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Posted on April 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

News and sports in Arizona at 5 p.m.

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BOYFRIEND SLAYING

PHOENIX — Defense lawyers and the prosecutor in the Jodi Arias trial had a series of sharp exchanges Monday over allegations of attorney misconduct and whether digitally enhanced photos of the victim should be presented for the jury as it decides whether to convict the former waitress and aspiring photographer of murder. The arguments between prosecutor Juan Martinez and defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi showed how acrimonious the trial has become between the two sides after more than three months of testimony.

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WILDFIRE CHARGES-SENTENCING

PHOENIX — A Mesa man was sentenced to two years of probation Monday for setting the third-largest wildfire in Arizona last year by firing a flame-throwing shotgun round during a camping trip. Steven Craig Shiflet, 25, had pleaded guilty last year to federal misdemeanors and admitted starting the nearly 18,000-acre Sunflower wildfire near Payson on May 12 when he and four friends went to the Sycamore Creek area for a campout and bachelor party. By Jacques Billeaud.

HEALTH CARE-POSTING PRICES

PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate voted Monday to revive the major provisions of a medical pricing transparency bill that was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer just last week. Senate Bill 1115 by Republican Sen. Nancy Barto would have required health care providers to post prices for common medical procedures. Brewer said in a veto letter on Friday that it was overly broad and could lead to litigation and impair the state medical board's ability to investigate medical billing abuses. She also said it should not apply to state, federal and tribal facilities. The bill was opposed by the health care industry and Democrats in the Legislature. By Bob Christie.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING-PHOENIX

PHOENIX — Investigators are searching for clues and suspects in a weekend drive-by shooting that killed two teenagers and wounded four others after a birthday party. Investigators don't yet have a description of the vehicle that carried those responsible for the shooting.

MEDIC AL MARIJUANA-PROSECUTORS

PHOENIX — An Arizona prosecuting-attorneys association is withdrawing its support for a medical marijuana bill it helped craft and is aimed at protecting children from accidentally eating medical cannabis. The Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council voted last week to no longer support Senate Bill 1440 because it conflicts with an argument prosecutors are making in a case before the Arizona Supreme Court. That case involves a Yuma County Superior Court judge who ordered the Sheriff's Office to return marijuana seized from a California woman who had permission to use the drug for medical purposes.

US AIRWAYS-EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

TEMPE, Ariz. — The CEO of US Airways received a 44 percent increase in compensation to $5.5 million last year. US Airways disclosed CEO Doug Parker's compensation in a regulatory filing Monday that also served as a prospectus for the company's proposed merger with American Airlines. The merger will make Parker the CEO of the world's biggest airline.

AMERICAN AIRLINES-BANKRUPTCY

DALLAS — US Airways says American Airlines is about to spell out its plan for emerging from bankruptcy protection after the two companies merge. Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways, whose CEO will run the combined company, said that American was expected to file its reorganization plan later Monday in federal bankruptcy court in New York. The court has already signaled approval for the merger, which would create the world's largest airline. The deal faces only a few more hurdles, including approval from the U.S. Justice Department and US Airways shareholders. By David Koenig.

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FERET COUNT

SELIGMAN, Ariz. — At 2 in the morning, you start seeing things in the path of the spotlight. A shrub that appears to move. A pair of red eyes that quicken the pulse until you realize they belong to a common rabbit. Anything, it seems, but the green glow from the eyes of one of the world's rarest mammals. Then, "Ferret!" someone in the truck shouts. Brakes lock and tires slide on the dirt road. You can't make out its shape in the distance, but the telltale green reflection from a black-footed ferret's eyes give it away. And, in this case, rather than freezing or running, the weasel bobs playfully as it inspects the intruders.

By Brandon Loomis. The Arizona Republic. AP Photos.

ALSO:

— THREE KILLED-APPEAL — The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a 33-year-old man's death sentence for killing three people, including his grandmother and an uncle.

— CAR FIRE-HOTEL — Authorities say close to 50 people were evacuated from a Phoenix hotel after police received a call that a car burning in the hotel's parking lot contained explosives.

— GILA BEND-MARIJUANA BUST — Officials say border patrol agents have arrested five Mexican nationals and seized 209 pounds of marijuana after a drug bust near Gila Bend.

— HUSBAND KILLING-PLOT — A Peoria woman accused of conspiring with her son and another teenager to kill her husband has pleaded not guilty.

—BROTHER-IN-LAW-911 SHOOTING — A Phoenix man charged with fatally shooting his brother-in-law has pleaded not guilty.

— STRUGGLING TUCSON SCHOOL — A Tucson school which opened two years with high academic expectations is facing an overhaul.

— BAD TUCSON ROAD — A new report card says most Tucson roads are in poor condition.

— HUMAN REMAINS-TRASH — Police say investigators have found human remains in a north Phoenix trash bin.

— DESERT TORITOISES WARNING — Arizona wildlife officials say residents should leave desert tortoises in the wild.

SPORTS

BKL--WNBA DRAFT

BRISTOL, Conn. — Brittney Griner is expected to be taken by the Phoenix Mercury with the top pick in the WNBA draft, which goes to prime time for the first time. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. Draft starts 8 p.m.

BKN--ROCKETS-SUNS

PHOENIX — The Houston Rockets, tied with Golden State for the No. 6 playoff spot in the West, faced Phoenix in the Suns' final home game of the season. Phoenix has lost a franchise record seven straight at US Airways Center. 7 p.m. tipoff. By Bob Baum.

HKN--SHARKS-COYOTES

GLENDALE, Ariz — Two teams fighting for playoff spots in the Western Conference meet when the Phoenix Coyotes host the San Jose Sharks. Puck drops at 7 p.m. By John Marshall.

HKN--PLAYOFF PUSH

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings earned desperately needed two points Sunday night, putting them in eighth place in the Western Conference standings and bolstering their hopes of playing in a 22nd straight postseason. The streaking Dallas Stars, Columbus and Phoenix, though, all are close enough to end Detroit's streak. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders and Rangers are trying to hold onto the last two spots with Winnipeg and Buffalo close enough to spoil their plans. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage.

HKN--COYOTES-RIEDER

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Phoenix Coyotes have signed forward Tobias Rieder to a three-year, entry-level contract. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney announced the signing Monday, but didn't release any financial details. Rieder was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in a March 29 trade for fellow junior forward Kale Kessy.

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