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Rep Campbell proposes 10-cent hike in state gas tax

PHOENIX -- The new head of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wants a dime a gallon increase in the state gasoline tax.

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Arizona’s emergency rooms have treated thousands of addicts hooked on opioids

Opioid abuse in Arizona

PHOENIX – They arrive day and night through the automatic sliding doors of Arizona’s emergency rooms – thousands of patients overdosing on everything from oxycodone to hydrocodone, fentanyl to heroin. Every year, their numbers grow larger, their addiction more dangerous.

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Pill Push: How pharmaceutical companies helped create the opioid epidemic

PHOENIX – Dr. Janice Johnston said there’s one thing physicians have always been taught: “Treat the pain. Treat the pain. Treat the pain.”

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Officials try to stop fake prescriptions, but addicts remain persistent

Opioid abuse in Arizona

In an unrelenting quest for painkillers, Arizona pill seekers embark on almost daily missions to obtain fake or stolen prescriptions and shop their pain among doctors. Sometimes, pharmacists report, patients try to get “multiple, multiple narcotic” prescriptions from “multiple, multiple doctors.”

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Fighting opioid abuse in Arizona

Expert: State proactive, but has more work to do

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office calls it an “all-hands-on-deck strategy.”

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Havasu lawmaker pushes for legalization of hemp

The way Sonny Borrelli sees it, you could smoke a pound of hemp and all you’d get is smoke inhalation.

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Tucson lawmaker wants to make helmetless motorcycle riding illegal -- again

A Tucson lawmaker wants to once again make it illegal to ride a motorcycle in Arizona without a helmet.

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Three people rescued from floodwaters (with video)

For the second time in three weeks, the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, along with the Sedona Fire and Verde Valley Fire Departments, rescued motorists attempting low-water crossings in flooded rivers.

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Democrats want voters to extend sales tax for education

PHOENIX -- Not willing to put it off until the last minute, legislative Democrats on Monday proposed asking voters as soon as possible to extend -- and expand -- a special sales tax that funds education.

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Ducey pledges 'commitment our educators can take to the bank'

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey promised Monday to put more money into public education than legally required.

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Funding Arizona's K-12 education

All eyes on Gov. Ducey’s Prop 123 promise

When Gov. Doug Ducey asked voters last year to approve Proposition 123 he promised it would be just the first step toward providing more money for K-12 education.

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State driver licenses, IDs valid for air travel until 2020

New TSA notices at airports don’t affect Arizonans

Arizona driver licenses and state identification cards are valid for air travel until Oct. 1, 2020, according to a news release from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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How to keep tabs on your lawmakers

Anxious to see what mischief is being cooked up by your lawmakers?

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Power struggles evident on Corporation Commission; Tom Forese selected new chairman

PHOENIX -- State utility regulators swore in a new member Tuesday and elected a new chairman amid controversies that could mean open warfare on the panel.

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Despite loss in Arizona, recreational pot backers upbeat about future

WASHINGTON – Of five states with recreational marijuana on the ballot this fall, Arizona was the only state where the initiative failed, after supporters ran into a well-funded opposition campaign backed by political heavyweights.

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Appeals Court rejects lawsuit over Hotshot firefighter death

PHOENIX -- The mother of one of the firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill blaze has no right to sue the state for her son’s death, the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

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Ducey threatens legal action over National Monument

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is threatening legal action if President Obama sets aside 1.7 million acres of public lands in Arizona for a new Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.

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If Obamacare goes away, customers’ coverage will stay - for the moment

More than 100,000 people rushed to sign up for Obamacare on the day after the election, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act in his first 100 days in office – or perhaps because of it.

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Vacation rentals now officially protected from municipal regulation

Among many new laws that go into effect Jan. 1

Arizonans who like to rent out their homes to visitors and don’t want local officials to stop them will benefit from a new law taking effect Sunday.

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Governor pledges full support to self-drive car tests in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey insists that public safety will not be compromised by his decision to allow Uber to test its self-driving vehicles on Arizona roads even before the state has adopted rules for their use.

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Court ruling to allow 2nd look to decide if convicted juvenile killers are ‘worst of the worst’

PHOENIX -- Two men who are serving life terms behind bars for crimes they committed as juveniles will get a chance to convince a judge they eventually should be given an opportunity for freedom, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled.

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Court rules 5 child welfare workers not allowed to return to work; attorney says they are ‘scapegoats’

PHOENIX -- Five child welfare workers fired in the wake of a scandal about uninvestigated abuse complaints will not be getting their jobs back.

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State lawmakers seek new roadblock to full access of public records

PHOENIX -- State lawmakers are making a new bid to make it easier for public officials to deny requests for records they believe are “unduly burdensome or harassing.’’

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Upheld: Arizona's new minimum wage takes effect Sunday

More than 700,000 Arizonans will get a wage hike beginning Sunday.

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Liam, Emma most popular Arizona baby names in 2016

If the top names for boys and girls in Arizona this year is any indication, new moms and dads are paying homage to those they admire on stage and screen.

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