Hot Links: Palo Verde Explosion, Pitbull Stabbing, and Casinos

The Palo Verde nuclear power plant shut down one reactor after a minor explosion on Sunday. According the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an electrical fault caused the explosion, which resulted in damage to bus work. The other two reactors at the plant were not affected by the explosion and are operating at full capacity...A federal judge has ordered the bus company involved in an Arizona crash that killed six people to stop operating across state lines. Officials say the company, Van Nuys-based Tierra Santa bus lines, was operating illegally when the fatal crash occurred on Friday. The company's president has signed a decree prohibiting it from transporting passengers without approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation...Authorities in Arizona City are offering a reward for information about a pitbull found stabbed. The dog was tied to a tree and stabbed twice in the neck; the animal survived and is reportedly doing well. Animal care officials say the dog will be adopted if its original owner isn't found...

The battle between the city of Glendale and the Tohono O'odham nation over a proposed casino is going to the House of Representatives. The Nation seeks to add unincorporated land near Glendale to its reservation to open a casino and resort. Glendale has opposed the plan, saying the city was not consulted. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent construction of the casino...Phoenix police are investigating a shooting on Sunday that left one man dead. Police say when they arrived on the scene near Cave Creek and Union Hills about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, several people were standing in the street and a man in his 30s was lying in the road with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim has not been identified, and police say they have no information on a suspect at this time...All but two Cactus League spring-training baseball games were canceled Sunday because of rain. There were seven games scheduled, but with the Valley's constant rainfall, only two contests were played: a pair of split-squad games in Tucson between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The other teams affected by the rain-out offered their fans full refunds or tickets to another spring training game on another date.   

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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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