November 2013

Expect More Highway Patrol On Interstate 40

Highway patrol agencies across the country will be adding more man power along Interstate 40 on Wednesday. Arizona is one of seven states participating in the effort to decrease collisions.

The campaign is called the "Drive Toward Zero Fatalities" and includes highway patrol and police agencies from California to North Carolina. The Arizona Department of Public Safety has committed to having one high patrol officer for each 20 miles of I-40. That means 17 officers across the stretch of road in northern Arizona.

Did You Know: Sky Harbor Airport Once Had A Nickname

It is the ninth busiest airport in the U.S. and among the top 15 in the world. Among its unique features is its location in the middle of the city, but once upon a time our airport was considered to be a distance away from…everything.  

In 1928, this airport was a landing hub for airplanes used to tour the Grand Canyon and for private pilot training. It was built in an isolated area away from communities and city life. Did You Know Sky Harbor International Airport was once known as "The Farm?"

Deadline Extended In Racial Profiling Case

PHOENIX (AP) — A deadline has been extended for lawyers in the racial profiling against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to hand in a recommendation on who should be appointed to monitor the agency's operations to ensure it isn't making unconstitutional arrests.

Attorneys on both sides of the case now have until Dec. 9 to agree on a monitor who will ultimately be appointed by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow.

If the lawyers cannot agree on a prospect for the job, each side must recommend three candidates for the job.

Two Plead Not Guilty In Beating Death Of Ariz. Boxer

PHOENIX (AP) — Two men on Monday pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges stemming from the beating death in Phoenix of a 17-year-old national champion boxer.

Police said Alexis Urbina on Sept. 3 was found unconscious and covered in blood in his family's south Phoenix home. He died of his injures two days later. There was no obvious sign of forced entry into the house, but Urbina's family told police some of his boxing memorabilia was missing.

Arizona Retailers Anticipate Slight Increase In Spending

Arizona’s retailers said they are cautiously optimistic about spending during the holiday season. Michelle Ahlmer of the Arizona Retailers Association said they expect a slight increase in spending over 2012.

“It’s a later holiday, so that always impacts shopping a bit, but definitely we saw an uptick over the weekend of foot traffic, so that’s always a good indicator,” Ahlmer said.

She said many retailers will be open on Thanksgiving, but it is unclear how many shoppers will embrace the new holiday hours.   

James Arthur Ray Speaks Out, Says He Is Very Sorry

A self-help author convicted of negligent homicide in the deaths of three people following a 2009 sweat lodge ceremony in Sedona has spoken out for the first time since being released from prison. James Arthur Ray appeared with Piers Morgan on CNN on Monday night to say he is very sorry and remorseful about what happened.

“I think the most difficult thing I could ever imagine is investing your entire life in helping people and then finding them getting hurt,” Ray said. “It’s just the antithesis of everything that I had ever stood for or wanted.”

Tucson Woman Charged Twice This Month With Human Smuggling

A Tucson woman has, for the second time this month, been busted on human smuggling charges. 30-year-old Monica Estrada was taken into custody after being stopped for several traffic violations on Interstate 10.

Tim Gaffney of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said she has admitted receiving $800 for transporting the four undocumented immigrants who were in her Phoenix-bound vehicle.

New Report: Several Toys Pose Health Hazards To Children

You still need to be careful when you shop for toys, according to a report being released on Tuesday by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. It describes several toys that pose hazards ranging from toxins to choking. Spokeswoman Shaina Shay said they are still finding toys with excessive levels of lead.

"The Marvel Superhero Squad Soft Shield that contains 2,900 parts per million of lead, which violates the standard by 29 times,” Shay said. “Also the Ninja Turtles pencil case."