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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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9:03 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Critics Question Science Behind AZ Abortion Bill

The Arizona State Capitol Building

The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women the effects of an abortion medication might be reversible.

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4:24 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Former Congressman Rick Renzi’s Conviction

Rick Renzi (right) was convicted of 17 counts last year and sentences to three years in prison.
Credit AP

A federal appeals court today upheld the conviction of former Republican Congressman for Arizona’s first district, Rick Renzi, on charges of extortion, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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2:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Gay Marriage Hold in Idaho Puts the Brakes on Efforts in Arizona

Brandon Armstrong, left, and Thomas Etheridge kiss and embrace after they were wed at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., in May.
Credit AP/Stephen B. Thornton, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The path to same-sex marriages here hit a bump this morning Wednesday as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed Tuesday's ruling by the 9th S. Circuit Court of Appeals voiding a similar law in Idaho. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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