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State Rep. Orr: I will push marijuana legalization

State Rep. Orr: I will push marijuana legalization

Republican says process could take two years.

October 13, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
Same-sex suit seeks status as widower

Same-sex suit seeks status as widower

Attorney hoping for prompt ruling in case to ease financial burden.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am
U.S. plans new centers for flood of Central Americans

U.S. plans new centers for flood of Central Americans

Federal official: Unknown where new facilities will be located.

June 20, 2014 1:40 pmLoading…

Lawmaker wants to move Green Valley, Sahuarita, Rosemont Mine to Santa Cruz County

Saying it’s what the residents want, a Southern Arizona lawmaker wants to let voters in Green Valley, Sahuarita and surrounding areas split from Pima County and move into Santa Cruz County.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

State has money in the bank, but lawmakers still face funding conflicts

PHOENIX — State lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday with more cash available than they need to cover the basic operation of state government.

January 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

State Sen. Linda Lopez to step down, citing new job

State Sen. Linda Lopez is calling it quits.

December 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Prosecutor wants suit over marijuana extracts dismissed

PHOENIX — Maricopa County’s chief prosecutor is asking a judge to throw out a bid by the parents of a 5-year-old Mesa boy who has seizures to be able to get an extract of marijuana from dispensaries.

November 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

State asks court to force feds to modify voter registration forms

PHOENIX — Saying he is not willing to maintain a dual registration system, Secretary of State Ken Bennett is asking the court to order the federal Election Assistance Commission to modify its voter registration forms to demand proof of citizenship.

October 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Benson edges out Vail in rankings

Benson edges out Vail in rankings

PHOENIX - The top performing school district in the state got there by borrowing liberally from the ideas and concepts of its neighbor.

August 02, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…
Antenori pays speed fine, clears status of license

Antenori pays speed fine, clears status of license

State Sen. Frank Antenori paid off his 2009 photo radar speeding ticket on Monday, clearing up questions about the status of his driver's license.

March 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Status of Antenori driver's license in question

Status of Antenori driver's license in question

PHOENIX - State Sen. Frank Antenori's driver's license should be suspended because of his failure two years ago to resolve a photo radar citation he received for speeding in Tucson.

March 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Court halts fees for use of Forest Service land

A federal appeals court on Thursday slapped down the U.S. Forest Service for charging fees for those who park and hike in the Catalina Mountains.

February 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Giffords to resign, forcing 2 elections almost at once

Giffords to resign, forcing 2 elections almost at once

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' decision to step down this week instead of finishing her term means many of the voters in what's now Congressional District 8 will see two rounds of primary and general elections this year.

January 23, 2012 12:02 am Video Photos

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Gov: Let's spend $7 million to promote AZ tourism

With the first budget surplus in years, Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday she wants lawmakers to restore funding to promote tourism.

December 16, 2011 2:50 pmLoading…

Hack attack reveals DPS officers' email

Personal e-mails from about a dozen Arizona Department of Public Safety officers were made public Wednesday as part of a second computer hacking attack on the agency in less than a week.

June 30, 2011 12:00 am

Preliminary count shows enough signatures to force Pearce recall

PHOENIX — It looks like the embattled president of the state Senate will have to fight to keep his seat in the Legislature.

June 16, 2011 10:15 amLoading…

Brewer wants unemployed to try harder to find work

PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer wants those who are getting jobless benefits to have to work twice as hard to find work.

June 08, 2011 10:53 amLoading…
Control of UA Healthcare in dispute

Control of UA Healthcare in dispute

State lawmakers are poised to block the Arizona Board of Regents from controlling the operations of UA Healthcare, at least for the near future.

April 19, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Regents set to rethink board change at hospitals

A plan to reorganize the leadership and board of directors of UA Healthcare is set to be rescinded today during a special meeting by the Arizona Board of Regents.

April 15, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…
Regents to reverse votes that caused UMC controversy (updated)

Regents to reverse votes that caused UMC controversy (updated)

The Arizona Board of Regents will hold a special meeting tomorrow to rescind steps it took a week ago to reorganize the leadership and board of directors of UA Healthcare.

April 14, 2011 4:30 pm Related Loading…

Sen. Kyl will retire at end of term in '12

Saying 26 years in Congress is enough, U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl announced he won't be running to retain his seat next year.

February 11, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…
Local 'Angels' group, new AZ law seek to shelter funeral goers from protests

Local 'Angels' group, new AZ law seek to shelter funeral goers from protests

Threatened protests at the funerals of several victims of Saturday's deadly shooting rampage could get little notice thanks to multiple efforts to support their families.

January 12, 2011 12:00 am Related

Judge asks to delay felony trials

The chief judge of Arizona's federal courts has declared a judicial emergency, citing an all-time high of felony cases that has pushed the four judges in Tucson past their limits.

January 05, 2011 12:00 am Related

Political briefs

Nazi symbol, white powder are sent in mail to Grijalva

October 22, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Senate Minority Leader Garcia, a Tucsonan, dies

Senate Minority Leader Garcia, a Tucsonan, dies

State Senate Minority Leader Jorge Luis Garcia, who has represented Tucson in the Legislature off and on for a dozen years, died Friday.

October 16, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

AG races too close to call

A clear winner has not emerged in the bitter and often ugly primary race to become the Republican nominee for state attorney general.

August 25, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…

Surtax of $147 on home in TUSD

PHOENIX - Homeowners in a handful of school districts are in for an unpleasant surprise because of some changes that state lawmakers made in education-finance laws in the name of fairness.

August 17, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
Brewer appeals judge's ruling on SB1070

Brewer appeals judge's ruling on SB1070

Gov. Jan Brewer this afternoon asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to review — and overturn — an order by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocking Arizona from enforcing key provisions of its new immigration law.

July 29, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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US suit jacks up drama over immigration law

US suit jacks up drama over immigration law

The federal government's lawsuit against the immigration enforcement law in Arizona magnified the divisiveness of SB 1070 and sets the stage for a milestone ruling that could resonate across the country.

July 07, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Chief: Cops enforcing SB 1070 are sure to be accused of profiling

PHOENIX - Police officers were warned Thursday that they probably will be accused of racial profiling when they enforce the state's new immigration law, no matter what they do.

July 02, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
Decision on Guard troops criticized

Decision on Guard troops criticized

PHOENIX - Fewer than half the National Guard soldiers the president is planning to put along the border will end up in Arizona.

June 29, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Obama: Most Guard troops likely to come to Arizona border

Obama: Most Guard troops likely to come to Arizona border

Gov. Jan Brewer said President Obama told her today that a "majority'' of the 1,200 National Guard soldiers he plans to deploy to the Southwest border likely will end up in Arizona.

June 03, 2010 12:27 pmLoading…

Counties due bill for youth jail

PHOENIX - Arizona's facilities for locking up juvenile offenders appear headed for a dramatic overhaul.

March 09, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

AZ rep wants exit exam for third-graders

PHOENIX - Third-graders who can't read at the level expected for their age would be held back under a proposal being crafted by a state lawmaker.

January 17, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

AZ running out of accounting gimmicks

Across-the-board, Arizona's elected leaders agree making the state's disintegrating budget whole again won't be easy, and however they do it will be painful.

January 10, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
State's jobless rate is flat, but economists see worrisome signs

State's jobless rate is flat, but economists see worrisome signs

PHOENIX — Arizona's jobless rate remained virtually unchanged for the second month in a row.

October 15, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Arizona to lose jobs for another year, officials predict

PHOENIX — Arizona will continue to lose jobs for probably another year, the state Department of Commerce predicted today.

October 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Support for split taxes shaky

PHOENIX — Republican lawmakers are set to take their latest crack at solving the state's budget deficit today by voting on a package that is still not guaranteed to pass after months of negotiations and fierce debate.

August 11, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Longtime Tucsonan named to state's high court

Longtime Tucsonan named to state's high court

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer selected John Pelander, an Arizona Court of Appeals judge in Tucson, to be the newest justice on the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday.

July 29, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

ashas' can use cash on hand to stock shelves, pay workers

PHOENIX -- A federal judge cleared the way today for Bashas' to use the cash it had on hand when it filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday to keep the store shelves stocked, at least for the time being.

July 15, 2009 12:00 am
Judge unfreezes cash so Bashas' can stock shelves, pay workers

Judge unfreezes cash so Bashas' can stock shelves, pay workers

PHOENIX -- A federal judge cleared the way today for Bashas' to use the cash it had on hand when it filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday to keep the store shelves stocked, at least for the time being.

July 15, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
AG sues to block closing of Citizen

AG sues to block closing of Citizen

In a late twist in Gannett Co. Inc.'s attempt to stop publishing a print version of the Tucson Citizen after today, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard filed suit late Friday trying to block the closure.

May 16, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Stimulus money hangs in balance

PHOENIX — State lawmakers will have to restore at least $150 million in cuts they just made to higher education to keep Arizona from losing more than $800 million in federal education stimulus funds.

March 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Arizona's unemployment rate rises to 7.4 percent

Arizona's unemployment rate rises to 7.4 percent

PHOENIX — The state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate hit 7.4 percent in February, new figures released today show. That's up fourth-tenths of a point from January.

March 19, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Brewer signs budget, but next year's cuts loom even bigger

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Saturday to fix the state’s current budget, paving the way for lawmakers to start dealing with an even bigger deficit expected next year.

January 31, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Arizona, local housing numbers get darker

Arizona, local housing numbers get darker

Home values in Tucson and across Arizona tumbled again in the third quarter, continuing an unprecedented fall that many say will stretch well into the next year if not longer.

November 26, 2008 12:00 amLoading…

AZ ballot initiative on taxes draws ire

Raising everyone's taxes should not be easy, even if most of the taxpayers who vote support the increase, according to Jason LeVecke, who financed an initiative on the November ballot to make tax hikes tougher.

September 11, 2008 12:00 amLoading…

State secretary goes to court over same-sex ballot initiative

Secretary of State Jan Brewer has gone to court to keep from having to tell Arizona voters that same-sex marriage is already illegal under state law.

August 22, 2008 12:00 amLoading…

Bee rebuffs idea of panel to probe GOP handling of marriage issue

PHOENIX — State Senate President Tim Bee rejected a request Wednesday to appoint a bipartisan panel to investigate whether Republicans broke legislative rules when they ended a filibuster attempt that could have killed a measure on gay marriage.

July 24, 2008 12:00 amLoading…

Contention rules floor on last day of session

As the Arizona Legislature slogged its way toward ending the fourth-longest session in history, lawmakers saved some of the most contentious issues for last — when tempers were at a ragged edge.

June 28, 2008 12:00 amLoading…

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