Nation in brief: Arizona official ready to retaliate
Los Angeles – A member of an Arizona board that oversees utilities has suggested that they cut power transfers to Los Angeles because of the city’s boycott in connection with the state’s anti-immigration crackdown.
Gary Pierce, a member of the Arizona Corporate Commission, sent a letter to Los Angeles officials Tuesday discussing the possibility that Arizona cut power to Los Angeles from generators in that state.
It’s unclear whether Pierce’s suggestion has any support from other members of the commission – or whether such a cutoff is legally allowed.
Twisters cause damage, injuries
Oklahoma City – Authorities in Oklahoma said several homes and businesses have been damaged by tornadoes.
Few injuries were reported from Wednesday’s storms. Officials say two truck drivers were taken to hospitals after their semitrailers toppled. Their injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.
The weather service also received reports of a series of brief, small tornadoes in southwest Kansas.
Beauty queen arrested
New York – A former Miss Russia was charged Wednesday with forging a prescription for painkillers on a pad stolen from her psychiatrist’s office.
Anna Malova was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement at a Manhattan pharmacy after she filled a prescription for 85 pills of the painkiller Vicodin, prosecutors said. A pharmacist there said she had come in with a similar prescription on April 10 and bought painkillers.
Authorities were notified by Malova’s doctor, who reported the prescription pad stolen from her office shortly after Malova left there Feb. 24. They told pharmacies in the area to be on the lookout.
Malova, a tall blonde with a wide smile, was Miss Russia in 1998 and once finished in the Top 10 in the Miss Universe pageant.