Latest Arizona state government News

Ducey: Schools will re-open in fall, youth sports can resume

May. 28, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Youth sports and summer day camps can resume, and schools will re-open in the fall following closures because of the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Thursday. Schools chief Kathy Hoffman next week will outline how schools will operate, Ducey said, but it won't be a complete...

Arizona, advisory council discuss water management plan

May. 28, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Department of Water Resources has been accused of speeding through the fourth draft of a long-delayed water management plan for Pinal County without enough time for public comment. The Groundwater Users Advisory Council for the Pinal Active Management Area met with...

Arizona sues Google over 'deceptive' location tracking

May. 27, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Google kept tabs on the whereabouts of its users even if they had turned off location tracking, an Arizona official alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich stemmed from an investigation that began after The Associated Press reported on Google's...

Arizona local governments get $440 million for coronavirus

May. 27, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona cities and counties will get $440 million in federal money to help them deal with budget issues stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Wednesday. The money will come from $1.9 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds that Ducey can spend at his...

Arizona history May 31--June 6

May. 27, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

Sunday, May 31 On this date in 1910, the Maricopa Reservation was quarantined because of an outbreak of whooping cough and measles. On this date in 1923, Pipe Spring, a Mormon settlement, fort and site of the first telegraph station in Arizona territory, was made a national monument. On this date in 1929, Lady...

Arizona mining company ordered to pay $2.3M for arsenic leak

May. 27, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ordered the owner of a north-central Arizona mine to pay nearly $2.4 million restitution for an arsenic leak, state prosecutors said Tuesday. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials said Hillside Mine near Bagdad was the source of an ongoing illegal discharge of...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Rough start to the year for Mexican gray wolves, cattle

May. 26, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that died in the first four months of the year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a...

Arizona Senate adjourns without taking up coronavirus bills

May. 26, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate abruptly adjourned for the year Tuesday, leaving for an expected special session legislation protecting businesses from liability lawsuits if their employees or patrons contract the coronavirus. The liability proposal passed by the House last week had faced an uphill...

State trooper fatally shoots man on Phoenix freeway

May. 25, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Department of Public safety trooper fatally shot a 28-year-old man on a Phoenix freeway early on Monday. Phoenix police, which are investigating the shooting, said the trooper encountered the man passed out in a parked car that was partially blocking traffic on the freeway. The...

Arizona child care centers struggle to survive during virus

May. 25, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Less than a third of Arizona’s preschools and child care centers remain open as the industry struggles with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Requests for child care remain low despite Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's call for Arizona to gradually reopen following a...