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After one year, online veterans’ specialty plate sales show savings 2017 introduction results in more time for customers and MVD staff

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PHOENIX –Online sales for veterans’ specialty license plates have proven to save a lot of time for both veterans and Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division employees since the convenient service launched in January 2017.
Previously, veterans’ specialty plates had to be ordered in person at an MVD or Authorized Third Party office because veterans must provide paperwork authenticating their service in the U.S. military. With the advent of new security and other technical measures, that process has been available on ServiceArizona.com for just over a year.

Because of the addition of digital access, more than 6,200 veterans’ plates have been issued online saving approximately 2,600 hours of customer visit time and 1,000 hours of employee processing time.


“The veterans’ plates not only honor veterans and their families, but also boost Arizona’s economy,” said Air Force Col. (Ret.) Wanda Wright, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Director. “In 2017, the funds fro…

Lane closures on State Route 89 begin Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Chino Valley

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for lane closures on north- and southbound State Route 89 between E Road 1 S (milepost 327) and E Road 4 N (milepost 330) for pavement repair.

Crack-seal work is scheduled to occur from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 1. No Friday or weekend work is planned.

SR 89 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction while work is underway and the speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.

Westbound lane closure on Ajo Way/State Route 86 at Interstate 19 set for Feb. 27

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Motorists on westbound Ajo Way/State Route 86 will encounter a short-term lane closure on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The right lane is scheduled to close from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for concrete paving. In addition, vehicle widths will be limited to 10 feet.

Drivers should expect delays while the work is underway.

As a reminder, the exit ramp from southbound Interstate 19 to Ajo Way is closed, and the following additionalrestrictions are scheduled to begin at 3 a.m. Friday, March 2:

Ajo Way will close to all traffic above I-19 so crews can install new traffic signals and roadway striping for the new interchange configuration. Drivers who need to cross I-19 must use an alternate route, such as Irvington Road.
All traffic on eastbound Ajo Way must exit to southbound I-19.
All traffic on westbound Ajo Way must exit to northbound I-19.
The northbound I-19 off-ramp to Ajo Way will close.

All work is scheduled to be complete by 5 a.m. Monday, March 5.

Drivers should always proceed through the work zone wi…

Scandal in Coward County | The Andrew Klavan Show Ep. 468

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WHAT YOUR HAIR COLOR SAYS ABOUT YOU

Whether you're a fiery red, a blonde bombshell, a brunette babe or a silver fox, your hair color reveals something about you to other people. "Color is such an important factor in many of our lives that we often don't realize the signals we receive from it," writes Lynne Chapman, hair editor for BellaOnline.com. "Just as red means stop and green means go, our minds perceive colors as messages telling something about what is to come, the atmosphere or a personality." Whether you intend it or not, your hair color could affect other people's first impression of you. This may be a subliminal message, but it's a powerful one. For example, since so much about a job interview is based on a first impression, your hair color could even impact your employment success. Chapman has researched the typical first impressions most people have for various hair colors--both positive and negative. "The positive and negative reactions can be altered by something a…

Yes It's True - No It's B.S.

The Rat Pack singer whose signature song was "The Candy Man" was Dean Martin. (B.S., it was Sammy Davis, Jr.) Idiot's Delight is one of the many variants of the card game Poker. (B.S., it's Solitaire) Arnold Schwarzenegger was arrested in 1965 for being AWOL from the Austrian army. (Yes) In mathematics, the more common name of an "obelus" is a division sign. (Yes) The average butterfly has a lifespan of two years. (B.S., it's less than one month) Doc is the only one of the Seven Dwarfs that wears glasses. (Yes) The last time the French government used the guillotine to execute a convicted criminal was in 1805. (B.S., it was 1977) In the original book series, super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes was addicted to Cocaine. (Yes) The British candy company Cadbury was the first to offer a Valentine's Day chocolate box. (Yes) The Giraffe is the U.S. land mammal that has the most teeth of any mammal. (B.S., it's The opossum) Scientists have actually managed to …

WEIRD NEWS

Alcohol and Coffee Helps You Live Past 90!
Happy Monday everybody! A new study from the University of California-Irvine may be the greatest news you'll hear all week. It seems consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol and coffee is linked to living a longer life! No kidding. The key word is "moderate," of course. The study, called "The 90+ Study," started in 2003 and examined "the oldest-old" age group - about 1,700 nonagenarians - to determine what is key to living to your 90th birthday and beyond. They found those "who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained," and that "people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did." Claudia Kawas, a key researcher for the study said, "I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity." The research found that subjects who drank two glasses of beer or wine …

DID YOU KNOW?

29% of men have never cleaned the toilet at home. The average person smiles 26% less than they think they do. 42% of people wake up thinking about their job. 74% of women would never admit that they only clean their kitchen oven once a year. 82% of airline flights will finish on time most days. One in three American adults have a stuffed animal in their bedroom. 82% of children have lied to their parents about brushing their teeth.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

The First National Bank of Omaha has dropped their N.R.A.-branded VISA card. Someone should have told German figure skater Nicole Schott that she probably shouldn't have used "Schindler's List" music for her free skate performance last Thursday night. A second Russian athlete tested positive for a banned substance at the Olympic games. This past week, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was on stage and for some reason thought it would be a good idea to raise a glass of chocolate milk and make a toast to "Diversity!" Lindsey Vonn's father after her bronze medal finish in the downhill says "she needed to risk more." Brendan Fraser is alleging that the former president of the Golden Globes once assaulted him, as in groping. There are six new episodes of "The Tick" waiting for you on Amazon. General Mills has bought Blue Buffalo Pet Products for $8 billion. Net neutrality rules will officially end in April. The new Steven Soderbergh film &qu…

THIS WEEK IS Eating Disorders Awareness Week -- February 26-March 3.

Would you believe that what and how you eat can tell people many things about you? There are 5 main groups:
Meat and potato eaters -- About 25 percent of Americans habitually make this their dominant meal. These are solid citizens, conservative, resistant to change and devoted to keep with traditional values. They eat what their parents ate. Junk-food eaters -- 22 percent of Americans exist mainly on fast foods, pizza, soda, etc. They eat as though they were teenagers. They rarely sit down to a normal meal, but snack their way through life. This is a family-oriented group. Their lives center on their children. When they eat out, it's fast-food, and they vacation at Disney-like theme parks. Diet-concerned -- About 20 percent of Americans fall into this category. These people, who tend to be older than those in other groups, have their eye on the future and are intent on maintaining their health. This group is strong-willed, frugal and willing to give up immediate pleasures for long…

Music Calendar...

In 1917 The Original Dixieland Jazz Band cuts the first jazz record at a session in New York City.

In 1938 "Thanks For The Memory" by Shep Fields is #1 on the charts.

In 1954 Ruth Thompson (R-MI) introduces legislation to ban the mailing of "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph records.

In 1963 "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula is certified gold.

In 1965 Prior to joining the Yardbirds, London guitarist Jimmy Page releases his first solo single, "She Just Satisfies."

In 1966 "Get Ready" by the Temptations and "19th Nervous Breakdown" by the Rolling Stones both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1966 "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1967 Buffalo Springfield performs "For What It's Worth" on CBS-TV's the "Smothers Brothers Show."

In 1968 The Temptations appear on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In."

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Today In History...

In 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from the island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France.

In 1848 The Second French Republic is proclaimed.

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signs the National Currency Act.

In 1869 The 15th Amendment to the U.S. constitution, guaranteeing right to vote, is sent to states.

In 1870 New York City's first pneumatic-powered subway line is opened.

In 1895 Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine.

In 1907 Congress now makes $7500 a year; V.P. gets $12,000 a year.

In 1916 The world's worst marine disaster is recorded when the French cruiser Province sinks in the Mediterranean Sea with a loss of 3100 lives.

In 1919 Congress establishes the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

In 1929 President Calvin Coolidge signs a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park.

In 1930 New York City installs traffic lights.

In 1940 The United States Air Defense Command is created.

In 1951 The 22nd Amendment to…

Born On This Day...

In 1564 English dramatist/poet, Christopher Marlowe

In 1786 French physicist, Francois Arago (production of magnetism)

In 1802 Author, Victor Hugo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)

In 1808 French painter/lithographer, Honore Daumier

In 1829 Inventor/manufacturer, Levi Strauss (Levi's Jeans)

In 1832 John George Nicolay, private secretary to Abraham Lincoln

In 1842 Astronomer, Camille Flammarion (Mars researcher)

In 1846 American frontiersman, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody

In 1852 Businessman, John Harvey Kellogg (invented dry cereal)

In 1864 English astronomer, John Evershed (Evershed effect)

In 1866 Chemical industry pioneer, Herbert Henry Dow (Dow Chemical)

In 1875 Actress, Emma Dunn (Martha Kildare-Dr. Kildare films)

In 1877 Cartoonist, Rudolph Dirks (The Katzenjammer Kids)

In 1887 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies, Cubs)

In 1887 Actor, William Frawley (Fred-I Love Lucy, Bub-My Three Sons)

In 1891 Actor…

"Gun Control Won't Work"

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ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the National Currency Act. Afterwards, he only had one word to say: "Money!" Later, he signed another bill that made dollars.

In 1869, the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was sent out to the states. It guaranteed the right to vote and that there would be a 16th amendment.

On this date in 1895, Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patented a glass-blowing machine. This helped prevent glass-blowers from getting the hiccups while blowing, accidentally inhale the glass and developing a pane in the stomach. Yes, I said pane.

In 1907, Congress had their salary raised to $7500 a year. Today, that's a slow bribe day. Even today, that would make them overpaid.

It was in 1919, congress approved the money to make the Grand Canyon a national park. It wasn't the last time they put federal tax dollars towards a big hole.

On this date in 1930, New York City installed traffic lights.
They just made them all red, since drivers didn&…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Emily Ratajkowski Marries Sebastian Bear-McClard in Secret Ceremony. Surprise! Emily Ratajkowski is a married woman. A rep for the bombshell model confirms to E! News that she wed actor and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard on Friday. Emily, 26, shared a series of photos to Instagram announcing the unexpected ceremony, which seems to have taken place at a New York City courthouse. Ratajkowski rocked a burnt yellow-colored suit with a black hat and veil for the ceremony, while her hubby sported a light blue ensemble and T-shirt. "Sooo I have a surprise. I got married today," she captioned a photo of Sebastian kissing her on the cheek. Internet personality The Fat Jewish was there for the low-key affair, as well as Emily's adorable pug. Witnesses perhaps? The stunning brunette, who rose to fame after starring in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video, also shared an official portrait of the newly minted husband and wife on Instagram. The couple opted for th…