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Arizona finds pharmacist to prepare lethal injections

Oct. 27, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has found a compounding pharmacist to prepare the drug pentobarbital for lethal injections, officials said Tuesday, moving the state closer to resuming executions after a six-year hiatus. Finding a pharmacist to prepare lethal injections was one of the barriers the state faced since...

FILE - This Oct. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Leslie Merritt Jr., who was once charged in some of metro Phoenix's freeway shootings during the summer of 2015. A civil trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in a false-arrest lawsuit filed against the Arizona Department of Public Safety by Merritt, who was jailed for seven months on charges in four of the 11 shootings. His case was dismissed after ballistics evidence against him came under heavy criticism. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Civil trial to begin over arrest in Phoenix freeway attacks

Oct. 27, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Leslie Merritt Jr. was jailed for seven months after he was charged in four of the 11 shootings that terroritzed motorists five years ago on metro Phoenix freeways. He steadfastly maintained his innocense and the case against him was finally dismissed in 2016 after ballistics evidence came...

The premier Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson Convention Center, on Feb. 15, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz., part of the larger Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase. The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase’s producers are reviewing health safety guidelines to see whether a scaled-back version of their high-profile event can be staged next February 2021. The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a punishing blow to the southern Arizona city where dozens of winter and spring events normally attract crowds big and small.  (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Pandemic a whammy for Tucson's normally busy events season

Oct. 24, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The El Tour De Tucson cycling event has ben postponed from November to April. The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, an open-air retail extravaganza, was canceled. The Tucson Festival of Books will be held virtually next March. And the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase’s...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks prior to Vice President Mike Pence speaking at the

Despite rhetoric, GOP has supported packing state courts

Oct. 24, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

Republican claims that Democrats would expand the U.S. Supreme Court to undercut the conservative majority if they win the presidency and control of Congress has a familiar ring. It's a tactic the GOP already has employed in recent years with state supreme courts when they have controlled all levers of state...

Top Democrats sue over Arizona redistricting panel list

Oct. 23, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic leaders of the Arizona Legislature say two of five independents chosen by a judicial panel as potential chairs of a commission that will redraw political district boundaries next year are not legally eligible for the post. A lawsuit filed Friday by House Minority Leader Charlene...

Commission nominates 6 for Arizona appeals court

Oct. 23, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Three judges and three other attorneys have been nominated for appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey to fill a state Court of Appeals opening. The nominees recommended by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments include Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Williams, Commissioner Joseph...

Arizona officials push early ballots for disabled voters

Oct. 22, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is home to over 2,200 assisted living facilities and nearly 150 skilled nursing facilities, whose residents may be locked down or have difficulty casting a ballot as the coronavirus pandemic rages. Elections officials on Thursday urged relatives and caregivers to help people who...

Renewable energy at center of race for Arizona utility board

Oct. 22, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The little-watched race for control of Arizona’s utility regulatory commission could have big implications for power rates and the future of renewable energy. Democrats now have a shot at wresting control of the commission, which is currently controlled 4-1 by Republicans and has had...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos take a tour Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, of the Phoenix International Academy in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Virus cases at Arizona school send hundreds into quarantine

Oct. 15, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Schools should maintain options for parents whether they prefer in-person or online instruction for their children, Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday as the state sees an uptick in newly confirmed virus cases. “We want to provide those options to our kids and families,” Ducey said...

FILE - In this April 30, 2018, file photo, teachers rally outside of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's Executive Tower in Phoenix on their third day of walkouts. Public schools in Arizona that have weathered a decade of funding cuts with only partial restoration could see a big infusion of cash if a ballot measure backed by teachers and advocacy groups passes in November, but opponents say Proposition 208 will hurt the economy and only bring partial relief. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Tax on wealthy to fund Arizona schools spurs election fight

Oct. 14, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Public schools in Arizona that have weathered a decade of funding cuts with only partial restoration could see a big infusion of cash if a ballot measure backed by teachers and advocacy groups passes in November, but opponents say Proposition 208 will hurt the economy and only bring partial...