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Selling sick leave nets millions for top Tucson police, fire officers

Selling sick leave nets millions for top Tucson police, fire officers

Tucson spent nearly $5 million buying back unused sick days from police officers and firefighters the past two years — and shelled out another $2 million in what the city attorney now says were illegal pension contributions for those unworked days.

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Ben Lepley: Using local talent builds economy, enhances Tucson’s vernacular

Ben Lepley: Using local talent builds economy, enhances Tucson’s vernacular

Conservative think tanks like The Goldwater Institute may be permanently altering who builds our city landmarks and large projects.

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Tucson sued over preference for local, not lowest, bidders

A conservative think tank has followed through on its promise to sue the city over an ordinance designed to help local companies get city contracts.

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Arizona lawmaker seeks expanded vouchers for private and parochial schools

Note: Earlier versions of this news story, including the one published in today's Star, failed to specify that the expansion of Education Savings Accounts would be available only to students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. About 400,000 Arizona children would qualify.

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Group ponders legal action over city's contract preferences

A conservative think tank is threatening legal action if the city doesn’t repeal an ordinance designed to help Tucson businesses.

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Tech group backs measures to spur high-tech investment

The state’s biggest technology organization has unveiled its 2014 legislative agenda, and it looks a lot like last year’s.

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Brewer asks judge to block lawmakers' Medicaid expansion challenge

PHOENIX — Dissident lawmakers should be blocked from challenging the vote of the majority of their colleagues to expand Medicaid in Arizona, the lawyer for Gov. Jan Brewer told a judge late Friday.

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Cities have right to limit bus stop advertising, Phoenix tells court

PHOENIX — In a case with statewide implications, a lawyer for the city of Phoenix argued to the Court of Appeals Tuesday that governments can decide to allow ads for condoms and contraceptives on bus shelters and benches, while denying access to candidates or controversial causes.

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Public schools challenge state vouchers for private and parochial schools

PHOENIX — Education groups are making a last-ditch effort to halt what is now a limited school voucher program before it spreads.

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State ruling halting electric competition draws praise, rebuke

A decision by state regulators to halt a move toward retail electric competition was met with relief by opponents and dismay by backers who said they will continue to press the issue.

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Republican lawmakers sue to void AHCCCS expansion

PHOENIX — After losing on the floor of Legislature, 36 Republican lawmakers are now asking a judge to invalidate the Medicaid expansion plan they couldn’t block politically.

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N.M., Navajo leaders oppose Ariz. electric competition

Officials of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation have weighed in to oppose a move by Arizona regulators to open the state’s retail electric markets to competition, contending it would likely result in the closure of the Four Corners power plant and decimate the area’s economy.

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City wins election dispute

Tucson scored another legal victory against the state over who controls local elections.

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Judge rules against government pay for union activities

PHOENIX - Contracts that allow public employees to work on union activities while being paid by the government are illegal, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ruled.

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Measure to limit union politicking may go to voters

PHOENIX - Unable to get the plan through the Republican-controlled Legislature, a GOP activist is seeking a public vote on a measure that would undermine union political influence.

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Bill requiring pay talks to be public is sent to House floor

PHOENIX - A House panel voted Tuesday to force cities and counties to negotiate with public employee unions in the open.

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Judge denies Tombstone water access in lawsuit

TOMBSTONE — A federal judge has denied a request by the city of Tombstone to repair its water supply system in the Coronado National Forest.

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Bill limiting local election dates goes to governor

PHOENIX - Insisting they know better, state lawmakers voted Monday to limit local elections to just two days every two years.

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