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President Obama's proposal to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba has elicited mixed reactions from Valley residents with Cuban roots.
Drivers across Arizona, including the East Valley, continue to feel the benefits of the recent decline in fuel prices.
PHOENIX (AP) — Gasoline prices around Arizona keep gown down at the pumps.
A planned controversial underground copper leaching process has cleared a key hurdle in its bid to start pumping sulfuric acid into wells below Florence.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Facing dwindling water supplies, Western states are struggling to capture every drop with dam and diversion projects that some think could erode regional cooperation crucial to managing the scarce resource.
The spirit of Thanksgiving was alive and well in Mesa on Monday night as dozens of volunteers put on a Thanksgiving feast for more than 300 kids in foster care who might not have had one otherwise.
Mountain Pointe running back Tyrek Cross (28) pumps up Mountain Pointe wide reciever Rashie Hodge (21) during the DI semifinals football game between Mountain Pointe and Chandler at Hamilton High School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.
Another week, another significant decline for drivers who continue to fill their tanks in Arizona, especially in the East Valley.
“I’m with President Obama on immigration. I need a new roof on my house. The Republican-controlled Congress has until the first of the year to come up with an immigration bill or I’m going to sign an executive check and get some guys to nail down my new shingles.”
PHOENIX (AP) — Gasoline prices around Arizona keep gown down at the pumps.
Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Thursday the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $2.89 a gallon. That's 7 cents lower than last week.
This week's national average is $2.95 per gallon, down by almost 6 cents from last week.
Nearly half the country has gas prices under $3 per gallon. Triple-A analysts say prices should remain low, barring unforeseen circumstances.
The East Valley area (Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction and Queen Creek) has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $2.79 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.20.
South Carolina has the lowest average gas prices among states in the continental U.S. at $2.70 a gallon with New York the highest at $3.33 a gallon.
A driver suspected of DUI has killed another Arizona police officer. It’s become an all-too-common occurrence where a police officer is either seriously injured or killed by a DUI driver.
Outside groups that want Doug Ducey as Arizona's next governor have spent enough to give every man, woman and child in the state a dollar — and still have $1 million left over. That doesn't count the $2.2 million that Ducey himself has spent in the general election, on top of the $5 million he expended just getting to be the Republican nominee in the first place.
PHOENIX -- Outside groups that want Doug Ducey as Arizona's next governor have spent enough to give every man, woman and child in the state a dollar -- and still have $1 million left over.
The price to fill the pump in Arizona sustained a significant decline thisweek, especially at East Valley stations.
East Valley drivers continue to pay the lowest price at the pump across Arizona, with certain areas seeing the average dip below $3.
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords pumps her fist as she testifies before a Washington state House panel in Olympia, Wash. Giffords will begin a nine-state tour in Maine on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, where she will advocate for tougher gun laws that she says will help protect women and families. Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in 2011, will seek to elevate the issue of gun violence against women and push for state and federal action to make it more difficult for domestic abusers to get a hold of firearms. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
PHOENIX -- Rejecting claims his congressional privilege was violated, a federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the convictions of Rick Renzi on charges of extortion, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering.
The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that members of Congress are entitled to certain constitutional protections from being questioned about their official acts. And that generally would extend to members of the congressman's staff.
But Judge Richard Tallman, writing for the unanimous court, said Renzi opened the door when he attempted to use his own legislative acts as a defense in the criminal case. And that, the judge said, allowed prosecutors to then question Renzi's staffers about the acts to make their case that he was lying.
"The rationale makes sense,'' Tallman wrote. "A congressman cannot claim the protections of the privilege when he himself introduces the volatile evidence.''
Thursday's action not only upholds the 17-count conviction following his trial in Tucson but the three-year prison term imposed on him last year. The appellate court, which had allowed him to remain free during the appeal, made no mention in Thursday's ruling when he would be ordered to report.
The main charge relates to efforts by Resolution Copper Co. to acquire land from the federal government it needs to begin mining near Superior.
According to testimony, Renzi, first elected to Congress from the sprawling district in 2002, agreed to sponsor legislation to authorize Resolution to get the land through a swap with environmentally sensitive land the federal government wanted. But Renzi said that land that Resolution had to buy and offer had to be a 640-acre parcel of land in Cochise County, adjacent to the San Pedro River, which was owned by James Sandlin.
Bruno Hegner, a former Resolution executive, told jurors of an angry phone call from Renzi in 2005 that "unless the Sandlin property were included in the exchange package, he would not sponsor legislation.'' And Hegner said when he attempted to explain the difficulties of such a deal, Renzi said, "no Sandlin property, no bill.''
Prosecutors said Renzi's interest in that property was that Sandlin, a former business partner, owed him $700,000 and needed the cash to pay off the debt. And when Hegner found out the pair had been in business together, the company opted not to purchase the Cochise County property and Renzi's swap legislation died.
He left Congress at the end of 2008 after his indictment but before his trial. To date, Congress has yet to approve a deal with Resolution to acquire the land it wants near Superior.
Renzi also was convicted of a separate effort to get Sandlin's property purchased by The Aries
Group as a condition of pushing a separate exchange of federal land the company wanted near Florence. Court records show Aries paid Sandlin $1.5 million in principal plus another $153,000 in interest but that a federal land exchange bill with Aries never was introduced.
And he also was found guilty of separate offenses that he embezzled insurance premiums paid by clients of his brokerage firm.
Thursday's ruling is unlikely the last word.
"We are disappointed with the court's ruling,'' said Kelly Kramer, one of Renzi's Washington, D.C. attorneys. "We intend to seek further appellate review.''
Among the arguments Kramer presented was that Renzi was interested in having Sandlin's land acquired because it was being leased to a farmer who was pumping a lot of water from the San Pedro watershed. And that drain of water, in turn, endangered the future of Fort Huachuca.
That is what made crucial the testimony Renzi sought to block from Joanne Keene, his former congressional district director.
She told jurors that Renzi "did not seem very excited and interested in the Resolution Copper exchange'' when the Sandlin tract was not longer part of it.'' And Keene also said Renzi told her he "wanted to put the brakes on'' the Aries exchange after Congressman Duke Cunningham had been indicted on charges of public corruption.
In Thursday's ruling, Tallman said both conversations were admissible because they went directly to counter Renzi's arguments there were different reasons for his actions.
Rejecting claims his congressional privilege was violated, a federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the convictions of Rick Renzi on charges of extortion, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering.
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A state hearing officer on Wednesday recommended rescinding a permit given to a company to extract copper from the ground underneath Florence using chemicals.
State lawmakers should stop fighting public schools in court and come up with the money they are due to compensate them for inflation, Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday.
Twenty years ago this month, when the first drops of Colorado River water poured into the retention basins at the Granite Reef Underground Storage Basin (GRUSP) near Mesa, it was predicted that storing water underground would be the wave of the future.
This past week’s round of storms came and went with little apparent impact on Mesa, with most citizens thankfully missing another drubbing from Mother Nature in the wake of Hurricane Odile.
Dustin Preston and Matthew Curry (left) pump out flooding water from the Perkinson Properties parking lot at Greenfield Rd and Ivy St in Mesa on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. [David Jolkovski / Tribune]
The price of gas for Arizona drivers have dropped by nearly five cents this week as part of a continued decline.