PHOENIX APARTMENT FIRE
Woman hospitalized after Phoenix apartment fire
PHOENIX (AP) - A woman is hospitalized in critical condition in a burn unit after a Phoenix apartment fire in which two dogs died Tuesday morning.
The Fire Department says firefighters found a fire burning in a second-floor apartment where the woman was located in a bathroom.
The fire was contained to only the one unit and its cause is under investigation.
Freeway project takes Tucson traffic over tracks
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A freeway interchange in Tucson is partially open again following a reconstruction project that takes traffic over adjacent railroad tracks.
The state Department of Transportation says the new design of the Interstate 10 interchange at Prince Road means that motorists no longer will be inconvenienced by the dozens of trains that use the Union Pacific tracks daily.
The previous Prince Road crossing of the railroad tracks was at the same grade, so traffic backed up when trains passed through the area.
The new overpass is 30 feet above ground level.
It's part of a $76 million project to widen I-10 in northwest Tucson.
ADOT says the eastbound I-10 entrance ramp at Prince Road will remain closed for another month so crews can complete remaining work.
April 7 trial set for former Phoenix Suns player
PHOENIX (AP) - An April 7 trial has been scheduled for former Phoenix Suns player Richard Dumas on charges that he stole merchandise from Luke Air Force Base's exchange store.
Dumas has pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges of organized retail theft.
Authorities say Dumas stole about $800 worth of merchandise from the Air Force base's exchange store while working with a janitorial service there in 2012.
Police say Dumas was seen on store surveillance cameras taking cigarettes, alcohol, food, DVDs and shoes.
Dumas played for the Suns from 1992 to 1995 and helped the team reach the NBA finals in 1993.
Yuma man is dead after playing Russian roulette
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Arizona say a 19-year-old man is dead after an accidental shooting.
Yuma County Sheriff's deputies went to a Yuma home Friday after getting a report of a gunshot victim.
Upon arrival, deputies located David Henry with a single gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators say Henry and another person were playing Russian roulette with a loaded handgun.
After interviewing all parties that were present at the time of the shooting, sheriff's investigators have ruled the incident as an accidental death.
GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY-TAX BREAK
Grand Canyon University tax break gets nod
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona House committee has approved a Senate bill that would give a big property tax break to a private, for-profit Christian university in west Phoenix.
The House Committee on Ways and Means unanimously approved the Senate-passed bill vote on Monday.
Senate Bill 1301 cuts the taxes Grand Canyon University must pay every year by reclassifying it into a much lower rate. If the bill was passed and signed into law it would reduce the university's taxes from about $1 million annually to about $264,000.
Bill sponsor Sen. Steve Yarbrough of Chandler has said the bill evens the playing field for GCU and is a good public policy decisions. The Senate approved the bill on Feb. 20 with a 27-2 vote.
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