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Anti-Tobacco Coalitions Head To State Capitol

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A team of Pima County middle school students are taking their anti-tobacco efforts to the State Capitol. They will be among more than 250 students meeting with legislators Tuesday to push for health and wellness improvements. The youth coalitions are trying to build on recent anti-tobacco victories, including CVS's decision to take cigarettes off its shelves. Read More »

Tucson Home Sales Up; Prices Steady

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Home sales are up around Tucson, but prices are flattening-out. Data from the Tucson Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service shows home sales jumped 12-and-a-half percent over the last two months. The average price of a home stands at 158-thousand-dollars, which is about the same since January of this year. Read More »

Arizona Indicts Former NFL Player Sharper For Sex Assault

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Former NFL star Darren Sharper is being indicted in Arizona on sexual assault and drug charges. Sharper is already jailed in California where he's accused of drugging four Los Angeles women and raping two of them. Sharper also faces similar accusations in Louisiana and he's been the subject of sex crimes investigations in Florida and Nevada. Sharper played 14 years ... Read More »

Obama Expected To Sign New Rule On Overtime

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President Obama will soon sign an executive order that will give more Americans overtime pay. The order will direct the Labor Department to reconsider the salary threshold for managers and supervisors that dictates whether they get overtime. That threshold is currently 455 dollars a week, and hasn't been changed since 2004. That works out to a salary of about 23-thousand ... Read More »

First-Time Jobless Claims Down

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First-time unemployment claims are falling. The latest Labor Department report out this morning shows 315-thousand new claims for unemployment benefits were filed in the week ending March 8th. That's down nine-thousand from the previous week. Today's report is slightly better than economists had forecast. Most analysts had been expecting to see about 330-thousand initial claims. Read More »

Two Dead, Two Critical After Crash At SXSW

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Two people are dead after a suspected drunk driver crashed through a crowd early this morning at a South By Southwest venue in Austin, Texas. Multiple reports say Rashad Owens was the man who drove through a crowd at the festival in an attempt to get away from arresting officers. The 22-year-old is facing two charges of capital murder and ... Read More »

Governor Jan Brewer Won’t Seek Third Term

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Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she will not seek another term in office, an effort that would have required a long-shot court challenge to the state’s term limits. “There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership,” Arizona’s Republican governor said. “After completing this year in office, I will do just that.” Brewer made the announcement on her ... Read More »

Woman Hospitalized After SUV Crashes Into Canal

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A local woman was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center after her vehicle crashed into a canal in the Wellton area Tuesday morning. According to the Wellton Police Department, the incident happened at about 9 a.m. as Diana Soto was driving a GMC Yukon Denali along South Avenue 28E, a dirt service road next to a canal just to the ... Read More »

Sex Offender Has New Address

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A convicted level 2 sex offender with a medium risk to reoffend has moved to a new address. According to the Yuma Police Department, 27-year-old Anthony Avalos now resides at 2996 South 30th Drive. Avalos is described as 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs about 190 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. On Feb. 25, 2010, Avalos accepted ... Read More »

Man Who Allegedly Threatened To Kill Woman, Others Sentenced To Prison

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The Yuma man who allegedly threatened to shoot a woman, kill other unspecified people and then kill himself was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison Tuesday morning in Yuma County Superior Court. In doing so, Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Stephen J. Rouff, who presided over the case, also gave Gary Smith credit for 47 days he has already ... Read More »

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