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Arizona's jobless rate finally dropped last month to where it was when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Gov. Doug Ducey or whoever succeeds him can't conduct a future financial raid on a school trust fund account without first getting congressional approval, a judge has ruled.

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is moving to strip Arizona officials of their ability to regulate worker safety in Arizona because of the state's failure to immediately adopt emergency COVID health care rules to protect workers.

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A federal judge has slapped back a bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to let the state start enforcing new abortion restrictions despite his order concluding they are likely unconstitutional.

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Gov. Doug Ducey has no immediate plans for how - or even if - he will try to sanction the three state universities who are requiring faculty and staff to be vaccinated despite his orders to the contrary.

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Attorney General Mark Brnovich is making a last-ditch effort to tell Arizona courts they need to butt out of how the legislature conducts its business.

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is claiming that Facebook admits it is aiding human smuggling.

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A judge late Thursday, Oct. 14, rejected broad claims by the Senate that it need not disclose various documents related to its audit of the 2020 election.

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Arizona schools are facing the prospect of not being able to legally spend some of the money they are receiving.

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Arizona continues to have a shortage of teachers for the classroom.

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Arizona's political redistricting plans are still a work in progress. But an organization that studies the fairness of political redistricting plans nationwide likes some of what it sees developing here.

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Arizona can't take more than $1.1 million from Flagstaff as a financial penalty for the city having its own minimum wage, at least not now.

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Arizona is getting another $862 million in federal COVID relief dollars to help safely reopen schools.

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A judge on Thursday, Oct. 7, said he's not ready to cite the Arizona Senate and Karen Fann, its president, for contempt of court.

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State and federal officials told a Senate panel Wednesday, Oct. 6, that there may be long-term solutions to the historic drought gripping the West, and the water shortages that come with it, but that the short-term outlook remains grim.

By ULYSSE BEX, Cronkite News October 7, 2021
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A key federal official is telling Gov. Doug Ducey he cannot use COVID grant dollars to penalize schools that impose mask mandates.

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A judge questioned attorneys for the state Monday, Oct. 4, on their claim that lawmakers have the authority to financially penalize local governments that impose their own minimum wages.

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An attorney for Gov. Doug Ducey is asking a judge to toss a bid by a labor group to order him to immediately seek to recoup extra federal jobless benefits that were denied to them when the governor pulled out of the program.

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The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about whether the ban on mask mandates at public schools was legally enacted.

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Arizona hospitals overall saw huge increases in their profits last year despite -- or more likely, because of -- COVID-19.

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Cities can't bar their employees from contributing to races for city council and mayor, Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded Thursday, Sept. 30.

By Howard Fischer, For the Independent September 30, 2021
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The Arizona Supreme Court refused Wednesday, Sept. 29, to let the state start enforcing its new ban on school mask mandates, at least for the time being.

By Howard Fischer, For the Independent September 30, 2021
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It looks like Arizona voters are going to get the last word on a $1.5 billion tax cut approved by Republican lawmakers and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

By Howard Fischer, For the Independent September 29, 2021
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A federal judge late Tuesday, Sept. 28, blocked Arizona from making criminals out of doctors who perform abortions knowing the woman's reason is a genetic fetal defect.

By Howard Fischer, For the Independent September 29, 2021
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Arizonans are not going to be able to override a series of changes in voting law approved earlier this year by the Republican-controlled legislature.

By Howard Fischer, For the Independent September 29, 2021

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