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Arizona Inmates Had Lunch Served Up By Pamela Anderson To Promote New Vegan Menus

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Arizona’s Maricopa County Jail received a visit recently from Baywatch actress, model, and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson, at the request of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to promote meat-free menus for the prisoners. According to U.S. News and World Report, Arpaio took meat off the jail’s menu back in September 2013 as one of his strategies to cut down on the taxpayer money that the jail uses. The Phoenix Business Journal has stated that Arpaio has also begun to work with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to begin serving vegan meals in the county’s jails, in an attempt to increase the nutrition of inmates’ diets as well. His new connection with PETA is how Arpaio got in touch with Anderson, who has become an avid PETA spokeswoman in recent years. Photos from the April 15 event, held...

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Arizona MMA Fighter Could Fight in the TUF 21 Finale

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

While mixed martial arts has long been a controversial topic in Arizona, as in other states, it is becoming increasingly popular for good reason: studies show that 18.1 million Americans participated in karate or some other form of martial art at least once in the past year. Now, a top-ranked athlete based in the Grand Canyon may be scheduled to compete in a heavily-publicized tournament, which could draw more attention to martial arts in the area and help promote local businesses as well. UFC president Dana White recently confirmed that the TUF 21 Finale will take place on July 12 at a Miami-area venue that has yet to be selected. The event, which is broadcast on FOX Sports 1, will feature the tournament final UFC’s long-running reality series, TUF 21. Unlike past incarnations, the 10th season has pitted two...

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Proposed Benson Development Could Affect San Pedro River, Local Aquifer

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

A development proposed for an area near Benson, AZ faces two major hurdles before gaining approval — if it ever does. A similar development was in the works just before the real estate market crash in the mid-2000s. What’s more, there’s a growing controversy surrounding the risk that the development could dry up parts of the San Pedro River. El Dorado Holdings, Inc., which is based in Phoenix, has proposed a “mixed development” along Arizona’s Route 90. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the development would be 12,324 acres and be comprised of 28,000 homes. Though Benson officials seem to be in favor of the development — because it has the potential to bring jobs and revenue to the area — the development is opposed by some environmentalists. The concern is that pumping water for so many homes will...

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Is Arizona Becoming the Second-Marriage Capital of the United States?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

A new study from the U.S. Census Bureau has found that Arizonans divorce more frequently than the national average — especially those who are living in the northwestern part of the state. The report says that 24.8% of all men throughout the entire United States have been married at least twice; for women, the amount is slightly less at 24.4%. In Western cultures like the U.S., these figures aren’t entirely uncommon, as at least 90% of people in these parts of the world have been married at least once by the age of 50. Arizona, however, is above the national average: 28% of men and 28.3% of women have been married two times or more. But Mohave County in northwest Arizona has some of the highest figures in the country and topped the nation for highest divorce figures out...

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Tempe Could Be First Arizona City To Make It Illegal for Drivers To Smoke With Kids in the Car

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

The city of Tempe is considering a new regulation that is intended to protect children against the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, and according to AZFamily.com, the new law could go into effect within a matter of weeks. Under the new legislation, it would be illegal for adults to smoke while driving a vehicle with children in the backseat. AZ Central notes that this law would consider the offense to be a secondary traffic violation, rather than a primary violation. In other words, police officers wouldn’t be able to pull over drivers simply for smoking while operating a motor vehicle; but if the driver is pulled over for another traffic violation, the officer can give out a traffic citation if the driver also has a cigarette lit and has a child in the backseat. Tempe Councilman David Schapira is...

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