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Arizona abortion providers halt procedures after Roe ruling

Jun. 24, 2022 19:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Abortion providers across Arizona halted procedures Friday while they try to determine if a law dating to pre-statehood days means their doctors and nurses could face prison time now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that abortion rights are not protected by the Constitution. ...

Arizona Legislature closer to adjourning; key issues remain

Jun. 24, 2022 19:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers pushed closer to ending the 2022 legislative session Friday, but key measures remained unresolved including a plan to shore up water supplies and a GOP proposal to expand the state's school voucher program to all public school children. Senate...

Sweltering streets: Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat

Jun. 24, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of blue, green and grey tents are pitched under the sun’s searing rays in downtown Phoenix, a jumble of flimsy canvas and plastic along dusty sidewalks. Here, in the hottest big city in America, thousands of homeless people swelter as the summer’s triple digit...

Street sweeper crash on Phoenix freeway leaves 2 girls dead

Jun. 24, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a street sweeper vehicle crashed on a Phoenix-area freeway, killing the driver's two daughters. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the wreck happened Friday around 3:30 a.m. in Tolleson where the Loop 101 and the Interstate 10 meet. ...

Hikers with heat-related issues rescued off Phoenix mountain

Jun. 23, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Firefighters rescued eight hikers off Phoenix’s Camelback Mountain who were suffering from heat-related issues in triple-digit weather. They say a 50-year-old woman, a 42-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were assisted off the Echo Canyon trail Thursday and...

Lawmakers rewrite Ducey's plan for $1 billion for new water

Jun. 23, 2022 20:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's plan to create a new state agency to boost the desert state’s increasingly strained water supply morphed into a plan to give an existing state entity the authority to leverage and dole out a new $1 billion appropriation. The entity is an...

Arizona lawmakers approve bipartisan $18 billion budget

Jun. 23, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's legislature approved a bipartisan $18 billion spending plan early Thursday that will make substantial investments in public schools, build new highways and pay down long-term debts. Lawmakers in the House and Senate ended a months-long impasse, working...

Senate panel OKs last minute bills on initiatives, schools

Jun. 22, 2022 22:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate's appropriations committee on Wednesday advanced a series of last minute measures on hot-button issues as the Legislature prepares to adjourn for the year. The new or revived bills that now move to the full Senate include a big new tax credit for...

Arizona House GOP backs universal school voucher expansion

Jun. 22, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in the Arizona House approved a massive expansion of the state's private school voucher program Wednesday, voting to allow any of the state's 1.1 million public school students to apply to use public money to attend private schools. The measure comes just...

House approves ban on city home, apartment rental taxes

Jun. 22, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House on Wednesday approved a ban on cities and towns levying taxes on rent for apartments and homes, a move that will save renters but cost municipalities about $200 million a year. The measure has support from Republican Senate President Karen Fann,...