News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated - Tucson News Now

News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Many part of the West are dealing with drought. But nowhere else has more state and federal land been closed to recreation than in Arizona where conditions are ripe for massive wildfires. The partial closures in some of Arizona's national forests represent a small percentage of the land overall, but they're putting a damper on camping, hiking, fishing and mountain biking in popular recreation areas.

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a woman and a man were both shot and wounded Saturday as she tried to stop him from using a gun to harm himself as they argued. Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says the woman remained at the residence and was there when police arrived but that the man drove himself to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

PHOENIX (AP) - Being bilingual in the United States brings numerous advantages including job opportunities and social connections. But speaking something other than English in public places also can risk drawing unwanted attention, as evidenced recently by widely viewed videos of a rant by a New York lawyer against restaurant workers and a Border Patrol agent in Montana questioning people for speaking Spanish.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Officials in a northern Arizona county are considering asking voters to implement a merit-based system for selecting the county's five superior court judges. The Arizona Daily Sun reports Coconino County supervisors are examining the process where a committee would nominate candidates and the governor would make the final selection. Under this system, voters would decide if judges should be retained at the end their terms.

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