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Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal

Sun, Sep 30, 2018

Environment

PHOENIX (AP) — Progress is being made in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in Colorado River water cutbacks, according to Arizona water officials.

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LD11 Senate candidates talk I-10 widening, water and education

Sat, Sep 29, 2018

Election 2018

CASA GRANDE — There are times when Ralph Atchue and Vince Leach almost sound like they’re campaigning on the same platform. Leach, the Republican state representative running this year for a seat in the Arizona Senate, described himself as someone who keeps watch over public money and tries to “make government

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Tags: Arizona, LD 11 Senate Candidates, Ralph Atchue,

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New Pinal medical forensic department helps victims

Wed, Sep 12, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Up to now, many Pinal County victims of domestic violence or sexual assault had to be taken to clinics in the Valley to be examined. Many times, they said, they just couldn’t make the trip; they never received any medical care and evidence was lost. “(They say)

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Domestic Violence, San Tan Valley, medical forensics

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Tribally owned solar power plant beats skeptics, odds on Navajo Nation

Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Energy

WASHINGTON — Deenise Becenti remembers watching a Navajo woman who had been waiting for more than 20 years to get electricity in her home flip the switch to turn on the lights for the first time this summer. “She had a whole lot of happy tears,” said Becenti, spokeswoman for the

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Solar energy, Navajo

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CAP-dependent Pinal farmers look for drought alternatives

Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — While there is support for preventing a drought contingency plan from devastating Pinal County agriculture, nobody is quite sure how to do it. But on one point there is consensus — hard decisions will have to be made. The drought contingency plan steering committee heard ideas on how to

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, CAP, Drought Contingency plan

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Audit: Babeu and Voyles violated RICO procedures

Sat, Aug 18, 2018

Pinal County

FLORENCE — A former Pinal County sheriff and chief prosecutor repeatedly did not follow guidelines and procedures while awarding funds to community organizations, according to an audit done by the state. Sheriff’s Office employees, under the guidance of Paul Babeu, appear to have violated conflict of interest policies by maintaining connections

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Tags: Arizona, Babeu, Voyles, RICO Funds

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Maricopa upset by higher school tax due to state law change

Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Pinal County

MARICOPA — With an imminent increase of the secondary property tax for Maricopa residents, many in the city are pointing fingers at the state Legislature. On Wednesday, the city sent out a press release informing residents that their secondary property tax would increase. The city says that's because the Legislature passed,

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Maricopa City, Property tax

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Old data causes some Pinal voters to receive the wrong ballot

Thu, Aug 9, 2018

Election 2018

FLORENCE — Early voters in Pinal County may have received a primary ballot for a party they did not request. Pinal County Recorder Virginia Ross caught the error, which affected voters on the Permanent Early Voting List primarily in Pinal but also in two other counties.

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Arizona Supreme Court gives rural areas more freedom over water

Thu, Aug 9, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to new development in and around Sierra Vista even if it could dry up the San Pedro River — and even if it turns out that the home buyers later end up with nothing but sand coming out of their

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Water, San Pedro River

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Almost 400 new laws take effect Friday

Tue, Jul 31, 2018

AZ Legislature

Come this Friday, women who want an abortion will be asked new questions, consumers can have their credit frozen for free, Grade A eggs can stay on the shelf longer, and 15-year-old children won’t be able to legally marry.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Laws

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