Monday, June 5, 2006

Ariz. Governor Is Close To Record for Vetoes

PHOENIX -- Gov. Janet Napolitano's vetoes are about to put her in the Arizona history books again.

A year after setting a single-session record for Arizona governors with 58 vetoes -- Republican Jane Hull had 28 in 2001 -- the first-term Democrat is poised to capture the all-time mark.

This year, Napolitano has rejected 31 bills passed by the GOP-majority Legislature. They include measures that would have created a tax break on companies' donations for private school scholarships and would have tightened an existing law requiring parental consent for minors to have abortions.

Her record veto -- No. 115 -- could come Monday, when she is scheduled to act on a wide-ranging border security bill. It includes provisions similar to a bill she vetoed that would have made illegal immigrants' presence in Arizona a crime under the state's trespassing law.

Napolitano refused to say if she will veto the measure but warned legislative leaders she would if the bill included criminalization provisions.

The Legislature has not been able to override any of her vetoes.

Her most recent veto -- rejecting a bill May 16 to impose new restrictions on cities' use of impact fees charged for new developments -- tied her with fellow Democrat Bruce Babbitt, according to figures compiled by the Arizona Capitol Times newspaper.

However, Babbitt cast his 114 vetoes in just under nine years in office. Napolitano has yet to finish the four-year term she began in 2003.

Napolitano is running for reelection this year. She has strong poll ratings, and several prominent Republicans decided against challenging her.

Death Penalty Sought After 7 Slain in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS -- Neighbors mourned the deaths of seven family members as a prosecutor said he would seek the death penalty against one of the men suspected of killing them.

Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he will seek the death penalty for Desmond Turner, 28, but has not decided whether to do so for James Stewart, 30. Brizzi said Turner and Stewart mistakenly believed there were significant amounts of cash in the house. But there was no evidence that the people in the household were anything other than a hardworking family, he said.

Gunned down during the apparent robbery were Emma Valdez, 46; Alberto Covarrubias, 56; the couple's sons, Alberto Covarrubias, 11, and David Covarrubias, 8 or 9; Valdez's children, Flora Albarran, 22, and Magno Albarran, 29; and Flora Albarran's son, Luis, 5.

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