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Republican Bill Targets Border Security


A House committee has approved $5 million dollar appropriation for new communications equipment in Cochise County that Republicans hope will increase border security.
House Bill 2188 sponsor Representative Carl Seel of Phoenix says the new communications system is much needed. The system would allow public safety personnel such as the sheriff's office and local police and firefighters to communicate via stronger signals, especially in remote areas. It also would connect various agencies to one central system. The bill originally called for $20 million dollars, but was reduced to $5 million dollars in part because of two multi-million-dollar private donations. The House Com Read More »

National Survey Shows Strong Support For Limits On Carbon Pollution


There is majority support for moving the country "entirely away from coal" power plants like Arizona's Navajo and Cholla plants, according to a new nationwide survey commissioned by the Sierra Club. The poll finds that 57% of those questioned support the idea. Mary Anne Hitt heads the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.
The poll found that more than three out of every five Americans support investing in clean energy sources and energy efficiency instead of the traditional fuels – coal, oil and gas.

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Firefighters Respond To Trailer Fire Monday Afternoon


Rural/Metro firefighters responded to an abandoned mobile home on fire in the 2100 block of East 14th Street Monday afternoon. Officials told the Yuma Sun an explosion caused the blaze. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the mobile home was fully engulfed. Rural/Metro asked for assistance from the Yuma Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

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Shooting In Phoenix Walmart; One Dead


Police say a man who shot and killed another man inside a suburban Phoenix Walmart opened fire in self-defense. Chandler police said Monday that 36-year-old Kriston Charles Belinte Chee was shot following a fight with another man, 25-year-old Kyle Wayne Quadlin. Detectives reviewing surveillance video report the two men fought in the store before the shooting Sunday afternoon. Quadlin told police he was losing the fight and pulled his gun in self-defense. Police say Belinte Chee was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Quadlin was not booked in the case and Chandler police say they will submit their investigation for review to the

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Arizona House Committee Approves New Fund And Committee To Set Up Memorial Honoring Granite Mountain Hotshots Killed In Fire


An Arizona House committee has approved a new fund and committee to create a memorial site honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The committee approved House Bill 2624 unanimously Monday. It would allocate $500,000 to create a memorial site to honor the firefighters. It also creates a committee to oversee the memorial and administer the fund. The committee would include relatives of the firefighters killed, as well as state representatives and officials from the state parks board. The bill also would establish a fund of appropriated and donated money for maintaining the memorial. All but one of the 20 Hotshots on the Prescott-based crew perished June 30, 2013 when f Read More »

Arizona House Panel Gives Initial Approval To Create Virtual Fence Along State’s Border


An Arizona House panel has given initial approval to a plan to spend $30 million dollars to install 350 miles of "virtual fence' along the state's southern border with Mexico. The House Government and Environment Committee on Monday approved the proposal from Republican Senator Bob Worsley of Mesa for 300 towers along 350 miles of the border. Worsley told committee members he wants to verify that the federal government is securing the border. The bill was amended to move the new high-technology sensors from 20 miles away from the border to just one mile. Senate Bill 1106 passed on a 4-3 party-line vote with Republicans in support. The vote came despite worries from GOP members abou Read More »

Scottsdale To Unveil Plans For Spring-Training Themed Events


Scottsdale officials will unveil plans for various events the city has planned in conjunction with the Cactus League's spring training season. City representatives today will preview the game schedule for the San Francisco Giants, who will be playing at Scottsdale Stadium.
The city will also announce plans for the 2014 Spring Training Festival, scheduled for next week. Officials say the festival will include interactive exhibits, a Cactus League hot dog challenge and a sports memorabilia and card show.

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Yuma Police Investigating Vehicle-Pedestrian Accident


The Yuma Police Department is investigating a vehicle-pedestrian accident in which the pedestrian was killed. On Saturday night, officers responded to an accident at the corner of Eighth Street and Magnolia Avenue. The vehicle left the scene of the accident before officers arrived. It is described as an older model flatbed truck. The yet unidentified driver was located on Sunday. The driver was interviewed and released. The investigation is continuing.

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Several Injured In Two Car Collision


Several were injured following a two-car collision on Friday morning. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred on Avenue 3E and East Highway-95. A vehicle traveling westbound on Highway-95 failed to stop at a red light and collided with another vehicle traveling northbound on Avenue 3E. 22-year-old Corey Milburn, 48-year-old James Pollison and 46-year-old Angela Eklund were all transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center with life threatening injuries. A fourth person – 35-year-oldBernardo Reyes-Martinez, was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Sheriff’s Office On The Lookout For Missing 73-Year-Old Man


The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a missing person. 73-year-old Troy Smeltz went missing Friday and was reported missing the next day. He was last seen at the Yuma Lakes R-V Resort Friday about 5:30pm. He stands six-feet tall and weighs about 215-pounds. He has grey hair and blue eyes. If you have any information, call police at 928-783-4427.

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