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Congressman Paul Gosar Announces His Nominations For U.S. Service Academies Class Of 2018

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar announced his nominations to the United States Service Academies for the Class of 2018. Of those, several from Yuma were nominated. They include Kyle Spruell of Yuma training at West Point and with the United States Naval Academy, Ryan Hoffmann of Yuma who is a merchant marine and training with the United States Naval Academy and Daniel Hugh of Yuma training with the United States Air Force and the United States Naval Academy.

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Number Of DUI’s Drop In Arizona

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There is good news for Arizona drivers. The total number of DUI's in the state dropped for the first time in the past decade. This is according to new data from the Governors Office of Highway Safety, which coordinates a statewide task force targeting drunk drivers. Our television partner KYMATV reports that officers participating made more than 29,000 DUI arrests last year, a decrease of more than 3,000 from 2012's total. Nearly 4,000 of those arrests took place during the 2013 holiday season, which began November 25th and ran through the end of the year.

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Yuma County Board Of Supervisors Approve Licensing Contract With Humane Society Of Yuma

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A new licensing contract with the Humane Society of Yuma has been approved by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors. The board on Monday approved the contract, asking HSOY to conduct rabies vaccinations and licensing clinics in the county during the first three months of the year. Supervisor Russ Clark asked that the item be pulled from the agenda wanting more information before tackling the issue. The Yuma Sun says HSOY will keep $5 for each license sold.

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Latest Arizona Child Abuse Report Updated Shows More Than 5100 Cases Assigned

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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 more than 5100 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 nearly 2400 children identified in the reports now have been seen and more than 2,000 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 Read More »

Permanent Memorial Planned For Victims Of Tuscon Shooting

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A permanent memorial is planned for downtown Tucson in remembrance of the 2011 mass shooting that left six people dead and injured 13 others, including former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Organizers announced Monday the memorial will be placed at the Old Pima County Courthouse and is expected to take several years to complete. It will be comprised of hundreds of items, including heartfelt letters, candles and American flags that formed makeshift memorials across the city in the days after the January 8th 2011 attack. Giffords was shot in the head during a meet-and-greet outside a Tucson supermarket.
 
The Arizona Democrat later resigned Read More »

Congress Heads Back To Work Today

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Congress heads back to work today – including Arizona Representative Paul Gosar. Gosar appeared on our Eye on the Desert Southwest program on Monday. He says there are several issues facing lawmakers in 2014 – including that of raising the debt ceiling once again.
 
He adds that even though 2013 was a rocky year for Congress, his hopes are this year there are more good stories that come out of Washington.

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El Centro Border Patrol Agents Disrupt Drug Smuggling Attempt; Seize 1200 Pounds Of Marijuana

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Border Patrol agents from the El Centro sector recently disrupted a drug smuggling attempt resulting in the arrest of one man and the seizure of over 1200 pounds of marijuana. The incident occurred on Thursday approximately 15 miles west of downtown Calexico. Camera operators spotted a 2003 Dodge Durango heading north across the United States/Mexico boundary. The driver, a 53 year old Mexican national, used the vehicle to push the vehicle barricades aside creating a space to drive thru. He then continued driving north toward Mount Signal Road and Highway 98. Responding agents attempted a vehicle stop. The man failed to yield to agents and then attempted to return to Mexico driving southbound cross Read More »

New Yuma City Council Members Sworn In

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It is a new Yuma Mayor and three new members of the Yuma City Council today. Both Mayor Douglas Nicholls and new council members William Craft, Gary Knight, Gary Wright and new municipal judge James Coil were sworn in Saturday. They officially became members effective midnight on January 1st. Wright says this is all about the citizens of Yuma.
 
Members have already started their new year’s resolutions. Knight is hoping for more jobs.
 
Their first official work session is to be held on Tuesday and the first meeting will take place on Wednesday at 5:30pm.

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Investment Banker Advises To Invest In Paid Family Leave

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A strong voice from Wall Street is weighing in on the importance of paid family leave for parents of newborn children and people caring for seriously ill or elderly relatives.
 
Tom Nides served as Deputy Secretary of State and recently moved to Morgan Stanley. The investment banker believes in legislation introduced in Congress that would create employee-paycheck deduction pools that would compensate workers during family leaves.
 
Arizona Representative Ron Barber is co-sponsoring the federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act which has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. On Wednesday, Rhode Island became the third state to offer workers paid f Read More »

Steven Seagal Considering Running For Arizona Governor

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Action-movie star Steven Seagal says he is considering a run for Arizona governor. The "Marked for Death" actor told KNXV-TV that he is considering a shot at the state's highest office and has had a talk about the bid with the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America. The 61-year-old made the comments while talking about his newly released reality series "Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County." Seagal teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the show that was shot in Arizona and airs on cable TV's Reelz Channel. The martial arts expert is a member of Arpaio's posse, made up of 3,000 unpaid civilians. He also has been deputized with sheriff's Read More »

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