Hot Links: Butts Out, West Nile Virus, and Cannibal Mom

Agua Fria Union High School District superintendent Dudley Butts has resigned, just days after the district hired a public relations firm to handle media inquiries, and more than five months after a mercury spill at Agua Fria High that closed the school for three days...Chandler City Manager Mark Pentz's proposal to freeze wages because of budget issues could result in a lawsuit by the Chandler Lieutenants and Sergeants Association police union. The organization's labor contract doesn't expire until 2011, but the City Council is considering cutting merit pay...Maricopa County health officials are warning residents to be cautious during the monsoon season to avoid the West Nile Virus. Since leftover rain water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, homeowners are urged to eliminate standing water on their properties and cover their skin as much as possible while outside...Maricopa County Community Colleges are hoping to get some of the $12 billion in funds proposed by President Obama as part of his community college initiative. Mary Vanis, director of MCC's Center for Workforce Development, says they're ready to compete for funds if needed. MCC's enrollment grew by 4.8 percent last year...Otty Sanchez, the San Antonio woman accused of killing her baby and then eating its brain, was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia and postpartum psychosis,according to relatives. Sanchez is being charged with capital murder and is being held on $1 million bail...Police in Mississippi say a woman wearing a bikini carjacked another woman in her driveway, then drove to an RV dealership with the intention of robbing it. The woman was detained by employees at the RV dealership, and taken into custody. Police say the suspect appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Superintendent resigns amid mercury spill investigation

Police pay-cut proposal draws lawsuit threat

Officials Warn Of West Nile During Monsoon

Maricopa Community Colleges looks for piece of $12 billion Obama incentive

Decapitated baby's mother had psychosis diagnosis

Bikini-clad woman accused of carjacking

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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