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Ducey lawyer says Tucson can't fire unvaccinated employees

Oct. 20, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey's lawyer says Tucson's plan to fire workers who refuse to be vaccinated is illegal. Ducey's general counsel, Anni Foster, outlined her objections in a letter to Tucson's city attorney on Wednesday, a day after the City Council voted to set...

US Labor Department warns 3 GOP states over COVID rules

Oct. 19, 2021 23:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration threatened Tuesday to revoke the authority for three Republican-controlled states to handle their own workplace safety enforcement because they have refused to adopt rules to protect health care workers from COVID-19. The threats...

Gila River tribe breaks ground on 4th casino in Phoenix area

Oct. 19, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The Gila River Indian Community’s gambling operation has begun construction of its fourth casino in metro Phoenix. Gila River Hotels & Casinos on Monday held a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Santan Mountain casino, which will be...

Arizona Senate's election review records again ruled public

Oct. 15, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s contention that it can withhold a raft of communications between its leaders and private contractors they hired to conduct an unprecedented review of the 2020 election results in the state’s most populous...

Arizona laying conduit along highways to connect rural areas

Oct. 14, 2021 23:43 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona is launching a project to use interstate highways in the state to help provide broadband internet access to rural areas. The state Department of Transportation this week began laying fiber-optic conduit along southbound Interstate 17 in...

Justin Olson enters crowded GOP field for US Senate race

Oct. 13, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Justin Olson, a Republican on the state's utility regulation board, announced Wednesday he's running for the U.S. Senate, becoming the fifth major candidate looking to take on Democrat Mark Kelly in one of the nation's top 2022 Senate contests. Olson...

Phoenix-area deputy beaten by suspect succumbs to injuries

Oct. 12, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A metro Phoenix sheriff's deputy who suffered grave injuries at the hands of a man he had just arrested died Monday, authorities said. Deputy Juan “Johnny” Ruiz succumbed to injuries he suffered on Saturday, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said...

La Paz County Sheriff's sergeant fatally struck by vehicle

Oct. 11, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

QUARTZSITE, Ariz. (AP) — A La Paz County Sheriff’s sergeant was fatally struck by a vehicle following a pursuit near the Arizona-California border, authorities said Monday. Sheriff’s officials said Sgt. Michael Rudd exited his car and was subsequently struck head-on...

Judge sides with Flagstaff over state in minimum wage fight

Oct. 11, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has blocked Arizona from collecting $1.1 million from the city of Flagstaff to compensate for its minimum wage that is higher than the state's rate, ruling that the state missed a deadline for the assessment and was stretching a law targeting higher voter-approved...

Ducey appoints Paton to fill state Court of Appeals vacancy

Oct. 09, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former law clerk for an Arizona Court of Appeals judge is returning to the mid-level appellate court as a judge. Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday announced his appointment of state Special Assistant Attorney General Angela Paton to fill a Court of Appeals...