Friday, January 14, 2005
Headlines Friday Jan. 14th
Bush relying on congressional help for immigration reform PHOENIX (AP) -- President Bush is working with Arizona lawmakers to develop an immigration reform and guest worker program, he said in a roundtable discussion with newspaper reporters. Gay-marriage headed for initiative Supporters of a same-sex marriage amendment for Arizona said Thursday that they will skip the Legislature and launch a drive to put the measure on the November 2006 ballot. Spousal rape law under attack In Arizona, raping your spouse carries a smaller penalty than organizing a dog fight. Governor says health care coverage worth the high cost PHOENIX - Gov. Janet Napolitano on Wednesday defended rising spending for health insurance for low-income Arizonans while saying the state should continue borrowing to pay for building new schools. Tempe commission endorses plan to lower speed limits The Tempe Transportation Commission narrowly endorsed a recommendation calling for a citywide reduction in speed limits. Phone service severed in East Valley A severed Qwest fiber-optic loop in the south East Valley left thousands in central Arizona without communications Thursday, creating a state of emergency for police and fire departments. Report: Baby-sitter discussed 'next life' Amy Lynn Scott told the mother of one of three babies she is accused of killing that she saw herself as an ''instrument'' to guide people to the next life, a police report says. Nursing aide convicted in fondling of 2 patients A Tempe certified nursing assistant was convicted Thursday of fondling patients under his care at two East Valley hospitals. DPS targets Loop 101 speeders State highway patrol officers want to change driving behavior on an 11-mile stretch of the Loop 101. Security costs mount in mail bomb case SCOTTSDALE - Immediately after a mail bomb blew up in the hands of the city's diversity director last February, a round-the-clock police security detail was assigned to stand guard outside his home. Bridge over Salt to partly reopen Maricopa County officials next week plan to temporarily reopen two lanes of the Alma School Road bridge over the Salt River after recent winter storms created a gaping hole in the approach to the structure. Ex-student faces possible prison time Trouble again has caught up with Sean Wayne Botkin, the former Glendale student who held his classmates and teacher hostage at gunpoint four years ago. Man who helped others was slain in cold blood The headline in the Jan. 20, 2004, edition of The Arizona Republic read: ''Few clues in murder of winter visitor.'' All comers can get flu shots at 3 sites on Jan. 22 Anyone who wants a flu shot in Maricopa County can get one now that the state health department has given a green light to local health officials to immunize all comers during its final day of clinics on Jan. 22. Report catalogs state's important bird areas The Tucson Audubon Society recently completed the Arizona IBA Program 2004 Catalog of Important Bird Areas, a project funded in part by the Sonoran Joint Venture. Organizers hope for record turnout at dunes cleanup Organizers are hoping to have 1,000 people help Saturday at the sixth annual South Dunes Cleanup in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. The cleanup will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST.