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Immigration judges urge Congress to fix record-high caseload backlog
WASHINGTON - Congress needs to double the number of immigration judges and reorganize the immigration court system to cope with a record-high 375,000 backlogged cases, two of those judges said Wednesday.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spending on Arizona primary races topped $43.5m
WASHINGTON - Arizona candidates - and their allies and opponents - spent more than $43.5 million on Tuesday's primary election, a "staggering" amount for the state, according to one political expert.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tooth Fairy Math: DuVal, Ducey start clash for governor
PHOENIX -- The outcome of the race for governor could turn on who can scare the middle class more, especially over the high cost of college.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tech Council pulls $$$ plug on Brewer's plans
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Technology Council took its donation back from Gov. Jan Brewer's political action committee after she used its cash to try to defeat a legislative candidate it supports.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Charter cities not obligated to state mandate on elections
Tucson and the state's 18 other charter cities can have their local elections pretty much when they want, no matter what state legislators say, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brewer continues to fend off legal challenge to Medicaid
PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer will get a chance to stop some Republicans from trying to undermine the financing for her expansion of Arizona's Medicaid program.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

UPDATE: Doug Ducey wins Republican nomination for governor
PHOENIX -- Doug Ducey apparently walked away with the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, beating out five other contenders.

And today he starts off today with the chore of uniting the party after a particularly divisive -- and expensive -- primary.

Despite an endorsement by Gov. Brewer, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith trailed badly, having been vastly outspent by Ducey.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Urgent public appeal for Type-O blood
United Blood Services has issued an urgent public appeal for donors with blood Type-O, the universal blood that can be substituted for other types in emergencies. Just 14 units of O-negative blood remained on the shelves to fill the needs of 58 hospitals - leaving just a four-hour supply for United Blood Services.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Pluto debate continues
Tucson scientist David Grinspoon joined a panel Monday talking about NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Clean Elections throws out collusion complaints among governor candidates
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission on Thursday threw out separate complaints alleging collusion between two gubernatorial candidates and independent groups trying to defeat their foes.
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lawsuit filed over state's marijuana restrictions for PTSD patients
A marijuana advocacy group is challenging limits imposed by state Health Director Will Humble on how and when patients with post-traumatic stress disorder can legally use the drug.
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gov candidates debate ways to jump-start economy
PHOENIX -- Republican gubernatorial hopefuls all promised Tuesday night to help the state's economic recovery but were divided on the question of how best to do that.

Christine Jones said the key is running the state more like a business.

Ken Bennett said eliminating the state income tax will provide the necessary impetus, replacing lost revenues with a broad-based sales tax.

Scott Smith said what he hears from companies is they want to be sure they can find qualified, trained workers in Arizona.

And Andrew Thomas said none of that matters unless and until Arizona seals the border, calling it "the elephant in the room.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Court: Police searches can include visitors' belongings
PHOENIX -- Someone visiting a home when police show up with a search warrant can have their own purses and personal property examined, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Judge: Clean Elections can probe Horne
A state judge refused Tuesday to block the Citizens Clean Elections Commission from investigating whether Attorney General Tom Horne has used public resources and staff in his current reelection bid.
(1 comments)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Elections Director: Club is probably violating campaign law
PHOENIX -- The state's elections director says an organization that has so far put nearly $1.7 million into this year's primary election likely is violating campaign finance laws.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ducey hopes to block JanPAC from funding Smith campaign
PHOENIX -- Unable to get Jan Brewer's endorsement for himself, Doug Ducey is now angling to deter the governor from spending her own political funds to help elect Scott Smith.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Allen seeks appointment to replace Crandell on ballot
Responding to calls from constituents and colleagues, Navajo County Supervisor Sylvia Tenney Allen declared her intention to replace the late Sen. Chester Crandell as the Republican Party nominee for State Senate representing Legislative District 6 at the State Capitol.
(1 comments)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

AZ jobless rate stands at 7%
PHOENIX -- The state's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point last month, to 7.0 percent, amid lackluster overall growth of jobs in the private sector and sharp but seasonally expected declines in employment in public education.

And it might have been worse except for one thing: the federal Affordable Care Act.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

State mandates 25-mile rule on marijuana grow privilege
PHOENIX -- Medical marijuana users have no right to grow their own plants once a dispensary moves within 25 miles as the crow flies, a state hearing officers concluded Tuesday.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Court rules transgender man can get legal divorce
PHOENIX -- A transgender man is entitled to get a divorce in Arizona from his wife even though he kept his uterus and bore children with her, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014


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