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San Luis Mexico Hikes Taxes By Five Percent

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San Luis' businesses rake in plenty of sales from Mexican nationals crossing the border just to shop. However, the city might see a spike in sales due to a recent decision of the Mexican congress. Local businesses in San Luis gathered together at City Hall Tuesday night to learn about projects coming up in 2014. But projects may not be the only changes coming. The Mexican congress passed a bill that went into effect this month. That bill raised the sales tax of Mexico's border states by 5%. Businesses in San Luis as well as other U.S. Border towns are expected to benefit. One issue for San Luis however still remains. Mayor Gerardo Sanchez says border crossing delays are still a constant issue.
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Nearly 6,000 Child Abuse And Neglect Cases Assigned To Investigators

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A new team assigned to review more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports that weren't investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned nearly 6,000 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named on December 2nd 2013 by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Tuesday. It said more than 3600 children identified in the reports now have been seen and almost 3100 cases have had a response.a

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Lawmaker Seeks To Allow Cuts in Public Pensions

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An Arizona lawmaker wants the state Constitution amended to allow cuts to public employee pension payouts and increases in employee contributions if the systems are badly underfunded.

Republican Representative John Kavanagh introduced a bill that if passed would refer the proposal to the voters. He says he is targeting automatic cost of living increases but nothing in his proposal would prevent cuts to existing pensions. Kavanagh said payouts from the state's pension plans would have to be trimmed and contributions from employees and employers raised if reasonable accounting practices found cuts were needed. Just how badly underfunded a plan must be to trigger cuts is not defined. Democra Read More »

U.S. Customs And Border Protection Citizens Academy To Provide Local Residents With Inside Look On Securing The Arizona Border

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The United States Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector, Port of San Luis and Office of Air and Marine will host an integrated U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizens Academy beginning February 26th. The program is designed to provide local residents and community leaders an inside look into securing the border – at and between the ports – in southwestern Arizona. Throughout the course, attendees will become familiar with CBP’s mission and participate in interactive demonstrations such as defensive tactics, tracking and inspections for prohibited agricultural items. Participants will also receive a border tour and learn about each component’s distinct roles and r Read More »

Man Who Fired At Area Apartment Complex Begins Prison Sentence

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A man who fired a weapon in April 2013 at an area apartment complex began serving a prison sentence for the crime. 34-year-old Jorge V. Clark of Yuma was sentenced to 30 months in jail on misconduct with a weapon charges – with credit for 53 days previously served. Clark was arrested after firing the gun at the Pepperwood Studios apartment complex in the 1800 block on South Third Avenue.

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Wellton Border Patrol Agents Seize 152 Pounds Of Marijuana

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United States Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station arrested six individuals and seized 152 pounds of marijuana Sunday worth an estimated $76,000.
 
Agents arrested six Mexican nationals near the Granite Mountains, located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge – all of whom were in the U.S. illegally. In close proximity to the apprehension site, agents located three burlap backpacks of marijuana.

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AWC College Music Department And 50th Anniversary Committee In Search Of An Alma Mater


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The Arizona Western College Music Department and the AWC 50th Anniversary committee is in search of an Alma Mater. AWC is offering this unique opportunity to the community. The school is in need of an official anthem and the 50th Anniversary committee decided this is a perfect time to conduct that search. This is the time to showcase your compositional talent by composing the music and lyrics for Arizona Western College’s Alma Mater. The winning composition will be premiered during the Spring Choral Concert and performed again at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony. For more information, please contact the AWC Music Department at 928-344-7743 or email at almamater Read More »

Paul Gosar Releases Statement On Supreme Court’s Decision On Reviewing Abortion Law

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar released a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that held unconstitutional an Arizona law protecting the lives of babies 20 weeks and older, effectively striking down the law. He said quote – "The spurious legacy of Roe continues unabated. This is more than a legal issue; it’s an issue of life or death for unborn babies. This law struck a balance that protected women who wanted to terminate their babies' lives, while also keeping older babies from feeling the excruciating pain of death by abortion. As a father of three and a health care provider, I am appalled and disma Read More »

Leading Insurance Industry Analyst Upgrades Rating For Yuma’s Building Code Effectiveness

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A leading insurance industry analyst upgraded its rating for the City of Yuma’s building code effectiveness to a level shared previously by only one other jurisdiction in Arizona and only one-percent of jurisdictions nationwide. The Insurance Services Office Incorporated, which supplies data and analytics for the insurance industry, upgraded the City’s rating in the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule to a grade of two for one-and-two-family residential properties and also for commercial and industrial properties. The grading scale is one to ten, with one being highest; however, few achieve a one rating. No Arizona jurisdictions earned a BCEGS of one in 2013. The resulti Read More »

Arizona Child Abuse Case
 Has 6,000 Cases Assigned To Investigators

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A new team assigned to review more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned nearly 6,000 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named on December 2nd 2013 by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Monday. It said more than 3300 children identified in the reports now have been seen and almost 2900 cases have had a response. The team is led by the head of the state's Juvenile Corrections department, Charles Flanagan. Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed the uninvestigated reports called into a hotline on November 21st 20 Read More »

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