Tempe expects a full house on Saturday
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tempe officials are expected large crowds and lots of traffic on Saturday, thanks to a big football game at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium and numerous other public events in the Phoenix suburb.
ASU will be hosting Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game. Other events include two NCAA women's basketball games at ASU, a swim festival and two showings of the musical "Evita." Plus there's the ASU Arts Festival on Mill Avenue.
City officials recommend that people traveling to Tempe arrival early and use park-and-ride lots and take light rail.
Judge considers reviving suit from AG Horne aide
PHOENIX (AP) - A Superior Court judge in Phoenix is considering a request to revive a lawsuit seeking to declare Arizona's campaign contribution limits unconstitutionally low.
The suit filed by Kathleen Winn was dismissed in October by Judge Sally Duncan but she's hearing a renewed bid by Winn Friday afternoon.
Winn is an aide to Attorney General Tom Horne. She and Horne have been accused by the Yavapai County Attorney of illegally coordinating campaign spending in his 2010 election while she ran an independent committee. They deny those allegations.
Winn is seeking to sidetrack that case by having the contribution limits nullified.
The suit was dismissed because no case was pending and Winn hadn't exhausted other legal remedies. Winn is arguing the new Yavapai County allegations merit reviving her case.
Peoria may prohibit messages during meetings
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PHOENIX (AP) - Saying they want to be transparent, Peoria officials are considering a proposal to ban city council members in the Phoenix suburb from texting or emailing each other during meetings.
City Attorney Steve Kemp has advised council members that Arizona's open meeting law envisions that members of a public body communicate with each other in the open during public meetings.
Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett said texting during meetings gives the public a bad perception because an official could be either doing city business or just communicating with a spouse.
According to The Arizona Republic, Peoria appears to be the first Arizona city to consider an ordinance to bar council members from texting or emailing from the dais and in closed-door executive sessions.
Judge approves auction of sacred Hopi masks
PARIS (AP) - A judge has ruled that the controversial sale of 32 Native American Hopi masks can go ahead next week.
The Hopi tribe had taken a Paris auction house to court Tuesday to try to block the sale, arguing that they are "bitterly opposed" to the use as commercial art of sacred masks that represent their ancestor's spirits.
The "Katsinam" masks are scheduled for sale at the Drouot auction house on Dec. 9 and 11, alongside an altar from the Zuni tribe that used to belong to late Hollywood star Vincent Price, and other Native American frescoes and dolls.
In April, a Paris court ruled that such sales are legal, and Drouot sold off around 70 Hopi masks despite vocal protests and criticism from actor Robert Redford and the U.S. government.
GRAND CANYON-NORTH RIM CLOSED
Vehicle access to North Rim of Grand Canyon closed
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. (AP) - The seasonal closure of vehicle access to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon has begun.
Grand Canyon National Park officials say the projected reopening date for State Route 67 and all North Rim services is May 15.
The North Rim campground and yurt remain available for winter camping, and are can be reached via inner canyon trails from the South Rim or by cross-country skiing and snowshoeing from Jacob Lake, a 45-mile trip.
Backcountry permits are required, and park officials say visitors planning to visit the North Rim during winter must be self-reliant and know that emergency responses may be limited or delayed.
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