BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ


Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 7:00 PM

News and sports in Arizona at 6:30 p.m.

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— Prescott-Bar Fight

— Boyfriend Slaying

— Marijuana Ruling

— Boy Scouts Gays-Utah



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — State investigators are recommending criminal charges against members of a law enforcement motorcycle club who they say witnessed and took part in Prescott bar fight. The Arizona Department of Public Safety released a report Thursday that outlines an attempted cover-up by high-ranking officers, who have since left their jobs. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office will decide whether any charges are warranted. By Felicia Fonseca.


PHOENIX — Protesters rallied outside a Tucson military base Thursday to denounce the Air Force's decision to transfer a lieutenant colonel to Arizona after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by a commander, adding to the growing criticism of the military justice system. The 45-minute demonstration by about 50 people was led by outraged family members of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson's accuser. They questioned why the military would transfer Wilkerson to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the southern edge of Tucson, where roughly half the woman's family lives. By Jacques Billeaud.

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PHOENIX — Conservative Republicans in the Arizona Legislature who oppose Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to expand the state's Medicaid coverage to 300,000 more people held a rally at the state Capitol on Thursday to lay out their alternatives to her plan. They were led by Senate President Andy Biggs, who argued that the state should refuse the extra $1.6 billion a year in federal money the governor expects and instead use the state's $450 million rainy day fund and tobacco settlement money to maintain coverage for about 63,000 childless adults. By Bob Christie.


PHOENIX — A juror was released Thursday from the high-profile Jodi Arias murder trial, the third member of the panel to be dismissed this month. No reason was immediately given by Maricopa County Superior Court officials about the release of Juror No. 8. Juror No. 11 — another man — was excused because of health reasons on April 12, and a woman who was Juror No. 5 was dismissed on April 2, reportedly for making statements that showed a bias. That leaves the jury with nine men and six women. Twelve jurors eventually will be selected at random to decide the fate of Arias, who claims she killed her 30-year-old lover in self-defense at his suburban Phoenix home in 2008.

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WASHINGTON __ House Republicans will take on the immigration issue in bite-size pieces, shunning pressure to act quickly and rejecting the comprehensive approach embraced in the Senate, a key committee chairman said Thursday. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., declined to commit to finishing immigration legislation this year, as President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group in the Senate want to do. He said bills on an agriculture worker program and workplace enforcement would come first, and he said there'd been no decision on how to deal with legalization or a possible path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally, a centerpiece of a new bipartisan bill in the Senate. By Erica Werner.


DENVER — Medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but employers in the state can lawfully fire workers who test positive for the drug, even if it was used off duty, according to a court ruling Thursday. The Colorado Court of Appeals found there is no employment protection for medical marijuana users in the state since the drug remains barred by the federal government. By Steven K. Paulson.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church has given its blessing to the Boy Scouts of America on its latest proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a statement on its website Thursday saying it is satisfied with the proposal, which the Boy Scouts announced last week and will submit to its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20. By Brady McCombs.



YUMA, Ariz. — A very technologically savvy Yuma grandma has been chosen as one of the very few to test the Google Glass Explorer Edition as part of the company's Glass Explorer Program. Trudy Schuett, a reporter for KAWC 88.9 FM, has been given permission from Google to purchase the small wearable computer, which shows information to the user through a head-mounted display. It is being developed by Google as part of the Project Glass research and development project. By Chris McDaniel, Yuma Sun.


— GIRL ATTACKED-SENTENCING — A 40-year-old Flagstaff man faces seven years in prison and lifetime intensive probation after being sentenced for attacking a young girl as she walked home from school.

— TEACHER-SEX WITH STUDENT — A former Paradise Valley High School teacher who was accused of having sex with a female student last year has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison.

— TUCSON SECTOR CHIEF — A 26-year veteran with the Border Patrol has been named head of its Tucson sector.

— SHOCKLEY SIBLINGS — The grandmother of a girl allegedly murdered by her mother says she is being denied custody of four siblings of the still-missing granddaughter.

— PHOENIX TAX-MEDICAID — Phoenix has received federal approval of its plan to tax local hospitals and use the resulting revenue to obtain a larger amount of federal dollars for health care provided under the state's Medicaid program.

— MAN KILLED IN DOGHOUSE — Tucson police shot and killed an armed man that a woman found crouching in a doghouse in her backyard and called 911.

— CROSS-COUNTRY CAT — A tiny, grain-sized microchip has helped reunite a cat found on the doorsteps of a central Wisconsin animal shelter with his owner who lives in nearly 1,800 miles away in Arizona.

— HEROIN SEIZURE — Four teenage girls have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin into southern Arizona on a commercial shuttle.

— SLIDE ROCK-RESTROOM — The Oak Creek Watershed Council has been awarded a grant to build a restroom near Slide Rock where poor water quality has led to shutdowns of the tourist area.

— DRUG DISPOSAL-ARIZONA — People can dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs in their homes at dozens of sites across Arizona on Saturday.

— MURDER-SUICIDE — Authorities say they're investigating a suspected murder-suicide at an adult community near Chandler.



TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their shaky offensive line by selecting North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper with the seventh overall pick of the NFL draft. The Cardinals had one of the NFL's worst offenses during a 5-11 season in 2012, in large part because of an offensive line that struggled in pass protection and the running game. An athletic 6-foot-2, 311 pounds, Cooper should give the Cardinals a lift in both areas after being the fourth offensive lineman to be taken in the first seven picks of this year's draft. By John Marshall.

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PHOENIX — Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa looks to build on his 17-inning scoreless streak against Arizona when the Rockies face the Diamondbacks and right-hander Trevor Cahill.

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