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Bill To Refuse Service To Gays Sparks Backlash From Gay Rights Supporters

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The Arizona Senate has formally sent to Governor Jan Brewer an already approved bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

Monday's action starts a five-day clock for the Republican governor to act on a proposed law she herself calls controversial. The legislation has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights. Several Republicans running for governor have said they would like to see the bill vetoed. But conservative groups supporting the legislation are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it in to law. The GOP state senators who voted for Senate Bill 1062 are urging a veto. The conservative governor also is feeling pres Read More »

Arizona Senate Approves Bill For Livestock Owners To Shoot Wolves

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The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that allows livestock owners to shoot wolves protected by federal regulations if the wolf is attacking other animals.
 
Senate Bill 1211 passed by an 18-to-12 vote on Monday. The bill sponsored by Republican Senator Gail Griffin of Hereford allows livestock owners and employees of the Arizona Department of Agriculture to shoot a wolf that is endangering a person or animal. That includes Mexican wolves.
 
Mexican wolves are considered endangered species. Griffin's bill is a push-back against a federal program that aims to increase the wolves' population in Arizona and other states. Opponents of the bill say it is Read More »

Arizona Women Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse And Misdemeanor DUI

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An Arizona woman who left her five-week-old baby in a car seat on the roof of her car when she drove off has pled guilty to child abuse and misdemeanor DUI.
 
Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman Karen Arra says Catalina Clouser is scheduled to be sentenced March 26th on the plea she entered Monday. Phoenix police arrested Clouser last year after witnesses found an infant strapped in a safety seat in the middle of an intersection. The baby was in good condition. According to police, Clouser forgot the boy was on the roof of her car when she left the home of friends where she had smoked marijuana.

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Income Inequality Grows In Arizona

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A new report on income growth shows Arizonans saw theirs expand by 17% between 1979 and just before the Great Recession hit. That is not an incredibly healthy growth rate for a span of almost 30 years, and when the Economic Policy Institute examined the numbers by income level, it found most of the money went to the top one-percent of earners. Mark Price co-authored the report. He says worker productivity is at its highest level – but most are not sharing in the prosperity.
 
The report found just over 84% of the income growth in Arizona between 1979 and 2011 went to the wealthiest one-percent, whose incomes grew even during the recession.

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Chrystal Figueroa Murder Case Continues

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The woman tied to the death of a Wellton mother almost a year ago has had a day to come to terms with her punishment.

Our television partner KYMATV says Brandi Michalski faced a judge Friday to learn her fate for hindering prosecution in the murder of Chrystal Figueroa. A judge sentenced her to one year behind bars and five years of supervised probation.
 
Investigators say Jose Jimenez pulled the trigger killing the mother of three. Last year a field worker found Figueroa’s body with 16 gunshot wounds in a local citrus grove. Jimenez's trial is expected to start April 25th.

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Harvest Homegrown Fun At Yuma Lettuce Days

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Sure, Yuma Lettuce Days is all about the green stuff. But salad is just the first course at this agricultural "feastival" showcasing the diverse bounty of the area’s fertile river delta and the delicious dishes that can be created from it. This year's headline chef is two-time Top Chef contestant Chris "CJ" Jacobson, now executive chef at Girasol, in Studio City, California. At Lettuce Days, CJ 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-thousand hu Read More »

Somerton School District Superintendent Retiring In June

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The Yuma Sun is reporting that Somerton Schools Superintendent Frank Reed is retiring. Reed will leave his post in June. In the meantime, the district is seeking a new leader and has just this week approved a nationwide search. The position will be advertised for about three weeks.

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Rep. Gosar Condemns Federal Overreach In Education

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar issued the following statement after announcing his co-sponsorship of the Common Core Resolution, legislation that strongly denounces President Obama’s attempt to coerce states into adopting Common Core by instituting preferences in federal grants and flexibility waivers. Quote – “As a father, I know that a good education is critical to every child’s success. This is a key reason why I vehemently oppose national standards. One size doesn’t fit all. Adopting national standards leads to national tests, which in turn lead to the establishment of a national curriculum and teachers simply teaching for the test. When it comes to running federa Read More »

New Bill Would Require Cities, Towns To Calibrate Photo Radar Every 24 Hours

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An Arizona House committee has approved a bill that would require cities and towns to calibrate photo radar cameras every 24 hours. The transportation committee approved House Bill 2690 with a five-to-one vote on Thursday. Republican bill sponsor Representative David Gowan of Sierra Vista says the bill ensures the public has due process when ticketed by radar cameras. Legislators have been trying to get rid of photo enforcement for years. Governor Jan Brewer signed a law last year that requires state transportation officials to confirm there is a safety need before they allow cities to put photo enforcement cameras on state highways. Opponents of Gowan's bill say the term “ Read More »

State Treasurer Calls To Veto Religious Rights Bill

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Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, who is running for governor, says a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed.
 
The Republican said Saturday that he would try to create some kind of consensus legislation to protect religious liberty. Several Republican gubernatorial candidates have already weighed in on Senate Bill 1062. Secretary of State Bennett and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Friday they do not support it. Bennett called it unnecessary and divisive and Smith said it has the potential to negatively affect basic rights, including freedom of religion. Attorney Christine Jones says 1062 should be withdrawn to avoid da Read More »

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