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PHOENIX -- With a final squeeze, the state Senate on Monday gave final approval to legislation declaring lemonade to be the official state drink despite objections that the action sends precisely the wrong message to teens who want to affect state policy.

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Republican lawmakers on Wednesday approved new mandates on schools to report violent incidents in what Democrats say is feel-good legislation to hide the shortfalls in education funding.

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A Mesa Republican senator accused a GOP Sun City colleague Wednesday of making political threats to force him to vote for legislation.

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The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday rebuffed the latest bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to have the method of setting tuition at the state's three universities be declared unconstitutional.

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State senators confirmed four new members to the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments Tuesday over the objection of Democrats who complained the 15-member panel lacks political, gender and ethnic diversity.

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Monday, April 29, 2019, after an internal audit and investigation, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives arrested 52-year-old Todd Whittard at his home in Chandler, AZ. Whittard was assigned to oversee the Latent Prints and Firearms Units within the AZDPS crime lab. Whittard was booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on charges of theft, forgery, and fraudulent schemes and artifices.

By From the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety April 30, 2019
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Some state lawmakers, educators and public health advocates are trying to derail legislation pushed by the tobacco industry and vaping retailers to block local cities, towns and counties from regulating the sale of their products.

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PHOENIX -- The head of the Arizona Republican Party is seeking to rally GOP lawmakers to allow a public vote on a plan to boost the state sales tax for education by four-tenths of a cent.

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Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday that the problems of migrants from Central America reaching our borders and flooding into Arizona.

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A baker’s dozen of things you need to know about the new state texting law:

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Arizona lawmakers gave final approval this afternoon to a comprehensive statewide ban on the use of hand-held cellphones by motorist, sending the bill already approved by the Senate to Gov. Doug Ducey for his anticipated signature.

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With a 17-13 party-line vote Tuesday, the Arizona Senate passed the consolidation bill known as SB 1073.

By Bill Helm April 18, 2019
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YUMA – Mayor Douglas Nicholls has declared a state of emergency in response to what he described as an overwhelming flow of migrants dropped off by federal officials, and he’s asking for state and federal funds to deal with it.

By By MOLLY STELLINO Cronkite News April 18, 2019
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PHOENIX -- State senators approved legislation Tuesday crafted by House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Tuesday he said will help keep thousands of Arizonans out of jail.

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TEMPE – Officials and experts are exploring a vexing question about the revolving bars of the criminal justice system: How can we stop people from ending back in prison?

By By HAILEY MENSIK Cronkite News April 17, 2019
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PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Health Services issued a report warning that higher exemptions from vaccines are putting the state at risk this year for an outbreak of measles, mumps and other preventable diseases.

By By VERONICA GRAFF Cronkite News April 17, 2019
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PHOENIX – Arizona small business owners are fighting for sales tax equality with online retailers, similar to 39 other states trying to collect taxes on goods that consumers buy online. But experts said Arizona’s tax system complicates the situation.

By By VERONICA GRAFF Cronkite News April 17, 2019
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PHOENIX – Baltimore and Phoenix are two completely different cities culturally and geographically, but they’re both experiencing the same problem: increased deaths due to opioid overdoses, specifically those involving powerful fentanyl.

By By AUSTEN BUNDY Cronkite News April 17, 2019
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PHOENIX -- President Trump on Tuesday signed the plan for how Arizona and other Colorado River basin states will divide up the limited water that's now available.

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PHOENIX -- Lobbied by the industry, state lawmakers are not going to help those who bought timeshares get out from under what is often a lifetime obligation.

Thursday, the school district consolidation bill, Senate Bill 1073, passed House Committee of the Whole and its third read in the House of Representatives on a 53-7 vote.

By Kelcie Grega April 13, 2019
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PHOENIX -- An attorney for members of various political parties told a federal judge Friday she should order a statewide election -- and soon -- to let voters fill the Senate seat now occupied by Martha McSally.

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PHOENIX -- A bid to allow employers to pay some young workers less than the voter-mandated minimum wage is effectively dead.

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After Monday’s vote by the state’s House Rules Committee, the school consolidation bill known as SB 1073 is three steps away from becoming law.

By Bill Helm April 4, 2019
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Facing Democrat demands, House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Wednesday finally directed the Ethics Committee to come up with a code of conduct for lawmakers -- including whether they can be ousted for their public comments -- more than a year after it was first promised.