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Voucher referendum survives first legal hurdle

A referendum to kill expansion of the voucher program survived its first hurdle despite efforts of the lawyers who don’t want it going to the ballot.

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Phoenix puts safety first for President Trump's visit

Presidential pardon for former sheriff Joe Arpaio?

PHOENIX -- Phoenix's top cop promised Monday there are sufficient protections in place for today's Trump rally to prevent a repeat of the violent clashes that happened in Charlottesville.

State crime lab reduces wait times for evidence analysis

Process improvements show quicker turnarounds in blood alcohol, toxicology, latent prints analysis

With the implementation of process improvements, the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s (AZDPS) State Crime Lab has reduced turnaround times for analysis in three key areas over the past two and a half years.

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Who decides fate of Confederate monuments in state?

Gov. Doug Ducey’s assertions that he has no role in deciding the future of four Confederate monuments on state land appear not to be backed up by statute, according to two key state lawmakers.

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High Court voids 2005 Tucson ordinance on disposal of firearms

Declaring lawmakers have the final say, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday that cities, towns and counties have no right to enact their own gun regulations.

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Arizona jobless rate holds firm at 5.1 percent

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rate remained stuck at 5.1 percent in July, a figure now virtually unchanged for a year, even as the national jobless rate dropped a tenth of a point last month to 4.3 percent.

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Juries can hear testimony from experts explaining domestic violence

PHOENIX -- Juries are entitled to hear from experts who can explain why domestic violence victims often forgive their attackers, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

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Corporation Commission OK's rate hike for APS

PHOENIX -- State utility regulators agreed Tuesday to allow APS to collect another $95 million a year from its customers.

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Ducey not interested in removing Arizona Confederate monuments

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey has no interest in removing any Confederate monuments on state land even in the wake of weekend violence after a racist demonstration in Virginia.

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Detectives nab 89-year-old accused of using stolen identity for 28 years

A Mesa resident who allegedly used the identity of his deceased brother to collect nearly $300,000 in Social Security benefits has been charged with forgery and fraud schemes thanks to Arizona Department of Transportation detectives’ use of facial recognition training and technology.

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Lawsuit seeks to block public vote on school vouchers

PHOENIX -- Supporters of universal vouchers filed suit Friday in a bid to keep a referendum on the legislation from ever getting to the ballot.

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School voucher proponents file petitions to force vote on issue

PHOENIX -- Foes of giving out more vouchers of tax dollars to let kids go to private and parochial schools filed petitions Tuesday with more than 111,000 signatures to force the issue to a public vote.

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Judge rejects challenge to state's new initiative law

PHOENIX -- Saying the case isn't legally "ripe,'' a judge on Tuesday tossed out a challenge to a new statute that imposes additional restrictions on the ability of citizens to propose their own laws.

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Attorney: State can't outlaw medical marijuana on college campuses

PHOENIX -- State lawmakers have no legal right to make it a crime for medical marijuana users to possess the drug on college campuses, an attorney for a student who was arrested is arguing to the Arizona Supreme Court.

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Judge rejects APS arguments in rate increase case

PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County Superior Court said he has the legal right to decide whether Bob Burns has the unilateral power to subpoena utility executives, even in the face of opposition of the other four members of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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State needs foreign-born residents to fuel economy

Arizona needs its 920,000 foreign-born residents, both legal and otherwise, to fuel the state’s economy, according to a new study and some business leaders.

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Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is guilty of criminal contempt for deliberately defying a court order arising from a racial profiling case, a federal court judge ruled on Monday.

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Flake call for GOP to return to its roots sparks reactions

Arizona conservatives’ reaction to Sen. Jeff Flake’s claim that the Republican Party has lost its way appeared to be as divided Monday as the party itself.

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McCain, two other Republicans, help defeat repeal of Obamacare

Sen. John McCain’s decision to buck his party early Friday and vote against a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare was both hailed as an example of “amazing courage” and derided as “betraying his conservative constituency.”

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Law is clear: deadly weapons not permitted on school grounds, loaded or not, judge says

Just because a weapon doesn’t have a bullet in the chamber does not mean it’s “unloaded,” the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

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Corporation commissioner: Market change forcing regulators to adapt

For most people, electricity is simple: Flip on a switch or plug into the wall and power your devices.

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Outpouring of support for McCain comes from far – and weird

The outpouring of support following this week’s announcement that Arizona Sen. John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor came from the expected Washington heavyweights, including current and former presidents, lawmakers and Cabinet members.

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Doctors: Sen. John McCain has brain tumor

WASHINGTON — Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee with a well-known maverick streak that often vexes his GOP colleagues, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, his office said in a statement Wednesday.

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AG delines charges against Gowan despite 'questionable ... unethical behavior'

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said his attorneys and investigators found "a lot of questionable, even I would say unethical behavior'' in the actions of Gowan. These included multiple trips that Gowan took around the state in 2016 while running for Congress -- many far from his legislative district -- while saying he was on state business, a claim that enabled him to get reimbursed by the state for his expenses.

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New report highly critical of relationship between city councils and municipal courts

PHOENIX -- The current system of having city courts under the control of council members is so flawed that it needs to be overhauled or scrapped entirely, according to a new report.

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