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Congress Names Courthouse After Slain Jurist

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has voted to name a courthouse in Yuma, Ariz., after John M. Roll, Arizona's chief federal judge who along with five others was killed in the Jan. 8 shooting attack that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded.

The House approved the measure, introduced by Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, on a 429-0 vote. The Senate passed it last week.

Construction is to begin in July on the courthouse that Roll, 63 when he died, had advocated and recently approved the design for.

Roll, who was appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, was attending a meet-and-greet held by Giffords at a Tucson supermarket when the alleged gunman, Jared Loughner, opened fire. Giffords was shot in the head and 12 others were wounded.