Latest Arizona state government News

Arizona gives special practice permits to med school grads

May. 22, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is one of a just handful of states that issues special practice permits to medical school graduates who haven’t completed a residency. But six months into the program, use of the permits is low. Supporters of the program say it’s one way to address...

Arizona governor OK's ban on school COVID-19 vaccines

May. 21, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's Republican governor has signed legislation that will prevent state health officials from ever adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required school inoculations and bar face mask mandates in any buildings operated by state or local governments. The two...

Ginni Thomas' emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election

May. 20, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative political activist, urged Republican lawmakers in Arizona after the 2020 presidential election to choose their own slate of electors, arguing that results giving Joe Biden a victory in...

Northbound I-17 in Phoenix reopens after fiery big-rig wreck

May. 20, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A fiery fatal crash involving two big rigs closed part of a Phoenix freeway during the Friday morning commute. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said at least one person was killed in the crash on northbound Interstate 17 near Deer Valley Road at about 4 a.m.,...

Appeals court revives Arizona case on virus cash tax cut ban

May. 19, 2022 19:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday revived Arizona’s lawsuit challenging the part of President Joe Biden’s massive coronavirus rescue law that bars states from using the federal money to offset tax cuts. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit...

Arizona House passes bipartisan election bills

May. 17, 2022 20:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House has approved several election bills in bipartisan votes. The measures approved Tuesday, which have all already passed the Senate, make relatively minor changes to election procedures. One would raise the threshold for triggering an automatic recount...

2 more bills targeting COVID rules head to Ducey's desk

May. 17, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Two more bills restricting responses to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's desk, including one that would impact the ability of future state leaders to respond to another airborne-spreading disease and a second blocking the state from ever...

Arizona state senator slammed for Buffalo shooting comments

May. 16, 2022 21:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate on Monday opened an ethics investigation into a firebrand Republican member who tweeted inflammatory comments about last weekend's racist attack at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket that left 10 people dead. The referral of Sen. Wendy Rogers of...

Arizona regents' grant ramps up study of Valley Fever, ozone

May. 16, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A new partnership between the state’s three universities and several state agencies aims to increase understanding of issues like Valley Fever and ozone levels in Arizona – and come up with solutions. The Arizona Board of Regents announced new Regents’ Grants...

Execution ends Arizona 8-year hiatus with the death penalty

May. 12, 2022 20:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s nearly eight-year hiatus in using the death penalty ended with the execution of Clarence Dixon for killing a college student 44 years ago, making him the sixth person to be put to death in the U.S. so far this year. Dixon's death Wednesday for the 1978...