NAIL SALON SHOOTING
1 man wounded in shooting outside Mesa nail salon
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say an argument Saturday between two men outside a Mesa nail salon led to one shooting the other.
Sgt. Steve Berry says officers responding to reports of shots fired around 2 p.m. near the intersection of Power and McKellips roads found a man suffering from gunshot wounds outside Elite Nails.
Berry says the suspected shooter, an ex-employee of the nail salon, was sitting in his vehicle and was arrested without incident.
Investigators say the suspect showed up at the salon and the victim, a current employee, came outside to speak with him.
Police say at some point during their conversation, the suspect shot the victim with a handgun.
Berry says the victim is listed in stable condition at a hospital.
Solar industry opposes tax on leased panels
PHOENIX (AP) - Solar industry officials who spoke with lawmakers last week say they hope to stave off a property tax for leased panels in Arizona.
The Arizona Republic reports supporters of the solar-rooftop leasing industry canceled a protest at the state Capitol on Wednesday after discussions with lawmakers and Gov. Jan Brewer.
According to Arizona law, solar panels that generate power on site aren't included in property-value assessments for property-tax purposes.
But the Arizona Revenue Department ruled last year that leased panels should be subject to taxation because they aren't owned by the property owner. The department announced it would implement the ruling this fall.
Immigrants could be affected by trespassing law
PHOENIX (AP) - A proposal to expand Arizona's trespassing law drew accusations that it targets people living in the state illegally.
The Arizona Capitol Times reported Friday that state Sen. Gail Griffin is sponsoring a bill that would broaden the definition of trespassing to those who are knowingly entering or remaining on a property if they are violating federal or state law.
Lawmakers are withholding the bill from the Senate floor to try to address any possibility of constitutional violations and court challenges.
The bill has already been approved 4-2 by the Senate Rules Committee. But the vote was split among GOP members. Griffin and Senate President Andy Biggs voted for it, while Senate Majority Leader John McComish and Sen. Adan Driggs said they would vote against it in a floor vote.
Democrats say the measure tries to make a state crime out of federal immigration law.
BIOSPHERE 2 EXHIBIT
Biosphere 2 debuts 'living lab' showing sea life
ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) - A living lab modeled after the Sea of Cortez is set to open inside Biosphere 2.
University of Arizona officials say the Biosphere 2 Ocean Gallery will show the beginning of its transformation into an ocean habitat.
The exhibit will be a source for public outreach and research.
Biosphere 2 is also launching a crowd-funding campaign to design the facility's ocean biome into a miniature desert sea with underwater forest and rocky shorelines.
The U of A operates Biosphere 2 as a science, public education and outreach facility, with science on rain forests, solar energy and water conservation.
NORTHERN ARIZONA HIGHWAY CLOSURE
Highway work could hurt Sedona, Flagstaff tourism
SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - Business owners from Sedona to Flagstaff are worried a planned closure of a portion of a northern Arizona highway could hurt the much-anticipated summer tourist season.
The Arizona Republic reports the Arizona Department of Transportation plans to close 3.5 miles of Arizona 89A between Memorial Day and July 4 for repaving.
Merchants along Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon, which sits along that highway stretch, say the plans could lead to a drop in their profits.
Travelers between Sedona and Flagstaff will be directed to Interstate 17, which could add another 15 minutes to their commute.
ADOT officials say the work has to be done when the climate is warm enough for the paving.
ANIMAL CONTROL-FACEBOOK COMMENT
Worker under fire for Facebook comment about dog
PHOENIX (AP) - Supporters hoping to save a dog who bit a boy from being euthanized are calling for the firing of a Maricopa County animal control employee who made fun of their efforts on Facebook.
KTVK-TV reports that Maricopa County Animal Care and Control employee Vanessa Martinez posted on a "Save Mickey" Facebook page that the dog would be "going night night."
The MCACC director says an employee has a right to free speech outside of work.
Authorities say Mickey bit a 4-year-old boy who wandered into the yard and tried to take the dog's bone.
The boy faces several facial surgeries.
A judge will decide March 13 what will happen to Mickey.
Pinal County panel exonerates fired deputy
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - A Pinal County panel has ruled a fired deputy should get his job back and that the grounds for his initial dismissal weren't justified.
The Arizona Republic reports the Pinal County Law Enforcement Merit Commission voted 3-1 Friday that Deputy Andrew Wikstrom be allowed to return to work and that all but one of the charges against him lacked merit.
They deadlocked on the other charge.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office terminated Wikstrom on Aug. 19 after an internal investigation found he used excessive force in a December 2012 arrest.
Wikstrom also faced charges of dishonesty and insubordination.
The charges arose after Wikstrom came forward in 2012 with safety concerns regarding the Sheriff's Office aviation unit.
Spokesman Tim Gaffney says the Sheriff's Office will appeal the ruling.
Nonprofit finishes 9 homes for Yarnell residents
YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - A nonprofit has completed building the last of nine new homes promised for uninsured residents who lost their property in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
The Arizona Republic reports that the Yarnell Hill Recover Group used volunteers and donations to finish construction Friday.
Officials say the project began in September and several were finished before Christmas.
Group Chairman Chuck Tidey says 13 houses have been built in the mountain community. Four were built by other builders.
Tidey says there are an additional two dozen homes that are under construction.
The June 30 fire led to the deaths of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighting crew and destroyed 127 homes.
Oregon upsets No. 3 Arizona 64-57
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Oregon defeated No. 3 Arizona in 64-57 in the regular-season finale on Saturday.
Jason Calliste made the go-ahead jumper and free throw with 4:22 left and finished with 18 points for the Ducks, who trailed by as many as 12 points.
Johnathan Loyd added 16 points for the Ducks who greatly improved their chances of a bid in the NCAA tournament. Last season Oregon won the conference tournament and advanced all the way to the regional semifinals.
Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Wildcats, who had already clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title heading into the conference tournament in Las Vegas.
ARIZONA ST-OREGON ST
Oregon State holds off Arizona State 78-76 in OT
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State's Roberto Nelson scored six of his 15 points in overtime, including the go-ahead free throw with 2:50 remaining, to pace Oregon State to a 78-76 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.
Jermaine Marshall's 3-pointer with 19.5 seconds to play in regulation time capped Arizona State's comeback from a 14-point deficit in the second half and forced overtime with the score tied at 67.
The Beavers earned a split of the two-game season series with ASU and snapped a four-game losing streak against the Sun Devils that had stretched over four seasons.
Jahii Carson led ASU with 24 points and Jonathan Gilling added 20 for the Sun Devils, who shot 41 percent to Oregon State's 47.5 percent.
Despite the loss, the Sun Devils held onto the No. 3 seed and earned an automatic berth into Thursday's conference tournament quarterfinals.
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