KJACK Radio News 4-9-19

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Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 8:00 am

I’m Nicholas Bratcher with KJACK Radio News and these are your top headlines for Tuesday, April 9th.

Several businesses outside Flagstaff’s city limits are raising their minimum wages to match the city’s minimum wage. Beginning this year, businesses within Flagstaff’s city limits are required to pay $12 an hour in minimum wage, but several locations outside the city, such as the Forest Highlands Golf Club, are already doing it. The Club’s interim general manager, Patricia Ashbrook, said, "It made good business sense for the club and was a positive move for our employees.” The decision came in response to the concerns that the club would have a hard time recruiting and maintaining seasonal workers. A gas station north of Flagstaff, Silver Saddle also decided to raise wages, and although the Snowbowl has risen wages, it is uncertain if they will raise them to the fifteen dollar threshold. The wage increases come in the wake of a ballot initiative whose goal is to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021.

In Phoenix, police are investigating what caused a crash between and a fire engine and a pickup which claimed the lives of three people. The accident occurred Sunday and resulted in the death of the pickup’s occupants: twenty year old Kenneth Collins, and nineteen year old Dariana Serrano, as well as their infant son Kenneth. Police say the accident occurred after Collins allegedly made a left turn in front of the fire engine. As of this report, the three firefighters involved are recovering from their injuries.

Well there’s no doubt that Spring is here now: Sunny skies expected for today, with a high around 69 degrees and southwest winds at 13 to 18 miles per hour. For tonight, skies are expected to be partly cloudy with southwest winds at twenty-three to twenty-eight miles per hour, though they could go as high as forty-one miles per hour. There is no chance of rain or snow in the current forecast.

Those were your top headlines, I’m Nicholas Bratcher with KJACK News.