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McSally gets nod from Ducey to succeed Kyl in U.S.Senate

PHOENIX -- A month after losing her own bid for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Doug Ducey is appointing Martha McSally to a vacant seat in the upper chamber of Congress.

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Jon Kyl to resign U.S.Senate seat Dec. 31

PHOENIX -- Saying his commitment was only until the end of the year, Jon Kyl is stepping down from the Senate seat to which he was named less than four months ago.

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Ducey threatens veto if lawmakers alter drought plan

Gov. Doug Ducey threatened to veto any drought contingency plan that does not equitably divide up the pain of Arizona having less water in 2020 and eventually leads to lower water use in the state.

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20 years later, victims of Baptist Foundation of Arizona investment scheme still recovering

The Cacaces were among 11,000 investors who lost a combined $580 million when the Baptist Foundation of Arizona, or BFA, a registered nonprofit, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1999 in what prosecutors described as a Ponzi scheme. To this day, it is considered one of the largest affinity frauds in U.S history.

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Arizona taxpayers get $2 million bill for effort to block ‘Dreamers’ from driving

The unsuccessful bid by Gov. Jan Brewer and the state to keep “dreamers’’ from getting licenses to drive is going to cost Arizona nearly $2 million.

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Lawmaker seeks repeal of ‘sneaky’ state vehicle fee

Calling its enactment “sneaky,’’ a veteran lawmaker wants to repeal a new $32-a-vehicle fee on every car, truck, motorcycle and trailer that is being used to balance the state budget.

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Gov. Ducey says Trump tweet on border surge raises questions

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday he has no knowledge of Arizona “bracing for a massive surge’’ of migrants through a “non-walled’’ part of the border despite a warning by President Trump.

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Local school districts cash in on Volkswagen lawsuit settlement

PHOENIX -- Beaver Creek, Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union High School are among the more than four dozen Arizona school districts getting new school buses at no cost to taxpayers.

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Pack patience, check car and take it slow for Arizona holiday travel

Nearly 900,000 drivers were on the road over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday, and an AAA Arizona spokeswoman expects that number to increase from Christmas to New Year’s Day.

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Rep. Stringer of Prescott loses chairmanship for ‘vile’ comments

Lawmaker under fire under over remarks on race, immigration

The latest comments by a Prescott Republican lawmaker about race, immigration and assimilation have cost him the chairmanship of a committee he has sought for years.

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Arizona Gov. Ducey to ask for $30 million in budget proposal for drought plan

Arizona needs to finalize an internal drought deal so it can enter an agreement with the other six Colorado River Basin states. The deal, called the Drought Contingency Plan, will help keep Lake Mead from falling to disastrously low levels. Lake Mead, the lower basin’s main reservoir, is 38 percent full.

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Predator killing contests rejected in Dewey-Humboldt

Opponents of contests say predators provide critical role for healthy ecosystem

An organization’s plan to conduct a coyote killing contest in Dewey-Humboldt was thwarted by the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council when the council approved a resolution opposing predator hunts.

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Census Bureau report shows Californians flocking to Arizona

Wondering where all your new neighbors are coming from?

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Arizona Supreme Court justice lobbied governor on Sen. McCain replacement

Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick urged Gov. Doug Ducey to name Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to the U.S. Senate just days after John McCain died.

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Governor’s chief of staff steps down

PHOENIX -- There’s an argument to be made that Doug Ducey would not be governor today if it were not for Kirk Adams who on Monday announced he was quitting as Ducey’s chief of staff.

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‘Trouble in Toyland’ -- Privacy issues among concerns with toys that use artificial intelligence

PHOENIX -- It was bad enough when parents had to worry about choking hazards, poisonous chemicals and excessive noise when buying presents.

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State Supreme Court to hear case of Arizona women who don’t want to sell wedding invitations to gay couples

PHOENIX -- The state’s high court has agreed to decide whether cities can force businesses to do work for those whose views, practices or lifestyles conflict with the owners’ religious beliefs.

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Arizona jobless rate at 4.7 percent in October

The state’s jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point last month.

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Incoming secretary of state to support laws that increase campaign finance transparency

PHOENIX -- Incoming Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Monday she believes political parties should be required to report when they spend money to elect specific candidates even as she defended the failure of the Arizona Democratic Party to disclose what it spent to get her elected.

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Ducey names former political rival to Arizona Board of Regents

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Fred DuVal Monday to the Arizona Board of Regents four years after getting himself elected by blasting his Democrat foe for sharp increases he approved in university tuition.

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A word on the bird: Lower prices on turkey for consumers

PHOENIX -- A healthy supply of turkeys is going to make the cost of feeding the family Thanksgiving dinner a bit less expensive this year.

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Hoffman 54,000 votes ahead of Riggs for AZ schools chief

PHOENIX -- Democrats will take at least one statewide office for the next four years.

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Latest vote tally gives Sinema clear lead for U.S. Senate seat

PHOENIX -- The latest batch of votes counted Monday put the U.S. Senate out of the reach of Republican Martha McSally and into the hands of an Arizona Democrat for the first time since 1994.

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Record number of bald eagles take first flight in 2018

Arizona’s bald eagle population continues to soar as the number of breeding areas expanded statewide and a record 87 young hatched during the 2018 breeding season, according the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual survey.

Steve Gaynor leads race for Arizona Secretary of State

Political newcomer Steve Gaynor got the bid to be the Republican nominee after he knocked off incumbent Michele Reagan in the primary, capitalizing on a series of missteps she made in running prior elections.