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Prosecutors wanted 17 years for Oath Keeper Edward Vallejo, an Arizona man convicted of seditious conspiracy for his part in the Jan. 6 attacks. But a federal judge gave him three years and three years of supervised release, citing his apparent contrition for his role.

Arizona resident Edward Vallejo was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison and three years of supervised release, a fraction of the sentence prosecutors sought for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Read more»

Arizona's universal school voucher program that was estimated to cost only $65 million is now poised to cost the state $900 million over the next year, exceeding its available funding by hundreds of millions of dollars. Read more»

Karen Opoku-Appoh made it to the quarterfinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but was eliminated Wednesday when she misspelled 'ordonnance,' mistaking it for 'ordinance.'

The last of Arizona's three spellers at the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee were eliminated Wednesday afternoon, end of two days of competition that began with 229 spellers from every state and a handful of foreign countries. Read more»

An example already exists of what’s likely to happen if organizers of an interstate data-sharing system are unable or unwilling to invest the time and care needed to make it work effectively.

So far this year, seven Republican-led states have left the Electronic Registration Information Center, an interstate compact for sharing voter registration data, and amid the exodus, some states have said they plan to create their own data-sharing networks to replace ERIC. Read more»

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, and other conservative Republican members of the House at a news conference Tuesday opposing the debt-ceiling bill that passed the House Wednesday on a bipartisan vote.

The House approved a debt-limit bill that was almost universally disliked, but one which some lawmakers said they would vote for because failing to do so could spark a default - including Arizona lawmakers, where party lines were blurred by supporters and opponents of the bill. Read more»

Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott at a March 2022 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

"It is vitally important that citizens are able to address elected officials to share their concerns and opinions, but the public comment period should not serve primarily as a venue for orchestrated partisan behavior. Devoting an hour each meeting to public comments and limiting individual speaker time shows our commitment to hearing from our citizens, but mitigates against one group hogging the floor to further their own ends." — Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott Read more»

Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Raul Ortiz addresses the media during a press conference at the Del Rio Port of Entry in Del Rio, Texas, September 20, 2021.

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol announced his retirement Tuesday, following a tenure marked by the pandemic-era restriction known as Title 42 and thousands of migrant encounters by agents across the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

Chad Campbell, pictured here in 2014, will be Gov. Katie Hobbs' new chief of staff.

After several staff shake ups in the past few months, Gov. Katie Hobbs has hired former Arizona House of Representatives Democratic Leader Chad Campbell as her new chief of staff. Read more»

Reclaim Your Future is a state-funded expungement effort that provides free legal help to those looking for help obtaining it in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff.

Some convictions for marijuana sales are eligible for expungement under Proposition 207 - which legalized the drug for adult use - the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled, ruling voters must have meant to include transportation of marijuana for sales to be eligible for expungement. Read more»

From second from left in the first row, Tazbah Spruhan from Window Rock, Karen Baaba Opoku-Appoh from Marana and Opal Mishra from Chandler wait for the first round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Three Arizona students, including Marana Middle School's Karen Baaba Opoku-Appoh, are among the 229 young spellers from around the U.S. and a handful of foreign countries competing at the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Read more»

Arizona state Sen. Janae Shamp.

A Republican state senator who denied that a COVID conspiracy hearing she spearheaded last week that was marketed with a QAnon acronym had anything to do with the dangerous conspiracy theory had, in fact, posted lots of QAnon content on social media — including the very acronym used by the committee. Read more»

Census data shows that Pinal County had two of the fastest-growing cities in the nation from 2021 to 2022, and a housing boom to match. Its 3.5% rise in housing units was fastest in the state.

The number of housing units in Pinal County grew to 185,650 as of last summer, the fastest rate in the state with an estimated 3.5% increase from July 2021 to July 2022, echoing the population increases experienced in Maricopa County. Read more»

Supporters of the Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the scope of the Clean Water Act said it reins in overzealous regulators who considered dry washes and seasonal streams subject to oversight. But critics say the change poses a significant threat in states like Arizona, where water, like the San Pedro River here, 'is ever so precious.'

Ranchers and Republican lawmakers are welcoming a Supreme Court ruling that narrows the range of waters subject to federal regulation, calling it a win for private property rights - but environmental groups say the ruling will be “disastrous for Arizona." Read more»

This is a VCR (video cassette recorder) like the one Amphitheater Unified School District's Governing Board will vote to sell in a week where there is just one, rather dull, local public meeting.

Local elected leaders will hold just one meeting this week, when the Amphitheater Unified School District Governing Board will discuss an update to how the district uses testing to place students in grades. Read more»

Candles at a protest over deaths at the Pima County jail in May 2022.

A 38-year-old man died at a hospital Thursday, five days after he began a suicide attempt at the Pima County Jail. Read more»

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