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February 11, 2013


Pima County sheriff’s deputy shoots man

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Pima County say a 49-year-old man who was shot by a sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Schuoler had become involved in an argument with his girlfriend early Sunday morning and had refused to follow orders by sheriff’s deputies as he sat in his girlfriend’s vehicle.

Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy shot Schuoler once as Schuoler reached for his waistband.

They later determined that Schuoler was reaching for a knife.

The officer who shot Schuoler was placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure for such incidents.


Tip on fugitive sends LA police to shopping center

(Stations: Note Arizona interest.)

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Police evacuated a Los Angeles home improvement store Sunday after a caller said they had seen someone resembling a fugitive ex-police officer suspected of three killings.

Los Angeles police spokesman Gus Villanueva says the caller reported a sighting of 33-year-old Christopher Dorner. Police were sent to the Northridge area but Villanueva later said a search of the Lowe’s Home Improvement store yielded no evidence that Dorner was there or had been there.

News helicopters earlier showed police helping customers and employees leave the store. A command post was established nearby.

The search since Thursday evening had focused on mountains 80 miles east of Los Angeles where Dorner’s burned truck was found. But authorities have found no recent signs of Dorner.

LA officials announced a $1 million reward earlier Sunday for information leading to Dorner’s arrest.

Authorities in several southwestern states, including Arizona, have been told to be on the lookout for Dorner.


Pedestrian fatally struck on Tucson street

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A 50-year-old pedestrian was killed in Tucson after he was struck by a pickup truck while trying to cross an intersection.

Tucson police say investigators were unable to determine if the pedestrian was in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

There were no operating street lights in the area, and the pedestrian was wearing dark clothes.

The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigators.

No traffic citations were issued.

The pedestrian’s name hasn’t yet been released.


Bill would bar Ariz. secretary of state from candidate committee


(Information in the following story is from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s chief elections officer doubled as the head of one of the presidential nominees’ state campaign committees in the last two presidential elections.

It raised eyebrows that the dual role could be a conflict of interest. Now, a bill has been introduced in the Arizona Senate that would bar that from happening again.

The Arizona Republic reports that under terms of the bill, the Arizona secretary of state could not serve as an officer of any candidate’s campaign committee if that candidate is running in an election the secretary of state would oversee.

The bill’s sponsor is Democratic state Sen. Robert Meza of Phoenix.

He says it’s a way to ensure that election oversight isn’t biased.

The Senate Elections Committee will consider the bill on Tuesday.


Wild-horse advocates split over interior nominee

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wild-horse advocates may be unified in opposition to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, but they’re split over President Barack Obama’s choice to replace him.

Horse defenders have sharply criticized Salazar, saying nearly 40,000 mustangs have been removed from the range across the West during his four-year tenure, which ends in March.

Suzanne Roy of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign says her group “responded optimistically” to Obama’s nomination of Recreational Equipment Inc. chief Sally Jewell. Roy notes Jewell’s background as a conservationist and outdoor enthusiast.

But Anne Novak of California-based Protect Mustangs says she’s skeptical because of Jewell’s background as a Mobil Oil engineer and commercial banker.

Madeleine Pickens of Saving America’s Mustangs says she “welcomes the change,” and is hopeful Jewell’s background means she has empathy for mustangs.


Tribe on way toward managing Medicaid program

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(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials say they are on their way toward managing their own federally funded Medicaid program.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that the nation began looking into creating its own Medicaid program about five years ago because of issues some members had with other health care programs available in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

Navajo officials are optimistic that the tribe can sustain its own Medicaid program, even though a feasibility study wasn’t as optimistic.

Tribal officials say more than 100,000 members of the tribe are currently eligible for Medicaid, but many of them do not take advantage of the services because of the complications that frequently accompany them

Tribal members often have to travel long distances or go to certain clinics to receive the services.


Source: AMR, US Airways delay meeting on merger

(Stations: Note Tempe, Ariz., interest.)

DALLAS (AP) — Associated Press sources say the boards of American Airlines parent AMR Corp. and Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways have pushed back meeting on plans to consider a final merger.

A source close to the matter says the AMR board wants to meet in person, and that the US Airways board would only meet after the AMR board approves a deal. The source requested anonymity because the talks are private.

It is not clear when the two boards would finally meet. People familiar with the matter say negotiations are continuing. They say issues being hammered out include AMR CEO Tom Horton’s exact title and role in the combined company.

The committee representing unsecured creditors in Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR’s bankruptcy case had planned to meet Monday.


Fun. wins Grammy Award for best new artist

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fun. is a double Grammy winner. The pop-rock trio has been named best new artist.

The group bested Frank Ocean, who was buzzed to win the award. The band’s lead singer Nate Ruess (roos), of Glendale, Ariz., says he didn’t expect his group to win best new artist.

They were also up against Alabama Shakes, Hunter Hayes and The Lumineers.

Fun.’s “We Are Young” picked up song of the year early Sunday night. They also performed their new single “Carry On.”

Fun.’s sophomore album, “Some Nights,” was up for album of the year against Ocean, The Black Keys, Jack White and Mumford & Sons.

“Babel,” by Mumford & Sons, was the winner.


Fun.‘s ‘We Are Young’ wins song of the year Grammy

(Stations: Note Glendale, Ariz., interest.)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fun.’s life just got real fun: The pop-rock trio won the Grammy for song of the year for “We Are Young.”

It was the group’s first Grammy win.

“We Are Young” features Janelle Monae and hit the top spot of the Billboard charts last year. It has sold more than six million single tracks.

Lead singer Nate Ruess (roos) joked onstage: “This is in HD, everyone can see our faces and we are not very young.”

The 30-year-old Ruess, of Glendale, Ariz., and his band were nominated in all four top categories at Sunday’s ceremony.

Altogether, Fun. was nominated for best new artist; album of the year and best pop vocal album for “Some Nights;” and record of the year, song of the year and best pop duo/group performance for “We Are Young.”

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