property Owners Who Lease To Churches Headed To Senate


A bill granting tax breaks to private property owners who lease to churches is headed to the Senate after being narrowly approved by Arizona House Republicans. The House approved House Bill 2281 with a 33-to-25 vote on Thursday. The bill grants property owners who lease to churches but are not themselves religiously affiliated similar tax breaks to the ones churches get when they own property. The tax break applies only to space used for worship services. It would affect about one half of one percent of commercial property owners, according to a spokesman from the Maricopa County Assessor's Office.

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 The Arizona Western College Matadors saw their season come to an end Saturday night at the hands of the Mesa Thunderbirds by a final of 108-to-63 in the ACCAC Championship game. With the loss, the AWC Matadors end their season 24-and-eight overall and 17-and-five in ACCAC play.

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Cocopah Indian Tribe Donates Money To Somerton Senior Center And Youth


The Cocopah Indian Tribe has donated over $13,000 to the City of Somerton to benefit the Somerton Senior Center and Somerton youth. Each year, the Cocopah Indian Tribe donates money to local community agencies and organizations as part of the casino gaming compact approved by voters under Proposition 202. The money is to be used to benefit the general public including safety, promotion of commerce and economic development.

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Yuma Mayor And City Council Schedule To Bring Back Citizens Forum


Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls and the city council have scheduled to bring back the citizens forum. The forum is a half hour slot before council work sessions, where citizens can request time in front of the council for discussion. Nicholls is excited the forum is making a comeback.
Citizens will need to submit their requests at least two weeks ahead of time, and a person will only be allowed to address the council once a quarter. Each half hour slot would be split into two 15 minute segments, so two topics would be discussed at each session. The mayor adds he is always looking for feedback from the public, and believes this will give everyone an equal chance to speak.Read More »

Open Enrollment Deadline For Affordable Care Act Approaching


The open enrollment deadline to obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is now only a month away. More than 600 members of the nonprofit "Cover Arizona" coalition are holding a statewide “Day of Action” Saturday, kicking off a final push throughout March to get people enrolled.
Arizona PIRG Education Fund director Diane Brown says information, education and enrollment assistance will be provided Saturday at more than 23 locations in Maricopa, Pima, Yuma and Coconino counties.
Brown says people should allow at least an hour for the process. They should bring ID and if they are working, a pay stub. More Read More »

Yuma Police Have One In Custody Following Alleged Car Theft


The Yuma Police Department says one person is in custody following the alleged theft of a vehicle. Police say they received word of the stolen Honda Civic on Thursday morning. The initial investigation revealed a passenger in the car was dropped off near the victim’s residence. The suspect then entered the Chevrolet Tahoe in the 100 block of West 22nd Place. The suspects were later located at the El Rancho Motel. 38-year-old Jose Carrasco was arrested. A second person, 23-year-old Luis Arellano was questioned and released pending a long form complaint for unlawful use of a means of transportation. A third unidentified subject was detained and then later released. Carrasco is charged Read More »

Phoenix Among Eight Finalists To Host Republican Presidential Nominating Convention In 2016


Phoenix is among the eight finalists to host the Republicans' presidential nominating convention in 2016. Party leaders will consider the Republican National Committee's list of potential host cities in the coming months. The cities are Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver, Colorado, Phoenix, Dallas, Texas, Kansas City, Missouri and three in Ohio – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The finalists largely represent swing states that will help decide the 2016 presidential election. The RNC already is considering several changes to its presidential selection process. GOP officials expect to hold their convention in the early summer of 2016, roughly two months sooner than has become the norm. Democrats Read More »

Arizona Firefighters Hold Annual “Fill The Boot” Campaign To Help Benefit Muscular Dystrophy


Area firefighters are banding together this weekend to help Fill The Boot. The annual campaign will help benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. John Randle appeared on our Eye on the Desert Southwest program explaining why the firefighters want to help MDA.
They will be taking donations in the roundabout at Yuma Palms on Saturday and then at Sam’s Club on Sunday.

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Yuma Lettuce Days To Be Held This Weekend


Yuma Lettuce Days will begin on Saturday.
This year's headline chef is two-time Top Chef contestant Chris "CJ" Jacobson. Jacobson will present two live cooking demonstrations each day, backed up by an all-star talent lineup that includes a hometown gal turned cupcake baker, local chefs and even some school cooks who will share their secrets for satisfying more than 22,000 hungry kids every day. Also on tap, "kale gating," a beer garden, Kids' Ag-tivities, cooking contests, a farmers' market, fancy vegetable and ice carving, a salsa cantina where you can mix up a custom blend, plus a tasting event with beers, wines and an array of Read More »

Department Of Homeland Security Awards Contract To Build Security Towers Along Mexican Border In Arizona


The Homeland Security Department has awarded a $145 million dollar contract for a series of border security towers to be built along the Mexican border in Arizona.
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel says the contact was given to EFW Incorporated, a government contractor from Fort Worth, Texas. Friel says the integrated fixed towers will detect, track, identify and classify suspicious activity along the Arizona border. The towers will start going up on the border later this year. No other details about the program were released. Homeland Security has been searching for several years for a combination of technology and manpower to secure the two-thousand-mi Read More »

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