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Arizona court upholds convictions, sentences of slain inmate

Jan. 19, 2022 15:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the convictions and sentences of a death row inmate who himself was killed in his prison cell last month. Criminal prosecutions normally stop upon a defendant's death, but the court said it ruled on an appeal for Kenneth...

Republican lawmakers target Arizona school boards group

Jan. 19, 2022 14:46 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona School Boards Association, which successfully sued the Arizona Legislature to invalidate key parts of the state budget last year, is now being targeted by Republican lawmakers who have long opposed its efforts to lobby for local school boards. A...

Ducey quietly taps $95M in virus cash to boost trooper pay

Jan. 16, 2022 11:42 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey quietly tapped $95 million in federal coronavirus relief money in November to boost pay for state troopers, prison guards and workers in several other state departments deemed essential. The Republican governor's office did not announce that...

Arizona Treasurer Yee drops out of GOP race for governor

Jan. 15, 2022 18:29 PM EST

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced Saturday she is dropping out of Arizona's crowded race for the Republican nomination for governor and will instead run for re-election to her current position. Yee announced her decision in a statement that did not...

Arizona judge upholds Ducey's cut of extra jobless benefits

Jan. 15, 2022 17:48 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge has upheld Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision last year to cut $300 in supplemental monthly unemployment benefits provided by the federal government. Rejecting jobless workers' claims that they were entitled to the extra money, the ruling...

No charges for 151 Arizona votes vetted over fraud claims

Jan. 14, 2022 19:13 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A review of potential voter fraud cases in the 2020 general election in Arizona's second-largest county ended Friday with an announcement by prosecutors that none of the 151 cases they reviewed merited criminal charges. The findings in Pima County provide yet another...

Ducey proposes earned-income tax credit in $14B budget plan

Jan. 14, 2022 19:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday proposed a tax credit for Arizona's low-income workers, the first time in his eight years of pushing tax cuts that he pitched a benefit targeted at the bottom end of the income spectrum. In his final budget proposal before leaving office,...

Treasury: Arizona risks relief funds over anti-mandate rules

Jan. 14, 2022 14:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is threatening to recoup COVID-19 relief funds sent to Arizona over state provisions that it says discourage families and school districts from following federal guidance recommending face coverings in schools. At issue are two state...

2nd legislator reports having COVID since session started

Jan. 14, 2022 11:20 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A second Arizona state representative reports having COVID-19 since the Legislature's annual session began Monday. Tucson Democrat Daniel Hernandez Jr. said Thursday on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “I’m thankful to be...

Arizona lawmaker to isolate with COVID-19 as session begins

Jan. 13, 2022 19:43 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A new member of the Arizona Legislature says he's tested positive for COVID-19 and is staying home. Democratic Rep. Marcelino Quiñonez announced the infection Thursday on Twitter, four days into the legislative session. He says he has no symptoms. ...