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One of the owners of Tempe-based Four Peaks Brewery said they plan hire more people and expand their brand, which includes releasing more specialty beer.

One of the owners of Tempe-based Four Peaks Brewery said they plan hire more people and expand their brand, which includes releasing more specialty beer. Randy Schultz and the other co-owners said they were thrilled when Gov. Doug Ducey signed the "Arizona Beer Bill." Read more»


Ducey's veto letter said Arizona law already gives police departments the ability to withhold names. It also said the legislation contained "ambiguities" that went beyond the stated goal of protecting officers and their families. Read more»

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, author of a bill to bar Arizona version of the Common Core education standards, addresses the Senate Education Committee on March 19.

Gov. Doug Ducey said leaders can make the changes he wants to see to Arizona’s version of the Common Core standards without a law striking them down, but legislation continues to move forward. Read more» 1

This week at the state Capitol: The Legislature is on track to finish its business early this year with this week being the final one for most committee meetings. The goal for legislators is to wrap up the session in the next couple of weeks, but the House and Senate still saw new legislation introduced. Read more» 1

Alessandra Soler, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona, is urging lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to reject legislation that would keep officers’ names secret for up to 60 days after the use of deadly force. She said great power comes with great responsibility and a need for transparency.

Keeping the names of law enforcement officers secret for up to 60 days after the use of deadly force would create a larger divide between citizens and the police force, advocates said Wednesday. Read more» 3

Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, authored a bill to allow departments to keep police officers’ names secret for 90 days after a deadly force incident.

Despite objections from open-government and civil rights activists, a state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold for 90 days the names of officers involved in deadly force incidents. Read more» 1

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, shown in a 2011 photo, says her service on the five-member Navajo County Board of Supervisors left her thinking that Arizona’s open meeting law is too restrictive. She authored a bill to allow members of elected boards to meet out of the public eye unless they are preparing to take action.

A lawmaker said Arizona’s open meeting law stifles informal discussions and wants to allow elected boards to talk out of the public eye. The current law requires all meetings that include a quorum of a government body to take place in public. Critics said the proposal would defeat the purpose of transparency laws. Read more» 2

Four Peaks Brewing Co. opened its Tempe location in 1996. Owners said they could be forced to close some locations if they wanted to produce more beer.

Local breweries face a dilemma: They can produce more beer. But if they do, they would have to close their restaurants. One state lawmaker wants to change that. Read more» 1

Kansas’ “Second Amendment Protection Act” backs up its states’ rights claims with a penalty aimed at federal agents: when dealing with “Made in Kansas” guns, any attempt to enforce federal law is now a felony. Bills similar to Kansas’ law have been introduced in at least 37 other states — including Arizona. Read more»

The Friday Focus interview with state Rep. Steve Smith (R) from Maricopa. Then, it's the Reporters' Roundtable with Linda Valdez, editorial writer for The Arizona Republic, and Mark B. Evans, administrator of the TucsonCitizen.com. Plus, Weekend Watch with Matt Russell. Read more»

An interview with Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, plus financial planner Shelly Fishman, and LD 11 GOP candidate Steve Smith talks about his three-way race for two state House seats. Read more»

Steve Smith, at back left, listens to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speak about border issues at a press conference at the Arizona State Capitol on Oct. 17.

State Sen. Steve Smith was focused on one issue during his campaign: illegal immigration. His colleagues say he hasn't lost sight of what got him elected. Read more»

A Senate panel endorsed a bill Monday that would expand requirements for school districts when it comes to bullying, intimidation and other forms of harassment among students, including allowing policies to cover incidents that occur off campus. Read more»

Arizona Rep. Steve Smith wants to make it tougher to recall Arizona legislators and accountant Michael C. Flowers has end-of-year tax tips. Read more»

From left, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona Deptartment of Homeland Security Director Gilbert Orrantia, attend the Joint Border Security Advisory Committee Wednesday. In response to Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, Arpaio said his posse will not help patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nearly 3,500 volunteers in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s posse help arrest illegal immigrants and fight other crimes, but don’t expect them to patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Wednesday. Read more»