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Among public, a great divide at moment of Trump impeachment

President Donald Trump's impeachment has now been secured, and Americans are reacting to it. On streets dressed for the holiday or in festive haunts, a variety of people in states across the country voiced their opinions to The Associated Press. On the liveliest street in Manchester, New Hampshire, Navy veteran James Adamonis welcomed the impeachment. He says Trump has done nothing for veterans and everything he has done has been a “lie.”  A Manchester office manager, Alice Cutting, sees it differently. She calls impeachment “ridiculous” and says Trump will get her vote once again. Polling finds a great divide on impeachment.


Uber vows to stop airport service after Phoenix raises fees

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix leaders are raising fees charged to ride-hailing companies at the airport, and Uber says it will stop operations there. The measure approved Wednesday raises the fee at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport from $2.66 to $4 per pickup starting Feb. 1. A $4 fee also will be charged for drop-offs at the airport in the nation's fifth-largest city. Uber says it will halt airport service next month. A commission recommended the increase after a study showed airports in many other cities charge ride-hailing companies more to drop off and pick up passengers.


University professor settles gender discrimination lawsuit

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A University of Arizona professor has settled a $20 million gender discrimination lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents. The Arizona Daily Star reports that the board would pay $100,000 to associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Katrina Miranda. Officials say the federal lawsuit was filed in December 2018 on behalf of Miranda and all female faculty members in the College of Science who have worked at the Tucson-based university for at least three years. Miranda says she experienced gender discrimination that resulted in lesser pay than her male counterparts since begin her job in 2002. Miranda could not be reached for comment.


Ducey christens South Mountain Freeway as work nears end

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey joined the mayors of Phoenix and Tempe and the president of the Gila River Indian Community to christen the South Mountain Freeway. Wednesday's event comes as construction of the 22-mile freeway nears completion. The $1.7 billion freeway will allow drivers to bypass downtown Phoenix's traffic and is set to open by the end of the year. It will connect the western Phoenix suburbs with those on the eastern side and is expected to carry nearly 120,000 vehicles a day in its first year. The tribe initially opposed the freeway, along with environmental and community groups.


Avondale woman accused of trying to light boyfriend on fire

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An Avondale woman is facing charges that she tried to set her boyfriend on fire because he wouldn't celebrate her new job at a Subway restaurant. According to charging documents, 46-year-old Kathy Elizabeth Jones was arrested last week on one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal damage. Jones' boyfriend told officers responding to their apartment that she had sprayed him with lighter fluid and then threw lit matches at him. He then locked her out of the apartment. Jones told police she had no recollection of the incident and had been drinking. She is being held on $15,000 bond.


Firefighters open gates to allow dogs to escape kennel fire

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Fire Department says at least 10 dogs escaped a boarding kennel fire unharmed after firefighters opened multiple gates to allow them to get out of the burning structure on their own. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby home and no firefighters were injured. Fire Capt. Todd Keller says cause of the fire early Wednesday morning is under investigation.


Navajo Nation to create 'one-of-a-kind Medicaid program'

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is seeking to become one of the first Native American tribes to create its own managed health care entity. A Navajo corporation recently announced it plans to contract with Molina Healthcare to work toward a managed health care offering under New Mexico’s Medicaid program. A Navajo Nation Council delegate says the new entity will improve access and quality of health care on the largest Native American reservation. About 75,000 Navajos living in New Mexico are eligible for Medicaid. Under provisions established by the federal government, each state is allowed to structure and tailor Medicaid programs.


Plans advance for new highway in southwest metro Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — State transportation officials say plans for a new 13-mile highway in southwestern metro Phoenix are advancing though construction remains some time off in the future. The state Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced completion of an environmental study for State Route 30, a new east-west highway to connect the South Mountain Freeway in Phoenix with a point near the Loop 303 freeway in Goodyear. The department says SR30 would serve as an alternate route to Interstate 10. The Maricopa Association of Governments has programmed more than $500 million for utility work and right-of-way acquisition in coming years, but the Department of Transportation says actual construction is unfunded currently.