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Former University Of Arizona Director Of Athletics Passes Away

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Former University of Arizona Director of Athletics Dave Strack passed away on Saturday at the age of 90. Strack served as AD at the U of A from 1972-to-1982. Highlighting his decade-long tenure at Arizona, Strack hired the first African-American head coach at a major university when he appointed Fred Snowden head men’s basketball coach in 1972. He also oversaw the opening of the McKale Memorial Center in February 1973. Strack was also instrumental in Arizona’s transition from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pac-10 in 1978.

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Cocopah Indian Tribe Donates Money To Tacna Fire Department

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe donated $1000 to the Tacna Fire Department. Throughout the years the Cocopah Tribal council has donated thousands to the department. 20 Fire fighters from the Tacna Fire Department volunteer their time to serve their community. The Tacna Fire Department provides emergency response in East Yuma County from Telegraph Pass to the Maricopa County line. According to Assistant Chief, Gary Shaw the funds will be used to pay for fuel, safety gear, equipment, maintenance, repairs and other operating costs.

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State Money Sought Out To Put On 2015 Super Bowl

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As Glendale prepares to host the Super Bowl next year, city officials and sports executives are lobbying the state to help offset costs. The Arizona Republic reports Glendale city leaders and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee have been working separately to get state funds to help stage the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.
 
State Representative David Gowan submitted a bill last week that would benefit Glendale. The bill proposes the state reimburse public-safety costs for cities hosting large events. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl host committee and other business groups are joining efforts to get financial backing for responsibilities tied to hosting major events. Repre Read More »

Yuma Announces Annual Neighborhood Cleanup

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It is time for the annual Yuma Neighborhood cleanup. Over the next ten weeks, the city will pick up items they normally do not take. Dave Nash with the city of Yuma tells us more.
 
For a complete listing of dates and when your neighborhood will be served, go online to the City of Yuma website.

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Shopping Cart Injuries Pose Big Danger To Little Kids

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A new study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows that shopping cart safety needs a closer look. Researchers found from 1990-to-2011, more than a half-million children were treated in the nation's emergency rooms for injuries associated with shopping carts – including falls, entrapment, and carts that tipped over on them. Doctor Gary Smith with Nationwide's Center for Injury Research and Policy says parents' and children's behavior play a factor, but there also are flaws in shopping cart design.
 
The study recommends several design changes, such as placing the seating area of the cart near the floor. Doctor Smith says the latter change improves safe Read More »

Lawmakers Renew Push To Allow Teachers To Arm Themselves In The Classroom

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A bill before Arizona lawmakers this session renews a push to allow teachers to arm themselves in the classroom.
 
Attorney General Tom Horne and other supporters say the legislation would protect children and staff in the event of a mass shooting. But opponents would rather have police officers assigned to schools. Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill considers the proposal little more than a ploy to expand gun rights. The legislation is in its earliest stages, and it is too early to gauge its chances of passing, but a similar proposal failed last year.

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YCAT Makes Improvements To Area Bus Stops

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The Yuma County Intergovernmental Transportation Authority, which oversees Yuma County Area Transit will be making improvements to area bus stops. The Yuma Sun is reporting that Marv Kirchler of Tucson and Creative Outdoor of Orlando, Florida will be providing advertisements at the bus stops and benches at no charge to YCAT. Altogether, 38 benches and shelters throughout Yuma County, the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation and Winterhaven are expected to be improved.

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Arizona Western College Host 16th Annual College Goal Sunday

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Arizona Western College’s Financial Aid Office and the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education are teaming up for the 16th Annual College Goal Sunday. College bound students are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday on Sunday, February 23rd from 2pm-to-4pm at the Academic Complex Computer Lab on the AWC Main Campus. All students planning to attend any college this fall will receive free help to complete the FAFSA. There will be computers with internet connections to access the FAFSA online. Although there are 30 state wide sites offered, AWC’s presentation for the past few years has had some of the highest attendance numbers in the state. Loca Read More »

Superior Court Judge Passes Away

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Former Superior Court Judge Tom Cole died Thursday. Cole was 76-years-old. Cole served as an associate attorney, then ran his own law firm, and eventually was appointed to be a judge at Yuma Court in 1991. He served for 16 years until 2007 when he retired. Judge Cole is especially remembered for creating the Drug Court in 1998 and completing the Yuma Court Justice Center in 2005.

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ASU Drops Fraternity After Hosting Controversial Martin Luther King Junior Party

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Arizona State University is severing ties with a fraternity after the chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Junior Day, replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes. The school notified Tau Kappa Epsilon that its recognition as a fraternity chapter at ASU has been permanently revoked. Revoking recognition means the 65-year-old local chapter is no longer affiliated with ASU, the group will not be listed on the university's website and cannot recruit members or hold on-campus meetings.

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