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Bill's Newscast: Teen Texting & Driving; Increase in Fuel Tax?

14 February 2017  

Should the fuel tax be increased? Representative Campbell says yes.

Relationship scams are increasing

Love is in the air, but unfortunately so are relationship scams. According to Better Business Bureau officials, the scam starts with you meeting someone online at a dating site or on social media. The relationship progresses with emails, phone conversations and trading pictures. However, as the relationship grows stronger, your new love asks you to wire them money and the requests keep coming. A family member needs emergency surgery or they need airfare to come visit. The payback promises are empty, the money is gone and soon, so are they. In order to avoid losing money to scammers, the Better Business Bureau is recommending that you never send money to someone you haven’t met in person or provide banking information to people you don’t know. Know the person you are sending money to and be suspicious of someone who asks you to send money for an emergency by wire, prepaid money card or gift card. Stop and think, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Help needed finding missing woman

Cottonwood Police need your help in finding a missing woman. Police say 71 year old Shirley Ludwig went missing at around 10 Saturday morning. Ludwig was last seen by her husband in the area of Whitetail Run Road and Grey Fox Ridge in Cottonwood. She’s described as a white woman with brown hair and blue eyes. Ludwig is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. Her clothing description is unknown, but she has lost half of her hair. Even though Ludwig doesn’t drive often, her vehicle is missing and her direction of travel is unknown. She’s from Santa Barbara, California, where she has distant relatives. Ludwig could be traveling in a beige 2014 Honda Accord with Arizona license plates BEK-2325. Anyone who has information on this missing woman is asked to call Cottonwood Police at (928) 649-1397.

Food Trucks in the future?

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 tomorrow morning to consider language to the Zoning Code to allow food trucks. According to Planner Kristy Kennedy, staff has received multiple inquiries from customers regarding the ability to have mobile food vending on various residential and commercial properties. Under the amendment, a mobile food unit would be allowed to operate on private property of an existing business. It must be located next to the building or within the confines of the parking lot. Alcohol and marijuana sales would be prohibited, as would overnight camping or storage of the mobile unit on site. Planning and Land Use Manager David Williams says last month, the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a Zoning Code amendment by a 6 to 2 vote. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at the Verde Valley Complex on South 6th Street in Cottonwood.

No texting and driving for teen drivers?

Senator Karen Fann’s bill outlawing texting behind the wheel for newly licensed teenage drivers is moving on to the State House of Representatives for consideration. Yesterday the Arizona Senate passed SB 1001, which would ban texting and driving for Class G drivers in the first 6 months of their new license. Fann, who is from Prescott says the idea is helping teen drivers during a critical time. Tempe Senator Juan Mendez opposes the bill, but not because he’s a fan of texting and driving. The City of Flagstaff and Coconino County have had their own cell phone and texting while driving bans in effect since 2014. Officers can pull over a driver if they think that person is using their cell phone in violation of the law.

Increased fuel tax? Probably not this year. 

The State House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has slammed on the brakes on Prescott Representative Noel Campbell’s gas tax bill. Campbell says after HCR 2011 passed his Transportation Committee, it’s run into a roadblock in the Ways and Means Committee, where it won’t be heard Campbell explains he’s down, but not out. Campbell’s bill would’ve raised the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon with voter approval. That means gas for regular vehicles would’ve gone up from 18 to 28 cents and diesel fuel would’ve increased from 26 to 36 cents, with the extra revenue going to highway funding. Campbell adds when it comes to highway funding, the State can’t wait.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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