BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ


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Posted on August 2, 2012 at 4:00 AM

News and sports in Arizona at 7:45 p.m.

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— Arizona Sheriff-Racial Profiling



PHOENIX — A federal appeals court is temporarily prohibiting Arizona from enforcing its new ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy. A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued its order Wednesday, two days after a trial judge ruled that the ban could take effect as scheduled Thursday. The appellate court says it'll hold a hearing as soon as possible this fall. Abortion-rights groups appealed U.S. District Judge James Teilborg's ruling that the ban is constitutional.


PHOENIX — Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio mounted a defense Wednesday against allegations that he and his deputies racially profile Latinos, drawing testimony from an officer who denied slamming a pregnant Hispanic woman stomach-first into her car during a traffic stop. Deputy Francisco Gamboa testified at a trial aimed at settling the discriminatory policing allegations that he never laid a hand on Lorena Escamilla and never slammed her into her car during the September 2009 stop in her driveway. Escamilla says the deputy discriminated against her with an unjustified stop, but Gamboa, who is Hispanic, said race played no part in his decision to pull her over.


PHOENIX — An Arizona death row inmate convicted in two gruesome sex-torture murders and scheduled for execution next week has filed a petition for clemency that will be heard by a state board Friday. Daniel Wayne Cook, 51, wants his death sentence reduced to life in prison and says that he was denied the chance during sentencing to present mitigating circumstances that would warrant leniency. Cook, in his clemency petition, said he was molested and beaten as a child, factors the trail prosecutor said would have prevented him from seeking the death penalty. However, Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith says Cook killed for the fun of it and deserves to die for the 1987 strangulation deaths of two co-workers. By Paul Davenport.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Department of Defense has chosen Luke Air Force Base in Glendale for the new pilot training center for the F-35 fighter jets, city officials announced Wednesday. The 71-year-old base west of Phoenix was competing with bases in Tucson, New Mexico and Idaho for the F-35 mission. Glendale officials said the Air Force will station 72 F-35s at Luke for the training of both U.S. and foreign pilots.


PHOENIX — Quick, fast-moving water trapped a baby and several others in their vehicles and forced the closure of a well-traveled highway as a dust storm and monsoon blew through the Phoenix area. Though the waters were receding Wednesday, drivers on that part of State Route 74 were rerouted during morning rush-hour traffic onto an alternate east-west route that is used for trips to and from Las Vegas.


WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. —The Oglala Sioux Tribe occupies a seemingly prime piece of South Dakota — a vast, scenic reservation that stands near a crossroads for tourists visiting Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, the historic Old West town of Deadwood and other popular sites. But don't look for museums, hotels, restaurants or even many bathrooms here on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, because the Lakota make little effort to attract visitors or tourism dollars, despite the fact that they are one of the nation's poorest tribes. A generation after the Navajo Nation other American Indians sought to harness their history for profit, the Oglala Sioux are still debating how much culture they are willing to share. By Kristi Easton. With AP Photos.



YUMA, Ariz. — While acreage of one or the other may vary from year to year depending on markets, cotton, wheat, melons and alfalfa remain the old standbys in the spring and summer months for Yuma County growers. It all comes down to supply, demand and natural disasters around the world. "They revolve around global markets," said Kurt Nolte, executive director of the Yuma County Cooperative Extension. "It's not small time farming anymore." By Joyce Lobeck, Yuma Sun. With AP Photos


ARIZONA SHERIFF-RACIAL PROFILING — Lawyers will not orally make closing arguments at a trial aimed at settling allegations over whether Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office racially profiles Latinos in its immigration patrols.

SUPREME COURT VACANCY — A state judicial nominating commission is seeking written comments from the public on nine applicants to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE — Arizona is getting a $7.5 million federal grant to tackle substance abuse problems in five counties across the northern half of the state.

YUMA BURRO ACCIDENTS — Federal authorities in Yuma say at least five wild burros have been killed in recent traffic accidents along Highway 95.

EDUCATION GRANTS — Three southern Arizona groups have been awarded federal funds to help students make healthier choices.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA — The Arizona Department of Health Services is weighing requests to expand the state's medical marijuana program.(backslash)

AIR FORCE TRAINING — The Air Force has released a plan that would increase training flights at its Davis-Monthan base.



LOS ANGELES — Patrick Corbin pitched two-hit ball over six innings following his promotion from the minors Wednesday, and the Arizona Diamondbacks got home runs from Miguel Montero and newcomer Chris Johnson in a 4-0 victory that completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Montero opened the scoring in the second inning with an RBI single against rookie Stephen Fife and made it 4-0 in the eighth with his 13th homer, a two-run shot off Randy Choate. Montero's three RBIs raised his season total to 64, the most among catchers.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals' defense is well aware of its status as the anointed strength of the franchise. The players have a bit of swagger to them this training camp, a confidence mixed with the reality that they have done nothing yet, that all the success of the second half of last year means little if it can't be repeated or improved upon in the coming season. Coach Ken Whisenhunt says "confidence doesn't mean a thing unless you produce." By Bob Baum.

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UNDATED — The Pac-12 underwent some major changes during the offseason, adding four new coaches and an influx of fast-paced offenses. The top of the conference still has a familiar look: Southern California in the South, Oregon in the North. The Ducks never left, really. The Trojans had to fight their way back after some dark days. By John Marshall.