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A House panel agreed to add ``anti-Semitism'' to what is considered a hate crime amid questions of exactly what that includes -- and what that change in state law would mean to those who are accused.

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Parting ways with party members, a Prescott Republican wants to allow "dreamers'' who attend Arizona colleges and universities to pay the same in-state tuition as any other resident.

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Arizona's ban on "ballot harvesting'' will remain in place, at least for the March 17 presidential preference primary.

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A proposed bill that would consolidate the election requirements for school district mergers is one step closer to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.

By Bill Helm February 12, 2020
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Most Trump flags, other politicians’ flags, could be flown under Prescott Valley ordinance
P&Z approves amendment, sends it to Prescott Valley Town Council for a vote

In front of a near-capacity crowd at the Prescott Valley Public Library Auditorium, the Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday, Feb. 10, approved a zoning ordinance amendment that would allow residents to fly flags with politicians’ names on them.

By Doug Cook, Special to The Verde Independent February 12, 2020
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A new data report from the Federal Trade Commission shows that consumers in their twenties are more than twice as likely as people 30 and older to report losing money to fake check scams.

By Staff report February 11, 2020
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The state's high court has agreed to decide whether Attorney General Mark Brnovich needs the permission of Gov. Doug Ducey to sue the states three universities over what he says has been unconstitutional tuition hikes.

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Phoenix increases solid waste residential rate by 24 percent
Move aimed at salvaging the recycling side

The City Council voted Tuesday to increase the solid waste residential rate by $6.40 a month, which is to be phased in over the next two years.

By Chris Howley, Cronkite News February 11, 2020
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Scientists in Flagstaff are working to develop a test that doctors and hospitals could use to diagnose coronavirus, which could help medical professionals respond to the global outbreak more quickly.

By Hannah Foote and Madison Atkinson, Cronkite News February 11, 2020
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Ivan Madar was about to take his first ski lesson Friday at the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff since losing his leg five months ago.

By Vyto Starinskas February 11, 2020
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The manager at Gayle’s Chocolates is not worried about running out of chocolate lips, chocolate roses or truffle smooch kisses this valentine's Day.

By Jason W. Brooks February 11, 2020
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Thursday’s Big Park agenda includes VOC incorporation item
Monthly BPRCC meeting: 9 a.m. at Village of Oak Creek fire station

The agenda for Thursday’s Big Park Regional Coordinating Council meeting includes a presentation certain to draw out some strong views: municipal incorporation.

By Jason W. Brooks February 11, 2020
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Senate Rules Committee passes SB 1122
Proposed legislation on Senate caucus calendar Tuesday

Monday, Arizona’s Senate Rules Committee reached consensus to pass SB 1122. On Tuesday, the proposed legislation is on calendar for the Senate Caucus, also known as Committee of the Whole — or COW.

By Bill Helm February 11, 2020
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Five-year-old girl dies from injuries in Monday collision
YCSO: Mother admitted to mixing medical marijuana with pain pills

A head-on collision on Cornville Road Monday led to injuries to two adults and one 5-year-old child.

By Jason W. Brooks February 11, 2020
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From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, the Cottonwood Public Library will present the fifth annual Verde Valley Comic Expo at the Cottonwood Rec Center gymnasium, 150 S. Sixth St.

By Bill Helm February 11, 2020
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The Arizona State Legislature announced that Senate Bill 1554 is assigned to the Senate Commerce Committee and is waiting to be agendized for discussion at an upcoming committee meeting.

By Staff reports February 11, 2020
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The Verde Valley Property Owners Association features several ways residents can get involved in their community during the month of February.

By Staff reports February 11, 2020
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Friends of the Verde River presents the eighth annual Verde River Runoff, Saturday, March 21 in Camp Verde.

February 11, 2020
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Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the “controlled blasting” for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes.

By McKenzie Sadeghi, Cronkite News February 11, 2020
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State lawmakers are making another bid to more than triple the amount that they now get for coming to the Capitol during the session.

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State lawmakers are looking to let students wear items of "cultural significance'' to their graduation ceremonies.

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K-12 'Social promotion' bill falls in House
Two Republicans join 29 Dems to defeat proposal

Legislation to outlaw "social promotion'' hit a snag Monday as two Republicans refused to go along with a proposal by one of their own.

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A woman who missed a Nov. 13 sentencing date after she was convicted in October by a jury of fraud and theft of Verde Valley special-needs residents has been taken into custody in Texas.

By Jason W. Brooks February 10, 2020
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Arizona State University has canceled this summer’s study abroad programs in China, and nearly all students who were in China this spring have returned to the U.S. in light of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, university officials say.

By Caroline Yu, Cronkite News February 10, 2020
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Judge orders state to pay Regents' legal fees
Almost $1 million in costs must be paid in lease deal suit

Two months after throwing out a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents, the judge who heard the case ordered the state to pay nearly $1 million in the agency's legal fees.

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