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Police at Arizona Capitol fire tear gas, disperse protesters

Jun. 25, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Police fired tear gas to disperse abortion rights supporters demonstrating outside the Arizona Capitol Friday night, forcing lawmakers to huddle briefly in a basement inside the building as they rushed to complete their 2022 session. Thousands of protesters had...

Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Arizona abortion providers halt procedures after Roe ruling

Jun. 25, 2022 00:30 AM 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 lawmakers push final bills as adjournment looms

Jun. 24, 2022 00:55 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature was moving Thursday night to vote on a flurry of bills lawmakers need to clear off their desks so they can adjourn for the year. Waiting in the wings for Friday's expected last day of the session was one of the most contentious bills of the...

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...

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...

Arizona lawmakers begin hearings on state budget plan

Jun. 21, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature began hearings Tuesday on a long-delayed state budget plan that was immediately panned by some Democrats and public school advocates for failing to use a huge surplus to significantly boost school funding. But the plan...

Arizona AG's effort to require redo of election rules denied

Jun. 17, 2022 23:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge on Friday rejected Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich's request that he order Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to do a major rewrite of a nearly 300-page document that tells county election officials how to manage the 2022 elections. ...

Warm, dry, breezy weather to challenge fire crews in Arizona

Jun. 16, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews battling a pair of wildfires in northern Arizona were expecting some growth Thursday because of warm, dry and breezy conditions, but rain that could help quell the blazes is on its way. Both blazes were moving through grass, brush and pine trees...