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Arizona judge: State can enforce near-total abortion ban

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years, a judge ruled Friday, meaning clinics across the state will have to stop providing the procedures to avoid the filing of criminal charges...

 

Election skeptics rise in GOP races to run state elections

PHOENIX (AP) — The Trump-endorsed state lawmaker who won the GOP nomination for Arizona secretary of state is the latest candidate to advance to the November ballot for a post overseeing state elections while denying the results of the last one....

 
 By BOB CHRISTIE    Regional    July 31, 2022

Top election official races feature deniers of 2020 results

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker endorsed by former President Donald Trump who attended the Jan. 6, 2021, rally that preceded the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol and another lawmaker who also believes the 2020 presidential election results sh...

 
 By BOB CHRISTIE    Regional    July 6, 2022

Governor signs $1.2B water plan as Arizona faces cutbacks

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday that will provide $1.2 billion over three years to boost long-term water supplies for the desert state and implement conservation efforts that will see more immediate effects. The...

 

AP: Few AZ voter fraud cases, discrediting Trump's claims

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona county election officials have identified fewer than 200 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots cast in last year's presidential election, further discrediting former President Donald Trump's claims...

 

US Justice Department worried about Arizona Senate recount

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice expressed concern Wednesday about ballot security and potential voter intimidation arising from the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate's unprecedented private recount of the 2020 presidential...

 

States submit vaccine orders as coronavirus death toll grows

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — States faced a deadline on Friday to place orders for the coronavirus vaccine as many reported record infections, hospitalizations and deaths, while hospitals were pushed to the breaking point — with the worst feared yet to...

 

Arizona county prosecutors join in dropping pot charges

PHOENIX (AP) — Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect...

 

Arizona governor gets good, bad marks for virus response

PHOENIX (AP) — In early August, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey beamed in the White House as he basked in praise from President Donald Trump for his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. Arizona's response to the virus, Trump said, was a model for other...

 

Lawmakers fight for GOP's soul in Arizona Senate primary

PHOENIX (AP) — The biggest knock-down, drag-out primary election fight among the 90 Arizona Senate and House seats up for grabs in November features two sitting Republican lawmakers in a suburban north Phoenix district battling for the soul of the...

 
 By Bob Christie    Regional    June 10, 2020

Arizona hospitals at 83% capacity, elective surgery may stop

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona hospitals that are expected to be able to treat new cases of coronavirus without going into crisis mode were above 80% capacity, a milestone that should trigger an automatic stop to elective surgeries at affected...

 

Arizona lawmaker wants fallen officers' families to get $1M

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker wants the state's voters to approve a measure that would ensure the families of police, firefighters and other public safety officers get at least $1 million if their loved one dies on the job. Sen. David...

 
 By BOB CHRISTIE    Regional    May 2, 2018

Arizona Senate removes key part of school safety bill

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans who control the Arizona Senate on Tuesday removed a major component of a school safety bill that would have allowed family members or school officials to ask a judge to remove guns from a person at risk of committing a...

 

Arizona, Colorado teachers rally, schools close for 2nd day

PHOENIX (AP) — As thousands of teachers and supporters gathered at the Arizona Capitol to protest inadequate public school funding for a second day Friday, Gov. Doug Ducey again skipped the chance to address them. Instead, the Republican...

 

GOP unsettled by narrow win in US House race in Arizona

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It took a big money push from the Republican Party, tweets by the president and the support of the state's current and former governors, but the GOP held onto an Arizona U.S. House seat they would have never considered...

 

Arizona is next stop for movement seeking better teacher pay

PHOENIX (AP) — The latest stop in the national movement seeking higher teacher pay and better education funding is Arizona, where tens of thousands of teachers have voted to walk off the job next week. They want the Republican-controlled Legislatur...

 

Arizona governor proposes 20 percent teacher raises by 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Caving to demands from teachers who have protested low pay and school funding shortfalls for weeks, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey rolled out a proposal Thursday promising a net 20 percent raise by 2020 and pledged to push the proposal...

 

Arizona teachers group nearing walk out over low pay

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona teachers who have organized to push for big raises and a restoration of school funding are threatening a statewide walkout, following the lead of educators across the country, including Oklahoma where schools have been...

 

GOP lawmakers want armed teachers in school safety plan

PHOENIX (AP) — Some top Republicans in Arizona's Legislature want to add armed and specially trained school personnel to Gov. Doug Ducey's proposal to boost school safety. The idea is to train select teachers, principals or even janitors who would...

 
 By BOB CHRISTIE    Regional    March 9, 2018

Arizona governor working with lawmakers on school safety

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is working with legislative leaders on a wide-ranging and hopefully bipartisan proposal to boost school safety after the shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead. The emerging policy is still being...

 

Ex-state senator wins GOP primary in race for US House

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona state senator easily outpaced another candidate embroiled in a sexting scandal and 10 other Republicans to win Tuesday's primary to replace a U.S. congressman who quit amid charges of sexual misconduct. Former state... Full story

 

Arizona bill OKs stun guns, pepper spray at universities

PHOENIX (AP) — State university and community college students would be allowed to carry pepper spray, stun guns and other "non-lethal" weapons under a bill approved by the Arizona House late Thursday. Republican Rep. Travis Grantham of Gilbert, th...

 

Arizona lawmakers mull tax break for power plant coal

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature is being asked to exempt coal used in a power plant on the Navajo Nation from the state's sales tax as a way to help make the plant more attractive for potential buyers. The Navajo Generating Station in Page...

 

Arizona House kicks out Rep. Don Shooter over sex misconduct

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House kicked out Republican Rep. Don Shooter on Thursday because of a lengthy pattern of sexual misconduct, making him the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be expelled since the #MeToo movement emerged last year....

 

No major opposition to opioid plan appears in Legislature

PHOENIX (AP) — No major opposition appeared Tuesday as the Arizona Legislature began considering a proposal from Gov. Doug Ducey designed to cut down on addiction and deaths from prescription painkillers. A House committee took up the proposal...

 

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