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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he won’t appeal the official census numbers for Arizona despite the financial hit they will mean to the state.

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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation to declare gun shops “essential’’ and protect them, firearms manufacturers and even trade associations like the National Rifle Association from being sued by those who are killed or injured by their products.

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PHOENIX — Senate President Karen Fann said Friday she may not pursue a controversial door-to-door canvass of some neighborhoods as part of an audit of the 2020 election returns.

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PHOENIX — Republican lawmakers voted Wednesday to punish teachers who don’t present both sides of controversial science or events, a move that some lawmakers say could force them to seek out and present contrary views on everything from climate change and slavery to the 9-11 terrorist attack…

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PHOENIX — The state’s top election official is threatening to go to court unless the procedures being used by the Senate in its special ballot audit are changed.

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers are moving to limit the role of civilians in reviewing police misconduct, approving Wednesday several measures backed by police unions in the wake of a national reckoning over racial injustice.

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PHOENIX — With the number of vaccine doses being administered dropping, state health officials are finally agreeing to let doctors start immunizing their patients against COVID-19.

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BISBEE — In an effort to boost morale and keep deputies from going to other better paying jobs, Sheriff Mark Dannels and Chief of Staff Mark Napier made a request for an increase of $1,349,693 for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office 2021-22 budget, but reduced it to $576,260.

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PHOENIX — Efforts to strip the ability to vote early from potentially hundreds of thousands of Arizonans stalled Thursday amid a vocal and name-calling spat between two Senate Republicans.

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BISBEE — Bisbee’s mayor and council appointed Steve Pauken as the new city manager by a 6-1 vote Wednesday in a special session, and already he is on the job.

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PHOENIX — Arizona tribes are going to get at least four new casinos — and possibly more after another decade — along with more slot machines, more games of chance and the right to take wagers on a whole new category of professional and amateur sporting events.

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court has once again slapped down efforts by lawmakers to tell Tucson — and all the state’s charter cities — when they can have their elections.

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PHOENIX — State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that will require special parental permission before a student is taught anything about sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to review a decision issued by a lower court regarding a lawsuit that a citizen filed against two current Cochise County Supervisors and a former one.

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BISBEE — On Thursday, the mayor and City Council accepted the resignation letter of City Manager Theresa Coleman and after an executive session appointed City Clerk Ashlee Coronado as interim City Manager, though neither was by a unanimous vote.