Mesa, Glendale locations will save time for law enforcement officers testifying in cases

PHOENIX – Grants from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will allow many Phoenix-area law enforcement officers and others called to testify in cases before the Arizona Department of Transportation’s administrative law judges to do so by video conferencing from locations in Mesa and Glendale.

Two grants totaling $50,000 will be used to expand an ADOT Executive Hearing Office video conferencing system already used in Flagstaff, Kingman, Prescott, Sierra Vista, Show Low, Tucson and Yuma.

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Permit Test @ Home helps reduce office wait time, adds safety message

PHOENIX – Teenagers hoping to get their learners permit are flocking to the Permit Test @ Home, a new online test option introduced by the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division earlier this year.

About 23,000 online tests have been taken since the test’s introduction in March through May.

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STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative David Cook (R-8) today announced his intention to introduce legislation next session to boost Pinal County’s economic development by addressing concerns with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR).

Pinal County has an estimated 14 assured water supply permit applications that have been pending at ADWR for several years.

“Something has got to be done to help Pinal County stay on track,” said Representative Cook.   more...
Sadie Jo Bingham, Gila County Recorder and her staff will be mailing out Election Notices the first week of May to all registered voters in Gila County regarding the upcoming 2018 Elections.
If you are not registered with one of the major political parties (otherwise known as Independent voters or Party Not Designated voters) you can choose ONE political party ballot to vote for in the Primary Election. You can choose from; Democrat, Green, Republican or City/Town Only (if you reside within the City/Town) ballot. This notice must be returned to the Gila County Recorder’s Office no later than July 25, 2018. Selecting a political party ballot will NOT change your voter registration to the political party ballot you requested. You will remain a Party Not Designated (PND) or Independent registered voter.
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TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a U.S. citizen involved in a failed smuggling attempt involving almost 11 pounds of heroin Tuesday.

Officers working at the Morley Pedestrian Gate referred a 52-year-old Marana, Arizona woman for further inspection. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent that it was trained to detect, resulting in the discovery of drugs that were wrapped around her midsection. The heroin weighed almost 11 pounds, an excess of $188,000.

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One-time allocation from Rainy-day Fund interest will support arts and culture programs statewide

The $10.4 billion fiscal year 2019 budget passed this morning by the legislature includes a $2 million appropriation to the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Derived from interest accrued on the state’s Rainy-day Fund, this allocation will not increase overall state spending. Governor Doug Ducey, who touted the increased arts investment in a Tweet earlier in the week, is expected to sign the budget bills before the weekend.

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