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Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all its grocery stores by 2025

Kroger, owner of Fry’s Foods in Arizona, will phase out plastic bags by 2025, becoming the latest company to respond to the backlash against single-use plastics.... Read more»1

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Appeals court rejects challenge to Az ban on delivering ballots

A divided federal appeals court rejected Democratic challenges to two Arizona voting laws Wednesday, upholding a lower court that said the rules put a minimal burden on voters and there was no evidence they were aimed at minority voters.... Read more»

Az Supreme Court strikes down in-state tuition for DACA students

The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that DACA recipients no longer will be eligible for in-state tuition, saying state and federal laws prohibit it.... Read more»

Tucson doctor indicted for unlawfully prescribing opioids

A Tucson doctor whose license was suspended last year has been indicted for allegedly prescribing painkillers despite being prohibited from doing so by the Arizona Medical Board. David Ruben of Healthcare Southwest has a lengthy disciplinary record for his handling of opioid prescriptions.... Read more»

AG asks court to halt Scottsdale school construction over procurement violations

The Arizona Attorney General's office filed a civil injunction Thursday against Scottsdale Unified School District seeking to prevent further construction on Hohokam and Cheyenne elementary schools, following multiple investigations into possible procurement and conflict of interest violations that have roiled the district's administration. ... Read more»

Phx Libertarian files to recall John McCain

A Phoenix-area rightwing activist has filed paperwork in an attempt to recall U.S. Sen. John McCain, despite such a move not being allowed under the U.S. Constitution.... Read more»

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No one safe from our Devilish year-end major awards

I'm going to cop to the charge that I'm pandering to my base journalistic instincts and hand out awards for dubious distinction to local leaders and yours truly.... Read more»2

Arizona court: Private cell phones can contain public records

The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that a public employee's private cell phone records can be considered public records if the employee used the cell phone for a public purpose. ... Read more»

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Brnovich goes full class-warrior crazy on tuition

AG Brnovich follows the tired conservative trope that helping the poor is bad for society and tuition assistance unfairly helps helps the losers. The serfs need to learn their place, is his not-so-subtle subtext.... Read more»

Court rejects claim cops planted evidence in '84 murder of Tucson girl

A federal court Wednesday rejected a death-row inmate's claim that authorities planted evidence that led to his conviction for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson.... Read more»

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Stuff costs money: Tuition suit could stiff Az's whole university system

Arizona's conservatives have blown up the collectivist model of tax funding in favor of a user-pays model for higher education. Now they don't want the user to pay, either. Ideology comes with a cost because eventually it escapes the court of public opinion – or the court of law – and runs headlong into reality.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers weigh in on case pitting gay rights, religious rights

Three Arizona lawmakers were among the scores of House and Senate members who filed a court brief Thursday defending the Colorado cake shop owner who was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.... Read more»

AG: Az opioid firm fraudulently promoted over-prescribing of drug

Arizona on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Chandler-based opioid firm alleging that they participated in fraudulent practices that led to overprescription of a powerful opioid drug.... Read more»

Az Supreme Court orders Tucson to stop destroying guns

Tucson cannot destroy confiscated guns, because it violates a state law against local governments regulating the weapons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read more»

Arizona Regents: DREAMers to keep in-state tuition for now

The Arizona Board of Regents decided Thursday to keep offering in-state tuition to Arizona DREAMers until courts ultimately decide whether offering a tuition break to undocumented students is legal.... Read more»1

Supreme Court may be eyeing Arizona’s appeal on DACA driver’s licenses

The Supreme Court this week moved to take a closer look at Arizona’s bid to deny driver’s licenses to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, sparking concern among immigration-rights advocates.... Read more»

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