House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.
The bill will cost $659 million through the end of this fiscal year, far smaller than the $3.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama. Lawmakers leaving a meeting on the issue Tuesday morning said the bill appeared to enjoy widespread support, although some conservatives said they remained opposed.
Lawmakers said it was important to act this week before Congress adjourns for its annual August recess.
Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold predicted the legislation would pass with broad GOP support.
Tempe police: Phoenix officers shoot, wound woman
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tempe police say a 31-year-old woman sought on a felony warrant has non-life threatening injuries after being shot and wounded by Phoenix police officers.
The shooting occurred Monday evening in a parking lot in Tempe after the Phoenix officers followed the woman there from east-central Phoenix.
According to Tempe police Lt. Mike Pooley, the Phoenix officers fired at the woman after she pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officers when they attempted to make contact with her.
No additional information is immediately available.
McCain, Flake introduce bill to block new casino
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to block construction of a Phoenix-area casino planned by a southern Arizona tribe.
If enacted, the bill introduced Monday by Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake would block the casino resort project planned by the Tohono O'odham (OTT'-um) Nation for a site on unincorporated land adjacent to Glendale.
The senators said in an announcement that their bill is a companion measure to House legislation approved by that chamber and sponsored by Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks.
The bill would prohibit the construction of any new Indian gambling operation on unincorporated land in the metro Phoenix area that is not contiguous to an existing Indian reservation.
MISSING ARIZONA GIRL
Woman set for trial in daughter's disappearance
PHOENIX (AP) - A Jan. 12 trial has been set for an Arizona woman charged with murder in the disappearance of her 5-year-old daughter in 2011.
Jerice Hunter pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse charges in the disappearance of Jhessye (jesse) Shockley.
Investigators believe Shockley was killed and her body was put in a trash bin days before Hunter reported the girl missing.
Police say Hunter told police that she left Jhessye with the girl's older siblings while she ran an errand and returned to find her gone.
A 96-day search at a landfill in 2012 ended without finding the girl's remains.
In 2005, Hunter was arrested on child abuse charges in California and served about four years in prison after pleading pleaded no contest to corporal punishment.
New Tucson streetcar has large ridership
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The new Tucson streetcars have attracted more than 60,000 riders during their first weekend in operation.
The kickoff weekend for the Tucson Sun Link Streetcar system was free for all riders. About 17,000 people rode on Friday, about 25,000 on Saturday, and another 18,000 hopped on during the 12 hours of service on Sunday. The city held festivities celebrating the project.
There are eight streetcars that can each hold about 150 people. The almost 4-mile line connects the University of Arizona, the University of Arizona Medical Center and the downtown area.
Construction on the nearly $200 million project began in 2012.
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