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Yuma Doctor Killed in Plane Crash

Oct 12, 2021
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The chief medical officer of the Yuma Regional Medical Center confirmed that a pilot of a plane that crashed Monday in a San Diego suburb was a colleague. 

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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said the unusually large number of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas last month could be the scene in Yuma during a visit here . 

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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham announced on Twitter that he will visit the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma on Monday.

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Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Arizona is getting another $862 million in federal COVID relief dollars to help safely reopen schools. 

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Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- A key federal official is telling Gov. Doug Ducey he cannot use COVID grant dollars to penalize schools that impose mask mandates. And if Ducey doesn't fix the problem he is threatening to take back the money. 

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Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- Republican governors are gathering Wednesday at the border in Texas to criticize the Biden administration's policies.
And Arizona taxpayers are picking up the tab to send Gov. Doug Ducey to the event, along with two of his top aides.

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Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Arizona officially launched its new cyber command center Monday to deal with threats to state and local government computers. 

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There’s a popular meme that once the calendar turns to October, even the most mild-mannered person brings out their ghoulish side for Halloween month. 

That appeared to be true for many costumed characters doing cosplay at YumaCon at the Yuma Civic Center. 

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Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- An attorney for Gov. Doug Ducey is asking a judge to toss a bid by a labor group to order him to immediately seek to recoup extra federal jobless benefits that were denied to them when the governor pulled out of the program. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Arizona hospitals overall saw huge increases in their profits last year despite -- or more likely, because of -- COVID-19. 

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about whether the ban on mask mandates at public schools was legally enacted. 

 
And the justices agreed to do it relatively quickly. 

 

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Members of Arizona Western College’s esports team held a grand opening on Thursday for their arena on the main Yuma campus.

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PHOENIX -- Cities can't bar their employees from contributing to races for city council and mayor, Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded Thursday. 

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PHOENIX -- The state agency responsible for protecting the environment has failed to many perform required tasks in monitoring groundwater for pollution -- in some cases for 29 years. 

 

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court refused Wednesday to let the state start enforcing its new ban on school mask mandates, at least for the time being. 

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PHOENIX -- A federal judge late Tuesday blocked Arizona from making criminals out of doctors who perform abortions knowing the woman's reason is a genetic fetal defect. 

 

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PHOENIX -- It looks like Arizona voters are going to get the last word on a $1.5 billion tax cut approved by Republican lawmakers and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey. 

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THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED WEEKLY WITH THE CURRENT COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR YUMA AND LA PAZ COUNTY

Last update: Sept. 28, 2021

NUMBER OF VACCINES ADMINSTERED:

Arizona: 7,666,489

 

Yuma County: 230,315

 

La Paz County: 18,460

 

COVID CASES AND DEATHS: 

 

Yuma Regional Medical Center downgraded to the moderate visitation level Monday allowing most patients to have two-predesignated visitors older than 16 years of age during visitor hours.  

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Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- A new state law barring schools from imposing mask mandates on students and staff is unconstitutional, a judge ruled Monday. 

 

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PHOENIX -- Supporters of Donald Trump are peppering Gov. Doug Ducey with demands that he decertify the election even though he says there's no legal authority for him to do that. 

 

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Capitol Media Services 
PHOENIX -- Did you just get a check for $32 from the state? 

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PHOENIX -- A judge has slapped down the latest claim by Cyber Ninjas that it doesn't have to respond to demands for public records -- at least not from the public. 

Americana Highways

Mary Lou Fulton is getting ready to release her debut album in October. Arizona Edition's Lou Gum speaks to the writer, musician, and journalist about her music and telling the story of her mother's Mexican town destroyed to make way for a dam in the 1960's.

Falling water levels in reservoirs along the Colorado River have forced cuts to some water users in the state, but headlines saying Arizona farms are losing their water are a bit misleading. Arizona Edition’s Lou Gum speaks to Yuma attorney Wade Noble about Yuma's water rights. 

  

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Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Claims by state Attorney General Mark Brnovich that the Biden administration is altering federal immigration law as part of "population augmentation strategies'' is"a figment of the state's imagination,'' according to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Senate is dropping its demand for Maricopa County to produce its computer routers. 

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Officials in the South Yuma County city of Somerton say the 2020 U.S. Census may have undercounted the number of people who call the community home. They say based on building permits and home construction, the numbers just don't add up.  KAWC's Victor Calderón spoke with Somerton City Manager Jerry Cabrera about the city's concerns and what can be done if the count was truly off.

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