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2:01 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Senators McCain and Flake Split on Support for Loretta Lynch for AG

After a five-month battle, the U.S. Senate confirmed New York City federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as the nation's next attorney general.
Credit NBC News

After five months of delay, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Loretta Lynch to serve as attorney general. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state’s Republican Senators were split on the nominee to lead the Justice Department.

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5:27 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Gov. Ducey Appoints Lisa Atkins as Head of State Land Department

Arizona is getting a new chief overseer for its millions of acres of land held in trust to benefits schools and other public institutions.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Lisa Atkins as land commissioner, a post that includes heading up the Land Department and its administration of trust land.

Atkins is currently an executive of Greater Phoenix Leadership, a business advocacy group, and she's also a member of the board that oversees the Central Arizona Project aqueduct system.

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1:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiative for 2016 Registered With State

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A 2016 ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona has been registered with the secretary of state’s office. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if passed it would mean the state would control the marijuana industry.

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7:58 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Bill Blocking Plastic Bags Bans By Cities

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Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that prevents towns and cities from banning single-use plastic shopping bags. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, supports say such bans are costly to businesses, but opponents say they’re more costly to the environment.

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12:00 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Tax Bill That Trims $31 Million in State Revenue

Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit David Wallace/The Republic

A bill designed to align the state's income tax code with federal tax law that will cut state revenue by $31 million has been signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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8:22 am
Sat April 11, 2015

NAU Could See 3 Percent Tuition Increase Due to State Budget Cuts

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The presidents of Arizona's three state universities are proposing to increase revenues through tuition or fee increases in the coming school year to make up for part of a $99 million cut in state funding.

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2:01 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Gov. Ducey: University Budget Cuts Could be Permanent

Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit The Republic

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants the board that oversees the state's three public universities to come up with a new strategic plan that cuts administrative expenses and makes college more affordable.

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11:25 am
Fri April 3, 2015

State Lawmakers Adjourn After Passing Driver’s License and Bag-Ban Bills

The Arizona legislature passed a bill that would prohibit towns and cities from banning plastic shopping bags and other disposable containers. It would also bar local governments from requiring business owners to measure and report energy use.
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The Arizona legislature has wrapped up its 2015 session, making it the shortest in nearly 50 years. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, lawmakers passed several bills in the final hours that will head to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk.

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7:28 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Arizona Legislature Could End 2015 Session Thursday night

Arizona State Capitol Building

The Arizona Legislature is working toward the earliest adjournment in nearly 50 years.

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11:40 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Local Police Chief Reacts To Governor Vetoing Police Identity Bill

Sedona Police Chief Raymond Cota, AACOP Second Vice President

 

Police chiefs across the state are applauding Governor Doug Ducey for vetoing Senate Bill 1445. The proposal would have shielded the names of officers involved in shootings for 60 days. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Sedona’s Police Chief was one of the bill’s outspoken critics.

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