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Homeland Security Secretary To Visit Arizona Border

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The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security will be visiting border operations in Arizona this week. Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson is expected to visit Douglas and Tucson on Wednesday. According to his office, he will receive briefings on efforts to secure the border at the Tucson Sector headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Johnson will also meet with state and local law enforcement officials. Arizona is one stop on a trip that will also include a visit to McAllen, Texas on Tuesday.

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Yuma City Hall To Be Closed Monday In Observance For Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Garbage Pick Up Pushed Back A Day

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Yuma City Hall will be closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Junior Holiday. Additionally today Yuma City Hall will be closed as part of its normal customer convenience schedule. Residential refuse collection for homes inside the Yuma city limits will change due to the holiday. City of Yuma residents who normally have their garbage picked up on Mondays will have collections on Tuesday. Those who have garbage pickups on Tuesdays will have collections on Wednesday. Curbside recycling pickups will take place as normal on Thursday and Friday.

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Arizona Western College District Saves On Energy Costs

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Through the first nine months of last year, the Arizona Western College district used over one-million less kilowatt-hours of energy over the previous year, based in part on a new internal communications campaign to encourage people to take an active role in saving energy. That reduction amounted to over an 11% savings, or nearly $100,000. This came in spite of the addition of a new soccer field, which required power for lights, watering and other uses during the fall soccer season. The Turn It Off campaign was designed to “raise awareness and modify behavior of faculty, staff and students,” according to Steve Eckert, Director of Facilities Operations, who created the campai Read More »

Arizona Youth Impact Choir To Perform At Desert Grace Community Church This Saturday

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The Arizona Youth Impact Choir will perform at the Desert Grace Community Church Saturday starting at 6pm located at 12134 North Frontage Road in Yuma.
 
The Arizona Youth Impact Choir is comprised of nearly 50 teens from across the state, who travel each month to a different city to share their ministry over the course of the school year. In addition to the monthly concerts, the choir serves on a short-term mission to Mexico at the end of the year. There is no admission fee, and the free-will offering taken during the concert will go to fund the group’s mission trip.

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San Luis Police Chief Resigns; Cites Health Reasons

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More information has come to light concerning the San Luis Police Chief’s recent resignation. Our television partner KYMATV spoke with officials with the city of San Luis. He cited health reasons, which City of San Luis spokesman Javier Morales confirmed. He also cited another reason behind Arturo Ramos’ resignation.

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CDC Reports At Least 38 Million Americans Drink Too Much


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Many Arizonans are pouring themselves a few too many on a regular basis, and despite the health risks, a new study from the CDC finds they are not discussing their drinking habits with their doctor. The report found at least 38 million Americans drink too much, but only one in six has ever actually talked about it with a medical professional. Emergency physician Rahul Khare says a small conversation with patients can help people reduce their alcohol use.
 
The dangers associated with drinking too much include lcoholism, heart disease, breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or mor Read More »

24 Year Old Woman Charged With Hindering A Police Investigation

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A woman charged in hindering a police investigation into the murder of Chrystal Figeroa appeared in court on Thursday, pleading guilty to those charges. 24-year-old Brandi Michalski had two other charges against her dismissed. According to a police investigation, Michalski was with Figueroa and several others the night she was killed. Michalski and another woman were dropped off by suspected killer Jose Jimenez and others before they drove to the citrus grove in what would be Figueroa's last night alive. Prosecutors said she hindered prosecution and tampered with evidence tied to the murder. That same morning police say Michalski was in a black SUV with Jimenez and others tied to the crime whe Read More »

Gas Prices In Arizona Slightly Higher This Week

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Gasoline prices around Arizona are slightly higher again at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.23 a gallon. That is an increase of more than $0.02 from last week. This week's national average is at $3.30 per gallon, down by half a penny from last week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.17 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.35.
 
Montana has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $3.02 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.68 a gallon.
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Governor Jan Brewer To Release Spending Plan For The Coming Year

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will release a spending plan for the coming budget year that outlines how she wants to implement reforms at the state's Child Protective Service agency. Other key items include details of a new education funding plan that rewards schools that show improved test scores and details of a plan to cut electricity taxes for manufacturers. Today’s release will cover the plan she wants the Legislature to adopt for the 2014-2015 budget year that begins on July 1st. The governor's plan serves as a roadmap for lawmakers charged with actually passing a state budget.
 
Brewer wants CPS moved into a new stand-alone state agency. She will reveal how much mon Read More »

Sonic Boom Felt Around Foothills In Yuma

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It was a sonic boom that reportedly shook the Foothills and other surrounding areas Wednesday morning. Officials from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma say the loud sound people heard after 8am Wednesday was a sonic boom. They say it was an F-18 from Marine Fighter Training Squadron 101, based out of MCAS Miramar in the San Diego area.

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