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Flagstaff businesses are struggling to deal with the highest minimum wage in the state, set in 2016 when voters pushed to set a living wage for workers.

By Dzevida Sadikovic, Cronkite News February 26, 2020
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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, in a tense public meeting Wednesday morning, voted 4-1 to declare Maricopa as a “Second Amendment Preservation County.”

By Farah Eltohamy, Cronkite News February 26, 2020
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Anyone seeking to borrow money from a pawnbroker could soon end up having to pay more.

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The state Senate on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to legislation that eliminates the possibility you could be arrested if you drive faster than 85 miles per hour.

February 26, 2020
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An organization of public school supporters wants voters to limit the number of vouchers of state tax dollars that parents can use to send their children to private and parochial schools.

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Tuesday, Arizona state senators rejected the one tax break sought by Gov. Doug Ducey in his State of the State speech.

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A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling likely slams the door on the ability of the family of a teen killed by a Border Patrol agent in Nogales to sue him and, by extension, the federal government.

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State senators voted Monday to limit the leeway of the Independent Redistricting Commission to draw legislative boundaries despite claims it could illegally harm the ability of minorities to elect lawmakers of their choice.

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Since 2011, there have been at least 13 shootings involving HSI agents – most in 2018-19, according to an investigation by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.

By Derek Hall, Mackenzie Shuman, Devan Sauer, Nicole Ludden and José-Ignacio Castañeda Perez Howard Center for Investigative Journalism February 24, 2020
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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Arizona’s challenge to California’s “extraordinarily aggressive” application of a tax against thousands of out-of-state companies, including as many as 13,000 in Arizona.

By McKenzie Sadeghi, Cronkite News February 24, 2020
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The Maricopa County individual who tested positive for novel coronavirus has been released from quarantine after receiving multiple negative tests for the virus, the Maricopa County Public Health Department said in a statement Friday.

By MacKinley Lutes-Adlhoch, Cronkite News February 24, 2020
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Arizona’s presidential preference primary is still almost a month away, but voters are already making their preferences known with their wallets.

By McKenzie Sadeghi, Cronkite News February 23, 2020
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Passenger information gets checked and re-checked at airports all over the world, but when it comes to tracking COVID-19, that data has, at times, taken days to reach health officials.

By Hannah Foote, Cronkite News February 21, 2020
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GOP lawmakers haven't given up on 'sanctuary' penalty provisions
HB 2598 would impose economic consequences on non-cooperative municipalities

Arizona Republicans are continuing to advance another measure related to the controversial issue of sanctuary cities despite the decision by the governor not to try to amend the state constitution.

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Friday, Hispanic activists and their Democrat allies celebrated the death of a proposed constitutional ban on "sanctuary cities," as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey who had crafted the plan sought to do damage control.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday took three-term New York City mayor and multibillionaire Michael Bloomberg to task over numerous allegations of workplace sexual harassment.

By Dylan Simard and Frankie McLister, Cronkite News February 21, 2020
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President Donald Trump brought thousands out to his rally Wednesday at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum – what he likely did not bring was $145,000 to reimburse local governments for costs from previous rallies in Arizona.

By Joshua Gerard Gargiulo, Cronkite News February 21, 2020
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Facing rising opposition and threats of a boycott, Gov. Doug Ducey has pulled the plug on his demand for a public vote for a constitutional ban on "sanctuary cities."

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The House Government Committee approved a measure to let communities limit the number of people who can be allowed into these facilities to no more than two per bedroom. HB 2875 also permits cities to require installation of noise monitoring equipment, restrict where people can smoke and even require owners or their agent to actually meet the people to whom they are renting.

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State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to what could be a doubling of the state's gasoline tax.

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A federal judge has concluded that Customs and Border Protection is detaining people in a way that violates their rights.

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Women who want to get breast implants would be required to get more information about the side effects, under the terms of legislation approved Wednesday by a Senate committee.

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HB 2808 would allow inmates convicted of non-violent crimes to be let out of prison after they serve as little as 65 percent of their sentence. Current law precludes release before 85 percent of a sentence has been served.

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Arizona officials said Boy Scouting in the state will not be affected by the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to file for bankruptcy Tuesday as the national group grapples with up to $1 billion in damages from decades of sexual abuse lawsuits.

By Jessica Myers, Cronkite News February 19, 2020
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The Trump administration took another step toward expediting construction of a border wall Tuesday, announcing it is waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states, including Arizona.

By MacKinley Lutes-Adlhoch, Cronkite News February 19, 2020

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