State Briefs | Arizona state treasurer confirmed for NASA post
PHOENIX (AP) – The U.S. Senate has confirmed Arizona state Treasurer Jeff DeWit as chief financial officer for NASA, setting the stage for his resignation.
The unanimous voice vote on Wednesday comes about four months after President Donald Trump named DeWit to the post.
DeWit office says he plans to resign his post once timing for his official swearing in is determined. His seat will be filled an appointee named by Gov. Doug Ducey, who will serve until after the November election.
DeWit was an early Trump supporter who served as chief operating officer for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. He is a first-term Republican and state law requires that Ducey appoint another Republican.
Several Republican and Democratic candidates have already announced their intent to run for the treasurer's post.
Lab tests continue on human bones found in Buckeye
BUCKEYE (AP) – Residents of a Phoenix suburb are anxious for word on whether the bones found last week are those of a 10-year-old boy who disappeared nearly two years ago.
Officials say the bones were found on a farm in Buckeye a few miles from the home of Jesse Wilson, who went missing in July 2016.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed a biological profile on the human bones, but officials did not immediately release the findings Wednesday.
The remains have been turned over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety for DNA analysis.
Officials say authorities have not ruled out any demographic information on the bones, meaning authorities have not yet determined the age and gender.
Buckeye is about 35 miles west of Phoenix.