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As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns

WASHINGTON – When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms in April to demand more funding for schools, it forced the issue of education into the headlines.

Despite threat to San Pedro, Court allows 7,000-home development to move forward

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to a 7,000-home development near Sierra Vista even if it could dry up the San Pedro River.

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More than a heat wave ... DROUGHT

Study shows climate change responsible for longer, hotter drought cycles

Arizona is in its 21st year of drought, and climate change is bringing longer, more intense heat waves.

Court rules mother of slain Mexican teen can sue Border Patrol for shooting

PHOENIX --- A federal appeals court Tuesday morning ruled the mother of a teen shot by a Border Patrol agent through the fence has a legal right to sue him and the federal government in U.S. courts for damages.

Appeals court throws out challenge to Native American Child Welfare Act

PHOENIX -- A court has thrown out a bid to void a federal law that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.

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Numbers Game: Ducey, Bennett debate, defend their state fiscal policies

The decision for Republicans on who to nominate for governor could depend on whose numbers they believe.

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Gosar changes social media policy; ACLU drops lawsuit

PHOENIX -- The American Civil Liberties Union has dropped its lawsuit against Congressman Paul Gosar, saying it now has assurances that constituents won’t be blocked from posting comments on his Facebook page he does not like.

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#InvestInEd claims lawmakers deliberately misleading voters

PHOENIX -- Saying voters are purposely being misled, organizers of the #InvestInEd initiative asked a judge on Friday to force lawmakers to recraft the description of the measure that will go to voters.

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Judge rules lawmakers provided misleading information to voters

A judge on Monday ordered lawmakers to provide voters with a bit more information on the changes they want voters to make in the operation of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

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ARIZONA SCHOOL REPORT: New WalletHub study provides another low mark for state schools

Arizona schools are near the bottom of the barrel nationally when academics, class size and even student bullying are considered, at least according to a financial advice website.

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Lawmakers OK language for 2018 ballot measures

PHOENIX -- A Republican-dominated legislative committee decided Wednesday that voters don’t need to be told that if they approve a business-backed tax-limiting measure the state could be foregoing more than $5.2 billion a year in revenues.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Heather Priest

Kindergarten teacher American Heritage Academy Camp Verde

At Camp Verde’s American Heritage Academy, Heather Priest is the “light of love.”

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LD6 Arizona House of Representatives Q&A: Bob Thorpe 

I am very concerned with available water and management in the Verde Valley, tourism, business development and job creation.

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LD6 Arizona House of Representatives Q&A: Stuart McDaniel

A lack of affordable housing particularly in the Camp Verde area is of concern but I believe that the private market will step in to correct that issue as the lack of supply is the main reason for that.

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LD6 Arizona House of Representatives Q&A: Felicia French

I was driven to run for office after seeing and experiencing the profound divisiveness leading up to and after the 2016 election.

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LD6 Arizona House of Representatives Q&A: Walt Blackman

I am an outspoken advocate of the 2nd Amendment, health care issues, and common-sense approach to education funding.

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Michelle Reagan defends record in secretary of state debate

PHOENIX -- The contest for secretary of state could boil down to whether voters believe that things are being better run now in the office than they were two years ago.

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Ducey: Troopers must cite, arrest lead-foot lawmakers

PHOENIX -- Saying legislative immunity is being abused, Gov. Doug Ducey directed that police officers under his control have the authority to cite -- and if necessary arrest -- lawmakers whose bad driving is more than just simple speeding.

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Voters sound off on ballot issues for secretary of state information pamphlet

PHOENIX -- Arizona voters will be inundated with nearly 500 arguments about why they should support or oppose the seven different measures that will be on the November ballot.

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Judge OK’S ‘clean elections’ measure for November ballot

PHOENIX -- Arizonans will get a chance to vote in November on whether they want to alter the powers of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

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Jury notes could be grounds for mistrial in Arizona Corporation Commission bribery case

PHOENIX -- The admission by a juror in the Corporation Commission bribery trial that she made some notes at home and brought them to deliberations could lead to a new trial even after all the testimony has been heard.

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Court rules USGS not liable in fatal 2012 copter crash over Verde River

The failure of a federal agency to mark an overhead cable does not make the government liable for the death of a helicopter pilot who flew into it, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

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Judge to rule on Clean Elections measure

A judge will decide whether lawmakers have an absolute right to ask voters to approve two changes in law in a single act, even if they may only want one of them and not the other.

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Arizona K-12 education tax hike on rich could take away tax break for others

A 2015 law requires that income tax brackets be indexed. The idea is that taxpayers should not be forced into a higher tax bracket simply because their income has kept pace with the cost of living.

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Plan to ‘modernize’ Endangered Species Act called ‘extinction bills’

A group of Western lawmakers unveiled a package of bills Thursday to “modernize” the Endangered Species Act by allowing more local input and encouraging voluntary conservation efforts.