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Howard Fischer, For Prescott News Network

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A first-term Arizona lawmaker wants to require that students have to study what he says is the “brutality’’ of communism before they can graduate.

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The nation’s largest manufacturer of vaping products has agreed to change how it does promotion in Arizona and elsewhere.

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The governor’s chief medical adviser said Tuesday said COVID infections could be cut sharply if people would do more to protect themselves, including wearing masks.

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A federal judge Tuesday denied a bid by the Senate to overturn a $2.75 million discrimination award against the Senate, leaving Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and state Democrats scrambling to blunt the effects of the verdict on Hobbs’ gubernatorial ambitions.

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Without a single win yet in his legal battles with the Biden administration, Attorney General Mark Brnovich has opened a new front with a new lawsuit.

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With his legal challenges to vaccine and mask mandates rejected by a federal judge, Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Brnovich now wants Gov. Doug Ducey to order lawmakers back to the Capitol in hopes of a legislative fix.

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Been thinking about buying one of those all-electric cars? How about one fueled by natural gas? If you act by around Christmas, you could save yourself a lot of money, if not now then down the road. And that’s because Arizona is changing the rules about how much it is charging to get your vehicle registered each year.

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A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to issue an immediate nationwide injunction blocking President Biden from requiring federal workers and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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A judge is questioning whether she has the right to keep Arizona voters from getting the last word on whether to cut taxes for the state’s most wealthy.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is telling federal officials that there’s nothing illegal about his using COVID grant dollars in a way that financially penalizes schools that impose mask mandates.

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OSHA unveils vaccine mandates for businesses
Ducey, Brnovich promise to sue federal government

The Biden Administration formally unveiled its rules Thursday, Nov. 4, to require vaccines or testing for workers at most private companies, prompting an immediate threat of litigation by Arizona’s top two Republican elected officials.

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Arizona high court to decide if Legislature broke law with multi-topic bills
Involves ban on mask mandates, universities mandating vaccines, telling schools what they can/cannot teach

State lawmakers are not conceding they acted illegally in the way they approved a ban on mask mandates at schools earlier this year as part of the budget.

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Senate President Karen Fann, who spearheaded the unprecedented and controversial audit of the 2020 election returns, is getting out of politics. But just not quite yet.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is preparing to fight threats by the Biden administration to strip Arizona of $163 million in federal COVID-relief dollars for public education.

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A Scottsdale doctor will pay more than $400,000 to settle charges that he took so-called “speakers fees’’ from a now defunct company to increase the number of opioid prescriptions he was writing.

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The Independent Redistricting Commission is circling in on what could decide the political future of Arizona for the rest of the decade.

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Arizona’s jobless rate finally dropped last month to where it was when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Former Republican Attorney General Grant Woods who left the party to become a Democrat died Saturday, Oct. 23.

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Gov. Doug Ducey has no immediate plans for how — or even if —he will try to sanction the three state universities who are requiring faculty and staff to be vaccinated despite his orders to the contrary.

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The attorney for the Senate is asking a judge to delay any move to force lawmakers to immediately surrender some audit documents.

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OSHA moves to strip Arizona of ability to regulate state worker safety
Cites failure to adopt emergency COVID health care rules

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is moving to strip Arizona officials of their ability to regulate worker safety in Arizona because of the state’s failure to immediately adopt emergency COVID health care rules to protect workers.

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Gov. Doug Ducey — or whoever succeeds him— can’t conduct a future financial raid on a school trust fund account without first getting congressional approval, a judge has ruled.

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Attorney General Mark Brnovich is making a last-ditch effort to tell Arizona courts they need to butt out of how the legislature conducts its business.

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is claiming that Facebook admits it is aiding human smuggling. And now he wants U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate.

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Schools could need to slash 17% next spring without budget exemption
Legislative ‘fix’ only save, to stave off layoffs, drastic cuts

Arizona schools are facing the prospect of not being able to legally spend money they have budgeted for operations for this year.

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Federal forest service officials have promised to do more to keep cattle out of more than 140 miles of the Verde River watershed.

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A judge late Thursday rejected broad claims by the Senate that it need not disclose various documents related to its audit of the 2020 election.

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A group opposed to the tax cuts approved by the legislature that largely benefit the wealthy wants a judge to reject legal efforts to keep voters from having the last word.

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Arizona continues to have a shortage of teachers for the classroom. And by some indications, the problem may be getting worse.

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A judge on Tuesday rejected a Senate claim that some of its records about the audit are not public.

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It’s still a work in progress. But an organization that studies the fairness of political redistricting plans nationwide likes some of what it sees developing in Arizona.

Arizona can't take more than $1.1 million from Flagstaff as a financial penalty for the city having its own minimum wage, at least not now.

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A judge on Thursday said he’s not ready to cite the Arizona Senate and Karen Fann, its president, for contempt of court.

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A key federal official is telling Gov. Doug Ducey he cannot use COVID grant dollars to penalize schools that impose mask mandates.

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Arizona officially launched its new cyber command center Monday to deal with threats to state and local government computers.

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A judge questioned attorneys for the state Monday on their claim that lawmakers have the authority to financially penalize local governments that impose their own minimum wages.

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The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about whether the ban on mask mandates at public schools was legally enacted.

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The state agency responsible for protecting the environment has failed to perform many required tasks in monitoring groundwater for pollution — in some cases for 29 years, according to a new report.

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The Arizona Supreme Court refused Wednesday to let the state start enforcing its new ban on school mask mandates, at least for the time being.

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It looks like Arizona voters are going to get the last word on a $1.5 billion tax cut approved by Republican lawmakers and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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Arizonans are not going to be able to override a series of changes in voting law approved earlier this year by the Republican-controlled legislature.

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Judge shoots down ban on mask mandates in Arizona
Rules, however, the way several measures were enacted is unconstitutional, not the topics

A new state law barring schools from imposing mask mandates on students and staff is unconstitutional, a judge ruled Monday, Sept. 27.

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Supporters of Donald Trump are peppering Gov. Doug Ducey with demands that he decertify the election even though he says there’s no legal authority for him to do that.

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The long-awaited Senate audit formally confirmed Friday that Joe Biden outpolled Donald Trump in the state's largest county. And it found no evidence of fraud in the 2020 election.

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Election audit results due Friday
Cyber Ninjas will either confirm or dispute Joe Biden won Maricopa County to take state’s 11 electoral votes

Arizonans will learn Friday whether a firm hired by the Senate will confirm or dispute official results which showed that Joe Biden outpolled Donald Trump in Maricopa County in 2020 by enough of a margin to win the state’s 11 electoral votes.

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The State Board of Nursing is slow in handling complaints, according to a new state report, a practice it says that could endanger public safety.

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State refunding $6.6 million for expired ‘public safety fee’
Registration renewals for period after July 1 still included $32 levy

About 200,000 state residents should be receiving a $32 check from the state Department of Transportation.

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A new statewide poll suggests there may be little, if anything that Gov. Doug Ducey and his new health adviser can do to convince many more Arizonans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than already have made that decision.

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A judge has slapped down the latest claim by Cyber Ninjas that it doesn’t have to respond to demands for public records — at least not from the public.

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Claims by state Attorney General Mark Brnovich that the Biden administration is altering federal immigration law as part of “population augmentation strategies’’ “is a figment of the state’s imagination,’’ according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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