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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Governor pulls plug on private prison contract
Gov. Doug Ducey details Wednesday how Arizona will cancel its contract with the operator of a private prison following a riot there. But the governor rejected questions of whether the Department of Corrections is at fault for failing to properly monitor the facility and anticipate the problems.  (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Gov. Doug Ducey details Wednesday how Arizona will cancel its contract with the operator of a private prison following a riot there. But the governor rejected questions of whether the Department of Corrections is at fault for failing to properly monitor the facility and anticipate the problems. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday cancelled the contract with a private company which has been operating a prison for the state where inmates rioted last month and left much of it "uninhabitable.'

"What happened at Kingman was frightening, disturbing and completely unacceptable,' the governor said at a news conference. He said Management and Training Corp. will be required to surrender the facility and the nine years remaining on its contract to another private company.



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Soar like an Eagle
Brigham Peterson, 14, and Clarkdale/Jerome School principal Scott Jacobson, upper left, are pictured with other Boy Scouts of America, volunteers and leaders as they work on a nature trail and small brook behind the school on Saturday morning. Fixing up the nature trail and brook is part of Peterson's Eagle Scout rank project. The school is also involved in the cleanup, assisted with a grant from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the principal said. The next cleanup dates if the public wants to assist are Wednesdays, Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 12. The school does units and takes classroom trips on the nature trail, which is on school property, Jacobson said. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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