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Arizona Ranks Well In Recent Child Care Report

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Arizona scores in the top half of the nation in a new report on child care. The Child Care Aware "We Can Do Better" 2013 rankings put Arizona 22nd overall.   The state is marked down for low staff-to-child ratios, and for having large child care groups.  But Bruce Liggett of the Arizona Child Care Association says parents are already ... Read More »

Brewer Signs Bill Banning Unsolicited Text Messages

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill banning marketers from sending unsolicited text messages to cellphones. The bill Brewer signed Thursday was sponsored by Republican Representative Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert and targets marketers that flood recipients' phones with offers. That forces phone users to essentially pay to receive ads.  The bill passed the Senate Wednesday on a 27-to-zero vote. ... Read More »

Yuma Native and NHRA Racer Dies

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An NHRA racer originally from Yuma has died from injuries he sustained in a race over the weekend.  The Yuma Sun reports that 47-year-old Derek Sanchez was seriously injured on Saturday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He died on Thursday.  Sanchez lost control of his vehicle at the speedway during the second round of eliminations on Saturday.  Sanchez was ... Read More »

Arrest Made After Police Discover Insurance Fraud

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says that two persons were arrested after they filed a fraudulent report of a vehicle theft last month.  Police say 49-year-old Christina McBee reported that her 2012 Lincoln Navigator worth $72,000 was missing.  Police say she was unable to produce a spare key.  Police later found out the vehicle was equipped with a security chip, ... Read More »

Victims’ Rights Week

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Yuma County will honor Victims’ Rights Week starting the week of April 21st.  New Challenges, New Solutions helps to celebrate the spirit that will advance the progress local champions of crime victim’s rights achieve.  A Victims’ Rights Week proclamation will be read at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday.  The week will be celebrated in communities throughout the nation. Read More »

Gosar Challenges President’s Budget Proposal

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar issued a statement in response to the release of President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal.  Gosar is clearly against the proposed budget released by the Obama Administration on Wednesday.  Gosar said, “The American people can spot that this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This budget proposal, dressed up as a compromise, is nothing more than ... Read More »

Southgate Mall Remodel To Begin Shortly

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Yuma City Administrator Greg Wilkinson says planned work on the recently sold Southgate Mall will be progressing shortly.  The new owners, Korwasser Shopping Centers, told merchants who were on the inside portion of the mall they had 30 days to vacate the premises.  Some relocated while other simply went out of business.  Now, the new owners are just a short ... Read More »

Effort To Recall City Council Members Withdrawn

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A recall effort against two Yuma City Council members has now been withdrawn.  Members Paul Johnson and Jerry Stuart were targeted last year by a group called “Recall Them All 2012.”  The group claimed they abdicated their responsibilities to their constituents by supporting certain actions of the entire Yuma City Council.  Now the group says with an upcoming election on ... Read More »

AARP Upset With Inclusion Of Chained CPI In Purposed Budget Plan

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AARP says the senior advocacy organization is “deeply dismayed” by President Obama’s budget proposal to use a calculation known as a “chained CPI” to determine future Social Security cost-of-living adjustments.   The plan was officially unveiled in the President's new budget proposal. Chained CPI would mean benefit increases would be slowed, and Cynthia Fagyas of AARP Arizona says that means ... Read More »

Brewer Pushes For Support As Arizona Legislature Moves Closer To Vote On Medicaid Expansion

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is bringing her Medicaid expansion charm offensive back to the Capitol as her staff continues to negotiate with legislative leaders who hold the key to bringing the proposal to a vote.  Today’s press conference and rally features mental health professionals and comes as a growing number of lawmakers are saying they believe the proposal may have ... Read More »

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