Hot Links: Police Sketches, Measles, and Still No Budget

The Arizona state government budget is once again up in the air, as legislators failed to approve a spending plan for 2010 over a late-night session last night. The Senate is scheduled to reconvene today at 1 p.m., but another vote isn't expected to be taken...The city of Gilbert's request for federal stimulus money to hire 10 more police officers was rejected. Thirteen Arizona cities have received police grants, but only Mesa received a grant that would pay for more than six officers...Scottsdale police have released a sketch of an unidentified woman who was found shot to death yesterday morning on the lawn of a home near 79th street and Shea. The victim is believed to be between 16 and 25 years old, 120 to 140 pounds, and is described as white or bi-racial...A woman from France who recently visited Arizona between July 21-29 has been diagnosed with measles, sparking concern among residents. The woman was hospitalized in Page, then released, and tested positive for measles at a Grand Canyon clinic the next day...Authorities have arrested a man in Phoenix for manufacturing fake IDs. Detectives confiscated several printers, cash, and a list of names to be used for the fake IDs from the man's central Phoenix residence. Officers say Jacinto Huepalcalco-Meneses is an undocumented immigrant who has been arrested and deported before...Former American Idol contestant Ju'Not has said that the show is rigged, and that the performers' contracts are "slavetracts." He also said he believes he was cut from the show for refusing to let producers play on his back story of coming from "the hood."

Overnight push to adopt Arizona budget falters

Gilbert shot down in bid for extra cops

Sketch of shooting victim released

Measles Diagnosis Sparks Concern

DPS: Undocumented immigrant busted in fake ID operation

Ex-Idol Contestant Says Show Is Rigged

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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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