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MHS students walk out, hold moment of silence for Florida shooting victims

Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Pinal County

MARICOPA — On Thursday morning, hundreds of Maricopa High School students peacefully walked out of class to show respect for the 17 students and teacMARICOPA — On Thursday morning, hundreds of Maricopa High School students peacefully walked out of class to show respect for the 17 students and teachers killed

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Tags: Arizona, Maricopa, Florida shooting, Student walkout

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Commission declares emergency to investigate Johnson Utilities

Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — State regulators, apparently alarmed at what they heard from Pinal County residents this week, are taking action against a San Tan Valley water provider.The Arizona Corporation Commission met Thursday to discuss the findings from the Johnson Utilities rate case hearings in San Tan Valley, which concluded Wednesday evening.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Johnson Utilities

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Pinal Alliance panel discusses economy, prospects

Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Pinal County

CASA GRANDE — Leaders in the economic development arena say Pinal County is primed for growth. A panel speaking before members of the Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth said Pinal County communities should be ready for site selectors long before representatives from major companies get to town. Susan Dumon, vice president

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, economic growth, jobs

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Residents organize to hold Pinal utility accountable

Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Residents living near a Pinal County wastewater treatment plant feel vindicated now that a new monitor shows air quality violations. The residents in Magic Valley subdivision had been pressuring the county to add additional monitors for hydrogen sulfide gas coming from the Johnson Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Tags: Arizona, San Tan Valley, Johnson Utilities

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LTE-GOP has lost moral argument

Sat, Feb 17, 2018

Election 2018

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch: I find it tragically ironic that the Arizona GOP is characterizing the 2016 voter-passed measure that increases the state’s minimum wage as “morally wrong." (Howard Fischer’s article in the Feb. 13 Dispatch) In my opinion, the GOP has lost its right to make any moral judgments. The

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Arizona 2016 Ballot Proposition, Minimum wage

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Officials say 'hard work begins' on new Pinal road projects

Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Roads were on the top of everyone’s minds at the Pinal Partnership’s monthly breakfast. County Manager Greg Stanley and Andrew Smith, the principal transportation planner with Pinal County Public Works, gave attendees Friday an update on the status of the transportation projects from Propositions 416 and 417.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Pinal County Public Works, Roads

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Pinal lawmaker wants education sales tax extended

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

AZ Legislature

 PHOENIX — A Pinal County state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced legislation that would permanently extend a sales tax that currently provides about $550 million a year for K-12 education in Arizona. Republican Rep. Doug Coleman of Apache Junction said making the six-tenths of one cent sales tax permanent would provide

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Tags: Arizona, 2018 Legislature, Education sales tax

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How To Make Your Voice Heard In Arizona Without Driving To The Capitol

Mon, Jan 8, 2018

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — If you want to keep tabs on your lawmakers and bills, the Arizona Legislature’s website has a full rundown of proposed new laws, amendments to proposals, and the roll-call votes in committees and on the floor. One function of the website allows people not only to watch hearings

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5 Key Issues To Watch At The Arizona Legislature This Year Azcentralcom

Mon, Jan 8, 2018

AZ Legislature

Arizona lawmakers head back to work Monday as the Legislature convenes for its annual session. Several high-profile issues, from education funding to the state’s opioid epidemic, are expected to top the agenda for what could be a marathon term. Lawmakers also will gather in Monday afternoon for opening ceremonies in the House

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Vote San Tan Valley finance shows low budget, spending

Fri, Jan 5, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — The political action committee Vote San Tan Valley has made significant progress in pushing for its goal of getting incorporation on the ballot since being formed last March. The group filed a map with the county in October and began collecting petition signatures. Members did this

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Tags: Pinal County, Casa Grande, San Tan Valley Incorporation

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