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Two Arizona Men Arrested in Oklahoma Drug Bust

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Canadian County, OK, sheriffs recently arrested two Arizona men after discovering 15 pounds of cocaine and 1.2 pounds of black-tar heroin in the trunk of their vehicle. According to NewsOn6.com, a sheriff’s deputy stopped the car’s driver, Rafael Luna of Glendale, after observing him driving erratically on Interstate 40. Luna, 56, is a fourth grade school teacher. Luna and his passenger, Jose A. Lopez, 50, of Phoenix, told deputies they were traveling to Missouri for Luna’s son’s U.S. Army training graduation. However, officers noticed inconsistencies in the two men’s stories, leading them to suspect criminal activity. Officers brought Drug Detector K9 “Pickles” to the scene to sniff around the vehicle. The canine alerted the deputies to the presence of narcotics in the trunk of the silver 2000 Mercedes Benz. Deputies immediately took the two suspects into custody, and the...

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Glendale Considers Divisive Non-Discrimination Bill for LGBT Residents

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

In 2014, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill known as SB 1062 after a massive national outcry. The bill would have allowed business owners to cite their religious beliefs when denying service to customers, and critics said it was a thinly veiled attempt to legalize discrimination against the LGBT community. Now, the pendulum appears to be swinging the other way, with Arizona cities like Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tempe extending discrimination laws to include the gay community. Now, Glendale could be set to join their ranks as well; the city is considering legislation that would enact a non-discrimination statute that includes protections for genetic characteristics, veteran status, physical and mental disabilities, marital status, and controversially, sexual orientation and gender identification. At public meetings, the proposed measure has been divisive. Critics say the bill would have a “chilling effect”...

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New Polling Results Dub Trump the Favored Presidential Candidate in Arizona

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

Donald Trump knows a thing or two about real estate. For example, he could probably inform you that over 50% of home buyers and home builders seek a property with a two-car garage. Yet when it comes to politics, Donald Trump has an undeniably more questionable background. The real estate tycoon has been on the scene in the presidential primaries as a Republican candidate, and has thus far been received with less than open arms by most states. In Arizona, however, this is not the case at all. In a recent poll conducted by MBQF Consulting, a Phoenix-based consulting firm, Trump is showing up as one of the top 10 leading GOP candidates in Arizona. For the survey, participants were asked to give a choice among a list of top 10 candidates, as determined by a story recently published...

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Arizona Cities Rank Among the Best Places in the Country for Retirees

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

A new ranking of the best places in the U.S. for retirees has placed Arizona cities in three of the top four spots, based on their crime rates, weather, taxes and a number of other factors. According to ABC15 Arizona, the ranking, conducted by Bankrate.com, looked at 196 cities across the country and evaluated them in seven liability categories. Mesa, Prescott and Tucson came in in first, third and fourth places, respectively. Arlington, VA, came in second place. Chris Kahn, a spokesman for Bankrate, said these Arizona cities possess a wealth of outdoor activities for seniors to enjoy, including golf courses, parks and cultural attractions. These recreational opportunities play a vital role in quality of life for retired individuals. “If you look at surveys from people of retirement age in Prescott and Mesa, you can see that they really...

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Combating Drunk Driving Just Got an Upgrade in Arizona

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

It’s something we see far too often: an innocent person killed due to someone who chose to drive rather than take a taxi after a night of drinking. It’s an unfortunate reality that many people get behind the wheel, believing that they’re fine to drive home, but they put not only themselves in danger, but others on the road as well. Take the example of an Arizona man, Abraham Delgadillo Castro, who is now charged with the death of his girlfriend Jeanette Ruiz and the injury of two others. According to the Arizona Republic, he ran a red light in Phoenix, resulting in a violent crash which fractured the vertebrae of the other driver and injured their passenger. Ruiz, who first suffered a head injury, died later. Castro’s blood alcohol level was .18%, which is more than twice the...

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4th of July Weekend Welcomes New Freedoms for Arizona Microbreweries

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Arizona’s growing craft beer industry had some newly won liberty to celebrate over the 4th of July weekend, as a law giving more latitude to small producers went into effect July 3. SB1030, popularly known as the “Arizona Beer Bill,” was signed into law in April, after extensive campaigning by breweries, beer drinkers and small business supporters. It has two major provisions: First, it allows small breweries to increase production (up to 200,000 barrels a year) under a microbrewer license, and to operate up to seven retail shops. Second, it allows breweries to carry one another’s beers on tap. That will essentially allow breweries to cross-promote and sell more beer, as well as offer more choices to Arizona’s beer aficionados. Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the U.S., and it’s even more popular among younger drinkers getting...

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