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Judge James Alan Soto Nominated To Serve As Federal Judge In U.S. District Court For Arizona


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President Barack Obama has nominated the presiding Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for Arizona.
 
Judge James Alan Soto will join five other White House judicial nominees who are awaiting confirmation in the Senate. Soto has served in Santa Cruz County Superior Court since 2001. He was president and a shareholder in a Nogales law firm from 1992 to 2001. Soto was a part-time Patagonia town attorney from 1975 until the early 1990s. The Arizona State University graduate also had stints as a part-time Nogales deputy city attorney and a part-time deputy Santa Cruz County Attorney.

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Maricopa County Officials Hold Closed Door Meeting To Consider Action In Lawsuits Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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Maricopa County officials held a closed-door meeting Thursday to consider action in two lawsuits that accuse Sheriff Joe Arpaio of abusing his powers. The officials did not take any action and plan to pick up the issue again today. The county will not reveal the action being considered in a lawsuit filed over unsuccessful criminal cases against ex-County Supervisor Don Stapley and another lawsuit over the 2007 arrest of two newspaper executives. Stapley and other officials alleged they were targeted for investigation because they were at odds with Arpaio and others in disputes. Arpaio contended his office was trying to root out corruption.

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Gas Prices Slightly Lower This Week

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Gasoline prices around Arizona are slightly lower at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona say that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.13 a gallon. That is down by nearly $0.02 from last week. This week's national average is at $3.21 per gallon, more than $0.04 lower than previous week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.04 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.34. Missouri has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $2.87 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.66 a gallon.

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Yuma Police Investigate Aggravated Assault

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The Yuma Police Department is continuing to investigate a shooting. Police say on Monday morning, Yuma Police Officers responded to El Encanto Apartments on South Eighth Avenue for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim. He told officers that an unknown person knocked on his door. The victim answered his door and an unknown Hispanic male pointed a gun at him. The victim then raised up his gun and shots were exchanged. The suspect then fled the scene and the victim called 911.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’10 with a thin build and thin eyebrows. He was wearing a black shirt and hat. There may have been other subjects w Read More »

Yuma Border Patrol Seizes Ten Bundles Of Marijuana; Arrest One

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station seized ten-bundles of marijuana and arrested one man near Yuma Tuesday. Agents patrolling near the border in the vicinity of County 14th Street attempted a vehicle stop on a white Ford F-150 but the vehicle did not yield to the agent’s emergency equipment. A short time later, the driver abandoned the vehicle near County 15th and the U.S./Mexico border in an effort to abscond into Mexico. However, agents apprehended the driver before he could cross the border. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of ten bundles of marijuana in the truck’s bed. The marijuana had a combined weight of Read More »

Yuma Star Winner Announced

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It was a big night for Tanner Gomes on Wednesday. He was the grand prize winner of the Tenth Annual Yuma Star. Gomes won in the finals held at the Historic Yuma Theatre. Jamie Inda won second place and Laura Obeso took third place. Gomes won the $1000 cash prize along with prizes presented by Fretworks Music Center in Yuma.

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Mayor Alan Kreiger Holds Final Regular City Council Meeting

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It was the final regular Yuma City Council meeting Wednesday for Mayor Alan Kreiger and council members Paul Johnson, Bobbie Lewis and Jerry Stuart and it ended up being a longer meeting than anticipated. A public hearing was held that lasted for about 90 minutes. The Yuma Sun says some 27 persons signed up to complain about a rezoning issue involving changing an agricultural zone east of Avenue “D”. The developer of the property wants to make it a low density residential area. The request was defeated by a three-to-three tie vote. After the meeting, Mayor Kreiger reflected on his past years serving in office.

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Candlewood Suites Opened In Yuma Proving Grounds This Morning

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A new Candlewood Suites is to open this morning at the Yuma Proving Ground. This is the second such hotel that has opened on a military base. The new hotel features a variety of amenities tailored to meet the unique needs of today's military traveler, such as 92 studio and one bedroom suites, fully equipped kitchens, a swimming pool, on-post shuttle service, and complimentary hot breakfast each day. The hotel development is part of the Privatization of Army Lodging program, a U.S. Army-led program established as a means to revitalize on-post lodging facilities for Soldiers, their families and all government travelers.

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New Study Reveals Children Of Low Income Families Have Slower Rates Of Brain Growth

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According to a new study, children of low-income families have slower rates of growth in a number of areas, including two key parts of the brain, the parietal lobe and the frontal lobe. One of the researchers is psychology professor Seth Pollak.
 
Professor Pollak and other researchers studied 400 children from birth to age four. He says there is a distinct difference in the brain scans of children living in poverty. The research indicates they do not develop as rapidly, which Pollak says helps explain behavioral, learning and attention problems.
 
Pollak and his fellow researchers say environmental factors that contribute to slower brain development often come with pove Read More »

Detective Won’t Testify In Child Death Retrial

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The case against an Arizona woman who spent two decades on death row in the murder of her four year old son has been dealt a crushing blow. A judge on Wednesday said a detective does not have to testify at Debra Milke's retrial. Without his testimony on her purported confession, prosecutors cannot use it at her retrial. In other cases, the detective has been accused of lying under oath. If defense attorneys brought that up in the Milke retrial to try to hurt his credibility, he fears he could face prosecution in those cases. Milke was accused of having two men shoot her four-year-old son in 1989. She spent 24-years on death row. An appeals court overturned her conviction in March and she is free o Read More »

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