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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is

Official says Phoenix airport ride-hailing fee is illegal

Jan. 16, 2020 8:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is “very likely” unconstitutional, the state attorney general said Thursday, upping the ante in the showdown that has led the ride-hailing giants to threaten to abandon the airport service. The fees approved...

Arizona groups seek tax hike on wealthy for education

Jan. 13, 2020 6:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest teachers union and other groups said Monday they will ask voters to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for educator raises, a fresh attempt to boost school funding after the state Supreme Court blocked a 2018 ballot initiative. The proposed ballot measure is the latest...

FILE - In this March 29, 1988, file photo, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank X. Gordon Jr., right, waves his gavel at the defense's expert witness, attorney Robert L'Ecuyer, as Gordon threatened him with contempt of court during the impeachment trial of Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham in Phoenix. Gordon, who presided over the 1988 impeachment trial that resulted in the removal of Gov. Mecham, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, the state high court said in an statement Thursday, Jan. .9, 2020. He was 90. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins, Pool, File)

Arizona impeachment trial judge Frank Gordon Jr. dies at 90

Jan. 10, 2020 9:20 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Frank X. Gordon Jr., a former Arizona Supreme Court chief justice who drew high marks for how he presided over the 1988 impeachment trial that resulted in the removal of Gov. Evan Mecham, has died. Gordon died Monday, three days before his 91st birthday, the state high court said in an...

Arizona impeachment trial judge Frank Gordon Jr. dies at 90

Jan. 9, 2020 10:30 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Frank X. Gordon Jr., a former Arizona Supreme Court chief justice who drew high marks for how he presided over the 1988 impeachment trial that resulted in the removal of Gov. Evan Mecham, has died. Gordon died Monday, three days before his 91st birthday, the state high court said in an...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Paul Petersen, an Arizona elected official accused of running a multi-state adoption scheme, leaves court following an initial appearance on charges filed in the state in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

AP's Top 2019 Arizona stories lead with indicted assessor

Dec. 26, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Shocking allegations that a politician in metro Phoenix ran an international adoption scheme in three states that involved human smuggling, false visa claims and fraudulently obtained government benefits for pregnant women from the Marshall Islands ranks as the top news story of 2019 in Arizona. Maricopa County...

FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows James Erin McKinney.  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, from McKinney, an Arizona death row inmate who is seeking a sentencing retrial in two 1991 killings. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP)

Court to hear resentencing bid in Arizona death penalty case

Dec. 9, 2019 2:24 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Wednesday by an Arizona death row inmate who is seeking a new sentencing trial, arguing the horrific physical abuse that he suffered as a child wasn’t fully considered when he was first sentenced. The appeal of James Erin McKinney could...