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Jun 12, 2012

Southern Arizona voters picking Giffords’ replacement

TUCSON (Reuters) – Thousands of voters turned out in southern Arizona on Tuesday to pick a replacement for former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who stepped down in January to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.

Ron Barber, Giffords’ hand-picked successor and a former aide faces Jesse Kelly, a construction project manager and Iraq War veteran, in the Arizona contest that has gained broad national attention.

Jun 12, 2012

Norwegian swim champ Dale Oen died of heart disease-official

PHOENIX, June 12 (Reuters) – Norwegian swimmer Alexander
Dale Oen, who collapsed and died in Arizona in late April, died
of hereditary h e art disease, an Arizona medical examiner said on

Dale Oen, the world 100 meters breaststroke champion,
collapsed at a training camp in Flagstaff in northern Arizona on
April 30 and was later pronounced dead. He was 26.

May 24, 2012

Sea breezes aid fight to curb Southwest wildfires

PHOENIX, May 24 (Reuters) – Winds bringing a blast of damp
Pacific Ocean air cut firefighters a break on Thursday as they
battled to stamp out several dangerous forest and brush fires
burning in five Southwestern U.S. states.

Blazes in rugged, mountainous areas of Arizona, Colorado,
Nevada, New Mexico and Utah have forced the evacuation of a few
small towns and torched at least 170 square miles (440 square
km) of forest, brush and grass since mid-month.

May 23, 2012

Arizona elections chief says satisfied Obama a citizen

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona’s secretary of state has received information from Hawaii that verifies Barack Obama’s birth records, satisfying criteria to put the president on the November ballot in the state, his office said on Wednesday.

Ken Bennett, who is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign co-chairman in Arizona, made a request to authorities in Hawaii on March 30 on behalf of more than 4,000 constituents, his office said.

May 23, 2012

White supremacist gets 40 years for Arizona package bomb

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge sentenced a 61-year-old white supremacist to 40 years in jail on Tuesday for a racially motivated package bomb attack that injured a black city administrator in Arizona in 2004.

Dennis Mahon was found guilty in February of three explosives- and conspiracy-related charges stemming from the attack on Don Logan, then the head of the diversity office for the city of Scottsdale.

May 21, 2012

Crews gain upper hand battling wildfires in Southwest

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Fire crews gained a fragile upper hand against stubborn Arizona wildfires on Monday, but cautioned that tinder-dry conditions and high temperatures could jeopardize containment efforts in coming days.

Blazes in rugged, mountainous areas of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado have forced the evacuation of several small towns and torched more than 65 square miles (168 square km) of forest, brush and grass in the U.S. Southwest.

May 19, 2012

Arizona elections chief seeks proof of Obama’s citizenship

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – Arizona’s secretary of state said Friday he had asked officials in Hawaii to verify that Barack Obama was born in their state in order for the president’s name to appear on the November ballot in Arizona.

Ken Bennett, who is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign co-chairman in Arizona, said he made the request on behalf of a constituent.

May 17, 2012

Pioneer graves found at site of new Arizona sheriff’s office

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Workers digging the foundations for a new office of an Arizona sheriff accused of discriminating against Latinos have unearthed the graves of early city founders, some of whom could have been immigrants from Mexico, officials said.

Construction workers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s new office came across lines or depressions in the dirt last week that officials believed were a “minicemetery.”

May 16, 2012

Crews battle to contain raging Arizona wildfires

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Crews battled to contain wind-whipped Arizona wildfires on Wednesday that have raced across 27 square miles of parched ponderosa forest, brush and grassland, consuming several buildings and threatening a small town, authorities said.

The Sunflower Fire, the largest of at least four blazes in central and eastern Arizona, has burned nearly 19 square miles (49 square kilometers) in the Tonto National Forest, about 40 miles north of Phoenix, a fire response team handling the blaze said. It was just 7 percent contained.

May 16, 2012

Arizona top court stays execution over clemency hearing

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona’s top court issued a stay of execution on Tuesday for death row inmate Samuel Villegas Lopez, a day before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection, to address claims that he had been denied a chance at a fair clemency hearing.

Villegas Lopez was sentenced to death for raping 59-year-old Estafana Holmes and stabbing her to death in a violent, drawn-out assault at her Phoenix apartment in 1986.

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      "I cover immigration and southwest border issues for Reuters. I am based in Phoenix and have been in my current role since 2006. I previously covered northern Mexico and worked as a general news reporter in Central America."
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