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The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a bill opponents say is designed to make it easier to cut off Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood Arizona and other abortion providers.

House Bill 2599 passed on a voice vote Tuesday and awaits a formal vote. The House passed the bill last month with only Republicans in support.

For allergy sufferers, dust and pollen are an irritating part of life in the Southwest. Yet recent research reveals that these tiny particles are crucial to the formation of life-giving rains, both here and around the world. 


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Ranchers in Eastern Arizona and New Mexico operating in Mexican Grey Wolf territory can now apply for federal compensation. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the payments are designed to help livestock owners coexist with the endangered predators.


UPDATE: The Arizona Senate has rejected House Bill 2201. It failed by a vote of 15-14 Tuesday afternoon.

The Arizona Senate is set to vote on a bill that would allow the state to ignore actions of the federal government not approved by Congress. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Authorities in Flagstaff say somebody has been intentionally starting fires near the base of a mountain overlooking the city.

 

Flagstaff police and Coconino National Forest officials say they're seeking any information on three fires started Monday along the Pipeline Trail at the base of Mount Elden and two more fire started Tuesday morning in the same area.

The fires grew to about a tenth of an acre before being put out and officials say they didn't pose any threat to nearby neighborhoods.

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The Flagstaff Fire Department responded to three small wildfires early Monday morning. They’re the latest in a series of human-caused blazes in and around the city. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is set to certify results of the March 22 presidential primary that prompted lines of more than five hours after Maricopa County slashed the number of polling places.

Reagan is the state's top election official and will officially release the statewide vote courts and is expected to certify the results on Monday.

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has certified the results of the March 22 presidential preference election. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a measure that significantly expands anonymous political spending in Arizona elections.

The proposal by the secretary of state that was touted as a housecleaning measure increases the influence of dark money groups that can spend money on elections without revealing their donors.

The campaign finance re-write doubles the amount these groups spend on ballot measures and allows nonprofit groups to spend more money influencing elections without having to reveal donors.

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The Arizona Board of Education has lowered the state’s requirements for teaching 6th through 12th grade math. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the move is designed to address a statewide shortage of math teachers. 


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