Latest Arizona state government News

Tucson couple indicted in alleged company credit card theft

Nov. 14, 2019 12:09 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General’s office says a state grand jury has indicted a husband and wife in a scheme that allegedly allowed them to steal more than $100,000 from his employer using a company credit card. The office Wednesday announced the indictment charging Gabriel and...

Company's bid to use groundwater for nuclear plant denied

Nov. 12, 2019 3:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona water regulators have rejected an application by an electric company to use groundwater to cool the nuclear power plant west of Phoenix because the water is being used by nearby residents, officials said. The state Department of Water Resources denied the request from Arizona Public...

State investigators seeing more teacher misconduct claims

Nov. 8, 2019 2:19 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The investigative unit at the Arizona Department of Education says it has handled an increase in sexual and other misconduct claims against teachers. Chief investigator David Spelich cited the workload in remarks to lawmakers and requested additional funding to add four investigators to the...

Arizona prison inmate who walked away from work crew caught

Nov. 7, 2019 8:06 PM EST

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Department of Corrections officials say a minimum-custody inmate who walked away from an off-site work crew in Casa Grande is back in custody. They say 38-year-old Joshua Speedling walked away from the crew at 8 p.m. Wednesday and that state and local law enforcement...

Public Safety Department dispatch center in Flagstaff closes

Nov. 7, 2019 7:31 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A northern Arizona dispatch center has closed after the state Department of Public Safety had trouble recruiting employees. The department announced the closure earlier this year. The last dispatch from the center came in mid-October. Department spokesman Bart Graves said the center...

Arizona court revises rule restricting photography, video

Nov. 7, 2019 3:46 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has revised its rule restricting photography and recording video at appellate courts. Chief Justice Robert Brutinel's order Wednesday changes an Oct. 16 rule that was criticized for limiting the rights of news organizations. The rule still generally prohibits...

Travelers mull safety amid Arizona-Mexico border violence

Nov. 7, 2019 1:46 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An unusual string of violence south of Arizona's border with Mexico has sparked warnings by American authorities and is forcing U.S. citizens who say they won't stop crossing into Mexico to at least consider how to travel more safely. Unaccustomed to the kind of violence long seen along some...

California woman pleads guilty to wire fraud in Arizona

Nov. 6, 2019 11:19 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A California woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a wire fraud scam involving real estate in Arizona. The Office of the Arizona Attorney General said Wednesday that Alysia Franco entered a guilty plea to one count of attempted money laundering. Prosecutors say Franco, who also goes...

Liberal Tucson, Arizona, rejects push to be sanctuary city

Nov. 6, 2019 2:30 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's second-largest city wanted to send a message after the state passed a law that required local police to check the immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally. Democrats who control Tucson designated their town an "immigrant welcoming city" in...

Sanctuary city initiative divides liberal Tucson, Arizona

Nov. 3, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Tucson is widely credited as the birthplace of the 1980s Sanctuary Movement, an effort by churches to help refugees from Central America and shield them from deportation. Now, as President Donald Trump's immigration policies put renewed focus on the treatment of people who come to the United States without...