ARIZONA SHERIFF-RACIAL PROFILING
Judge: MCSO staff to get corrected on Arpaio case
PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge is ordering Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to immediately issue a statement correcting mischaracterizations his staff made about court findings in a racial profiling case.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said in documents filed Thursday that a new summary of key findings would be given to employees in Arpaio's office without the sheriff's signature of approval.
Snow last year concluded Arpaio's office systematically racially profiled Latinos in its immigration and regular traffic patrols. Arpaio has appealed the ruling.
In the past month, two sheriff's officials admitted to erroneously summarizing Snow's findings.
Snow says Arpaio submitted changes he wanted to make to the statement past a court-mandated deadline.
The judge is ordering that all MCSO personnel, including volunteer posse members, read the summary within the next two weeks.
SCHOOL VOUCHER EXPANSION
Arizona House fails to expand school vouchers
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House of Representatives has failed to pass a major expansion of the state's school voucher program.
Members voted down House Bill 2291 on Thursday. The bill would have made eligible another 100,000 to 120,000 low-income students for the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. The program allows students to use taxpayer money for private school, tutoring and other education needs.
The bill would have allowed students from zip codes in which the average household income is 185 percent of the federal poverty level to enroll.
The program was created in 2011 for children with disabilities.
The Senate approved an identical bill on Wednesday.
The bill died with a 31-27 vote. Six Republicans voted against the bill.
Governor vetoes aggressive panhandling bill
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited "aggressive" panhandling.
The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills would have made it a misdemeanor offense to aggressively solicit someone in a public place. It would have also prohibited a person from asking for money within 15 feet of a bank entrance or ATM, or on a bus and other public transportation vehicle.
Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it was unclear what how panhandling is statewide issue, and because cities and towns would more effectively deal with such problems.
Brewer issued the veto on Thursday.
CHILD CUSTODY-MOVE NOTICE
House rejects notice to non-custodial parents
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has again rejected a bill that would have made it more difficult for a divorced parent to move with their children without getting court approval.
Senate Bill 1038 by Sen. Nancy Barto of Phoenix would have replaced a current law requiring notifications to non-custodial parents and possible court approval if the move is out of state or more than 100 miles away. The new law would have required a custodial parent moving more than 10 miles to give a 45-day notice and in some cases get court approval.
Proponents say some parents abuse the current rule. Opponents argue it could affect the ability of a custodial parent to take a new job or buy a house.
The bill failed on Tuesday on but was brought back for reconsideration Thursday. It failed again with a 29-29 vote.
Brewer signs bill limiting autopsy photo access
PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill banning the release of autopsy photos without a court order.
House Bill 2225 was sponsored by Rep. Karen Fann of Prescott. She proposed the bill after the Yavapai County Medical Examiner and the sheriff's office refused to release photos of the autopsies of 19 firefighters killed in June fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.
Some news organizations sued but eventually dropped the case. An attorney who represents those organizations worked with Fann to craft the bill.
Prosecutors, law enforcement, surviving loved ones, representatives of the estate of the deceased, and research universities would be permitted to obtain autopsy photos.
Brewer signed the bill Thursday without comment.
Senate gives initial OK to 'revenge porn' bill
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a bill aimed at stopping jilted lovers from posting explicit pictures of their former flames online to get revenge.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. J.D. Mesnard of Chandler would make it a felony to post nude photos of a person without their written consent.
House Bill 2515 is one of many measures being considered across the nation in response to the posting of "revenge porn" that has been made easier by the growth of social networking sites. Last year, California made it a misdemeanor to post such images.
The Senate approved the bill Thursday on a voice-vote after amending it to define some postings as acts of domestic violence. It still needs a final Senate vote and another House vote.
FEDERAL LAND EXCEPTIONS
Governor vetoes federal overrule bill
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would allow cities and towns to enter restricted federal land without permission in emergencies.
Brewer vetoed House Bill 2541 on Thursday, saying it had constitutionality problems.
Republican bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa said she was inspired by the battle between the city of Tombstone and the federal government over access to repair its water supply system in the Coronado National Forest. She said local authorities should have the right to go in where needed without being granted approval first in cases of emergency.
The House of Representatives voted down the bill but later passed it when it was brought back for reconsideration. House attorneys have also said it is likely unconstitutional.
SEARCH AND RESCUE LIABILITY-VETO
Bill giving search, rescue groups legal cover axed
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill giving broad protection from lawsuits to members of search and rescue groups.
Brewer called House Bill 2611 overly broad and said the language could have unintended consequences. Thursday's veto letter said the definition of a "organized search and rescue team" was not defined in the bill.
The bill by Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff would have exempted a member of an organized search and rescue group from liability except in cases of gross negligence.
Thorpe says he crafted the bill because search and rescue group members in other states have been sued and volunteers in Arizona were buying their own insurance. He says he disagrees with the governor's conclusions that the bill is too broad.
4 arrested in violent robberies in Phoenix area
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A man and three teenagers are in custody in connection with a string of violent robberies in west Phoenix and Glendale.
Information developed by Glendale and Phoenix police led them to a vehicle believed to be associated with the robberies.
Detectives began surveillance on the vehicle and served a search warrant on two apartments.
Police say 36-year-old Ruben Torres, two 17-year-old boys and another juvenile were arrested.
The four are facing numerous charges of robbery, attempted robbery and aggravated assault. Police say the teens are being charged as adults in the case.
Police say Torres and the three juveniles are suspected in five different cases involving eight victims in Glendale and four cases involving seven victims in Phoenix.
Some of the victims were robbed at knifepoint and one was stabbed.
BODY IN PHOENIX ALLEY
Phoenix police identify man's body found in alley
PHOENIX (AP) - A dead body has been found in a Phoenix alley and authorities say the case is being investigated as a homicide.
The body was discovered Wednesday afternoon in the area of 27th Avenue and Indian School Road.
A resident of the area was walking through the alley saw what he believed was a body wrapped up in a blanket.
Police say the body has been identified as 35-year-old Joshua C. Calkins.
Investigators say there were obvious signs of trauma and they're still searching for suspects.
Newspaper company buys 2 Tucson publications
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The owner of the East Valley Tribune is buying two Tucson publications from Wick Communications in a deal that expands the company's publishing footprint in southern Arizona.
The deal consists of 10/13 Communications buying Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business, the top alternative and business publications in the Tucson area. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The purchase came a week after 10/13 Communications acquired the Marana News, Foothills News, Desert Times and related websites from Tucson West Publishing.
In addition to the East Valley Tribune, 10/13 Communications owns the Daily News-Sun in Sun City and suburban publications in Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Ahwatukee, among other papers. Wick Communications is based in Sierra Vista and has newspapers and publications in 11 states, including The Sierra Vista Herald.
Tucson police fatally shoot bank robbery suspect
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A suspected bank robber has been fatally shot by Tucson police on the city's south side.
Police say the officer-involved shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. Thursday outside a Wells Fargo branch on 22nd Street.
Police received an alarm call from the bank and contact was made with someone inside the bank who told authorities that a robbery was in progress.
Officers arrived and confronted the suspected robber outside the bank and shots were fired.
The armed man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
His name wasn't immediately released.
Police say no officers were injured.
List of agencies with fire restrictions grows
SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) - The list of agencies enacting fire restrictions in Arizona is growing.
Coconino County and the State Forestry Division are joining Prescott, Flagstaff and northern Arizona forests in limiting where people can smoke and build fires, starting Friday.
The lowest level of fire restrictions go into effect Tuesday in eastern Arizona's Apache Sitgreaves National Forest.
Visitors to that forest, as well as the Tonto, Prescott, Coconino and Kaibab forests can build campfires only in developed campgrounds. Smoking will be limited to within enclosed vehicles, in buildings and in areas cleared of all flammable material.
The restrictions don't apply to part of the Kaibab National Forest north of the Grand Canyon.
Officials say the potential is high for wildfires, and they're seeking the public's help to prevent the blazes.
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