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Those given lifetime probation must complete mental health treatment, as well as a survey of their sexual interests, polygraphs about their sexual history and complete a relapse prevention plan.

Some victims of sex crimes want their perpetrators to spend more time being closely monitored and receiving treatment before they can petition for release from lifetime probation. Read more»

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.

Former Navajo Nation President and Council Delegate Ben Shelly died on March 22 from a long-term illness at 75. Read more»

Grijalva framed the legislation as a community effort rather than a congressional one, and said he hoped other lawmakers would follow such an example.

Democratic lawmakers headed by Arizona Representative Raúl Grijalva unveiled a sweeping new piece of legislation Wednesday, aimed at shielding vulnerable communities from the effects of pollution and climate change, as well as strengthening government outreach. Read more»

A drag artist performs on the stage at Phoenix Pride Festival 2011.

Arizona GOP lawmakers are continuing to promote legislation targeting drag shows, while insisting that their proposals aren’t actually about drag shows at all after the term "drag shows" was removed on March 2 when the Senate debated the bill. Read more»

Bennett Cooper, in bow tie, talks outside the Supreme Court, where he defended VIP Products, an Arizona dog-toy maker, against a trademark-infringement claim filed by Jack Daniel’s Properties.

An Arizona dog-toy manufacturer told the Supreme Court that its “Bad Spaniels” squeaky toy is a “playful parody” of Jack Daniel’s that does not infringe on the distiller’s trademarks - though an attorney for Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. disagreed. Read more»

Marisol Garcia discusses the 'Educators’ Budget' proposed by Arizona’s largest teacher’s union, the Arizona Education Association on March 22, 2023. Garcia is the union’s president.

Arizona is ranked one of the worst states for school spending, and teachers are urging lawmakers to rectify that through increased funding, unveiling a $2.2 billion “Educators’ Budget” on Wednesday. Read more»

Kari Lake at a 2022 campaign event in Tucson.

The Arizona Supreme Court rejected six of the seven claims that failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake made in her bid to have the court overturn her election loss and remanded the signature verification claim back to the trial court for reconsideration. Read more»

Apple snail eggs stick to Salt River vegetation on Feb. 24, 2023. Arizona Game and Fish asks visitors to whack the eggs into the water to help eliminate the invasive snail population.

Arizona Game and Fish wants to rid the state of the invasive gastropod pest apple snails - which probably came to Arizona through the aquarium pet trade - and it’s counting on responsible pet owners, outdoor enthusiasts, citizen scientists and volunteers to help. Read more»

Legislation reauthorizing the school, which serves some 2,100 students at campuses in Phoenix and Tucson, unanimously cleared the state House of Representatives on Feb. 21, but has inexplicably stalled in the Senate, where it hasn't yet been considered. Read more»

Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots.

Following in the footsteps of six conservative-led states, Senate Republicans want to pull Arizona’s membership from a multistate coalition that aids in cleaning voter rolls, following false claims that the coalition is part of a liberal conspiracy to rig elections. Read more»

The dialect is still being shaped as the population of the state grows and people add the way they speak into the melting pot.

Arizona dialects stand as a living memorial to the forces that have shaped the state, and a survey by the Writing Tips Institute shows 57% of Arizonans polled supported the idea of the Arizona dialect “be made official by law (in order to protect it from dying out).” Read more»

Jack Smith, left, explosive ordnance disposal staff sergeant, dresses explosive ordnance disposal tech Brendan Moore for an explosive drone operation at Pinal County Airpark. Moore wears a 125-pound suit while securing and defusing the bomb.

A live-fire and classroom training program organized by the ATF at Pinal County Airpark provided training for local law enforcement as 1,876 bomb threats and 860 explosions were recorded in the U.S., including 381 bombings, 12 of which were reported in Arizona. Read more»

A federal appeals court was asked – for a second time – to consider whether the proposed Resolution Copper Mine will infringe on the religious rights of local Apache by creating a massive crater on land that tribal members consider sacred. It is the latest twist in a years-long fight over the project.

The land in Arizona's Tonto National Forest may soon be transferred to Resolution Copper, a foreign-owned company that plans to build a copper mine on the land the Apache people say is necessary for their most important religious ceremonies. Read more»

A legislative proposal would allow people with diagnoses for PTSD or autism to access medical marijuana, like these gummies, if it becomes law.

Arizonans with autism and post-traumatic stress disorder could add marijuana to their medical toolkit under a proposal that expands who can access the drug under the state's medical card program, qualifying for lower prices, shorter wait times and a larger purchase allowance. Read more»

The FBI is investigating scams where fake rehab groups target the Indigenous community, offering bogus substance-abuse recovery or mental-health services at pop-up facilities to rake in government money, FBI officials say.

The FBI is investigating scams by fake rehab groups that target the Indigenous community, offering substance-abuse recovery or mental-health services at pop-up facilities to rake in government money. Read more»

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