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Lesko, Tipirneni win CD8 special primary

Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko had a commanding lead over a crowded Republican field in the hotly contested special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni had comfortable lead in the Democratic primary, setting up an April 24 special election between the two women.... Read more»

More than 100,000 early votes cast in hot CD8 race

Voters went to the polls Tuesday for a special primary election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, but the nearly 2,000 who had showed up by late morning were dwarfed by the more than 101,000 mail-in ballots in the race.... Read more»

Mending relations with Hispanic community is ongoing process, Penzone says

A year after taking office, Maricopa Sheriff Penzone said one of his main objectives has been the rejection of racial profiling, something that had plagued the department before he was elected. Discrimination is not tolerated in his agency, he said, and those who defy the rules and policies are being held accountable.... Read more»

Maricopa sheriff to inmates on hunger strike: Food is nutritious, not delicious

Maricopa County jail inmates went on a three-day hunger strike over the quality of meals served behind bars, but Sheriff Paul Penzone said Wednesday that taste is not the point.... Read more»

Doctors, law enforcement to research concussions in domestic violence victims

Maricopa County prosecutors, Mesa police and health care leaders are teaming up to research the prevalence of concussions in domestic violence victims.... Read more»

It’s a fact: Supreme Court errors aren't hard to find

A review adds fuel to a longstanding worry about the nation’s highest court: The justices can botch the truth, sometimes in cases of great import.... Read more»

'Missing in Arizona' seeks answers for families of long-term cases

A growing program in Arizona is providing fresh opportunities for answers to family members of people who are missing, including the chance to meet with experts in forensics, law enforcement and search and rescue at an all-day event in Phoenix on October 21.... Read more»

Phoenix-area workers had highest wage increases in U.S.

Wages in the Phoenix metro area increased more than anywhere else in the United States in the past year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.... Read more»

Advocates: Cuts to EPA budget will be felt in Az programs

Arizona received $315M in funding for specific federal programs over the past five years – funding that could be endangered by proposed cuts to the EPA budget.... Read more»


The Joe Arpaio I knew

The ex-Maricopa sheriff made his name in part by targeting immigrants — even after a judge ordered him to stop. As President Trump considers a pardon, it’s worth remembering precisely what Arpaio did in his decades in law enforcement. His office at one point stopped investigating sex crimes against children, depleted its patrol division and nearly bankrupted itself.... Read more»

Law enforcement predicts asset seizures won’t be curbed by reforms

Despite being hailed as a landmark series of reforms by proponents, law enforcement officials from around the state say changes enacted this year to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture program won’t do much to curb the ability of police to seize cash and property from those they suspect of breaking the law.... Read more»1

Court: Maricopa County wiretap may have run afoul of federal law

A federal appeals court ruled last week that Maricopa County prosecutors who used state law to get a wiretap as part of a 2011 investigation may have run afoul of federal wiretap laws in the process.... Read more»

Contempt trial begins for ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio

Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his hard-line stand against illegal immigrants, willfully violated a judge's order stemming from a racial profiling case, a federal prosecutor said on Monday as trial opened in Arpaio's contempt of court trial.... Read more»

Growing pains on roads across Arizona

Mayor Sandy Moriarty is used to getting these messages: frustrated emails from residents blaming Sedona’s traffic problems on tourists, asking the city to stop marketing to them. Occasionally, she’ll pick up an angry call with similar exasperated “rants.”... Read more»

Maricopa County boomed in 2016, Pima population up by thousands

Maricopa County added more people last year than any other county in the nation, but it was neighboring Pinal County that posted the fastest growth rate in the state, a beneficiary of overflow from its neighbor to the north. Pima County added about 8,000 residents as well.... Read more»

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