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Smugglers cut through US-Mexico border fence

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Suspected smugglers have cut a garage-sized hole through a steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico.

The U.S. Border Patrol says agents discovered the hole 1 ½ miles east of Nogales, Arizona, on Saturday.

The next day, they discovered that runoff water from rainstorms over the weekend had also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence just west of the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry near Interstate 19 in Nogales. That fence stood between 18 and 26 feet high and extended at least 7 feet underground.

The Border Patrol says it is working on repairs for both fences and has agents monitoring the area.


Immigration leads Arizona governor's race issues

PHOENIX (AP) - One candidate called for sending National Guard troops and to build fences on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to stem the tide of immigrants, and forwarding the bill to President Barack Obama.

Another candidate suggested deploying satellites to control the border. Still another participated in a demonstration in which protesters hoped to block a rumored busload of child immigrants to a small Arizona town.

The Republican race for Arizona governor began quietly with a focus on Medicaid, Common Core education standards and ways to boost the state's economy, but has taken an abrupt turn toward a familiar topic: immigration.

It has also flared up as a campaign issue in a few spots around the country since the influx of immigrants.


Sheriff: Man injured in fall on Mount Lemmon

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County sheriff's officials say a man was injured when he fell 30 feet off a retaining wall at a scenic vista on Mount Lemmon.

The Sheriff's Department says 44-year-old Charles Buskirk's injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening when he was transported to a hospital early Wednesday.

The department says Buskirk slipped and fell after he went past a guardrail.


Guilty plea in death of stepdaughter's boyfriend

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A 50-year-old Kingman man who twice ran over his stepdaughter's boyfriend in front of the boyfriend's home has accepted a plea deal just days before his trial on charges of first-degree murder and other crimes.

Michael Anthony Rivera pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Nicholas Gerenscer and to attempted murder of Gerenscer's father, who witnessed his son's November 2011 death.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports that there was bad blood between the families of Rivera and Gerenscer but that circumstances of what led to the killing remain in dispute.

Rivera told police the killing was an accident, but witnesses said Rivera had been driving up and down the block and that there was yelling and gestures by those involved.


Wind-blown umbrella causes power outage in Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - A wind-blown umbrella hit power lines in Yuma, causing a short circuit that damaged the lines and knocked out power to approximately 1,000 customers.

The Yuma Sun reported that nearly all of the Arizona Public Service Co. customers affected by the outage Tuesday had their power restored by midnight.

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