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PHOENIX — A proposal to expand Arizona's trespassing law is drawing accusations that it targets people living in the state illegally. State Sen. Gail Griffin is sponsoring a bill that would broaden the definition of trespassing to those who are knowingly entering or remaining on a property if they are violating federal or state law. Lawmakers are withholding the bill from the Senate floor to try and address any possibility of constitutional violations and court challenges. Democrats say the measure tries to make a state crime out of federal immigration law. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m. MST.
NORTHERN ARIZONA HIGHWAY CLOSURE
SEDONA, Ariz. — Business owners from Sedona to Flagstaff are worried a planned closure of a portion of a northern Arizona highway could hurt the much-anticipated summer tourist season. The Arizona Department of Transportation plans to close 3.5 miles of Arizona 89A between Memorial Day and July 4 for repaving. Merchants along Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon, which sits along that highway stretch, say the plans could lead to a drop in their profits. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m. MST.
MEMBER EXCHANGE: TEACHING CIRCLE
YUMA, Ariz. — Amanda Stoermer, a second- and third-grade teacher at James D. Price Elementary School, felt like she had stepped back in time to her elementary school days when her own second-grade teacher came to her classroom to read to her students. Nancy Rutan visited Stoermer's class to read the book "Jumanji" as part of Read Across America Day - 40 years after Stoermer had been one of Rutan's students at O.C. Johnson Elementary School. By Sarah Womer. The Yuma Sun. SENT: 750 words.
MARK KELLY-TWIN STUDY. BIOSPHERE 2 EXHIBIT. ANIMAL CONTROL-FACEBOOK COMMENT. FIRED DEPUTY. YARNELL-NEW HOMES. SHOT IN FOOT-CRASH. ARIZONA CHILD ABUSE. PENSION DOCUMENTS. ADEQ PENALTY.
EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Ducks have won six straight as they head into a challenging season finale against No. 3 Arizona. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals try to break a three-game losing streak as they host Phoenix Coyotes, who are opening a four-game road trip. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Closer candidate Nate Jones is expected to make his first appearance of the spring as the Chicago White Sox face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jones had been dealing with a moderately strained left glute since the start of White Sox camp. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m. MT.
—BBO--DIAMONDBACKS-ANGELS. Game begins at 1:05 p.m. MST.
Editors: Also note other baseball spring stories from Arizona sites.
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