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Chinese Company To Acquire Largest Pork Producer In U.S.

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A big business story about the sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese company puts a "pig promise" in peril.  After the Humane Society of the United States exposed the treatment of pigs at a Smithfield factory in Virginia, the company promised to make changes, including expanding the cramped cages that did not allow the pigs to move.  Now, the ... Read More »

City Council Approves Pay Raise

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The Yuma City Council took some heat at Wednesday’s regular meeting about a 2.5-percent across the board pay raise.  The increase is in the proposed 2014 Fiscal Year budget.   Gary Wright approached the city council to ask why such a percentage is given instead of using a merit system.  He also is concerned about the council reportedly adding five ... Read More »

Randy Hartless To Resign From AWC Board

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Arizona Western College District Governing Board member Randy Hartless resigned from his position on the board recently. Hartless began his service representing La Paz County District One in 2009, and served as the Board President in 2012 while simultaneously earning his associate’s degree from AWC.  In his resignation letter Hartless stated he is resigning for personal and family reasons.  Hartless ... Read More »

Arizona Teen Allegedly Faked His Death

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Authorities say a northwestern Arizona man allegedly faked his own death and took a bus trip to visit a friend in Washington, D.C.  Bullhead City police say 18-year-old Jordan Brady Jenner came into District of Columbia Capital Police station claiming he was kidnapped, but his story was inconsistent with the facts.  Jenner's parents contacted Bullhead City police on May 26th ... Read More »

New Mexican Consul For Yuma County

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After spending more than 25 years in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eusebio Augusto Romero is bringing his wealth of experience to Yuma as the new Consul General.  Romero has spent time in Switzerland and Bolivia along with time in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah.  He says he is now ready to serve the people of Yuma County.  ... Read More »

City Council To Consider Request Concerning Mayor Krieger’s Travel Funds

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The Yuma City Council will meet tonight at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall.  The council will consider a request from Mayor Alan Krieger for a reallocation of funds for recent travel.  A consideration to purchase insurance will also be discussed.  The insurance is for liability issues for city owned property and events, totaling $637,000. Read More »

Campaign Kicks Off To Bring Attention To Early Childhood Education

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Today is a national Early Learning Day of Action, kicking off a campaign to draw attention to the benefits of early childhood education, and to support additional funding at both the national and local levels.   Bruce Liggett is director of the Arizona Child Care Association.  Liggett says one campaign goal is passage of President Obama’s Early Care and Education ... Read More »

Census Error Alters Yuma’s Projected Budget

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City of Yuma officials just learned of a mistake made by the U.S Census Bureau in 2010 that adds an extra $400,000 into the city's projected budget allowance for the next fiscal year.  The City of Yuma’s Dave Nash says even though over 2,000 people are now accounted for, they are preparing the 2014 budget as if that extra money ... Read More »

Bird Parasite Causing ‘Swimmer’s Itch’ At Saguaro Lake

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Arizona officials are warning visitors of local lakes about reports of a rash caused by a tiny bird parasite.  The warning was made after several people reported getting the rash after wading or swimming in Saguaro Lake near Phoenix.  The rash is known as swimmer's itch or lake itch.  It is an allergic skin reaction to the parasites and can ... Read More »

House Speaker Tobin Moving On With Budget Without Deal On Medicaid

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Arizona Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin is taking up the $8.8-billion state budget passed by the Arizona Senate but says his efforts to reach a deal with the governor on Medicaid have failed.  Tobin assigned the package of ten Senate budget bills to the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.  He expects the House to finish work on the entire package by ... Read More »

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