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County to deliver ballots to fairgrounds for Senate audit

Apr. 21, 2021 02:56 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County will deliver its election equipment to Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday and then cart 2.1 million ballots from the November election to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate can recount the ballots and audit the tabulation machines. ...

Arizona governor vetoes strict sex education legislation

Apr. 20, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have made the state's sex education laws some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to teaching about LGBTQ issues. The governor called the legislation overly broad and vague and said...

Arizona governor sending National Guard to southern border

Apr. 20, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he is sending 250 National Guard troops to the state's southern border with Mexico amid the increased arrivals of migrants. The announcement came the day Customs and Border Protection held an open house at a new...

Arizona governor vetoes strict sex ed legislation, issues order implementing some of its provisions

Apr. 20, 2021 19:42 PM EDT
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona governor vetoes strict sex ed legislation, issues order implementing some of its provisions.

Arizona Supreme Court questions new education tax legality

Apr. 20, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on whether hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes collected under a voter initiative enacted in November can be legally spent when a provision of the state constitution caps school spending. The justices...

Appeals court rules against AG in suit over ASU hotel deal

Apr. 20, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling against state Attorney General Mark Brnovich in his lawsuit challenging a deal between Arizona State University and hotel developers. Tax Court Judge Christopher Whitten had ruled that...

Arizona reports 702 new COVID-19 cases, another 40 deaths

Apr. 20, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials have confirmed 702 new COVID-19 cases and another 40 deaths. The latest figures released by the state Tuesday bring the total number of cases and deaths since the pandemic's onset to 855,155 and 17,193, respectively. ...

Abortion ban for genetic issues revived with minor changes

Apr. 19, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature on Monday amended a sweeping anti-abortion bill to satisfy concerns of a lone GOP senator who voted against the measure earlier this month and blocked it from advancing. The move clears the way for the...

Arizona governor orders 'vaccine passport' ban for the state

Apr. 19, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey used his executive powers Monday to prohibit local and regional governments from making “vaccine passports" a requirement for people to enter businesses or get services, calling it an encroachment on the private medical information of Arizona residents. ...

As voting fight moves westward, accusations of racism follow

Apr. 17, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Legislature was debating one of several Republican proposals to overhaul voting when GOP Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita said she'd had enough. “I don’t like to be characterized as supporting discriminatory laws!” she told Democrats, who...