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Board Of Supervisors Approve Purchase Of Peterbilt Truck

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The Yuma County Board of Supervisors met on Monday and approved the purchase of a 2014 Peterbilt cab and chassis from Rush Peterbilt of Yuma. The Yuma Sun is reporting the county has been criticized in the past for not buying from local vendors and Chairman Greg Ferguson made it clear during the meeting this would be a local purchase. Members of the board have countered that argument in the past saying that local vendors do not typically bid on items the county is looking to purchase.

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Confidential CPS Documents Found Dumped In Phoenix Alley

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The director of Arizona's child welfare agency says thousands of pages of confidential documents on abuse and neglect cases found dumped in a Phoenix alley were apparently left in a home by a former worker who moved out of state.
 
Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter says the Child Protective Services records from 2008 and 2009 were left behind in a desk drawer. Carter told the Legislature's child protective services oversight committee Monday that an investigation found the worker had taken them home to work on them and had not properly secured them. The records were left behind when she moved and were tossed into the alley later when the home was Read More »

Yuma Border Patrol Make Multiple Arrests Over The Weekend

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station arrested 21 individuals and seized a combined 846 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $423,000 in separate weekend incidents.

On Friday, agents were tracking a group of suspected illegal immigrants near the Granite Mountains on the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range when they found 12 makeshift backpacks of marijuana weighing 548 pounds. A Mexican national hiding near the backpacks was arrested. Agents continued tracking the footprints until they found and arrested an additional eleven Mexican nationals on Sunday (15). Agents seized the marijuana for destruction.
 
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FDA Wants To Phase Out Use Of Antibiotics To Promote Faster Growth In Farm Animals

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With the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the FDA wants to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote faster growth in farm animals, but some claim its efforts do not go far enough. The FDA's guidance asks the manufacturers to voluntarily change antibiotic labeling to indicate the medications are only for disease prevention. But Doctor David Wallinga with Healthy Food Action says many antibiotics are now labeled for a variety of uses and changing that will not necessarily stop their use.
 
It is estimated that in 2011 in the U.S., about eight million pounds of antibiotics were sold for human consumption, but nearly 30 million pounds were sold for meat and poultry production.< Read More »

Yuma City Hall To Close For Several Days During Holiday Season

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The Yuma City Hall will be closed several days during winter holiday season. Friday, City Hall will be closed as part of its normal customer convenience schedule. Then, City Hall will be closed both December 24th and 25th. Residential refuse collection for homes inside the Yuma city limits will not change the week of December 23rd or the week of December 30th despite the holidays. Later that week, City Hall will be closed Friday, January 3rd, 2014 as part of its normal customer convenience schedule.

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Somerton Tamale Festival This Weekend

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City-of-SomertonThe Somerton Tamale Festival is scheduled for this weekend. The Eighth Annual event has grown greatly since it’s inception. Jose Moreno says a good time will be had by all on Saturday. The event was started by Arizona State University graduates and continues to benefit those attending ASU.
 
The Somerton Tamale Festival will be held from 11am to 11pm on Saturday. There is no admission charge and the event will be held along Main Street in Somerton.

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Arizona Supreme Court To Hear Political Giving Case


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The Arizona Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal of a ruling that blocked a new law raising campaign contribution limits as much as ten-fold. The court hears arguments today on the appeal filed by lawyers for Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin. They want the court to uphold the new higher limits and allow them to take effect. The Arizona Court of Appeals blocked the law in October after the Arizona Clean Elections Commission argued it conflicted with limits set by a voter-approved law. The high court will consider whether the voter initiative that created the commission also set contribution limits.

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Gosar Co-Sponsors The Parental Bereavement Leave Act Of 2013

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar issued a statement concerning his co-sponsorship of the Parental Bereavement Leave Act of 2013, also known as the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act. He says quote – "I am pleased to be the first Republican to co-sponsor the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act, which protects the rights of grieving parents. I hope that signing as a co-sponsor helps give the bill momentum and that other members of Congress, regardless of party, will follow suit. There are some issues that are not Republican or Democrat issues, but are issues that affect all Americans. This is one of them. This bill supports families and costs nothing to businesses or taxpayers.&rdq Read More »

Border Patrol Agents Arrest Multiple People; Seize Bags Of Methamphetamines And Marijuana

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested five men and two women, and seized several bags of methamphetamine and eight backpacks of marijuana Thursday.

Agents working at the checkpoint on I-8 east of Yuma became suspicious of a black Hyundai Sonata after a canine alerted to the vehicle while performing a sniff of the exterior. Agents searched the vehicle and found a black duffle bag in the vehicle’s trunk containing vacuum-sealed plastic bags of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. The driver and two passengers, all U.S. citizens, were arrested. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 1.6 lbs pounds with an estimated value of over Read More »

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