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Lake Havasu City wants state park to remain open

LAKE HAVASU CITY - The Lake Havasu City manager has asked the Arizona State Parks Board to let the city take operational control of Lake Havasu State Park if state budget cuts force state parks to close. City Manager Charlie Cassens sent the request in a letter to the parks board, the governor's office, the governor's task force and others, informing state officials the city wants to keep the park open.

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Cash seizures quadruple on Arizona-Mexico border

Seizures of money bound mostly for Mexico's violent drug cartels more than quadrupled this year on the Arizona border, and government officials are crediting beefed-up screening at checkpoints. Inspectors intercepted $1.1 million heading into Mexico in fiscal 2008. This year, they netted $4.9 million.

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Spokesman for 4 Phoenix mayors retiring

A spokesman for four different Phoenix mayors is retiring on Dec. 31 after 19 years on the job. Scott Phelps says he volunteered to leave the office of Mayor Phil Gordon in anticipation of further budget cuts in Phoenix, where more than 1,000 positions have been eliminated in the past year.

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Lawyer likens Thomas to late Sen. McCarthy

The lawyer for an embroiled Phoenix-area politician on Dec. 15 accused Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas of investigating his client for political and personal motives. Colin Campbell, who represents Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, is questioning why Thomas's office filed 36 charges against Wilcox, and said "there are elementary mistakes of fact in the allegations that suggest carelessness, rush to judgment, and improper motives."

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Appointments for key posts in ADEQ

Several appointments have been announced for senior positions in the state's environmental protection agency. Department of Environmental Quality Director Ben Grumbles on Dec. 14 announced that administrative counsel Henry Darwin is the new deputy director. Darwin replaces Patrick Cunningham, who is leaving for a senior post in the U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona.

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