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Forecasters: Arizona to see wetter weather

PHOENIX (AP) - A week after the Phoenix area received record rainfall, more heavy rain and the possibility of localized flooding are expected across much of Arizona.

The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will return this week as moisture from Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') and the typical monsoon weather pattern increases the potential for rain.

Forecasters say chances for thunderstorms will increase substantially starting Tuesday and that flash flooding is possible as the week continues.

The remnants of Hurricane Norbert swamped parts of the Phoenix area on Sept. 8, flooding parts of freeways and sending rescuers scrambling to rescue stranded motorists.

Two people in southern Arizona died when they were swept away by rushing water.


Crew surveys damage after grain-dust explosion

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion at the company's plant in Flagstaff.

Flames from welding equipment sparked the explosion late Sunday afternoon in the grain elevator, burning two workers severely and leaving two others with less serious burns. The workers were from a private contracting company.

Authorities say it was the first such incident at the plant in more than four decades of operation.

Company spokesman Keith Schopp says a crew from the St. Louis headquarters was on site Monday surveying the damage. Production remained shut down Monday, but the warehouse is operating.

About 250 people work at the Flagstaff factory.

The explosion did not produce a long-lasting fire but it blew out metal doors at the front of the seven-story grain elevator.


Media seeks camera coverage of Arias retrial

PHOENIX (AP) - Several television stations are seeking less restrictive camera coverage of Jodi Arias' planned Sept. 29 penalty phase retrial.

Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't decide on her sentence. The retrial will determine if she gets the death penalty or life in prison.

Arias' first trial was broadcast live, but the judge denied that right this time around, ruling that no footage could be broadcast until after the final verdict.

A media lawyer sought Monday to amend that order, allowing trial footage to be aired 30 minutes after the end of each day's proceedings.

Prosecutors don't object, but defense lawyers claim it would hamper Arias' right to a fair trial. The judge didn't immediately rule.


Phoenix police ID man found fatally shot in SUV

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police have identified a man found fatally shot inside an SUV along with another wounded man.

The shooting occurred early Sunday morning in west Phoenix, and Sgt. Steve Martos says 27-year-old Mariano Leon was pronounced dead at the scene.

He says the second wounded man was hospitalized in critical condition.

According to Martos, detectives believe the victims may have exchanged gunfire with at least two other people.

However, Martos says no other injured victims have been found.

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