BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ


Associated Press

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

News and sports in Arizona at 2 p.m.

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WASHINGTON — The close race for majority control of the Senate comes down to whether Republican candidates in Massachusetts and Connecticut can win over President Barack Obama's voters and Democrats from Indiana to Arizona can impress Mitt Romney's GOP backers. Ticket-splitting is vital to the prospects of Senate candidates in a half-dozen races in states that Obama and Romney are expected to win handily. These candidates are significantly outdistancing their parties' presidential nominees in polls, turning what should be an election-year rout into too-close-to-call contests. By Donna Cassata.

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PHOENIX — A Virginia-based company that makes satellites and other space equipment is asking the federal government to designate its Phoenix-area plant a foreign trade zone after the town of Gilbert signed off on its plans. Space-systems manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corp. says the designation would help the company keep up with overseas competitors.



PHOENIX — A lifetime of hunting, hours of tinkering with a one-of-a-kind device and years of practice has led Eric Bennett down a road his 15-year-old self would have thought impossible. Yet when Bennett competed in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, the experience was bittersweet. By Eddi Trevizo, Arizona Republic.

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— VAIL-FATAL WRECK — The Pima County Sheriff's Department says a young man riding in an SUV has died in a rollover crash in the community of Vail southeast of Tucson and the driver has been arrested on manslaughter and aggravated assault charges.

— HOLLOMAN-F-22S — The U.S. Air Force is delaying the planned transfer of F-22 fighters from a New Mexico base to one in Florida because of a defense spending freeze.

— KAYENTA HOMICIDE — A Chinle man told authorities that he repeatedly stabbed another man in the stomach after getting an eerie feeling that he was going to get jumped.

— EMERGENCY FUNDING — An emergency declaration by Gov. Jan Brewer provides $100,000 of state funding to the town of Duncan in southeastern Arizona's Greenlee County to help pay for repairing a road damaged by flooding from September rainstorms.

— CANAL REPAIRS — Crews are expected to complete repairs Monday to a Central Arizona Project canal after a breach last month near Bouse.



SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants rallied for three straight road wins against the Cincinnati Reds after dropping the first two division series games at home. The St. Louis Cardinals came back from a 6-0 Game 5 deficit and two runs in the ninth to stun the Washington Nationals in the nation's capital. The last two World Series winners sure are showing their championship mettle in mid-October. They face off in Game 1 of the NL championship series Sunday night at San Francisco's AT&T Park. By Janie McCauley. AP Photos. Developing from 4 p.m. Giants workout.