Some counties in Arizona have turned to cremating the indigent.
Citing budget woes, lack of space, and the high cost of burials, Yavapai, Navajo, and Yuma counties have begun cremating the indigent rather than burying them in paupers' graves. Indigents are still buried in Maricopa County, but officials say budget cuts may force a change in that policy...Valley trauma surgeon Jordy Cox has been nominated for a national award for his work with Haiti earthquake victims.
Cox, who works at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, is up for one of three Citizen Service Above Self Honors awards. Candidates were chosen by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and awards will be presented at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday...A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will decide today whether to uphold the Arizona Board of Cosmetology's ban on fish nibbling dead skin from peoples' feet at spa treatments.
The board ruled the practice was unsanitary, but the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of a salon owner. Judge Bethany Hicks is expected to make a decision today...