PHOENIX (AP) - A sharply divided Arizona Supreme Court has overturned a 2002 voter-approved state constitutional amendment to categorically deny bail to defendants charged with sexual assault if there's clear proof and a very strong presumption of guilt. The court's 4-3 decision Friday follows a 2017 decision by the justices that it's unconstitutional to hold someone charged with sexual conduct with a minor under 15 without a hearing.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border has hired an outsider with no ties to the sister cities as its new police chief. Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, announced Thursday night that Mark Askerlund has been hired as the new town marshal. It is the latest move designed to pull the town into modern society. U.S.-government appointed monitors watching over the department as punishment for civil rights violations made the choice, which was approved by the town councils.
PHOENIX (AP) - Police say they didn't make an arrest following an incident that resulted in the closure of a security checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Police say authorities checked an item found inside luggage that went through one of the checkpoints at Terminal Four.
PHOENIX (AP) - Westbound Interstate 10 has partially reopened in central Phoenix following a closure because of a truck fire but the state Department of Transportation says drivers should still expect long delays in both directions. Westbound lanes were closed Wednesday morning between State Route 143 and 40th Street, with traffic being diverted onto northbound SR 143 to then take westbound Loop 202 to return to westbound I-10.
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