Arizona State Representative Kyrsten Sinema is in Washington, D.C. today to attend a ceremony for the signing of a hate-crimes bill that would add crimes committed against people because of sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. Sinema has sponsored similar legislation in Arizona...Tempe police believe they may have arrested the person responsible for a string of alley fires. Juan Olgin of Phoenix was booked on three counts of reckless burning and possession of marijuana. Police say Olgin confessed to the crimes...The $215 million Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino on the Gila River reservation opens this Friday. The 10-floor building is the largest casino in Arizona, and is being touted as a slice of Las Vegas...Police say four armed people invaded a home near 15th and Roosevelt streets early this morning. The suspects tried to flee in an SUV, and ran over an officer's foot in the process. Police arrested three of the suspects; the fourth is still on the loose...
Hundreds of people rallied at the State Capitol yesterday to protest hikes in child-care-licensing fees. Protesters urged Governor Jan Brewer to use stimulus funds to delay the fee increases. A spokesman for Brewer said the suggestion was "worth considering"...Police are trying to identify a body found in a dumpster at the Fountain Place apartments in Glendale. They would not release the age or the sex of the victim.
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