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Arizona added another 75,300 private sector jobs in the last year -- with more than one out of every four of them being in the construction industry.

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Attorney General Mark Brnovich has given the go-ahead for an Illinois firm to "lend'' up to $12,500 to Arizonans without state regulation -- and potentially at a higher cost than state law allows traditional consumer finance companies to charge.

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Republican legislative leaders say they've reached a deal on a spending plan with Gov. Doug Ducey.

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Special Report: ‘When it rains, it stinks’
A different border crisis: It’s not security or immigration, it’s sewage

People who live along the southern border all say the same thing: When it rains, it stinks.

By By CHLOE JONES Cronkite News May 16, 2019
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Saying the rates they charge amount to usury, backers of a new initiative seek to outlaw title loans -- or at least the interest they are allowed to charge.

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Siding with retailers, the state House voted Wednesday to at least partly preempts cities and towns from enacting their own rules on the sale and marketing of tobacco and vaping products.

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A former national speed skating champion lent her voice Tuesday to those who want to give victims of child sexual assault and abuse more time to sue their assailants -- and specifically those who permitted it to happen.

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Well, it's official: The Arizona Legislature is now in overtime.

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Arizona voters may be on the verge of getting three more weeks of candidate speeches, robocalls, door hangars and mailers.

May 15, 2019
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PHOENIX -- A student-led group that tried to get lawmakers to enact gun control last year is refocusing on something more attainable.

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PHOENIX -- Having burned through $28 million in a pair of losing political battles in Arizona last year, California billionaire Tom Steyer is now prepared to pump some more cash into the state.

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PHOENIX -- Plans for a Republican-crafted budget blew up Thursday when a second GOP lawmaker said she won’t vote for a spending plan unless and until the state gives victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue their attackers.

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Republican lawmakers voted Wednesday to put some new hurdles in the path of groups that seek to propose their own laws and constitutional amendments.

Republican lawmakers are making yet another bid to make it more difficult for those proposing their own laws to gather sufficient signatures.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is getting some allies in its legal fight with California over that state's efforts to tax Arizona businesses and individuals.

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State senators refused to make it easier for some people to escape requirements to register as sex offenders amid concerns that they have so far been prevented from voting on legislation to give victims of child sex abuse more time to sue their assailants.

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State senators approved their own crackdown on "vaping'' devices and liquids Tuesday, setting the stage for a fight with some House lawmakers who support an industry-backed bill.

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PHOENIX -- Unable to get even a hearing on his plan, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, is now working with parents and some teachers to put a measure on the 2020 ballot to block educators from engaging in classroom political advocacy.

PHOENIX -- With a final squeeze, the state Senate on Monday gave final approval to legislation declaring lemonade to be the official state drink despite objections that the action sends precisely the wrong message to teens who want to affect state policy.

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Republican lawmakers on Wednesday approved new mandates on schools to report violent incidents in what Democrats say is feel-good legislation to hide the shortfalls in education funding.

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A Mesa Republican senator accused a GOP Sun City colleague Wednesday of making political threats to force him to vote for legislation.

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The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday rebuffed the latest bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to have the method of setting tuition at the state's three universities be declared unconstitutional.

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State senators confirmed four new members to the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments Tuesday over the objection of Democrats who complained the 15-member panel lacks political, gender and ethnic diversity.

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Monday, April 29, 2019, after an internal audit and investigation, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives arrested 52-year-old Todd Whittard at his home in Chandler, AZ. Whittard was assigned to oversee the Latent Prints and Firearms Units within the AZDPS crime lab. Whittard was booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on charges of theft, forgery, and fraudulent schemes and artifices.

By From the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety April 30, 2019
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Some state lawmakers, educators and public health advocates are trying to derail legislation pushed by the tobacco industry and vaping retailers to block local cities, towns and counties from regulating the sale of their products.

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