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Arizona in Brief: Hearing for Arizona man accused of providing ammo to Vegas shooter

Douglas Haig takes questions from reporters at a news conference Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Chandler, Ariz. Haig spoke about his experience selling ammunition to the gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)

Douglas Haig takes questions from reporters at a news conference Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Chandler, Ariz. Haig spoke about his experience selling ammunition to the gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)

Hearing for Arizona man accused of providing ammo to Vegas shooter

PHOENIX (AP) — A new court date was set for an Arizona man accused of providing armor-piercing ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

A hearing scheduled Thursday for Douglas Haig has been moved to March 15.

Haig’s lawyer says more time is needed to review evidence and consider resolving the case before any indictment is filed.

Haig was charged by prosecutors with conspiring to make and sell armor-piercing ammunition.

Authorities say unfired armor-piercing cartridges found inside the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the Oct. 1 attack had Haig’s fingerprints.

Haig maintains he legally sold tracer ammunition — which illuminates the path of fired bullets — to Paddock in the weeks before the shooting that killed 58 people.

The charge centered on armor-piercing cartridges.

Young boy killed in Phoenix wreck; girl extremely critical

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a collision ejected four of the five people in the two vehicles and sent both vehicles into a block wall, fatally injured a 3-year-old boy and leaving a 6-year-old girl in extremely critical condition.

Police say the three other people injured in the wreck include a man and a woman who were in the same vehicle as the two young children and a man who was driving the other vehicle.

The wreck occurred Monday night on the 1800 block of East Greenway Park in north Phoenix.

Sgt. Vince Lewis says impairment is being investigated as a possible factor.

No identities were released.

Lawmaker blocks free tampons for inmates

PHOENIX (AP) — A bill that would guarantee an unlimited supply of free feminine hygiene products to state inmates has been blocked by the chairman of the House Rules Committee.

Republican Rep. T.J. Shope says the issue should be handled by the Department of Corrections and not through state statute.

Democratic Rep. Athena Salman wants to appropriate $80,000 to purchase the items for inmates upon request. It also would prohibit the Department of Corrections from making the women pay for them.

The agency currently provides inmates with 12 free pads each month. Inmates may requests an additional 12, but they cannot keep more than 24 at any one time. If women want tampons, the items can be purchased in the commissary.

Arizona prison inmate dies in Florence of apparent suicide

FLORENCE (AP) — Authorities say an Arizona prison inmate serving a life term for murder has died in Florence and it appears to be a suicide.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials say 48-year-old Carlos Carrillo was found unconscious in his cell Monday with a bed sheet tied around his neck.

Prison staff tried life-saving measures until the Florence Fire Department and paramedics arrived at the scene, but Carrillo died.

Carrillo was sentenced to prison in 2003 out of Maricopa County to life in prison for first-degree murder, attempt to commit armed robbery, kidnapping and three counts of aggravated assault.

He was an inmate at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman.

Ducey signs bill partially funding cost of special election

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation providing $2.5 million to Maricopa County to run a special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks.

Ducey signed the bill Tuesday funding the special primary and general elections after the Legislature voted to approve the legislation.

Maricopa County estimates the election will cost $3.5 million. The Senate sponsor of the bill has said the county may be able to come back for more cash but there is no guarantee.

The costs are for a Feb. 27 primary and an April 24 general election.

Twelve Republicans and two Democrats are on the primary election ballot. Each party’s top vote-getter moves on to the general election.

Franks resigned Dec. 8 amid sexual harassment allegations.