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Governor makes final call on new laws in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Because of Gov. Doug Ducey, some of Arizona’s needy will be able to get an additional year of help.

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Gov. Ducey gives OK to $1 billion loan package for state universities

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Monday to let the state’s three universities borrow $1 billion for repairs and new buildings -- but with nothing to directly relieve the increasing burden of tuition.

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Arizona jobless rate holds steady at 5%

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady last month at 5.0 percent as the number of people employed the private sector grew by just 7,500.

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Judge concludes law doesn’t prohibit state from taking inflated marijuana fees

A judge has rebuffed efforts by medical marijuana users to force the state to reduce the fees it charges patients.

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Child sex solicitation law to be decided by high court

PHOENIX — The state’s high court has agreed to decide whether people can be convicted of soliciting sex with a child even if there never was any actual child to begin with.

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Bills to ease Border Patrol hiring advance in Senate, stall in House

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to hire Border Patrol officers by waiving polygraph tests for applicants who are current or former military, police or other law enforcement officers.

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Border agent who shot teen said victim was drug smuggler

PHOENIX -- The attorney for a Border Patrol agent who shot a teen through the fence is claiming the victim was involved in drug smuggling.

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State Supreme Court upholds ruling on termination of child welfare workers

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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UofA backs down on establishing 'social justice advocates'

PHOENIX -- Buffeted by claims it was creating "speech police,'' the University of Arizona is backing down from its plan to create "social justice advocates'' on campus -- at least for the time being.

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Former teachers lash out at lawmakers over school funding

PHOENIX – Three former teachers of the year lashed out Monday at lawmakers for failing to properly fund schools -- and salaries -- but were more forgiving of local school boards who actually set their pay.

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House gives preliminary approval for growing hemp

Arizona is on the verge of authorizing its farmers to start growing hemp.

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House approves bill allowing car rescues of children, pets

Governor expected to sign, allowing breaking car windows to save lives

Ignoring a claim the measure is “horribly crafted,” the state House voted 35-20 Wednesday to give license to people to break into cars to rescue children and pets.

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Schools won’t have to use inflation aid for raises

Arizona schools won’t be forced to use some of their annual inflation aid for teacher raises.

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Lawmakers wrap up session with expanded tax breaks for businesses

State lawmakers completed the 2017 legislative session Wednesday evening with millions of dollars in new and expanded tax breaks for business that sponsors say will help economic development.

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ACLU challenges statute preventing contact with crime victims, families

Saying lives are at stake, criminal defense attorneys are trying to overturn a provision of state law that keeps them from directly contacting crime victims and their families.

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Legislature moves to defund Planned Parenthood

Republican legislative leaders are using a provision buried in the state budget in their latest attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Lawmakers approve $9.8B budget

Republican legislative leaders gave final approval late Thursday to the key provisions of a new state budget.

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Woods, Johnson file paperwork to create ‘Voters of Arizona’

Two former politicians are moving to overturn the decision by the Republican-controlled legislature to make it more difficult for voters to propose their own laws.

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Attorney: ‘Court order needed to force state’s hand to repair schools’

GLENDALE -- Calling the governor’s $17 million offer of capital funds “trivial,’’ the lead attorney for school districts said Monday it will take a court order to force the state to live up to its constitutional obligations to build and repair schools.

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Lawsuit contends state fails to keep pace with Arizona school construction needs

PHOENIX -- Just a year after settling one education funding lawsuit, state lawmakers face a new one, this one over what challengers say is their failure to build and properly maintain public schools.

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Douglas wants to boost special sales tax for education

PHOENIX -- State school chiefs Diane Douglas wants lawmakers to permanently extend and expand a special sales tax to fund education to keep it from self-destructing in 2020.

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State seeks to ease requirements for teacher qualifications

PHOENIX -- Over the derision of Democrats, Republican state senators voted Tuesday to expand the ability of people without specific education training to become teachers as a method of dealing with a shortage of people in the classroom.

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Regulator insists APS records key to whether commissioners should be allowed to vote on rate cases

PHOENIX -- State utility regulator Bob Burns wants a quick ruling on his bid to get records from Arizona Public Service to see if two of his colleagues should be barred from voting on the company's latest rate hike request.

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Appeals Court concurs rape remains a non-bailable offense

PHOENIX -- People charged with rape are not eligible for bail, even if prosecutors cannot prove they are an ongoing danger to the community, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

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GOP pushing deal for better teacher salary hikes

PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers are working to line up the votes for a budget deal that would give teachers more than the 0.4 percent raise offered in January by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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