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Arizona in Brief: Lockdown at Arizona elementary school after apparent suicide

Lockdown at Arizona elementary school after apparent suicide

SIERRA VISTA (AP) — A southern Arizona elementary school was placed on lockdown after authorities received reports of an active shooter.

Authorities say a 14-year-old student was later found dead in a school bathroom from a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide Tuesday.

The name of the boy wasn’t immediately released.

Cochise County Sheriff’s officials say an investigation into the death is ongoing.

Sierra Vista Unified School District officials say Coronado Elementary School went into lockdown after the sheriff’s office got a call about a shooter around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Arriving sheriff’s deputies found the boy’s body and determined other students weren’t in danger.

Students taken to Sierra Springs Church in nearby Hereford were offered counseling.

Sierra Vista provides public information support to the smaller Palominas Elementary School District that Coronado belongs to.

Car crash closes I-17 southbound lanes near Cordes Junction

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say the southbound lanes of Interstate 17are closed at State Route 169 due to a car crash near Cordes Junction.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say the there’s no immediate estimate yet as to when the I-17 lanes will reopen.

The crash occurred Tuesday evening and authorities didn’t immediately release any details.

ADOT officials say motorists using southbound I-17 can detour on State Route 169 to State Route 69 and return to I-17 at Cordes Junction, which is about 65 miles north of Phoenix.

The northbound lanes of I-17 lanes aren’t affected by the crash.

Tax overhaul leads biggest Arizona utility to seek rate cut

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s largest utility wants to cut customer bills because of lower corporate rates in the tax overhaul law approved by Congress in December.

Arizona Public Service Co. announced Tuesday it wants regulators to allow it to cut bills by $119 million a year effective Feb. 1. The cut would be more than the $95 million revenue increase APS was awarded in August.

Average residential customers would see monthly bills decrease by $4.68.

The Arizona Corporation Commission must approve the decrease.

The utility owned by Pinnacle West Capital Corp. says savings will be based on power usage and individual rate plans. APS says more cuts could come once the tax bill’s effects become more clear.

The company is also facing a review of its rate increase prompted by a consumer complaint.

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