PHOENIX, AZ – Mark Killian, Director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) recently announced streamlined procedures for cattle producers transporting cattle across the international border with Mexico. The newly implemented procedures offer Arizona cattle producers increased efficiency and oversight measures, which directly support Arizona’s agribusiness industry and international trade.

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South Mountain Freeway bridges to provide much-needed crossings over Salt River

The longest bridges on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, two half-mile-long spans over the Salt River, are quickly emerging in Laveen. Construction is now two-thirds complete on these bridges, which will serve growing areas of the southwest Valley when the freeway opens by late 2019.

Travelers in this area currently have access to just one all-weather crossing of the Salt River between 35th Avenue and Avondale Boulevard: the city of Phoenix’s 51st Avenue bridge. When the Salt River flows, significant traffic congestion occurs, particularly along 51st Avenue.

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Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the following updated information regarding the search south of Payson on March 21st where several suspected undocumented aliens ran from a van during a traffic stop near Gibson Ranch Road and Hwy 87.

Information obtained during the search and apprehension of 7 suspected undocumented aliens, the City of Glendale Police Department executed 4 search warrants in the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
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Officers find 108 pounds of marijuana, other paraphernalia in car hauler

PHOENIX – Arizona Department of Transportation officers stopped a drug smuggling operation when they found 108 pounds of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia stashed in the trunk of a vehicle on a car hauler in western Arizona.

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PHOENIX – Commissioner Bob Burns has docketed his dissent opinion in the Arizona Water/Cornman Tweedy matter that involved the extension of Arizona Water Company’s service area.

Commissioner Burns believes that the possibility of regulatory abuse or regulatory over-reach creates a grave concern as to future actions of the Arizona Corporation Commission and the potential adverse impacts on regulated companies and their rate payers.

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Facial recognition training, technology key in arresting Goodyear resident

PHOENIX – A Goodyear resident who used stolen identities to obtain Arizona commercial driver licenses, open a business and purchase a home was arrested thanks to Arizona Department of Transportation detectives’ use of facial recognition training and technology.

When Jose Casas, 41, visited a Motor Vehicle Division office Dec. 6 to renew his commercial driver license, the system found that his photo closely resembled two others in ADOT’s database. ADOT detectives with FBI training in facial recognition determined that all three of the photos were of Casas.

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