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Wildfires continue to rage across Arizona

Firefighters in Pima and Coconino counties continue to battle three major wildfires raging across Arizona, and though monsoon rainfall could help firefighting efforts, the risks of runoff and flooding are high in areas downstream of the burn scar. ... Read more»0

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Arizona Supreme Court affirms constitutionality of anonymous juries

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled against the petitioners in a case involving a presumptive First Amendment right where juror names remained anonymous during and after the trial.... Read more»0

Amazon Labor Union rallies support in Arizona ahead of labor board hearing

The Amazon Labor Union held a rally in Phoenix on Monday ahead of a National Labor Relations Board hearing to examine the legitimacy of the ALU’s victory in New York and outlined concerns about the daily heat Arizonan Amazon workers face.... Read more»0

Arizona judge sides with Starbucks, finding employee was not fired for unionizing

After hearing arguments and witness testimony Wednesday, a federal judge declined to reinstate three workers who accused Starbucks of firing them for trying to organize a union.... Read more»0

Arizona House Republicans advance bill addressing critical race theory in public schools

The Republican-dominated Arizona House of Representatives looked to join the ranks of Arkansas, Florida, Texas and Utah by approving a bill Wednesday prohibiting public schools from teaching “divisive” academic concepts about racism. ... Read more»0

Ducey signs lineup of COVID-19 & election reform bills

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a slate of controversial bills that address hot-button conservative issues like COVID-19 care - after Arizona reported increasing COVID-19 positivity rates - and election reform, that purportedly addresses right-wing claims of fraud.... Read more»0

9th Circuit revives Arizona fight over COVID relief restrictions

Arizona has standing to challenge a provision in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that bars states from using the federal funds to cut taxes, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Thursday, reversing a federal judge’s decision. ... Read more»0

Arizona Republicans end election reform stalemate with slate of bipartisan bills

Arizona Republican lawmakers approved a slate of election reform bills Tuesday, including prohibiting same-day voter registration, lowering standards on automatic recounts and mandating a real-time tabulation of ballots on Election Day.... Read more»0

Arizona executes man for 1978 murder of college student

Arizona carried out its first execution in seven years Wednesday morning, lethally injecting Clarence Dixon with pentobarbital for the killing of 21-year-old ASU student Deana Bowdoin in 1978, less than a day after Dixon’s final appeal was denied.... Read more»0

Arizona justices to decide if public has right to see Cyber Ninja election 'audit' records

The Arizona Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over whether the Arizona Senate has the authority to conceal records from an "audit" of the 2020 presidential election that found President Joe Biden was lawfully elected. ... Read more»0

Arizona agrees to mix new batch of drugs for Clarence Dixon execution

Arizona agreed to use a new batch of lethal injection drugs for the May 11 execution of death row inmate Clarence Dixon, after Dixon’s attorneys argued the drugs set to be used to kill him were expired, in violation of a 2017 settlement agreement.... Read more»0

Indigenous leaders gather in Arizona to discuss violence against Native women

On Thursday, Indigenous men and women across Arizona gathered in solidarity for the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Peoples rally to march in a plea to receive more support to fight against violence on their sovereign lands.... Read more»0

Arizona judge denies execution stay despite claims of mental incompetency

An Arizona judge on Wednesday rejected the motion from convicted murderer and death row inmate Clarence Dixon to stay his execution slated for May 11 based on claims he is mentally incompetent. ... Read more»0

Arizona judge mulls death row inmate’s mental competency

Pinal County Superior Court Judge Robert Olson heard oral arguments and expert testimony Tuesday to determine if he’ll stay the execution of death row inmate Clarence Dixon, currently slated for May 11. ... Read more»0

Arizona death row inmate denied clemency despite claims he is mentally incompetent

The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency declined a request for clemency by reasons of mental incompetency brought by a man convicted of killing an Arizona State University student in 1977. ... Read more»0

Arizona GOP candidates sue to block use of voting machines in upcoming midterms

Republican candidates for Arizona governor and secretary of state sued state and county officials to bar the use of electronic voting machines ahead of the midterm election in November.... Read more»0

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