Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Headlines Wednesday

High and dry in Phoenix Tucson discovered Tuesday that it's sometimes good to be at the end of the surface-water spigot as Phoenix Water customers - all 1.5 million of them - were told to boil their drinking water. Restaurants hardest hit by Phoenix water problem PHOENIX (AP) -- Restaurants were among the hardest hit by a water filtration problem that prompted city officials to warn 1.5 million Phoenix water customers to boil drinking water and take conservation measures. Judge sets deadline for Legislature to boost school funding PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Legislature to act by the end of its 2005 session to increase funding for teaching students learning English. Immigration officials seize Phoenix-based oil company, oil wells MIAMI (AP) -- Federal agents seized a Phoenix-based oil company and more than three dozen Pennsylvania oil wells, along with trusts and bank accounts, as part of a wide-ranging money laundering investigation, authorities announced Tuesday in Miami. University redesign beginning The eight Arizonans who are redesigning the state's public university system meet today in Tempe to pore over data that could affect every facet of public education in Arizona. Citizen proof is required to vote Elections officials across the state are scrambling to enforce the voting provisions of Proposition 200, which became law Tuesday after the Justice Department signed off, making Arizona the first state that requires proof of citizenship when registering to vote. Glendale's loophole on parking to close Glendale officials are closing a loophole in the city's parking law that has translated into thousands of unpaid tickets for at least the past six years. Statewide poll gives nod to all-day kindergarten, smoking ban Arizonans strongly support funding for all-day kindergarten and a proposed statewide smoking ban, according to a wide-ranging statewide poll released Tuesday. Emissions-test bill would exempt classic cars Collectible-car and motorcycle enthusiasts are nibbling away at the state's vehicle-emissions policy, successfully arguing that they should be exempt from the vexing test because they barely put a dent in air quality. Central High gets dose of Mexican culture CENTRAL PHOENIX - Flashbulbs lit up Central High School's auditorium Tuesday, as students' digital cameras and cellphones snapped pictures of the performers. DeVry hosts video game competition PHOENIX - It's touted as the future of home entertainment, with annual PC gaming revenue expected to reach $30 billion by 2007. Waitress is arrested in credit-card fraud TEMPE - First there was a $120 charge, then one for nearly $90. The debit-card transactions themselves weren't unusual for Connie Price's bank account, but the locations were. Lawmakers weighing in on auto mall CHANDLER - Two state lawmakers from Phoenix and Mesa, neither of whom represents the affected area, are weighing in against a proposed Chandler auto mall expansion. Construction starting on Wigwam health spa LITCHFIELD PARK - Construction starts this week on a $5 million health spa at the Wigwam Resort & Golf Club, designed to keep the West Valley landmark competitive with other Valley resort properties. Videotape presented in court at hiker's trial The defense attorney for retired Valley teacher Harold Fish presented a videotape in court here Tuesday intending to show that the man he said he killed in self-defense was running ''full bore'' at him at the time of the shooting. City cops in review of pepper barrage Custom Clipper Clip The Tucson Police Department is conducting its required administrative review of steps taken by officers - including firing dozens of pepper balls - to arrest a man after a bar fight Saturday night. NOGALES, Ariz. - The U.S.-Mexican border here is going wireless. The Nogales ports of entry will take part in an experiment to record people entering and leaving the country using radio frequencies, Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson announced at a Tuesday news conference. Engineering program folding When Robert Offerle started working toward his doctoral degree in nuclear engineering at the UA in 1993, he numbered among dozens of students in what he believed was a thriving program. Proposed legislation to stop minors at border A proposed state law could halt minors from entering into Mexico without their parents' consent. Yuma-area law enforcement officials say the bill will put some "teeth" in a practice that they've followed for years — turning minors without parental permission away at the border. National Guard still 'robust and healthy' PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona National Guard is undergoing transformations that will put more boots on the ground for combat while also forming new high-tech units for space-age missions. No gay marriage, but domestic partners deserve benefits PHOENIX -- Arizona voters appear ready to constitutionally ban same-sex marriages -- but not much more. Scottsdale OKs land buy for Giants complex Scottsdale has cleared a major hurdle to build a San Francisco Giants’ spring training complex near Scottsdale Stadium.

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