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Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

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An environmental group took the first steps Wednesday to filing suit against the U.S. Forest Service for failing to live up to its promise to keep cattle away from streams in eastern Arizona.

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A federal court jury has awarded a former state senate staffer $1 million after concluding she was the victim of racial and sex discrimination.

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Late Wednesday, state utility officials rejected a last-ditch plea by an Arizona Public Service customers to undo the rate hike they approved for the state’s largest electric company in 2017.

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Arizona transportation officials say they’re not sharing your driver’s license photo with federal agencies, a practice that apparently is occurring in other states.

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Don’t look for Gov. Doug Ducey to trash all his Nike wear in the wake of his blistering criticism of the company.

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday blocked a $1 million economic development grant to Nike to construct a new plant in Arizona, accusing the company of bowing to “the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism.’’

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Lea Marquez Peterson told Capitol Media Services Monday that the “accountability and answers’’ about what caused or contributed to the death of Stephanie Pullman of Sun City West last year have to come from APS.

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PHOENIX -- Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich warned Friday that the talk about tariffs and border closures coming from Washington is endangering the economy of both her state and Arizona.

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PHOENIX -- The state’s top health official says a new state law on marijuana testing may help fill in the gaps of protecting patients left by her agency’s inability to make spot checks on kitchens preparing edible forms of the drug.

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Martha McSally can keep John McCain’s Senate seat until at least the 2020 election, a federal judge ruled.

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More than 200,000 medical marijuana users are at risk, says a new state auditor's report.

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Saying time is running out, the former chairman of the Arizona Libertarian Party wants the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to order an election -- and soon -- to decide who fills out the the term of John McCain.

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Brutinel is a former presiding judge of the Yavapai County Superior Court.

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PHOENIX -- State utility regulators voted Thursday to block electric companies under their purview from shutting off power to customers who do not pay their bills from June 1 through Oct. 15.

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday the Arizona Corporation Commission has been getting into areas beyond its constitutional authority to set utility rates.

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PHOENIX -- Arizona is in danger of losing out on a new congressional seat because if the Trump administration is successful in adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, according to a new study and analysis.

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PHOENIX -- The state Court of Appeals is refusing to require vehicle manufacturers to install safety equipment for cars sold in Arizona that are not mandated by federal law.

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Appeals court sides with Arizona bank robber
Panel says placing pocket knife on counter not grounds for armed robbery conviction

PHOENIX -- A man who held up a Tempe bank cannot be convicted of armed robbery simply because he placed a closed pocket knife on the counter while reaching into his pocket for a bag, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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Simulcast law supported by Arizona Downs could lead to lawsuit by Phoenix track
Owners say measure could lead to drop in revenues; Arizona Downs officials say all they want is fair treatment

PHOENIX — The owners of the state’s largest race track are weighing whether to sue to block a new law about who is entitled to get televised signals for out-of-state races.

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Arizona’s nearly 200,000 medical marijuana users will save $150 a year -- if not more -- under the terms of legislation signed by the governor.

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PHOENIX -- A new law signed by Gov. Doug Ducey is designed to provide legal protections to those who drill wells into underground streams they are not legally entitled to tap.

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PHOENIX -- Arizona lawmakers won’t be getting a sharp increase in their living allowances, at least not this year -- and not next year, either.

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey took a swat of sorts Monday at businesses who are concerned about the effects of the president's threatened tariffs on the state and national economy.

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PHOENIX -- On paper, that $11.8 billion budget signed Friday by Gov. Doug Ducey is a somewhere north of 11 percent higher than what was adopted a year ago.

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday tapped former Republican congressional contender Lea Marquez Peterson to the agency that decides how much utilities can charge their customers.

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix law firm known for its political involvement and lawsuits will have to pay nearly $150,000 in legal fees over what a court concluded was unfounded litigation to try to stop what has become the largest medical marijuana cultivation facility in the state.

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PHOENIX -- Environmental groups will get a new chance to force the U.S. Forest Service to ban hunters from using lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest in a bid to protect condors.

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Rebuffing Democrat complaints of misplaced priorities, Republican lawmakers late Monday gave final approval Monday to an $11.8 billion spending plan for coming fiscal year.

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Calling it a "significant and critical first step,'' Gov Doug Ducey has signed into law a measure that will give those who were sexually assaulted or abused as children more time to sue, no matter how long ago the event occurred.

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Brushing aside the "optics'' of the last-minute action, state lawmakers voted Monday to triple the daily allowance they now get.

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AZ Supreme Court rules edibles qualify as medical marijuana
Polk: 'This the difference between Advil and morphine'

Arizonans who have medical marijuana cards are legally entitled to buy and use gummy bears, candies, extracts, tinctures and resins of the plant, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

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PHOENIX -- House Republicans rejected a bid to put another $178,000 into an $11.8 billion state budget even though one of them conceded it probably would save the state far more than that in the long run.

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Arizona added another 75,300 private sector jobs in the last year -- with more than one out of every four of them being in the construction industry.

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Attorney General Mark Brnovich has given the go-ahead for an Illinois firm to "lend'' up to $12,500 to Arizonans without state regulation -- and potentially at a higher cost than state law allows traditional consumer finance companies to charge.

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Republican legislative leaders say they've reached a deal on a spending plan with Gov. Doug Ducey.

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey won't support eliminating the ability of parents to claim a personal exemption for their children from vaccines despite a new published study showing the state's largest county at risk for a measles epidemic.

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Saying the rates they charge amount to usury, backers of a new initiative seek to outlaw title loans -- or at least the interest they are allowed to charge.

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Siding with retailers, the state House voted Wednesday to at least partly preempts cities and towns from enacting their own rules on the sale and marketing of tobacco and vaping products.

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A former national speed skating champion lent her voice Tuesday to those who want to give victims of child sexual assault and abuse more time to sue their assailants -- and specifically those who permitted it to happen.

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Well, it's official: The Arizona Legislature is now in overtime.

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PHOENIX -- A student-led group that tried to get lawmakers to enact gun control last year is refocusing on something more attainable.

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PHOENIX -- Having burned through $28 million in a pair of losing political battles in Arizona last year, California billionaire Tom Steyer is now prepared to pump some more cash into the state.

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PHOENIX -- Plans for a Republican-crafted budget blew up Thursday when a second GOP lawmaker said she won’t vote for a spending plan unless and until the state gives victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue their attackers.

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Rejecting objections from prosecutors, the state House voted 42-16 to limit their ability to charge criminal defendants as serial offenders.

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Republican lawmakers voted Wednesday to put some new hurdles in the path of groups that seek to propose their own laws and constitutional amendments.

Republican lawmakers are making yet another bid to make it more difficult for those proposing their own laws to gather sufficient signatures.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is getting some allies in its legal fight with California over that state's efforts to tax Arizona businesses and individuals.

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State senators refused to make it easier for some people to escape requirements to register as sex offenders amid concerns that they have so far been prevented from voting on legislation to give victims of child sex abuse more time to sue their assailants.

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State senators approved their own crackdown on "vaping'' devices and liquids Tuesday, setting the stage for a fight with some House lawmakers who support an industry-backed bill.

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PHOENIX -- Unable to get even a hearing on his plan, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, is now working with parents and some teachers to put a measure on the 2020 ballot to block educators from engaging in classroom political advocacy.

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