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Obama to sign bill naming Yuma courthouse for Roll

President Barack Obama plans to sign a bill Thursday naming the new federal courthouse in Yuma for the judge killed in last month’s mass shooting in Tucson.

John Roll was the chief federal judge in Arizona and had gone to a supermarket Jan. 8 to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at the congresswoman’s meet and greet.

Roll was among six people killed and 13 wounded when a gunman opened fire. Giffords was severely wounded.

The Senate passed a renaming bill last week and the House of Representatives a week earlier.

Construction is to begin in July on the courthouse that Roll had advocated and recently approved the design for.

Roll was appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1991. He was 63 when he died.

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