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Suit in Deaths Of 19 Firefighters Settled by Families, Arizona

The state of Arizona has settled a lawsuit brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell. The settlement announced by state Attorney General …

Motor-Vehicle Crash Deaths in Arizona Fell in 2014

The Arizona Department of Transportation reported that deaths of Arizona residents in motor-vehicle crashes dropped by nearly 9 percent in 2014. The department collected data on law enforcement reports to find that 774 people died in motor-vehicle accidents last year …

Arizona Court Ruling on Marijuana DUI Issue Isn’t Retroactive

An Arizona court has ruled that a previous decision on driving under the influence of drugs doesn’t apply retroactively. A 2014 state Supreme Court decision said authorities can’t prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the …

California Sandwich Maker Recalls 213,000 Pounds of Meat

Fast-food restaurant Lee’s Sandwiches has recalled 213,000 pounds of meat because it bore unauthorized United States Department of Agriculture marks of inspection, despite having not been inspected properly. The Orange County Register reported that chicken, beef and pork products were …

Arizona Wildfire Season Delayed by Cool, Wet Weather

An unusually cool and wet May is delaying the start of the wildfire season around northern Arizona. Weather conditions at this time last year were hot and windy, frustrating firefighters battling what became a 33-square-mile blaze in Oak Creek Canyon, …

Arizona Court Rules School District Has Immunity From Negligence Suit

An Arizona appellate court has ruled that Tucson Unified School District has legal immunity from a lawsuit accusing it of negligently hiring a teaching assistant later convicted of attempting to secretly record a special-needs student. The Court of Appeals ruled that the …

Driver Arrested Going 131 Mph on Arizona Freeway

Authorities say a man has been arrested for allegedly driving his sports car more than 131 mph on a Phoenix, Ariz. freeway. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say 22-year-old Alejandro Barraza was taken into custody during a weekend law …

Small Quake Shakes Arizona, USGS Says

A small earthquake occurred in northern Arizona overnight. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 3.2 magnitude quake occurred about five miles north of Sedona about 2 a.m. Tuesday. There was no immediate report of damage. Quakes of that magnitude …

Cold Snap Prompts Grape Decline Fear From Arizona Wineries

Freezing temperatures may put a chill on this season’s grape harvest for several southern Arizona wineries. At least four wineries in the Elgin area anticipate significant losses thanks to freezing temperatures last month, according to their owners. “Heat’s not the …

2 Lawsuits Over 2013 Arizona Wildfire Dismissed by Judge

Two lawsuits filed against Arizona by homeowners whose properties were destroyed by the Yarnell Hill Fire have been dismissed. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge agreed Wednesday with the state’s argument that it didn’t have a duty to protect the …