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8:22 am
Sat April 11, 2015

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

Credit NAU

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.
Credit KUT

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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7:34 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Abortion Medication Law

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Monday that requires abortion providers in Arizona to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion and also bars women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

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6:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Ducey Vetoes Bill Shielding Officer Names

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation Monday requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months, nixing a bill that was inspired by last year's events Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents around the country.

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12:58 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Arizona House to Consider Making State Licenses Federally Compliant

The Arizona House is attempting to update the state’s driver’s license standards to be in compliance with federal law. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, without the changes license-holders could be kept from boarding airplanes and entering federal facilities as soon as next year.

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8:56 am
Fri March 27, 2015

State House to Vote on Third-Party Ballot Drop-off Ban

Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Arizona House is set to vote on a bill making it illegal for anyone except a family member or candidate to collect more than two early ballots from voters. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, some say the method increases voter turnout while others say it can increase voter fraud.

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7:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Copilot Suspected of Alps Air Crash Trained in Arizona

Andreas Lubitz, the copilot suspected of intentionally crashing a Lufthansa flight in the Alps.
Credit Reuters/Foto-Team-Mueller

The co-pilot who authorities believe intentionally crashed an airplane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, likely first honed his flying skills for months in Arizona.

Lufthansa Group, which owns Germanwings airline, said Thursday that 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz trained in Bremen, Germany and Phoenix starting in 2008.

A Facebook page bearing his name lists Phoenix Goodyear Airport among his interests.

The airport houses Airline Training Center Arizona, a Lufthansa-owned training facility.

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