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The Republican-controlled Legislature took the first steps Thursday to create a constitutional ban on ``sanctuary'' policies by government agencies.

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State lawmakers voted Thursday to create a financial disincentive for state and local governments -- and even schools -- to try to keep weapons off their property.

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Arguing that it's a matter of fairness, a House panel voted Thursday to ban anyone from participating in intramural or interscholastic athletics that does not match their "biological sex."

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A federal judge has overturned environmental permits for the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider the mine’s impact on several endangered species in the Santa Rita Mountains.

By Jessica Myers, Cronkite News February 13, 2020
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Arizona officials said they will fight to make sure that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base does not take a hit as a result of the Pentagon’s decision to retire 44 A-10 fighter jets, a mainstay at the Tucson base.

By MacKinley Lutes-Adlhoch, Cronkite News February 13, 2020
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Saying the state has more money than it needs, Republicans on a House panel voted Wednesday to cut state taxes to the tune of by nearly $162 million this coming budget year -- and an undetermined amount years down the road.

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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 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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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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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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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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Insulin isn’t the only drug that patients struggle to afford these days. In Arizona, a survey of pharmacies in Phoenix, Tucson and Holbrook found drug prices are on the rise.

By Hannah Foote, Cronkite News February 10, 2020
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On a voice vote Thursday, the House gave preliminary approval to legislation requiring students be held back if they don't meet the required criteria.

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Calling it a matter of property rights and security, the state House voted Thursday to let those living along the border to construct walls without first getting local permission or building permits.

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Facing a federal lawsuit, federal officials have agreed to conduct environmental studies before deciding whether to lease out more than 4,000 acres of land near the Petrified Forest National Park for oil and gas exploration.

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A Senate panel voted Thursday to erect some new hurdles in the path of those seeking to recall state and local elected officials.

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