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Court: State doesn’t have to pay part of inmate’s suit – against state

Arren Kimbel-Sannit Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Court: State doesn’t have to pay part of inmate’s suit – against state WASHINGTON – An appeals court said Tuesday that a federal judge cannot order the state of Arizona to bear some of costs of a lawsuit brought against the state by an inmate in the state prison system. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a U.S. District Court judge was wrong to require the state to pay the cost of out-of-state video depositions of two witnesses whom Alfred Copeland wanted for his suit. Calls seeking comment from the attorney general’s office were not immediately returned, but Copeland’s attorney said she would continue to press his case. “Our purpose in securing the testimony of the two witnesses described in the opinion was to preserve the evidence to be used at the hearing as proof of his innocence,” said the lawyer, Emma Isakson, in an email. “We fully intend to use whatever means are available to us to obtain that critical evidence.” Copeland’s suit against the Department of Corrections and the attorney general challenged his 2002 state conviction on 10 counts of sexual abuse and related charges of his daughter, stepdaughters and grandchildren that prosecutors said stretched over 20 years. He was sentenced to 118 years behind bars, according to court documents. He challenged his convictions in...

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March 28, 2017 Newscast

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 March 28, 2017 Newscast Salt River rapids, wildfire preparedness and self-driving cars return Cronkite News reports on a boxing class for those with Parkinson’s, Uber’s self-driving cars’ return to the road and a local high school fundraiser to support those who’ve been...

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Goat yoga on Arizona farm delights families

Veronica Acosta Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Goat yoga on Arizona farm delights families GILBERT – Early in the morning about 100 people waited eagerly at the gate of a farm with their yoga mats. As soon as everybody was checked in and in place, the goats were released. AZ Goat Yoga is the creation of April Gould, who owns the farm and her business partner, Sarah Williams, the yoga instructor. “It’s just a lot of fun for people to get to know people that are in their community and the goats jump on you throughout the class,” Williams said. Goat yoga originated in Oregon and the trend has spread across the nation. For Gould and Williams, the idea of starting a class was a way to combine their two passions. “She does yoga and I have goats and we wanted to do a business together and goat yoga just made sense,” Gould said. A baby goat climbs on a girl doing a yoga pose during a goat yoga class in Gilbert. (Photo by Veronica Acosta/Cronkite News) Once the yoga class begins the laughs and smiles appear along with the goats. Children who come to the class wait patiently for the baby goats to hop on their backs while their parents try to capture the perfect picture. Gould’s three children are responsible for training the older goats and helping the...

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Teacher engages students one Frankenstein, Coldplay video at a time

Kaddie Stevens Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Teacher engages students one Frankenstein, Coldplay video at a time SIERRA VISTA – Seniors in Karen Bristow’s high-school English class at Buena High School stared blankly at a screen as she pulled up Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida ” music video. I used to rule the world Seas would rise when I gave the word Now in the morning I sleep alone Sweep the streets I used to own “I know all of you have heard this song,” Bristow said. “If you haven’t, welcome to the 21st century. Now, by analyzing the lyrics you will see thematic threads that tie both works together, and how they differ as well.” Bristow’s students are studying the poem “Ozymandias ” by Percy Shelley. They evaluated “Viva la Vida” to understand the rise of tyranny, the turn to redemption and the fall of tyranny that are found in works two centuries apart. “I’m having them watch the music video so they can understand the relevance of themes, even from centuries ago, that are still part of the human condition,” Bristow said. “The trick to teaching poetry is knowing that sometimes it can be tricky, but it’s also a tight, beautiful package of language and human experience bound in language and verse.” (Video by Karla Liriano/Cronkite News) Bristow started her teaching journey nearly two decades ago, leading her to...

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Final Four coaches share stories of pranks and mutual admiration

Samantha Pell Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Final Four coaches share stories of pranks and mutual admiration PHOENIX — North Carolina’s Roy Williams, entering the ninth Final Four of his coaching career, sounds happy for the three opposing coaches, who are entering his first this weekend at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. But Gonzaga’s Mark Few hits close to his heart. “I’m happy for all of them, (but) probably really more stressed about Mark because he’s had such great teams and came so close,” Williams said on Monday’s media teleconference with the Final Four head coaches. “And I think that it was just so satisfying for Gonzaga to get there. But I love them all.” Williams, 66, said he considers Few, Oregon’s Dana Altman and South Carolina’s Frank Martin to be friends and is “very flattered” and “honored” to be with them at the Final Four. He said Few, 54, is one of his “best friends in coaching.” “We’ve played poker together, we’ve shot craps together, we’ve traveled together, spent time talking about our teams,” Williams said. “He just called me on one of his son’s birthdays, I think, to ask about some card game we used to play, make sure he had the rules right.” Williams and Few have had many interactions over the years. One distinct memory for Williams is from 2009, when North Carolina beat Gonzaga...

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