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State agency overseeing X-ray facilities behind on inspections

The state agency overseeing X-ray facilities is overdue on inspections for about half of them, creating a public health risk, the Arizona Auditor General’s Office reports.... Read more»

CBP: 2 Tucson residents arrested, $197K in pot seized in smuggling attempts

Two Tucson residents were arrested in separate incidents Wednesday for attempting to smuggle 395 pounds of marijuana worth around $197,000 through the Douglas port of entry, authorities said.... Read more»

Federal judge presses state of Texas on birth certificate denials

A federal judge on Friday repeatedly asked an attorney for the state of Texas if denying birth certificates to dozens of U.S.-citizen children is an appropriate response to a problem whose scope is still unknown.... Read more»

Senate passes McSally border jobs for veterans bill

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Thursday the Border Jobs for Veterans Act, a bill that requires Homeland Security to actively recruit outgoing military veterans for 1,200 unfilled positions at U.S. ports. ... Read more»

Stopgap budget has $700M to replenish funds shifted to fight wildfires

When Congress passed the short-term budget that headed off a government shutdown Wednesday, it included $700 million to replenish U.S. Forest Service accounts that had been raided in recent months to fight wildfires. But critics say firefighting is chronically underfunded.... Read more»

Arpaio says he wasn’t directly involved in investigation of racial profiling

Taking the stand in a civil-contempt hearing Thursday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he wasn't directly involved in an internal investigation of his officers.... Read more»

Accused Phoenix I-10 shooter pleads not guilty

A man charged with carrying out several recent shootings along a major highway in Arizona pleaded not guilty on Thursday to 15 felonies including drive-by shooting and aggravated assault, a court spokesman said.... Read more»

Factchecking Jeb Bush on poverty, economic growth

Republican Jeb Bush on “Fox News Sunday” made economic claims about poverty and growth from tax cuts that don’t measure up to the facts: ... Read more»

Congress passes stopgap budget with a day to spare; Arizona vote split

It took until the last minute to do it, but Congress on Wednesday passed a short-term budget that avoided a shutdown and will keep the government operating through mid-December.... Read more»

Ed Board sues Douglas over access to investigative documents

The Arizona State Board of Education is suing Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas for refusing board investigators remote access to documents involving teacher misconduct.... Read more»

ADOT faces $62.7 billion budget shortfall

Motorists may need to pay more at the pump, on the roads or at the cash register to meet the funding needs of the Arizona Department of Transportation through 2035, according to a recent state audit.... Read more»1

Maricopa effort aims to resolve cases of unidentified remains

There are roughly 300 sets of remains awaiting identification in Maricopa County. In total, the state has 1,300 open cases, accounting for 13 percent of all unidentified remains in the nation — second only to California.... Read more»

Democrats announce $3.8 billion education-funding plan

Arizona House and Senate Democrats announced a plan they say would provide public schools an additional $3.8 billion over 10 years without raising taxes. Leaders say their plan addresses under-budgeting as well as hundreds of millions of dollars the state owes for failing to make inflation adjustments to school funding as required by a voter-approved law.... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton off on late-term abortions

Hillary Clinton said that late-term abortions “are because of medical necessity.” There is little research on the subject, but existing data do not support her claim.... Read more»

Feds announce new rules to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure

The federal government outlined new safety measures Monday that will protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure by banning pesticide use by minors and sharply increasing training requirements, among other changes.... Read more»

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