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Islanders agree to terms with C Brassard on 1-year deal - The New York Islanders agreed to terms with Derick Brassard on a one-year contract Wednesday. Brassard, who will turn 32 on Sept. 22, had 14 goals and nine assists in 70 games last season while with Pittsburgh, Florida and Colorado. He also had an assist in nine playoff games with the Avalanche.

Trump admin weighs letting states, cities deny entry to refugees approved for resettlement in U.S. WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is considering a new policy that would allow state and local jurisdictions to deny entry to refugees who have been approved for resettlement in the United States, according to a draft of an executive order obtained by NBC News.

Faithless elector: A court ruling just changed how we pick our president The decision could give a single elector the power to decide the outcome of a presidential election - if the popular vote results in an apparent Electoral College tie. "This issue could be a ticking time bomb in our divided politics.

4 Your Health: Air pollution possibly linked to bipolar disorder and poor vision Air pollution link to psychiatric disorders. New research finds a possible link between air pollution and an increased risk of psychiatric disorders. The University of Chicago study looked at populations in the United States and Denmark. It showed areas with poor air quality, had higher rates of bipolar disorder and major depression.

Raging rainforest fires darken skies in Brazil, inspire #prayforamazonia NBC NEWS - A record level of fires in Brazil's Amazon region has been linked to an increase in deforestation, inspiring a #prayforamazonia social media campaign to bring awareness to the blazes destroying the rainforest.

Phoenix's Champion schools reimagine the relationship between sports and education PHOENIX - Young athletes typically are encouraged to push themselves to the highest level of competition at every step. Champion schools in Arizona have developed an "it takes a village" approach that can open doors for students who do not come from privileged backgrounds.

Zoo 4 You: New birds at the Reid Park Zoo New birds have arrived at the Reid Park Zoo.

AP source: Lions agree to extension with Harrison DETROIT - A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that defensive tackle Damon Harrison and the Detroit Lions have agreed to an $11 million, one-year extension, giving him three years left under contract with the franchise. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced.

Arm-wrestling champ reflects on his journey Arizona in Focus is a podcast from Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS. Each season we dive deep into a particular topic or story to bring you stories you haven't heard elsewhere. Check out the rest of our episodes here, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.

Monsoon or non-soon? Is there still hope for Monsoon 2019? 2019 started off strong in the weather department with above-average precipitation. However things took a turn during monsoon with very few storms in the Tucson Metro. This is a time of year when Tucson is supposed to receive about half of its yearly rainfall.

News 4 Tucson Cooks: Italian Chorizo Chef Maria Mazon from Boca shows News 4 Tucson how to make Italian Chorizo. Ingredients:. Directions:. Let everything simmer in low heat so the flavors integrate together let it cool Down and blend! Once is all blended add it to any ground protein you can get.

Flood Advisory issued August 21 at 5:01PM MST until August 21 at 6:45PM MST by NWS Tucson AZ Flood Advisory: Cochise, AZ until 6:45 PM.

August 21, 2019 Newscast Part 1 of 4 of News21’s State of Emergency documentary series.

For low-income Arizonans, housing vouchers don't guarantee a place to live PHOENIX - Housing is considered "affordable" if it costs no more than 30% of your income. But as rents rise, affordable housing is out of reach for more and more Arizonans, and the support systems to help low-income people afford housing may not be working as they're intended to.

Lightning-caused fire burning 40 acres near I-10, Dragoon According to officials, the fire is located near Interstate 10 and Dragoon Road 12 miles northeast of Benson. Authorities say the fire was caused by a lightning strike. Officials say the fire is moving northeast through grass and brush. Motorists traveling in the area may notice smoke along Interstate 10.

National Guard soldiers return home to Arizona PHOENIX - More than two dozen families reunited Wednesday as Citizen-Soldiers from the Arizona National Guard returned from a deployment overseas. The 856th Military Police Company, Detachment 2, left Arizona nearly a year ago for a mission in Afghanistan.

Police: Recently fired employees arrested for robbing Phoenix Oregano's PHOENIX - Two employees recently fired from a restaurant in north Phoenix have been arrested and accused of robbing their former employer. Phoenix police say two men entered the Oregano's near Tatum and Cactus through the back door after the restaurant had closed late Monday night.

Latest: Mayor: Deputy hit with bullet from nearby building - The Latest on the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy :. Authorities believe the gunshot that wounded a deputy outside a Los Angeles County sheriff's station was fired from a nearby building complex that provides mental-health services and low-income housing.

Arrests made in slayings of Phoenix coffee house workers PHOENIX - Phoenix police have arrested two teenagers in last year's shooting deaths of two coffee house workers. Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Wednesday that two boys, ages 16 and 15, have been booked into Maricopa County jail on several counts, including first-degree murder.

Alabama postpones 50th anniversary tour over singer's health LOS ANGELES - Southern rock band Alabama says it is postponing the remainder of its 50th anniversary tour as lead singer Randy Owen battles health complications. The band announced Wednesday that the 69-year-old Owen is suffering from migraines and vertigo, and doctors say he needs more time to recover.

Cardinals Release Wide Receiver Kevin White 7 overall pick couldn't kickstart his career in Arizona.

DPS: 10 stolen vehicles found in Tolleson chop shop TOLLESON, AZ - A Tolleson man was arrested after the Department of Public Safety found ten stolen vehicles on his property. Investigators with DPS learned of a stolen Mercedes in the backyard of a home near 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

Arizona to wear uniforms honoring USS Arizona, Dick Tomey in opener The Arizona Wildcats will be wearing uniforms honoring the U.S.S. Arizona and the late Dick Tomey in their season opener on the road against Hawaii.

Pinnacle West CEO Don Brandt to retire in November PHOENIX - The head of the parent company for APS will be retiring later this year. In an announcement Wednesday, Pinnacle West says CEO Don Brandt will retire effective November 15.

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