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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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AZ Supreme Court to review parental rights case of same sex couple

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether the same-sex spouse of a gay woman who has given birth is entitled to the same parental presumptions and rights as if she were a man.

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New trial ordered for California attorney convicted of murder

PHOENIX -- A California attorney convicted of a 2010 murder in Queen Creek is entitled to a new trial.

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‘Snake shot’ bill fails on tie vote

A letter from a Tucson retiree who used to be a California investigator proved instrumental in killing legislation that would have allowed people to fire off small-caliber “snake shot’’ in city limits.

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Lawmakers back off on teen-texting and driving law

It looks like the state's newest drivers will continue to be able to tap away at and chat on their cell phones.ounty.

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Federal judge rules molestation statute 'grievous threat to due process of law'

Calling the statute a "grievous threat to due process of law,'' a federal judge has released a convicted child molester after ruling the law imposes unconstitutional burdens on defendants to prove their innocence.

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AG again attempts to deny driver’s licenses for ‘dreamers’

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is making a last-ditch effort to let Gov. Doug Ducey deny driver’s licenses to “dreamers.’’

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License plate covers now illegal in Arizona

Got one of those plastic covers or films over your license plate?

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APS pricetag to influence elections totals $10 million

PHOENIX -- Claiming a “commitment to transparency,’’ the state’s largest electric utility on detailed more than $10 million it spent in the last two years to directly and indirectly influence elections and gave to other organizations to lobby.

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Senate president puts brakes on plan for tougher limits on firing weapons within city limits

PHOENIX -- The president of the state Senate is quashing legislation that would have made it harder to prosecute people for firing off weapons within city limits.

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State passes buck to counties on gas-tax vote

Without debate the Senate on Wednesday agreed to allow counties to put a measure on the ballot for a gas tax hike of up to 10 cents a gallon for up to 20 years. The funds raised would have to be used for highways and streets.

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Lawmakers seek enhanced auto liability insurance coverage

PHOENIX -- Arizona motorists are one step closer to having to buy more auto insurance than many of them already purchase.

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Supreme Court to consider legality of increased minimum wage

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a voter-approved hike in the state minimum wage is legal.

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Arizona Board of Regents to remain intact – for now

PHOENIX – The Arizona Board of Regents will remain intact -- and with all its powers -- at least for the time being.

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Law allowing production of industrial hemp moves forward in State Senate

State senators took the first steps Monday evening to allowing Arizona farmers to grow industrial hemp.

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State discusses Shannon’s Law, citizens firing off guns near residences

The sponsor of legislation to weaken “Shannon’s Law’’ agreed Tuesday to stop trying to allow people to fire off guns in the city within a quarter-mile of any residence.

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Lawmakers seek financial penalties for charities who aid refugee relocation to Arizona

PHOENIX -- Unable to block the federal government from sending refugees to Arizona, six Republican lawmakers want to penalize the charities that help them resettle here.

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Rep. Campbell seeks further regulation on sober living homes

Saying it’s an insurance scam, a Prescott lawmaker wants to make it illegal for sober living homes and similar day-treatment centers to pay people for referrals.

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State reports new AZ 1099-G forms to be mailed Monday

Good news for Arizonans waiting to prepare their tax returns.

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State looks to eliminate exemptions to sales tax

PHOENIX -- State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to potentially eliminating exemptions from sales taxes that now cost the state more than $12 billion a year.

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Lawmakers want to mandate required recess for public schools

PHOENIX -- Saying it will lead to healthier children more ready to learn, a House panel voted Monday to require all schools to offer at least 50 minutes of recess a day to those in kindergarten through fifth grade.

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Judge rules Border Patrol must make location of border checkpoints public

PHOENIX -- A federal magistrate is chiding the Border Patrol for trying to hide certain information from the public about its sometimes controversial checkpoints.

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Lack of cash to run computers could cost Arizona schools $5 billion

PHOENIX -- The state Department of Education is warning that schools may not get their $5 billion in federal and state aid next school year unless the governor and legislature come up with more cash.

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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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Lawmaker believes political beliefs deserves hate crime protection

A state lawmaker wants to expand laws that allow enhanced penalties for those who attack someone based on things like race and religion to also include political beliefs.

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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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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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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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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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40 DES employees fired to get state jobs back

PHOENIX -- Forty workers let go by the now-fired head of the Department of Economic Security got an early Christmas gift Friday: They’re going to get their jobs back.

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Court rules impairment proof required to convict medical marijuana users of DUI

PHOENIX -- Medical marijuana users cannot be convicted of driving while under the influence of the drug absent proof that they were actually impaired, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

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Uber to move testing of driverless cars to Arizona

PHOENIX -- Spurned by California over safety concerns, Uber is moving the testing of its driverless cars to Arizona.

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Court rules federal law has no bearing on zoning for marijuana dispensaries

PHOENIX -- Local officials cannot use federal laws outlawing marijuana to refuse to provide necessary zoning for dispensaries, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

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AZ Regents to make case to Trump on allowing ‘Dreamers’ in-state tuition

PHOENIX -- Arizona regents voted Friday to tell President-elect Trump how he can legally allow “dreamers’’ to keep their in-state tuition -- and even remain in this country -- without actually granting them politically unacceptable amnesty.

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Incoming House Speaker wants Arizona to adopt National Popular Vote protocol

PHOENIX -- If incoming state House Speaker J.D. Mesnard had his way, it likely would be Hillary Clinton preparing a transition today, not Donald Trump.

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Ducey urges replacement health care plan before dumping Obamacare

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey does not want the new president and Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act unless and until they come up with a replacement that protects Arizonans.

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Court ruling to require state and local government to pick up shortfall in public pension programs

PHOENIX -- A 2011 state law requiring employees to pay more into their retirement plans is unconstitutional, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled, meaning higher future expenses for state and local governments.

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Lawyer in voter intimidation lawsuit predicts ‘chaos on election day

PHOENIX An attorney for the Arizona Democratic Party told a federal judge Thursday if he does not restrain actions by the Republican Party and supporters of Donald Trump he will be “inviting chaos on election day.’’

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Judge rules evidence lacking in voter intimidation lawsuit

PHOENIX -- Saying evidence is lacking, a federal judge late Friday refused to issue an order directing the Republican Party, Donald Trump and his supporters not to harass or intimidate voters.