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Douglas outlines plan to improve Ariz.'s public schools

Sat, Oct 3, 2015

Education

PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas is calling for higher teacher pay, an end to teaching "racism'' in schools, a requirement for high school graduates to be able to speak a foreign language, allow parents to refuse to let their children take standardized tests, and give children more time

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Tags: Arizona, Public schools, Diane Douglas

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Veteran deputy at odds with Babeu fired for being rude

Sat, Oct 3, 2015

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Andrew Wikstrom’s long, strange journey with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office came to an abrupt end last month when a merit commission upheld his firing by Sheriff Paul Babeu.Wikstrom, a former deputy at PCSO, already had been terminated once before by Babeu, but that firing was overturned when

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Tags: Pinal County, Sheriff Paul Babeu, Andrew Wikstrom

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State makes case in fight with Pima, Pinal counties

Thu, Oct 1, 2015

Pinal County

PHOENIX –– Attorneys for the state argued Thursday that there is nothing wrong with state lawmakers balancing their budget by shifting costs to Pima and Pinal counties, even if it forces residents to pay even higher taxes.John Lopez IV, the state’s solicitor general, did not dispute that legislators balanced the

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Tags: Pinal County, Arizona, Pinal County, Pima CountyBudget, Taxes

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Babeu excelling at ruining lives

Thu, Oct 1, 2015

Pinal County

Editor's view Adam Gaub, Managing EditorWhen deputy Andrew Wikstrom, head bowed and muttering expletives, heard the judgment against him earlier this month – fired for allegedly being rude to civilians on a call he first thought was an active shooter situation – he became the latest in an ever-growing club filled

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Guest commentary: Clean Elections provides unbiased information for voters

Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Election 2016

Gina Roberts, special to AFNStarting this August, Arizona voters began hearing knocks on their doors from hopeful 2016 candidates running for statewide or legislative office and who are asking for support. That’s right, 2016!The Citizens Clean Elections Commission (Clean Elections) provides the tools voters need to cast an informed ballot,

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Tags: Arizona, Clean Elections, Candidates

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ACLU Lawsuit Against our Law and Order Team

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Pinal County

  Anatomy of ACLU suit claiming Pinal County officials abuse asset forfeiture laws (Arizona Capitol Times) Gary Grado Libertarian groups for years have been calling for changes to Arizona laws designed to seize the profits of crime. Some of the criticism of the state’s asset forfeiture laws, which allow police and prosecutors to

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Officials: Pinal cities need to help one another

Sat, Jul 18, 2015

Pinal County

The Pinal Partnership hosted a panel Friday in The Property Conference Center with representatives from Coolidge, Florence, Eloy and Maricopa each offering developmental updates of their respective cities.Coolidge Mayor Jon Thompson said recent funding cuts made by the state Legislature will force the city to reallocate resources.

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Tags: Pinal County, Economic Development, Pinal County Cities

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Town’s claim for Florence Copper land is dismissed

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Pinal County

The town of Florence’s attempt to acquire Florence Copper Inc.’s private property through eminent domain has been dismissed in Maricopa County Superior Court.The town sought eminent domain over two years ago, commenting at the time that other legal issues between and the town and Florence Copper left the town no

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Tags: Pinal County, Town of Florence, Florence Copper

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Board of Supervisors: Discussion of marijuana cultivation rules gets hazy

Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Pinal County

FLORENCE — After more than an hour of discussion regarding the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana on Wednesday, Pinal County officials and lawyers seemed more confused than when the conversation began.At issue are an applicant – Sean Dugan, who owns Sidewinder Dairy outside Casa Grande – and his request to

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Tags: Pinal County, Pinal County Board of Supervisors, Marijuana

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Judge: Douglas doesn't have the power to fire BOE staff

Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Education

PHOENIX -- A judge has thrown out a bid by the state schools chief to control the employees of the Board of Education and move them into their own offices.

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Tags: Arizona, Education, Superintend of Public Instruction

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