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Maricopa County supervisors and state senators head back to court Thursday as they continue to fight over what kind of audit of the election is necessary -- and who has the power to do it.

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Facing some blistering criticism and the possibility of harming Republican reelection efforts, a Southern Arizona lawmaker has pulled the plug on a proposal to let the legislature override the choice of voters for president.

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Residents of the state's two largest counties could find themselves with more people to call when something goes wrong.

February 24, 2021
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Arizonans who find themselves out of work through no fault of their own could get their first increase in benefits in 17 years.

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Arizona's community colleges may have the best chance ever of finally being able to offer four-year degrees to their students.

February 23, 2021
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It doesn't look like Rep. Mark Finchem will get an investigation into the conduct of Democratic lawmakers who asked the FBI to investigate him.

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State lawmakers are moving to insert themselves into the battle between developers of phone apps and tech giants Apple and Google.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has tossed another of the challenges to the Arizona election returns.

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Nearly a year of isolation and widespread closures has harmed the mental and physical health of many Americans.

By James Paidoussis, Cronkite News February 21, 2021
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A House committee has passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow Arizona business owners to decide whether to enforce mask mandates for employees and customers — a move supporters say promotes freedom and critics call a threat to health and safety.

By Victoria Hill, Cronkite News February 21, 2021
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Public education advocates and leaders of the Arizona School Boards Association’s Black Alliance and Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus gathered at the Arizona State Capitol Thursday to protest a proposed voucher expansion initiative that they say would further defund public schools.

By Samantha Molina and Reed Harmon, Cronkite News February 21, 2021
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Lupe Solis’ prayers were answered when she received her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine recently at the State Farm Stadium mass vaccination site in Glendale.

By Leo Tochterman, Cronkite News February 21, 2021
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The Arizona Republican Party is officially at war with the state's chief executive.

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The chair of the House Ethics Committee won't pursue a complaint by Rep. Mark Finchem against Democrat lawmakers.

February 20, 2021
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State health officials on Friday doled out $100 million in federal funds to the state's counties to help boost local testing for COVID-19.

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State lawmakers are starting to pick apart the gaming deal that Gov. Doug Ducey wants them to rubber stamp.

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The way Rep. John Fillmore sees it, young children need to hear and say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at school.

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Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday he wants some answers from the federal government on how the decision to again process asylum seekers will affect Arizona.

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Republican lawmakers are moving to ask voters to throw another hurdle into their own ability to enact laws when legislators won't act -- one that apparently does not exist anywhere else in the country.

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Saying parents need more control, a Senate panel voted late Tuesday to change sex education in Arizona schools into an opt-in only situation and outlaw any form of it outright before the fifth grade.

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Republican senators gave the go-ahead Monday for what could be a huge expansion in the use of tax dollars to send children to private and parochial schools.

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A Senate panel took the first steps Tuesday toward reversing a policy that denies in-state tuition to "dreamers'' at state universities and community colleges.

February 16, 2021
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Gov. Doug Ducey is apparently off the legal hook over comments he made in a phone call from his office to business owners and managers, urging that they try to defeat Proposition 208.

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Arizona’s senators joined all Democrats and a handful of Republicans Saturday in an unsuccessful attempt to convict former President Donald Trump in a historic second impeachment of the same president.

By Cronkite News staff February 14, 2021
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Arizona delivered its 1 millionth COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, a milestone that came just two months after the first doses were administered and “thrilled” state officials.

By Jacob Holt, Cronkite News February 14, 2021

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