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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.

Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

5.) Mesa Mother and 12-Year-Old Daughter Dead in Possible Murder/Suicide

 

A Mesa man came home from work Monday afternoon and found his wife and 12-year-old daughter dead, according to police.

A police spokesman says the circumstances of their deaths suggest a murder/suicide.

See also: Mesa Mother and 12-Year-Old Daughter Dead in Possible Murder/Suicide

4.) Marijuana-DUI Case Tossed by Arizona Supreme Court in Metabolite Ruling

 

Arizonans no longer risk getting a DUI for driving with an inactive metabolite of marijuana in their blood following a ruling by the state's high court.

The Arizona Supreme Court announced this morning that it was reaffirming the trial court's decision to dump the case of Hrach Shilgevorkyan, who was prosecuted for driving while impaired after a blood test revealed the presence of marijuana. New Times covered the case and overall issue in detail in our May 2013 article "Riding High."

See also: Marijuana-DUI Case Tossed by Arizona Supreme Court in Metabolite Ruling

3.) Distracted Driving Causing Crashes in Arizona, but Cell Phones Not the Biggest Cause

 

People who text and drive are notoriously bad drivers, but according to recent crash statistics, most accidents caused by distracted driving don't involve cell phone use.

As part of Distracted Driving Awareness month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the results of car accident information they collected from November 2013 to April 2014.

See also: Distracted Driving Causing Crashes in Arizona, but Cell Phones Not the Biggest Cause

2.) 10 Most Stereotypical Ways to Die in Arizona

 

Most people in Arizona die from the same causes as residents in other states -- heart disease, cancer, stroke...

However, there are some ways to die in Arizona that are more common or pretty much exclusive to the state. We bring you 10 of the most stereotypical ways to die in Arizona:

See also: 10 Most Stereotypical Ways to Die in Arizona

1.) Racism Accusations in Shanesha Taylor Case Based on Inaccurate Information

 

By now, you've likely heard the story of Shanesha Taylor, who was arrested on child-abuse charges for leaving her kids in a hot car during a job interview.

People across the country who don't think Taylor committed a crime have since signed petitions and donated money to Taylor, although it seems that some people have misconceptions about the case.

Blogs and social-media posts have gone viral comparing the fate of Taylor, who is black, to another local woman convicted of child abuse, who's white. The problem is, the comparison is completely inaccurate.

See also: Racism Accusations in Shanesha Taylor Case Based on Inaccurate Information

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