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Arizona lawmakers end session with flurry of measures

Arizona lawmakers end session with flurry of measures

PHOENIX — State lawmakers finally wrapped up the 2014 legislative session early this morning, pushing through a host of last-minute measures.

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State fires six responsible for 6,600 ignored CPS cases

State fires six responsible for 6,600 ignored CPS cases

PHOENIX — Six state workers associated with having nearly 6,600 reports of child abuse ignored were fired Wednesday.

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Brewer vetoes new gun-theft law, says act is already illegal

PHOENIX — Calling the measure unnecessary, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a measure Wednesday that would have created a new crime for taking away someone else’s gun.

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Lawmakers, late in session, OK bills including Clean Elections measure

PHOENIX — State lawmakers were making a late-night push Wednesday to wrap up the 2014 legislative session, approving a host of last-minute measures.

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Brewer: no se permitiría pistolas en lugares de gobierno

Brewer: no se permitiría pistolas en lugares de gobierno

PHOENIX.- Los arizonenzes no podrán llevar sus pistolas en lugares de gobierno, por lo menos no este año.

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Brewer vetoes bill to create new crime for gun theft

Brewer vetoes bill to create new crime for gun theft

PHOENIX — Calling the measure unnecessary, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a measure Wednesday that would have created a whole new crime for taking away someone else's gun.

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6 workers fired in Arizona CPS dropped-cases probe

6 workers fired in Arizona CPS dropped-cases probe

PHOENIX — Six state workers associated with having nearly 6,600 reports of child abuse ignored were fired today.

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Arizona Senate sides with rideshare companies Lyft, Uber

Arizona Senate sides with rideshare companies Lyft, Uber

PHOENIX — State senators voted 20-8 Tuesday to remove what they said are legal impediments to alternative “transportation services” such as Lyft and Uber, paving the way for them to compete with taxis in Arizona.

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Glendale won’t get state funds to help pay for ’15 Super Bowl

PHOENIX — Glendale will not be getting help from the rest of the state to cover the cost of public safety at next year’s Super Bowl.

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Appeals court says lawmakers can sue to block Medicaid funding plan

PHOENIX — In a major victory for the legislative minority, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that lawmakers on the losing end of last year’s Medicaid expansion have a constitutional right to challenge the law and the levy it imposes.

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Governor vetoes measure aimed at limiting eligibility for AHCCCS

PHOENIX — Arizona won’t be asking the federal government to let it drop some people from the state’s Medicaid program.

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Governor signs 60 bills into law, including one designed to keep lowered construction site safety standards in place

PHOENIX — Gov Jan. Brewer signed legislation Tuesday designed to stop the federal government from taking over enforcement of construction safety standards in Arizona.

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Brewer vetoes bill that would have given landowners who rent to churches a property tax break

PHOENIX — Landowners who lease buildings to churches will not be getting a property tax break.

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Presence of THC metabolite in blood does not prove impaired driving, Arizona Supreme Court finds

PHOENIX — Arizonans who smoke marijuana can’t be charged with driving while impaired absent actual evidence they are affected by the drug, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

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Brewer vetoes bill letting ranchers kill endangered wolves on federal lands

Brewer vetoes bill letting ranchers kill endangered wolves on federal lands

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer will not give ranchers and their employees permission to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves on federal lands.

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Brewer veto keeps guns out of public buildings

PHOENIX — Arizonans will not be allowed bring their guns into public buildings, at least not this year.

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Brewer vetoes gun bills

Brewer vetoes gun bills

PHOENIX – Arizonans will not be allowed bring their guns into public buildings, at least not this year.

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Court: THC in driver's blood not enough to prove DUI

Court: THC in driver's blood not enough to prove DUI

PHOENIX — Arizonans who smoke marijuana can't be charged with driving while impaired absent actual evidence they are affected by the drug, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning.

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Ruling: Arizona's Medicaid expansion law can be challenged

Ruling: Arizona's Medicaid expansion law can be challenged

PHOENIX — In a major victory for the legislative minority, the state Court of Appeals ruled today that lawmakers on the losing end of last year's Medicaid expansion have a constitutional right to challenge the law and the levy it imposes.

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State House approves review of child protection efforts

PHOENIX — The House gave final approval Monday for an external review of how Arizona has handled Child Protective Services.

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Police need warrant for GPS tracking, ruling says

Police need warrant for GPS tracking, ruling says

PHOENIX — A GPS device installed and tracked by police without a warrant is illegal even if the person being targeted for tracking is not the owner of the vehicle, the state Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

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Supreme Court bars another section of Arizona's immigration law

PHOENIX — The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Arizona from enforcing another provision of its controversial 2010 immigration law.

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High court upholds ban on Arizona 'harboring' law

High court upholds ban on Arizona 'harboring' law

PHOENIX — The nation's high court will not allow Arizona to enforce yet another provision of SB 1070, its controversial 2010 law aimed at illegal immigration.

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Tucson-based firm hopes to take passengers 20 miles up into stratosphere, float back down

Tucson-based firm hopes to take passengers 20 miles up into stratosphere, float back down

A Tucson firm is hoping to launch Arizonans toward the edge of space — or maybe somewhere close to that — from Southern Arizona.

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Bill limiting Medicaid coverage goes to the governor

PHOENIX — Some of the state’s long-term unemployed could eventually find themselves without health insurance.

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With veto, Arizona governor stays out of Tombstone water quarrel

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation Tuesday designed to help Tombstone repair its damaged Huachuca Mountains water supply.

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School voucher plan dealt a legislative setback

PHOENIX — A proposal to sharply expand the use of tax dollars to send students to private and parochial schools suffered a severe, and perhaps fatal, setback Thursday.

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Brewer vetoes aggressive panhandling bill

Brewer vetoes aggressive panhandling bill

PHOENIX — Arizona is going to be without a legally enforceable begging law for perhaps another year.

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Arizona House deals school voucher bill a setback

Arizona House deals school voucher bill a setback

PHOENIX — A proposal to sharply expand a program to use tax dollars to send students to private and parochial schools suffered a serious setback today.

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Arizona’s jobless rate held steady in March

Arizona’s jobless rate held steady in March

PHOENIX — The state’s jobless rate was unchanged last month at 7.3 percent as the economic recovery remained sluggish.

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Adam Kwasman and Joe Arpaio, file photos

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Arizona legislation allows ranchers to kill endangered wolves

PHOENIX — State lawmakers voted Wednesday to let ranchers shoot the Mexican gray wolves being reintroduced to the Southwest despite their listing under federal law as endangered animals.

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Brewer OKs bill for shooting on private land

Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Wednesday to overrule any local laws that bar people from using firearms on private lands that are not open to the public.

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Senate agrees to expand Arizona's private-school tuition program

PHOENIX — Up to 120,000 youths living in low-income neighborhoods could soon qualify for taxpayer-funded tuition to private and parochial schools.

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Lawmaker cites social life in failed effort to pass backyard chicken bill

Lawmaker cites social life in failed effort to pass backyard chicken bill

PHOENIX — State lawmakers refused Wednesday to overturn local zoning laws about keeping chickens in backyards even though an Oro Valley Republican quipped it would help him with his social life.

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Arizona Senate OKs killing of endangered wolves

Arizona Senate OKs killing of endangered wolves

State lawmakers voted today to let ranchers shoot the Mexican gray wolves being reintroduced to the Southwest despite their listing under federal law as endangered.

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Brewer signs law permitting unannounced inspections of Arizona abortion clinics

Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Tuesday allowing the state Department of Health to make unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without first getting a warrant from a judge.

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AZ House votes to back Israel's West Bank claims

PHOENIX — Despite a long list of items closer to home to deal with, the Arizona House Monday went on record as saying the entire West Bank belongs to Israel, and the 650,000 Jews who have settled there since the 1967 war “reside there legitimately.”

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Arizona bill allowing CCW-permit holders to bring guns into public buildings gets preliminary OK

PHOENIX — More than 200,000 Arizonans who have permits to carry concealed weapons could soon be able to bring them into most public buildings, ignoring “no guns” signs at the door.

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Horne did not violate campaign finance law, judge finds.

Horne did not violate campaign finance law, judge finds.

PHOENIX — Attorney General Tom Horne did not violate campaign finance laws in his successful 2010 election, a state administrative law judge ruled Monday.

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Ruling: Horne did not break campaign finance laws

Ruling: Horne did not break campaign finance laws

PHOENIX — Attorney General Tom Horne did not violate campaign finance laws in his successful 2010 election, a state administrative law judge ruled this afternoon.

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Arizona bill would regulate party bikes — also known as ‘limos’

Arizona bill would regulate party bikes — also known as ‘limos’

PHOENIX — What has at least four wheels, 16 to 28 pedals and can be operated by both leg and electric power?

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Brewer signs $17 million tax break for manufacturers, smelters

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a more than $17 million tax break exclusively for two kinds of companies.

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Arizona budget gets OK; fight due over CPS

Arizona budget gets OK; fight due over CPS

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer signed a $9.2 billion spending plan Friday — but not before using her constitutional power to remove some items she doesn’t like.

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Ariz. gov signs tax relief bills

PHOENIX — Some Arizona taxpayers who get a raise this year could get some tax relief next April.

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Arizona bill meets some, but not all, OSHA requirements

PHOENIX — State lawmakers voted Thursday to buckle under to federal rules to protect workers from falls — but only if they’re forced to do so.

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Arizona lawmakers OK plan for unannounced abortion clinic inspections

Arizona lawmakers OK plan for unannounced abortion clinic inspections

PHOENIX — Citing everything from protecting women’s health to God’s opposition to the procedure, state senators gave final approval Wednesday to allowing unannounced warrantless inspection of abortion clinics.

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Appeals court extends injunction blocking new state abortion restrictions

PHOENIX — Arizona will not be able to enforce its new law limiting drug-induced abortions for at least another six weeks.

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Arizona factories, smelters line up for sales-tax break

Arizona factories, smelters line up for sales-tax break

PHOENIX — Arizona manufacturers and smelters are in line for a big tax break not being offered to other companies and individuals.

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Injunction granted in court fight over new Arizona abortion rules

Injunction granted in court fight over new Arizona abortion rules

PHOENIX — Arizona will not be able to enforce its new law limiting medication abortions for at least another six weeks.

April 08, 2014 2:56 pmLoading…

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