TopNews: Mex. kidnapping, falls closed, AZ high crime, jobless cuts, Ford auto repo.

4 US citizens were kidnapped in Mexico shortly after crossing the border into Metamoros, Mexico, just south of Brownsville, Texas, after being shot at by armed men. The state of Tamaulipas, along with several other Mexican states has a level 4, “do not travel” recommendation from the State Department.

Grand Falls closed until further notice. Grand Falls, northeast of Flagstaff, near Leupp is closed to visitors until further notice. Neighbors around the falls, also known as Chocolate Falls due to the Little Colorado’s muddy spring runoff, have complained about excessive off road travel, traffic and trash visitors have been leaving behind.

Legislature pushes cutting jobless benefits. The proposed legislation lower benefits from 24 weeks to 12 weeks anytime the state unemployment rate is below 5%. The unemployment rate is currently around 4%. The proposal also creates a graduated scale for unemployment when unemployment is above 5% lowering its current 26 weeks and capping the length to 20 weeks.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report puts Arizona at higher than national violent crime rate. Of the 22 most populous states, Colorado, Washington and Arizona has the highest rate of violent crimes reported with 21.6 violent victimizations per 1,000 for those 12 years and older for reported years 2017-2019 which include sexual assaults, robbery and aggravated and simple assaults. The report also showed that a majority of crimes go unreported in the US. Arizona was also above the national average when it comes to property crime.

Former Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem sanctioned by Maricopa County Superior Court over election fraud claims stemming from his loss in 2022. The judge stated that the case Finchem brought forward was “”groundless and not brought in good faith,” and ordered him to pay attorneys fees for Governor Hobbs and Secretary of State Fontes. The court also stated that “none of Contestant Finchem’s allegations, even if true, would have changed the vote count enough to overcome the 120,000 votes he needed to affect the result of this election,”.

Proposed Florida bill would require bloggers to register with the government if they report on statewide government officials and are compensated. SB 1316, filed by Sen. Jason Brodeur, a Republican from Seminole County would fine bloggers who do not register. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich summed this one up pretty well in a tweet…”insane”!

Ford files patent that would give autonomous cars a self “repo” ability and adds a host of other “make the drivers life miserable features” including cutting off the AC and projecting annoying noises over the audio system if the owner is behind on payments. The filing states that “disabling such components may cause an additional level of discomfort to a driver and occupants of the vehicle,”

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