Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Direct Express having technical difficulties with their cards.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Direct Express having technical difficulties with their cards.

According to a Direct Express representative, Direct Express is having technical difficulties with their cards, have been going on for a while, and are working to fix the problem.

ZachNews was alerted of this problem at around 10:10pm PT Monday night by both Direct Express card customers as well as businesses around Needles, California.

Awaiting more updated information and will give an update as soon as ZachNews receive that information.

Breaking News!!: Washington, DC: United States Supreme Court rules some corporations can refuse to pay for contraception.

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Breaking News!!: Washington, DC: United States Supreme Court rules some corporations can refuse to pay for contraception.

The United States Supreme Court Justices ruled in a 5 to 4 decision in the case of Burwell versus Hobby Lobby on Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women and that profit seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

The Hobby Lobby, based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has more than 15,000 full time employees in over 600 stores in 41 states and is reportedly the largest employer of any company that has gone to United States Supreme Court to fight the birth control provision.

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, 2 privately held and for profit companies, sued the United States Government over a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide comprehensive health coverage or pay a fine.

Hobby Lobby’s Owners David and Barbara Green say that they have strong objections based in their Christian faith to providing health care coverage for certain types of contraception.

The contraceptives at the issue in front of the United States Supreme Court were the emergency contraceptives Plan B and Ella, as well as intrauterine devices.

The United States Supreme Court Justices ruling that closely held firms like Hobby Lobby are protected by Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (R.F.R.A.) dictates that an individual’s religious expression shouldn’t be “substantially burdened” by a law unless there is a “compelling government interest.”

The United States Supreme Court Justices stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations that are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.

The United States President Barack Obama’s Administration said that a victory for the companies would have prevent women who work for them from making decisions about birth control based on what’s best for their health, not whether they can afford it.

United States Supreme Court Justices ruling on Monday means that the United States President Barack Obama’s Administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.

United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito suggested 2 ways that the United States President Barack Obama’s Administration that could ensure women get the contraception they want.

Either it could simply pay for pregnancy prevention or it could provide the same kind of accommodation it has made available to religious oriented, not for profit corporations.

United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion and said that the decision is limited to contraceptives under the health care law.

“Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs,” said United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

At least 4 of the United States Supreme Court Justices dissented.

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Needles, California Weather and Traffic:

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Needles, California Weather and Traffic:

Good Morning Everybody!!

Hope you are having a great morning.

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** Needles, California Weather: **

– Friday:

Sunny, high near 103*F.

Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.

– Friday Night:

Clear, low around 79*F.

South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west in the evening.

– Saturday:

Sunny and hot, high near 107*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.

– Saturday Night:

Clear, low around 83*F.

South wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light south southeast after 12:00am PT.

Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

– Sunday:

Sunny and hot, high near 109*F.

South southeast wind 5 to 11 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

– Sunday Night:

Clear, low around 83*F.

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** More weather information and weather radars are on the National Weather Service website at: **

http://www.weather.gov/

** Weather radar for the Colorado River Tri-State area including for the community of Needles, California is at the National Weather Service website address: **

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=ESX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

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** Needles, California Traffic: **

– Needles, California:

Dirt access road between North K Street at the K Street Underpass to River Street at the old railroad crossing in Needles, California remain closed.

Anybody trying to access Ed Parry Ball Field must use River Road heading east from the intersection of North K Street and Needles Highway to the River Street.

Make a right turn onto River Street from River Road and head southwest on River Street to Ed Parry Ball Field which will be on the right side of the street.

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** More traffic information and incidents are on the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page website at: **

http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

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News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Jack Smith Park Seasonal Express Route bus service discontinued.

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News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Jack Smith Park Seasonal Express Route bus service discontinued.

During the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the discontinue the Needles Area Transit’s Jack Smith Park Seasonal Express Route bus service effected on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 due to a lack of ridership.

This idea of having a bus service to and from Jack Smith Park came forward by residents living along the Colorado River in hopes to get people into town and to enjoy our Colorado River.

The Jack Smith Park Seasonal Express Route bus service was on a trial basis and for 2 months since starting its run in May 2014, the bus drove from the Needles Chamber of Commerce to Jack Smith Park empty.

The Jack Smith Park Seasonal Express Route bus service departs from the Needles Chamber of Commerce Monday through Friday at 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 4:00pm PT and arriving at Jack Smith Park in 10 minutes.

The Jack Smith Park Seasonal Express Route bus service departs from Jack Smith Park Monday through Friday at 10:15am, 1:15pm, and 4:15pm PT and arriving at the Needles Chamber of Commerce in 10 minutes.

The Jack Smith Park Seasonal Express Route bus service departs from the Needles Chamber of Commerce Saturdays at 11:00am and 12:30pm PT and arriving at Jack Smith Park in 10 minutes.

The Jack Smith Park Seasonal Express Route bus service departs from Jack Smith Park Saturdays at 11:15am and 12:45pm PT and arriving at the Needles Chamber of Commerce in 10 minutes.

The Jack Smith Park Seasonal Express Route bus service fares were $1.10 each boarding, $.50 transfer fee (Only applicable at the Transfer Point on G Street at West Broadway near the Needles Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Needles, California), and $.50 for deviation service.

The discontinuance will be a savings of $5,032.00 plus cost of fuel for the months of July and August 2014 which have been included in the 2014 to 2015 fiscal year budget.

Those funds would then be made available through SanBag for future transit services.

Needles, CA: More information and opening date of the new 99 Cents Only Store.

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Needles, CA: More information and opening date of the new 99 Cents Only Store.

ZachNews spoke with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels after the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 in Needles, California about if there was more information and a possible opening date set for the new 99 Cents Only Store which is going inside the old Bashas grocery store inside the Needles Towne Center located at 1010 East Broadway in Needles, California. 

Only ZachNews reported that a 99 Cents Only Store is coming to Needles, California on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 after receiving several information from both news sources and news tips from ZachNews followers and after collecting that information and research on the new 99 Cent Only Store coming to Needles, California.

– What is the latest information on what is going on with the new 99 Cents Only Store?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Well, the City has issued permits; building permits and sign permits for the new 99 Cents Only grocery store occupying Bashas. The work is underway; they started construction the very next day. It’s our understanding that they want the store open by the middle or third week in July so the contractor is hard at work. They have removed 12 different roll off boxes of materials as they completely demolish the inside of the building before they prepare it for reconstruction. They have also recycled two 40 yard boxes of metals and other recyclable materials.”

– ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if this new 99 Cents Only Store is going to be different then the rest of the other 99 Cents Only Stores and if the rumors are true that there is going to be a deli and bakery just like how Bashas had theirs?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Yes; the plans that we approve included plans for a… you know… a meat case, products; a large area for fresh product. It includes a deli, it includes a bakery, so it’s a… it’s a full service grocery store.”

– ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if this deli and bakery is going to be shaves or that a person can walk up to, order, and order like how Bashas grocery store had theirs?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “I understand that it will be similar to what Bashas was.”

It is unclear at this moment if the prices at the new deli and bakery is going to be the same price; 99 cents, as all of the rest of the items inside the store or if it will be operated separately?

** ZachNews is awaiting more information regarding the new deli and bakery from representatives for the 99 Cents Only Store and will bring you their response as well as the other questions ZachNews has asked them. **

– ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels what is being done with the stuff; debris that is laying outside in the parking lot, is it being removed or being sent to recycling?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Yes; the the… what they are doing is they’re  deconstructing the old insides of the store and so there’s construction materials left over, so what they are doing is their filling roll out boxes and they’re being hauled the landfill or to the recyclers as quickly as possible.”  

– ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels how is the reaction from the community to the new 99 Cents Only Store coming to Needles, California and have you heard any of those comments being made?

Since ZachNews broke the news story on a new 99 Cent Only Store coming to Needles, California, their has been a mix reaction, both for and against, a new 99 Cent Only Store coming to Needles, California.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Well, the only thing I would say is that the City welcomes all new businesses. So we’re we’re delighted when a new business shows up, especially one that replaces a store that decided to leave, because the fact of the situation is today we have no grocery store, and and we will have a grocery store by the third week of July (2014), and so it was… you know… all or nothing kind of thing and the… we are just pleased that the property owner and this particular store came to terms and they’re doing their best to put together a good store for the City of Needles.”

– ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if there’s a date set for those who are interested in wanting to work at this new 99 Cents Only Store?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “You know, I haven’t, but what I have suggested is that people who are interested, now hopefully those 27 people that lost jobs after Bashas closed, that they go to the… 99 Cents Only Stores website and try to get their resume in or contact them some other way.”

** ZachNews found some information regarding the new 99 Cents Only Store coming to Needles, California after a news tip from ZachNews followers found on the official 99 Cents Only Stores job listing website a posting for a new store manager for a new 99 Cents Only Store in Needles, California. Just in case, you can check out if there is any job openings for this new 99 Cents Only Store coming soon to Needles, California at the following 99 Cents Only Stores website addresses: **

http://www.99only.com

https://99careers.silkroad.com

– ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels that this time line for the new 99 Cents Only Store to be all done is an official opening date for shoppers?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “As I understand it, their intent is to have the store open.”

– ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels by when and what date the new 99 Cents Only Store will open?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “by about July 24th, 2014 (Thursday).”

In regards to all of the people shopping now outside of Needles, California since Bashas grocery store closed their doors by on Friday, May 9th, 2014, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then told ZachNews that, “I think it is important to understand that with Bashas leaving town, there’s approximately $7 million dollars a year of spending that use to occur at Bashas that’s now no longer occurring in in the City of Needles and that’s now going across the river. Now that, there’s always going to be people going across the river for some portion, but not… there was still $7 million dollars a year that was being spent at Bashas, and right now we’re getting none of the benefits of that and it’s terribly inconvenience for a lot of people.”

– ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels will this new 99 Cents Only Store fill in the spot that Bashas filled in terms of what shoppers need and those who visit our community and the Colorado River need?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Right; it’s our understanding that this is a full service grocery store. They have applied for a beer and wine license. They have not applied for a alcohol license, but right next door, at Rite Aid, for those that drink alcohol, that’s available there.”

– ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if there will be a ribbon cutting or ceremony event for the new 99 Cents Only Store?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “They haven’t shared that with us yet, but I’m sure that they’re wanting to celebrate the completion of opening of the store.”

** You can watch the ZachNews interview with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels regarding the new 99 Cents Only Store coming to Needles, California at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

– New information on 99 Cents Only Store:

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding the new 99 Cents Only Store coming to Needles, California. **