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House GOP weighs new border bill to break logjam

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are considering a new border security bill that would add more money for the National Guard as leaders frantically try to win over reluctant conservatives.

The GOP leadership is presenting the revised bill to rank-and-file lawmakers Friday morning. Leaders were forced to scrap a scheduled vote on Thursday. The House could vote before heading out for its five-week summer recess.

Entering the meeting, congressman Richard Hudson of North Carolina said lawmakers are optimistic about getting enough votes for the new measure.

The nearly $660 million bill would add $35 million for the National Guard.

Hudson says the leadership did not anticipate strong opposition to the border bill from outside groups and Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.


Accident closes Interstate 17 in both directions

PHOENIX (AP) - Interstate 17 is closed in both directions in north Phoenix during the Friday morning commute due to a fatal rollover accident involving a tanker truck.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says one-vehicle accident that occurred shortly before 5 a.m. closed the freeway southbound at State Route 303 and northbound at Jomax Road.

Television news video showed the tanker on its side on top of the median.

ADOT says fuel or oil has spilled, and the state Department of Public Safety says an extended closure is expected.

ADOT says motorists traveling between the Phoenix area and northern Arizona should consider alternate routes that include State Route 87 through Payson and State Route 89 through Prescott.

No further details are immediately available.


Resident fatally injured in Phoenix home invasion

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say one person is dead following a home invasion.

Sgt. Trent Crump says one of four family members inside the home in west Phoenix died at a hospital after being injured by three armed suspects who forced entry late Thursday night.

Crump says the suspects had gathered up the residents at gunpoint and forced them to the floor.

According to Crump, the suspects left the home after fatally injuring the resident. They remain at large.

No further details are immediately available. Crump says detectives are withholding additional information about the victims until relatives can be notified.


Oct. 2 trial set for 2 charged in officer's death

PHOENIX (AP) - An Oct. 2 trial date has been set for two men charged in the fatal shooting of a tribal police officer during a traffic stop on the outskirts of metro Phoenix.

Elijah Loren Arthur and Joey Michael Thomas have pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the May 24 death of Jair Cabrera of the Salt River Police Department.

Cabrera was shot at a convenience store where the stop was made.

Authorities say Arthur shot the officer before Cabrera got out of his car.

Thomas is accused of supplying the rifle, driving the car stopped by Cabrera and baiting the officer into the stop.

Investigators say Arthur acknowledged shooting at the store's gas pumps but said he didn't intend to shoot Cabrera.


Arizona State to set up business reporting bureau

PHOENIX (AP) - The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University will use a grant from a Las Vegas-based foundation to launch a new business reporting bureau.

The school says the $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will provide funding for a newsroom that will provide coverage of business and economic topics for media outlets.

The school says the Donald W. Reynolds Business Reporting Bureau will open in January and be located at ASU's campus in downtown Phoenix.

The bureau's stories will be distributed through the school's Cronkite News Service.

According to the school, Cronkite will use some of the grant to hire a prominent business journalist to lead the business reporting operation.


Luke Air Force Base to increase night flying

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Night flying exercises at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale will increase this month.

Luke officials say F-16 student pilots from several squadrons will be flying Monday through Friday until 11:30 p.m. daily.

The flights will not involve any F-35 fighter jets and will not take place on the weekends.

The additional night flying will occur throughout the month of August.

Base officials say nighttime training is an integral part of students' training.

The base, located 15 miles west of Phoenix, is allowed to fly 24 hours a day.

However, officials say they try to limit late-night flights to reduce the impact on surrounding communities.

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