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Brewer appeals FEMA rejection of Yarnell aid

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, surrounded by a bipartisan group of state and congressional lawmakers from Arizona, signs the formal appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of Arizona's federal aid request. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Jan Brewer is asking the Federal Emergency Management Administration to reconsider its denial of disaster aid for the Yarnell Hill fire, saying new information proves that it’s needed and that the deadly-but-relatively-small blaze was destructive enough to warrant federal assistance.

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Former chairman of Board of Clemency denies most allegations of misconduct (access required)

Arizona Board of Executive Clemency members (from right) Ellen Kirschbaum, Executive Director Jesse Hernandez, Jack LaSota, Brian Livingston and Melvin Thomas. (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

A worker’s discrimination complaint has led to detailed allegations of an intolerable working environment at the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency under Chairman Jesse Hernandez.

Among other things, Hernandez ogled women in the office, called a staff member a heathen for not attending church, urged workers to gossip about one another and promoted a girlfriend who wasn’t qualified for the job, the state Department of Administration reported Wednesday.

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Keep the momentum moving forward

Over the past nearly six years, I’ve witnessed a system of care that is making progress. There are still aspects of the service delivery that I think need continued, focused work; but, much forward momentum has been achieved, and the people served are benefitting. The key point here is that things are moving in the right direction.

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