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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.

April 17, 2014 11:00 amLoading…
Kwasman/Arpaio

Kwasman/Arpaio

Adam Kwasman and Joe Arpaio, file photos

April 17, 2014 8:55 am

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.

April 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

April 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

April 16, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
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.

April 16, 2014 12:17 pmLoading…

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.

April 14, 2014 4:48 pmLoading…
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.

April 11, 2014 6:06 pmLoading…

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.

April 10, 2014 2:53 pmLoading…
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.

April 09, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…

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…

Lawmaker who blocked hearing on Ariz. medical-pot research funding faces recall effort

PHOENIX — Supporters of medical marijuana research have targeted a Republican state senator for recall because she is blocking a measure that could fund it.

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Arizona lawmakers reach $9.23B budget compromise

PHOENIX – State lawmakers approved a $9.23 billion budget for the coming fiscal year Monday as Senate Republicans agreed on a spending plan higher than they had originally wanted but still less than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer and even their House GOP counterparts.

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Arizona lawmakers reach budget compromise

Arizona lawmakers reach budget compromise

PHOENIX — Legislative negotiators finally hammered out a $9.23 billion state budget Monday by providing some extra funding for state universities but not as much money for child welfare services that was sought by Gov. Jan Brewer.

April 07, 2014 6:58 pmLoading…

Horne asks court to lift a stay on enforcing new abortion restrictions

PHOENIX — The top attorney for the state asked federal appellate judges Friday to immediately dissolve the emergency stay now blocking Arizona from enforcing its new abortion restrictions.

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Arizona food prices up 5 percent over a year ago

Hungry for red meat? You may want to adjust your taste buds.

April 04, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

A peek at Arizona budget: Universities funded fully; district-run charters aren’t

House Speaker Andy Tobin said Thursday that he and Gov. Jan Brewer have reached a deal on a new state budget.

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Appeals court grants temporary halt to new Ariz. abortion rules

PHOENIX — A federal appeals court on Wednesday put Arizona’s new abortion law on hold, at least for the time being.

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Grass, dry conditions leave parts of Arizona facing busy wildfire season

Fire consumes a forest during a back-burn operation to fight the Wallow Fire in Nutrioso. The massive wildfire, sparked by a campfire, swept through eastern Arizona into New Mexico, torching over 538,000 acres in 2011.

April 02, 2014 7:58 pm
Court puts Arizona's new abortion law on hold

Court puts Arizona's new abortion law on hold

PHOENIX — A federal appeals court today put Arizona's new abortion law on hold, at least for the time being.

April 02, 2014 1:57 pmLoading…

Abortion providers ask federal court to put new rules on hold

PHOENIX — Unable to stop new abortion restrictions from taking effect Tuesday, foes now hope to get a federal appeals court to block them from being enforced.

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Senate budget faces opposition from Brewer

PHOENIX — A $9.21 million spending plan approved Tuesday by the state Senate could face a gubernatorial veto because it underfunds state universities, an aide to Gov. Jan Brewer said.

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Judge rejects bid to delay new abortion rules in Arizona

Judge rejects bid to delay new abortion rules in Arizona

PHOENIX — New restrictions on drug-induced abortions will take effect this morning as had been scheduled.

April 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Biggs: Expect major changes to proposed Ariz. budget before consensus

Biggs: Expect major changes to proposed Ariz. budget before consensus

PHOENIX — The state Senate may not accept the changes to the budget made late Thursday by the House, Senate President Andy Biggs said.

March 31, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Proposed state funding not enough to start UA veterinary program, officials say

PHOENIX — Plans to create a veterinary school at the University of Arizona have hit a roadblock as state lawmakers approved just enough money to tease the idea but not enough to actually make it happen.

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Arizona House Republicans agree to $9.24 billion budget deal

PHOENIX — House Republicans gave preliminary approval late Thursday to a new budget that adds some — but only part — of what dissidents sought for their needed votes.

March 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Unemployment rate in Arizona drops in February

Unemployment rate in Arizona drops in February

PHOENIX — The state’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a point last month but there are indications of problems remaining for the Arizona economy.

March 27, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Appeals court hears argument against 'assessment' on Arizona hospitals

PHOENIX — Republican lawmakers asked the state Court of Appeals on Wednesday to give them a chance to prove that hundreds of millions of dollars being used to support an expanded Medicaid program are being collected illegally.

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Percentage population loss in Cochise County is most in US

PHOENIX — Cochise County lost a larger percentage of its population last year than any other county in the country, new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

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Rift among Republican lawmakers leaves Arizona House without a budget deal

PHOENIX — Saying the plan shorts child safety and education, six dissident House Republicans said Wednesday that talks have broken down with their own party leaders, leaving a proposed $9.2 billion state budget in limbo.

March 26, 2014 7:03 pmLoading…
Appeals court hears Ariz. GOP challenge to Medicaid expansion

Appeals court hears Ariz. GOP challenge to Medicaid expansion

PHOENIX — Republican lawmakers asked the state Court of Appeals this afternoon to give them a chance to prove that hundreds of millions of dollars being used to support an expanded Medicaid program were illegally enacted.

March 26, 2014 3:40 pmLoading…
Senate panel OKs fire immunity for state Land Department

Senate panel OKs fire immunity for state Land Department

PHOENIX — State lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to immunize the Land Department from mistakes and negligence that result in forest fires — even if that means destroyed homes and dead firefighters.

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Arizona Legislature fails to reach budget accord

PHOENIX — House Republicans failed for a second day Tuesday to reach an accord on a budget even as state senators continued to find new ways to spend money.

March 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Arizona Senate panel OKs change to public records law

PHOENIX — State lawmakers and the media have worked out a deal that spells out when government agencies can deny requests for public records.

March 26, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

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