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3 Education Department employees indicted in $600K voucher fraud
Prosecutors said Thursday that the three employees approved applications for 17 students — five of whom were fictitious — that admitted them into the voucher program using forged birth certificates and special education evaluations.
Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand the Castle Doctrine, which allows property owners to use deadly force against trespassers in their homes.
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Republicans on the Arizona House judiciary committee passed a bill this week that would allow college and university students with concealed carry permits to bring guns on campus.
Arizona will establish the first statewide heat officer position in the country. That’s one announcement from the state’s first-ever Extreme Heat Preparedness Plan, released Friday.
A federal appeals court authorized the transfer of Oak Flat, a spiritual site nestled in the Tonto National Forest and considered sacred by Apaches, to a foreign-owned mining company on Friday.
One of the most significant legislative efforts to address Arizona’s affordable housing crisis is stalled in the state Senate.
DuVal’s departure as chair comes less than one week after Gov. Katie Hobbs demanded a meeting with the chair of the Arizona Board of Regents and the president of the University of Arizona.
Diocese of Tucson seeks donations to continue migrant services in wake of funding cliff
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson and Casa Alitas are asking community members to consider donating to help asylum seekers in Tucson as federal dollars run out and street releases are set to begin on April 1.
A group of Republican Arizona legislators is speaking out against a proposed ballot measure to expand abortion access in the state.
The third-party presidential movement No Labels plans to meet next week to discuss its path forward as it decides whether to help launch an independent candidacy for the White House.
Graduated driver’s licenses are for new drivers between the ages of 16 and 18. The Arizona House gave preliminary approval this week to a bill that would add to the requirements to get one.
The state Senate voted to deny a request to let the House adjourn for a week in March so 17 of its members could go on a trip to Israel.
On Thursday, an overwhelmingly bipartisan resolution passed the U.S. House to help benefit tribal entrepreneurs on reservations. And one of its co-sponsors came from Arizona's congressional delegation.
A former state lawmaker was found guilty of sexual conduct with a minor Thursday. Tony Navarrete resigned from the Arizona Senate after being indicted in 2021 on multiple charges of sexual conduct with minors.
Federal officials warn that Arizona lawmakers are voting on a bill that violates the Occupational Health and Safety Act and could result in a federal takeover of the state’s workplace safety inspections.
More Arizona politics news
In a statement Thursday, the Chamber called his death a loss for all of Arizona. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego expressed appreciation for Reed’s contribution to lifting up small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The GOP lawmaker bashed the late Supreme Court justice while urging members to vote against a bill to build a statue in her honor, which he incorrectly said would be at the Arizona Capitol.
A bill to allow rural communities to manage and create groundwater protection areas passed out of the state Senate on Thursday, despite opposition from Democrats and some rural Republican county officials.
The Senate Education Committee has advanced a bill that would require the State Board of Education to complete an annual study on teacher retention.
Arizona's Supreme Court has still not announced whether Arizona doctors will be able to continue providing abortions up to 15 weeks, or if the state should enforce a law that would ban abortion almost entirely. But some Arizona abortion providers say they've seen an increase in support for their services amid the legal uncertainty.
State lawmakers rushed through final action Wednesday on a measure aimed at border crossers and sent it to Gov. Katie Hobbs who already has said she will veto it.