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Gosar, Biggs among handful to oppose back pay for furloughed feds

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump repeated a promise Monday that furloughed federal workers will get back pay when the government shutdown ends, but a bill to do just that was opposed by two Republican lawmakers from Arizona.

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House Speaker won’t succumb to pressure to approve drought plan

House Speaker Rusty Bowers warned Tuesday he won’t be pressured by Gov. Doug Ducey into approving a drought contingency plan by a Jan. 31 deadline that he and other lawmakers have yet to see.

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Town heads back to court on Franklin Phonetic School parking citation

Wants judge to review language in town code

Although a judge dismissed the Town of Prescott Valley’s most recent Request for Rehearing, Town Attorney Ivan Legler said he currently is in the process of preparing a new petition in hopes the Court of Appeals will see things differently.

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Calendar of Events: Jan. 17-22

Pink Martini, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Pink Martini blends Americana with world music.

Attorney suspended for lying to judge, mismanaging trust

Prescott attorney James Andrew Jolley, also known as Andy Jolley, has been suspended for six months after making false statements and failing to safekeep client property.

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Peoria officer shoots armed suspect in auto parts store

PEORIA — Peoria police say an officer shot and wounded an armed suspect who was struggling with an employee inside an auto parts store.

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Board tables vote on police certification for ex-Arpaio aide

PHOENIX — The board that certifies police officers in Arizona tabled a vote on whether to launch a disciplinary case against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top aide for misconduct in a racial profiling lawsuit.

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US Supreme Court refuses to reinstate Arizona amendment that denies bail to someone accused of rape

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate a 2002 voter-approved amendment to the Arizona Constitution which denied bail to anyone accused of rape.

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Range at Sportsmen’s Club to reopen this month

Current memberships will be honored, town manager says

The Chino Valley Shooting Facility will reopen later this month after a unanimous decision by the Chino Valley Town Council to terminate the concessionaire agreement at its Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting.

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6 fentanyl cases concluded, 10 ongoing

2018 fentanyl arrest cases that have been adjudicated

Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) arrested 16 individuals in 2018 who were either caught in possession of fentanyl, or are believed to have been selling the deadly narcotic.

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Gov. Ducey’s proposal to eliminate ‘legislative immunity’ receiving backlash

A proposal by Gov. Doug Ducey to abolish so-called legislative immunity is getting some negative reaction from some lawmakers who enjoy its protections - and would have to vote to put it on the ballot for voters to repeal.

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Photo: Karen Fann seated as Senate President

Senate President Karen Fann, seated, is surrounded by nine past presidents of the Arizona Senate on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, opening day at the Legislature.

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Leaving a legacy: Betty Comfort bequeaths $209K to historical society

Funds set aside for future capital projects

The late Betty Jean Comfort, longtime Dewey-Humboldt resident and community volunteer, bequeathed a substantial gift to the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society (DHHS), donating $209,827 as part of her estate.

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Calendar of Events: Jan. 16-23

VFW Post 541 Italian Dinner, 4:30 to 7 p.m., 202 N. Arizona Ave, Prescott. 928-776-1125.

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Third annual Women March On set for Saturday

Event at courthouse to include music, flash mob dance

Taking place for the third year in a row, the Yavapai County Women March On is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Yavapai County courthouse plaza.

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HUSD superintendent gets glowing evaluation

Streeter to donate performance pay to Hungry Kids program

School board members can talk about their superintendent in executive session without the public hearing.

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Man sentenced to 17 years in infant son’s 2008 death

Defendant still maintains his innocence in plea

An 11-year-old murder case finally reached its conclusion Tuesday at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde. Julio Cesar Garcia-Soto was given a flat sentence of 17 years – with credited 11 years already served for second-degree murder.

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Closure of Highway 89 in Prescott begins Jan. 16

Drivers should allow extra travel time and consider an alternate route

The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers who use Highway 89 in Prescott to plan for road closures Wednesday, Jan. 16, while urgently needed pavement repair work is underway.

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Crash on Highway 69 causes major delays

Highway closed in both directions

A multi-vehicle accident about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, on Highway 69 just east of Fain Road in Prescott Valley caused major delays.

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PV police seek information on damage to Valley of the Lights display

The Prescott Valley Police Department is seeking information after someone damaged the Valley of the Lights display last month and stole equipment from the site.

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Officers find man with warrant after two months of investigation

Police: Suspect dangerously evaded officers in November

A man who allegedly used dangerous tactics to evade police in November was investigated for nearly two months until finally being arrested on Thursday, Jan. 10.

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DPS, YCSO team up to arrest kidnapping suspect of 14-year-old teen on I-17

Carlie Bentley arrested, held without bond in Camp Verde; teen boy returned to family

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputy spotted a male suspect wanted for the kidnapping of a 14-year-old teen boy out of California driving a rental car near milepost 252 on Interstate 17 Sunday evening.

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Tanker rolls over creating chocolate river on I-40

Authorities in northern Arizona had a sweet mess on their hands after a tank trucker's trailer detached from the truck and rolled on its side on slick pavement, spilling a river of liquid chocolate onto westbound lanes of Interstate 40.

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Why are flags at half-staff today, Jan. 15, 2019

Fallen officer’s procession travels Loop 101 Tuesday morning

Governor Doug Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 for the interment of Officer Clayton Townsend who died in the line of duty last week.

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Prescott man allegedly beaten, robbed by two men at his home

Suspects found the next day, arrested

Two Prescott men allegedly beat and robbed a third inside a Prescott home before making off with the victim’s truck.