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The fate of a plan that would pump $3.5 billion in new money into Arizona's K-12 school system over 10 years was hanging by a thread late Tuesday.

Voters statewide were backing Proposition 123 by slightly more than the 50 percent it needs to win. Maricopa County and many smaller counties had completed counts of Election Day ballots late in the night.

That means final results won't be known until Wednesday at the earliest, and likely later in the week.

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Voters across Arizona head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of education funding and pension overhaul measures at a special election.

The election will also test whether efforts Maricopa County took to avoid a repeat of the long lines seen during the March presidential primary worked. But another snag — the failure of the secretary of state to mail voter education pamphlets to at least 400,000 voters — has also marred the run-up to the election.

A federal judge has dismissed two counts in a lawsuit the Navajo Nation filed against clothing retailer Urban Outfitters Inc.

U.S. District Judge Bruce Black in New Mexico says the tribe didn't show that the "Navajo" mark is famous.

Black wrote Friday that few courts have found trademarks to qualify as "famous." The legal definition must be met to move forward with federal and state dilution claims.

Black says the "Navajo" trademark is more of a niche and not recognized as a household name in the United States.

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A Chandler lawyer's request to have next week's special election postponed because hundreds of thousands of voters didn't receive their election guides in time was rejected Thursday by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

The state's top legal officer said it was clear Secretary of State Michele Reagan's office violated the law, but there was no legal remedy available.

A frustrated Brnovich said cancelling the election would disenfranchise many more voters who have already cast early ballots than the more than 400,000 who didn't receive election publicity pamphlets.

Northern Arizona University will become a smoke- and tobacco-free campus beginning July 1.

NAU President Rita Cheng made the announcement Thursday.

She says the initiative reflects the school's strong commitment to wellness and public health and to create a healthy environment for students and staff.

Cheng says NAU's current policies prohibit smoking inside university buildings and vehicles.

But they don't address the health risks associated with secondhand smoke or the environmental issues caused by tobacco products.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation creating a comprehensive state policy on drone use that includes a ban on cities and towns making their own rules regulating the small aircraft.

Wednesday's action comes after Republican Sen. John Kavanagh, cities and towns and other groups negotiated on Senate Bill 1449. Businesses that hope to use drones commercially were pushing for uniform statewide rules.

An attorney for a woman accused of embezzling nearly $1.8 million from the former Show Low Fire District has declined comment.

Ron Wood filed a notice Wednesday to represent Natalie Cluff, also known as Natalie Bingham.

He says he hasn't received any documents in the case.

A grand jury recently indicted Cluff on multiple felony charges related to her time as an administrative manager overseeing finances at the Show Low Fire District.

She's scheduled for an arraignment Monday.

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Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office failed to send out publicity pamphlets for next week’s special election to more than 200,000 households with multiple voters in all but Pima and Maricopa counties, her spokesman said Monday.

 

The error has prompted a Chandler attorney to prepare a request to the attorney general to postpone the May 17 election. Voters are being asked in Proposition 123 to boost withdraws from the state land trust to fund education and in Proposition 124 to overhaul the state police and firefighter pension system.

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Authorities say a rescue team has found the body of an Arizona State University professor who had been reported missing from a northern Arizona campground.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials say in a news release the body of 59-year-old Debra Ann Schwartz was found about 11:10 a.m. Sunday in an unnamed slot canyon. She was about a half-mile from her camping spot in the Pine Flat Campground in Oak Creek Canyon.

The sheriff's office received a call from the campground about 9 a.m. Friday when Schwartz failed to check out as scheduled.

Arizona lawmakers are hoping to wrap up the 2016 legislative session, but first they have to complete votes on bills that have been stalled because of work on a state budget.

The Arizona House alone has set Friday votes on more than 130 bills. Senate calendars hadn't been posted late Thursday.

The House acted on only about two dozen bills Thursday and the Senate voted on a similar number.

Both chambers are aiming to adjourn the session Friday, but there's no guarantee that will happen.

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