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Prosecutors ask Arizona court to order execution

PHOENIX (AP) - State prosecutors are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to order the execution of a man sentenced to death for killing his estranged girlfriend and her father in Pima County nearly a quarter-century ago.

The Attorney General's Office on Tuesday asked for a warrant scheduling the execution of 55-year-old Joseph Rudolph Wood III for the 1989 killings of Debra and Eugene Dietz.

Appeals courts have upheld Wood's convictions and death sentence and the Attorney General's Office says Wood has exhausted his appeals and has no action pending in any court.

A defense lawyer for Wood, assistant public defender Dale Baich (bache), says the Department of Corrections' recent decision to use a two-drug combination for executions is "novel and highly untested."


Cardinals player to be sentenced for assault plea

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for his guilty plea to a charge that he assaulted a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty nearly a month ago to aggravated assault arising out of a May 1 argument with the child's mother.

Authorities say Washington choked the woman and caused a fall that broke her right collarbone.

His possible punishments range from probation to 18 months in jail, though his plea agreement and prosecutors are calling for probation.

Washington has started 53 games over four seasons for Arizona. He had nine sacks last season and led the team in tackles in 2012 with 140.


Phoenix City Council votes on water measures

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix City Council has approved three measures aimed at better securing drinking water resources for the future.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to form a partnership with Tucson water providers that would allow for storage and recovery of Central Arizona Project water between the two regions.

The council also opted to remain engaged in continuing discussions about water shortages on the Colorado River. As the largest municipal user of CAP water, the city has a large stake in the future of the Colorado River.

The city will also encourage a review of Arizona's groundwater laws to ensure development is sustainable over the long term.

Mayor Greg Stanton says the possibility of climate change altering Arizona's future water supply means the city must do more to look ahead and innovate.


Southern Arizona forest imposes fire restrictions

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) - Fire restrictions are now in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

Managers say campfires and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campgrounds, and smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles and developed campgrounds or areas clear of flammable material.

Given the lack of winter moisture and the impacts of long-term drought, officials say the restrictions are especially important this year.

Forest Supervisor Jim Zornes says the White Mountains received some rain over the weekend but it wasn't enough to mitigate the dry conditions.

The restrictions will remain in place until the forests receive significant rainfall.

The latest federal maps show drought conditions are extreme in a portion of southeastern Arizona while much of the rest of the state is dealing with moderate to severe drought.


Commerce Secretary Pritzker to tour ASU community

PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is visiting Arizona to look at entrepreneurial opportunities at an Arizona State University business development.

Officials at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, say Pritzker will tour the 42-acre mixed-use development Wednesday.

Pritzker's visit comes a week after President Barack Obama announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs.

Pritzker was sworn in as commerce secretary in June 2013.

SkySong was built to be a global business community to help make ASU and Phoenix strong contenders in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and education.


Homicide trial delayed due to new evidence

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin trial for an Arizona man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's fiance has been delayed while the defense analyzes new evidence.

Terrance Luukkonen, of Duluth, Minn., was shot in his vehicle outside his workplace in Superior last May. Forty-two-year-old Juan Padilla, of Fort Mojave, Ariz., is charged in his death.

Padilla's trial was scheduled to begin May 5. But a Douglas County judge has delayed the trial at the request of Padilla's public defender. Attorney Patrickj O'Neill says an analysis of the phone records conducted by the Wisconsin Crime Lab was received last week and the defense needs time to review it.

WDIO-TV reports prosecutors say a cell tower 'ping' from a phone that belonged to Padilla could place him in the city at the time of the homicide.


Ovation guitar factory in Conn. closing

NEW HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that has produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing after 47 years.

The New Hartford factory's owner, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. of Scottsdale, Ariz., is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation guitars and notified employees Tuesday that production at the factory will end by June, according to a report by the Republican-American of Waterbury.

The company is citing "current market conditions and insufficient volume levels." Factory workers are calling it the end of an iconic American brand.

Ovation guitars were created by the late Charles Kaman, a helicopter engineer and founder of Bloomfield, Conn.-based aerospace company Kaman Corp. Fender bought Bloomfield-based Kaman Music Corp. in 2007.

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