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Late WWII POW leaves $3M to Arizona organization after death

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A late World War II prisoner of war and entrepreneur has bequeathed $3 million to the United Way of Yavapai County after spending his 24-year retirement in Prescott. The Daily Courier reported Monday that the family of Daniel Roberts was surprised to learn that he left the agency the bulk of his estate after his death at age 97. The United Way staff and board have said they are honored Roberts recognized this organization over many others. United Way relies on community members to review annual funding requests to finance a variety of charitable programs. Officials say they typically raise and distribute about $250,000 a year.


Measure aimed at preserving Native languages clears Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congress has approved legislation that would extend federal programs aimed at preserving American Indian languages and expand eligibility to more tribes. The measure is named after Esther Martinez, a traditional storyteller and Tewa language advocate from a northern New Mexico pueblo. Her family and members of the state's congressional delegation are praising passage of the bill. The measure now heads to the president's desk. Dozens of tribes across the country are currently sharing in more than $11 million in grants for language preservation and immersion through the programs.


Attorneys for student ask court to dismiss murder charge

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Attorneys for a former Northern Arizona University student are asking the state Court of Appeals to dismiss a first-degree murder charge against their client. A Coconino County judge rejected the bid last month. Attorneys for Steven Jones filed an appeal in the state Court of Appeals this week asking the court to put the case on hold while considering their request to overturn the judge's decision. They argue the jury acquitted Jones of first-degree murder in a 2017 trial. They said trying him again on the same charge amounts to double jeopardy.


UA clean energy project gets Corporation Commission votes

PHOENIX (AP) — A state commission has unanimously approved a partnership between the University of Arizona and Tucson Electric Power to run the campus primarily on renewable energy. The five members of the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates public utilities, voted Tuesday for the project during a public meeting in Phoenix. According to the UofA, the proposal would make the school the largest research university nationwide with an initiative to offset greenhouse gas emissions.


Maricopa County records 1st pediatric flu death this year

Metro Phoenix has recorded its first pediatric flu death this year, a development that Maricopa County health officials call a reminder of the importance of vaccination. The county Department of Health said Tuesday the child who died was an infant under 6 months old and thus too young to be immunized through vaccination. Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, the department's medical director for disease control, called the “incredibly sad case"" a reminder that the while flu is common, it can cause serious illness and even death. Sunenshine said all people able to get the flu shot should do so to help slow the spread of the illness and to help protect those most at risk.


Chinese migrants found hiding in appliances at US crossing

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eleven Chinese migrants have been found hiding in furniture and appliances inside a truck that was stopped while it tried to enter the United States. at a Southern California border crossing. Photos provided by authorities show at least one person crammed inside a washing machine and another curled up in a wooden chest. Agents made the weekend discovery during a search at the border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego. The truck driver is an American citizen and was arrested on suspicion of human smuggling.  The 11 Chinese citizens were detained pending criminal and immigration proceedings.


Border tunnel found in Arizona after 4 migrants caught

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — The Border Patrol says it found another cross-border tunnel from Mexico to the United States after the arrest of four migrants. The agency says agents in Nogales, Arizona, made the discovery on Sunday after a camera operator spotted the migrants. Agents traced the migrants' trip and came across the tunnel from Nogales, Mexico, to Nogales, Arizona. It was just 50 yards from another tunnel discovered last week, although that one was incomplete. The Border Patrol says it worked with Mexican authorities and that it has since destroyed the fifth tunnel discovered this year in the Tucson Sector, which covers large areas of Arizona.


Casa Grande drive-by shooting suspect extradited from Texas

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in a drive-by shooting in Casa Grande last year has been extradited from Texas to Arizona. The Casa Grande Dispatch reports 21-year-old Donovan Bingaman has been booked into jail on a $1 million bond on suspicion of drive-by shooting, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assisting a street gang and shoplifting. In January, Bingaman evaded capture during a high-speed chase through Pinal County but was arrested in Odessa in western Texas. According to a probable-cause statement, Casa Grande police say witnesses identified Bingaman as being in a car from which multiple shots were fired at a home on Nov. 29, 2018. One person reportedly was shot in his hip. Bingaman is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.