AP-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ
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STATE OF STATE
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday promised to pump more cash into the state’s K-12 public schools by starting to restore some cuts made during the Great Recession. He also wants the Legislature to fast-track a proposal to address the opioid crisis, overhaul the state’s water laws and help fund his push to cut prison recidivism. Details on the new school funding the Republican governor proposed during his fourth state of the state address weren’t released. By Bob Christie. SENT: 820 words.
A wolf that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico would be removed from the list of federally protected species under legislation proposed by an Arizona lawmaker. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake introduced the measure last week. He has long been a critic of the Mexican gray wolf recovery program, saying it has been a regulatory nightmare for ranchers and rural communities. Environmentalists say it’s an attempt to sidestep the Endangered Species Act. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 400 words.
PRIVATE PRISON-SEXUAL HARASSMENT
PHOENIX — A Florida-based private prison company must pay a settlement of $550,000 to be shared by 16 women who were dismissed from their jobs at Arizona correctional facilities after complaining of sexual harassment, U.S. officials said Monday. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the deal with the GEO Group, Inc., of Boca Raton, Florida, which operates the Central Arizona Correctional Facility and the Arizona State Prison-Florence West Facility. SENT: 220 words.
POLICE SHOOTING-FEDERAL OFFICER
PHOENIX — An attorney says a 51-year-old Kansas man who was killed in an Arizona shooting that involved a U.S. Forest Service officer had been traveling to a spiritual retreat. Tyler Miller, of Hutchinson, apparently lost control of his pickup truck while driving on a curving mountain road in the Coconino National Forest. SENT: 200 words.
SABINO CANYON-CLIMATE CHANGE
TUCSON, Ariz. — Some areas of Arizona’s Sabino Canyon are still showing their fall colors in the winter month of January. But experts say the colorful array of leaves isn’t necessarily a good thing. SENT: 200 words.
RANCHING STANDOFF TRIAL
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up his cattle in 2014 walked out of a courthouse in Las Vegas a free and defiant man Monday, declaring that his fight against U.S. authority is not over. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 740 words, AP Photos.
COSTLY US DISASTERS
WASHINGTON — With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 530 words, AP Photos.
— CHANDLER POLICE SHOOTING: Police in Chandler says an officer has suffered minor injuries after being dragged by a car and a search is on for the suspect.
— MOTORCYCLE CRASH-SIBLINGS KILLED: Authorities say a brother and sister from Phoenix have been killed in motorcycle crash in Goodyear.
— LABOR SHORTAGE-EX-INMATES — An Arizona county on the U.S.-Mexico border is hoping former inmates can help with a labor shortage amid a federal immigration crackdown.
— BABY BOBCATS-SCHOOL LOCKDOWN: A high school north of Phoenix was put on lockdown for several hours as authorities rescued four bobcats from a drainage pipe.
— SHOOTING WHILE ON TOILET — An Arizona woman is facing charges after police say she fired shots at her husband while he sat on the toilet to make him “listen.”
— FALSE REPORTING ARREST: Cochise County Sheriff’s officials say a Sierra Vista man has been arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and false reporting to a police officer.
— CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHERS FIRED — Six charter school teachers in Gilbert were fired last month after an alcohol-related incident on campus.
— POLICE SHOOTING-FEDERAL OFFICER — A family attorney says a man killed in an Arizona shooting involving a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer had been headed to a spiritual retreat.
FBC--T25-CHAMPIONSHIP-FINDING ITS NICHE
ATLANTA — The College Football Playoff is here to stay. The national championship game still feels like a bit of an afterthought. The 4-year-old season finale, the latest of which pits Alabama against Georgia in an all-Southeastern Conference affair, has struggled to carve out a niche within the well-established bowl system. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos.
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