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Mexican Gray Wolf Population On The Rise, But In Need Of Help

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Fifteen years ago, in the wake of a blizzard, the first group of eleven captive-bred Mexican gray wolves were released in Arizona’s Apache National Forest.  Today, the recovery program’s population has grown to 75, but advocates say much higher numbers are needed to ensure the long-term survival of the “lobo.”   Eva Sargent with Defenders of Wildlife says the wolves ... Read More »

Giffords To Give Commencement Speech At Bard College

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Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will give the commencement address at an upstate New York college in May. Bard College announced Wednesday that the couple will address more than 600 graduating students during commencement ceremonies on May 25th.  College officials say the 42-year-old Giffords will receive an honorary doctorate of humane ... Read More »

Phoenix General Store Employees Accused Of Food Stamp Fraud

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Authorities say four employees of a general store in Phoenix are accused of food stamp fraud.  A report released Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Economic Security and state Attorney General Tom Horne says people with food cards allegedly were allowed to buy a small item and overcharge the stamp card in order to make a profit.  They say tens ... Read More »

Wildcats Take On The Buckeyes In Sweet 16

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The Arizona Wildcats will tip off their Sweet 16 contest later tonight.  The sixth seeded Wildcats will take on second seeded Ohio State.  Tipoff is set for 4:45pm and will be shown on TBS.  The winner will take on the winner of the LaSalle/Wichita State game on Saturday. Read More »

Woman Arrested In Connection With Christal Figueroa Murder

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One person has been arrested in connection with a recent murder and police continue to be on the lookout for at least three other persons.  The Yuma Police Department says 24-year-old Brandi Michalski of Yuma was arrested on Tuesday for her alleged involvement in the murder of Christal Figueroa.  Police say the two were friends until recently.  Michalski was originally ... Read More »

Bus Sponsorship Gives Students Opportunity To Explore Traveling Alcatraz Exhibit

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Yuma-area students have a chance to break out of school and into prison this spring, thanks to special funding from Union Pacific Foundation.  Their destination is actually "Life on the Rock," a world-class traveling exhibit about the infamous federal prison on Alcatraz Island that has been at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park since January.   Already a sponsor ... Read More »

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake Visits U.S. – Mexico Border

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Arizona Republician Senator Jeff Flake visited the U.S.-Mexico border and met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials from the Yuma sector Tuesday.  KYMA-TV reports that this visit comes during a two-week break from negotiations in Congress.  Flake is one of the so-called "Gang of Eight" bi-partisan senators drafting federal immigration reform bills.    A federal immigration overhaul could affect the ... Read More »

House Committee Reviews Bathroom Bill

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A House committee is set to consider a watered-down version of a bill that would have barred transgender people from using public bathrooms not associated with their birth gender. Representative John Kavanagh changed his bill after a national civil rights group called it discriminatory and is expected to present the new version of his so-called bathroom bill in the Appropriations ... Read More »

Arizona Snowbowl Celebrates End Of 75th Season

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The Arizona Snowbowl is nearing the end of its 75th season.  The ski resort just outside Flagstaff will close for the season on Sunday.  It will open three more days in April in celebration of the anniversary.  The Snowbowl received 219 inches of snow this season and has a 61-inch base. Officials were able to turn to snowmaking equipment for ... Read More »

Matadors Split Wins With Phoenix College

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The Arizona Western College Matadors went 1-for-2 in action from Tuesday.  The Matadors won 2-to-nothing against Phoenix College in the first game.  In game number two, the Matadors were stopped 5-to-3. Read More »

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