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On October 1st the federal government officially shutdown when the House and the Senate failed to agree to a budget. The issue at the core of this debate is the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. House Republicans want to alter the health care law while Senate Democrats want it to keep Obamacare the same and neither side appears to be willing to budge. Without a federal budget the government will only allow emergency employees to continue working leaving over 800,000 employees without a job and millions of people without regular pay. Employees will not be paid or return to work until the government sets a budget or passes another bill reinstating these employees. The Clean Continuing Resolution Budget is a bill that would allow the government to continue funding at pre-approved levels without debating new spending until a new budget can be negotiated, allowing people to go back to work. However, others worry that passing this bill would allow Congress to avoid making decisions on the original issues and would in fact extend the government shutdown costing the United States billions of dollars in revenue each day and weakening the country’s economic recovery.
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Two under-aged Arizona youth took police on a joyride across Safford in a stolen car. The two 14, and 15-year-old boys found the car with the keys inside and could not pass up the opportunity. They stole the car and later picked up three 15-year-old girls. Police became suspicious when the car made an improper left turn. The stolen car soon began to pick up speed reaching over 100 mph.
The officer eventually lost sight of the car which was later found abandoned in the desert. Police found the three girls who had only minor bumps and bruises and were later released to their parents. The boys turned themselves in the next morning after spending the night in the dugouts at a local school. Both teenagers were arrested, booked into juvenile detention and may be charged with theft of means of transportation. The 14-year-old who admitted to driving the car may also be charged with reckless driving, unlawful flight from law enforcement, endangerment and criminal damage.
Phoenix’s Mountain Ridge High School took first place at the Arizona High School State Mock Trial Tournament on Saturday, March 23rd at the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse. Xavier College Preparatory took 2nd , with Arizona School for the Arts taking 3rd place and University High School (Tucson) taking 4th place. As the State Champion, Mountain Ridge High School represented Arizona at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Indianapolis, IN, May 9-12. They placed 15th in the nation!
Individual award winners (nominated by tournament judges for outstanding performance as an attorney) of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel’s scholarships were as follows:
Heidi Artigue (Chaparral)--$500
Alexis Carter (South Mountain)--$300
Madison Dodge (University)--$200
Sarah Molinaro (Mountain Ridge)
Margo Evilsizor (ASA)
Victoria Wisthoff (Xavier)
Jay Lusk (Basis Flagstaff)
Courtroom Artist Contest Winners
- State & Region 3 Winner: Haley McCormick, Mountain Ridge High School
- State Runner Up: Sarah Wang, Mountain Ridge High School
- Region 6 Winner: Sarah Knight, Tanque Verde High School
- Region 7 Winner: Dakota Phelps, Northland Preparatory School
On April 8th Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1139 which officially established an annual day to celebrate National Day of the Cowboy. Each year the fourth Saturday in July will celebrate this special part of our history. "Many of the blessing enjoyed by Arizonans today are because of the contributions of our Keepers of the Range: The Arizona cowboy and cowgirl. These men and women- of all races and backgrounds- are among the truest symbols of the American southwest,"said Governor Brewer. This year National Day of the Cowboy will fall on July 27.
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