Latest Arizona state government News

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...

Arizona history-Oct. 24-30

Oct. 20, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

Sunday, Oct. 24 On this date in 1831, the Buena Vista Land Grant, 29 square miles (75 square kilometers) in Santa Cruz County, was given to Dona Josefa Morales. On this date in 1925, people from the Fox Moving Picture Corp. arrived at Fort Huachuca to...

Pima board appoints Stahl Hamilton to fill Senate vacancy

Oct. 19, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 4-0 to appoint state Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton to fill a midterm vacancy in the Arizona Senate. Stahl Hamilton will fill the Legislative District 10 seat vacated by fellow Tucson Democrat...

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...

QAnon figure says he's running for congress to fix elections

Oct. 18, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, one of the most prominent figures in the QAnon conspiracy movement, said Monday he is running for Congress in Arizona because the state is at the forefront of the fight by many Republicans over the 2020 election results. Watkins, a prominent...

Financial planner picked to fill Democratic House vacancy

Oct. 18, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Sarah Liguori will fill a vacant seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors decided Monday. Liguori will hold the District 28 seat formerly held by Aaron Lieberman, a Democrat who resigned to focus on...

Arizona program to help needy families pay utility bills

Oct. 16, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a program to provide $36 million of assistance to help needy households pay utility bills as a two-year moratorium on service cutoff ends. Arizona Public Service Co., the Salt River Project,...

QAnon figure says he's running for Congress in Arizona

Oct. 15, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he is running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona. Watkins has a large and fervent following among Donald Trump supporters...

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...