Golden Sun eXtra
Serving Fort Mohave, Golden Shores/Topock, Mohave Valley, AZ and Needles, CA
Weekly News Friday, April 18, 2008 Issue # 270
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It’s an amazing natural wonder presenting awe to millions over the years. Now, it appears the Grand Canyon may be millions of years older than first believed. The main theory for the creation of the Grand Canyon is that the Colorado River helped create it some six million years ago. However, new research concludes it may be 40 to 50 million years older. One thing remains in which there is no debate - the Grand Canyon is one of the most majestic sights on Earth.
The average income in Arizona for an individual is $44,319. Actually, not bad, but still behind neighboring states California and Nevada. This comes from the latest report by the Economic Policy Institute and Center on Budget & Policy Priorities. However, these figures are from 2005, the latest available. The national average is $50,434, California, is $50,981, and Nevada, $50,207. On the highest end, the top 5% in Arizona averages annual incomes of $199,301. The state number is below the national average of $220,700, California at $243,386 and Nevada at $199,958. Wage levels and growth tend to lag in Arizona because of the state's historically low cost of living and preponderance of low-paying industries such as agriculture and services. Arizona also has lower levels of college graduates and unionized workers and a sizable working class immigrant population. Arizonans in the lowest bracket had an average 2005 income of $16,744, below the U.S. average of $18,116 as well as California, $18,312, and Nevada, $19,730.
Winds from the southwest will blow at about 10 to 20 mph Highs will stay around 90°, lows will remain in the mid 50°s.
Governor Janet Napolitano says she will permit a bill to spend $40-million for English language learning (ELL) to become law without her signature so that large fines won’t be initiated by the courts. A U.S. court had given Arizona officials until Tuesday to endorse the spending. Otherwise, the state would have been subject to fines of $2 million a day initially and $5 million a day after 30 days. In her letter to legislators, the governor says the bill is "far from a perfect solution" but that she would allow it to become law so the state could avoid financial sanctions amid expectations of a budget shortfall exceeding $1-billion. Arizona had until recently been one of the fastest-growing states and home building and finance had helped to raise state funds,. but with nearly a third of its economic activity linked to construction, the housing slump has changed things significantly.
Washington - The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, upheld Kentucky's use of lethal injection as a means of executing prisoners, ruling that the method, used in 35 states, is properly and humanely applied. At issue was whether the most common method of capital punishment can cause excruciating pain for death row inmates, violating the Constitution's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" and thereby giving inmates a proper challenge in court. "Kentucky has adopted a method of execution believed to be the most humane available," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. "If administered as intended, that procedure will result in a painless death."
The immediate impact of the ruling is that it will allow states to resume executions, which had been on hold since September while the high court considered this appeal. No executions are scheduled in the next few weeks.