Arizona interstate reopens after deadly crash, leak
Arizona officials say Wednesday that orders for evacuation and sheltering in place have been lifted and the Interstate 10 in Arizona southeast of downtown Tucson has been opened more than a full day after a deadly crash caused a hazardous material leak.
Ex-grad student held in Arizona professor's fatal shooting
A former University of Arizona graduate student arrested in the fatal shooting of a hydrology professor was being held without bond Friday after a judge ruled there was enough evidence to try him on charges of first degree murder and aggravated assault. An interim complaint in the case released Friday says Thomas Meixner, who headed the school’s Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, was shot four times on Wednesday afternoon. The shooting happened inside the Harshbarger Building, which houses the hydrology department.news.yahoo.com
Police: Ex-grad student kills Arizona professor on campus
The University of Arizona has released the name of a professor who authorities said was fatally shot on campus by a former graduate student. University President Robert Robbins identified the victim late Wednesday as Thomas Meixner, who had headed the school’s Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. A few hours after the shooting, state troopers stopped a former graduate student, 46-year-old Murad Dervish, in a van about 120 miles (193 kilometers) northwest of the Tucson campus, university Police Chief Paula Balafas said during a news conference.news.yahoo.com
'Tale of two borders': Mexicans not seen at busy crossings
As hundreds of migrants line up along an Arizona border wall around 4 a.m., agents try to separate them into groups by nationality. Migrants from at least 115 countries have been stopped here in the last year, but that may be less striking than what's missing: Mexicans are virtually absent. Instead, families from Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, India and dozens of other countries arrive in Yuma after wading through the knee-deep Colorado River.news.yahoo.com
Woman dies after disappearing in Zion National Park flood
An Arizona woman has died after she was swept away during flash flooding four days ago at Utah’s Zion National Park, officials said Tuesday. Jetal Agnihotri, 29, of Tucson, Arizona, was discovered Monday about 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) south of the area where she was swept away by floodwaters, ending a four-day search, Zion National Park spokesman Jonathan Shafer said in a news release. Shafer didn't immediately return texts and email messages to explain why park officials waited a day to announce the discovery.news.yahoo.com
Across southern Arizona, a full range of border woes for Biden
In Arizona, the polyglot queue in Yuma of what authorities call “give ups,” migrants who willingly seek out U.S. authorities after crossing the Mexican border, served as sharp contrast to the wild chases happening about 300 miles southeast in Nogales.washingtonpost.com
Arizona's McKale Center evacuated after game due to fire
Arizona's McKale Center was evacuated Saturday due to a fire after the men's basketball game against California. Fire alarms sounded and the arena was cleared out about an hour after No. 2 Arizona's 89-61 win. A ladder truck hoisted a crew to check out the roof as a small group of fans in Arizona gear looked on.news.yahoo.com
Ace propels Jimenez into share of Cologuard Classic lead
Miguel Angel Jimenez felt the breeze at his back and pulled a 6-iron, believing it would be the perfect club at Tucson National’s 196-yard seventh hole. Jimenez's ace propelled him to a 6-under 66 in breezy conditions Friday to match Jeff Sluman for the first-round lead at the Cologuard Classic. “The ball never left the flag,” Jimenez said.news.yahoo.com
In campaign ad, GOP Senate candidate shoots gun at actors playing Biden, Pelosi and Sen. Mark Kelly, whose wife Gabby Giffords was injured in Arizona rampage
Kelly is the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in the head while greeting constituents outside a Tucson supermarket 2011.washingtonpost.com
Official: Utah man, Tucson girl die in Arizona plane crash
A Utah man and a Tucson girl were killed when a single-engine plane crashed near the airport of the east-central Arizona city of Show Low, a fire official said Thursday. Deputy Chief Randy Chevalier of the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District identified those killed Wednesday as pilot David A. Gillette, 40, and passenger Lorelai Johansen, 11.news.yahoo.com
Gunman who killed agent on Amtrak train in Arizona ID'd
Officials on Thursday identified the armed passenger who died in a gunfight after fatally shooting a federal agent inside an Amtrak train in Arizona as Darrion Taylor. The Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office in Tucson said in a news release that Taylor, 26, was shot in the torso and limbs. The wounds were not self-inflicted, according to medical examiner Dr. Gregory Hess.news.yahoo.com
Arizona men's basketball self-imposes 1-year postseason ban
Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a play during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona won 88-74. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona men's basketball program has self-imposed a one-year postseason ban related to its long-running NCAA rules infractions case. “I understand and fully support the University’s decision to self-impose a one-year post season ban on our men’s basketball program," Miller said in a statement. ___AP College Basketball writer John Marshall contributed to this story. ___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Arizona fires Sumlin following blowout loss to Arizona State
Arizona fired Sumlin on Saturday, a day after a 70-7 loss to Arizona State extended the Wildcats' losing streak to a record 12 games over two seasons. Arizona State scored the most points in Territorial Cup series history — dating to 1899 — to send Arizona to its fifth straight loss this season, with another possible game next week. He got off to a good start at Texas A&M, leading the Aggies to five straight bowl games. After showing some early promise, Arizona went on a downward spiral, capped with a record loss to its biggest rival. Sumlin said after the Arizona State loss.
No. 20 USC rallies again to beat Arizona 34-30 on late TD
20 USC beat Arizona 34-30 on Saturday. “A lot of teams would like to be in that position.”USC (2-0, 2-0 Pac-12) was outplayed by Arizona State last week before scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes of a 28-27 victory. Another drive into the red zone, another trip without points. “That's the bottom line.”THE TAKEAWAYUSC played undisciplined at times and was disjointed at times on offense, particularly in the red zone. Against Arizona, the Trojans struggled with penalties and capitalizing in the red zone.
Dan Budnik, who photographed civil rights movement, dies
TUCSON, Ariz. – Acclaimed photographer Dan Budnik, noted for his portraits of artists in New York in the 1960s and documenting the civil rights movement and Native American culture, has died. In 1958, Budnik photographed the Youth March for Integrated Schools and the March on Washington in 1963 as well as every stage of the Selma to Montgomery March in Alabama in 1965. By the late 1960s, Budnik began to devote much of his time to Native American causes. He photographed the elders of 20 Native American nations across the country. Budnik also is survived by son Aaron Budnik, who is a rare-books dealer in London, and grandson Riley Budnik.
Wildfire near Tucson, Arizona, threatens hundreds of homes
(Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)TUCSON, Ariz. Hundreds of foothills homes on the outskirts of Tucson remained under an evacuation notice Friday as firefighters worked to keep a wildfire from moving downhill from canyons and ridges in mountains in a national forest. The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted Arizonas request for money to help fight the fire, officials said Thursday. Flames have been visible from Tucson at night, and smoke from the fire plumed over a suburb Friday morning. Sheriff's officials went door to door in neighborhoods on Thursday to notify residences of the evacuation notice, which a sheriff's spokesman said Friday wasn't mandatory. The dry, hot weather and the steep, rocky topography have been the main challenges in fighting the fire near Tucson, Jarrold said.
Retreat or deploy? Police try to balance protest response
Tensions rose throughout the week and reached a crescendo Friday night as protests erupted in cities across America. In Minneapolis, leaders decided to evacuate a police precinct Thursday and surrender it to protesters who set it on fire. Los Angeles police arrested more than 500 protesters on Friday night. Youve got to defend that, said former Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Michael Downing. In Los Angeles, the center of the uprising was an intersection, Florence and Normandie avenues, and the violence spiraled into five days of riots and fires.
Husband and Wife Murder Suspects Escape Custody While Being Extradited to Arizona
An Arizona couple wanted for murder were able to overpower security guards in Utah and escape while being extradited to stand trial in Tucson, authorities said. Blane and Susan Barksdale are now on the lam and are considered armed and highly dangerous, police said. The couple have been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, arson, felony criminal damage and auto theft. He was last seen one week before the fire at a Tucson bar. The Barksdales were last seen in a GMC Sierra pickup with Arizona plate number 127XTY.
On this day: August 18
2014: Longtime "Saturday Night Live" announcer Don Pardo dies in his sleep at the age of 96 in Tucson, Arizona. Pardo had served as announcer for "SNL" since the show's 1975 debut and had a radio and TV announcing career that spanned more than seven decades. He was also the announcer for early incarnations of such shows as "The Price Is Right," "Jeopardy!" and "NBC Nightly News." Hide Caption