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Pinal sheriff on hand to applaud Trump's veto over border emergency

Sat, Mar 16, 2019

Pinal County

WASHINGTON – Backed by Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb and members of “angel families,” President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed a bill that would have blocked his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.  (May be Subscription based.)

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ADOT seeks input on I-10 widening at meetings outside Pinal

Fri, Mar 15, 2019

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Transportation officials announced they’ll be accepting comments on the initial process for widening Interstate 10 between Casa Grande and Chandler. But, residents can’t go to either Casa Grande or Chandler for the meetings. Instead, the public comment will be accepted during the next five months at the regular meetings of

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, ADOT, I10

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Pinal farmers lobby for support of $20M water bill at CG meeting

Fri, Mar 15, 2019

Pinal County

CASA GRANDE — About 50 people gathered in Casa Grande to hear a discussion on the impact of the drought on Pinal County farmers and the contingency plan to deal with it.

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Arizona Dems accuse GOP lawmaker of endangering drought plan

Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Pinal County

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are accusing the Republican House speaker of risking the collapse of a drought plan for the Colorado River by pushing legislation that has angered the Gila River Indian Community, a key player in the negotiations.

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Bowers won't back off water legislation despite GRIC threats

Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Pinal County

PHOENIX -- House Speaker Rusty Bowers is blowing off a threat by the Gila River Indian Community to pull out of the drought contingency plan -- and deny the state its water -- if he pursues his own legislation on forfeiture of water rights.

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Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly makes Democratic bid for Senate seat

Tue, Feb 12, 2019

Arizona Democratic Party

PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced  Tuesday he will run to finish John McCain's last term in the U.S. Senate.

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Judge lets Pinal County keep collecting RTA tax

Mon, Feb 11, 2019

Pinal County

PHOENIX — A judge has decided to allow Pinal County to keep collecting a transportation tax until an appellate court decides whether it’s legally valid. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Whitten issued a ruling last week that granted Pinal County’s request to continue collecting taxes that could eventually fund various

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Tags: Arizona 2018 Ballot Propositions, propositions

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O'Halleran announces he'll seek third term in Congress

Fri, Feb 8, 2019

Election 2020

FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Arizona U.S. Rep Tom O’Halleran says he’ll seek a third term to represent the state’s most vast congressional district, which includes most of Pinal County. The Democrat made the announcement this week on social media. He said he’s been honored to give rural Arizona a voice in Washington.

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Done’ isn’t done: What’s happening with the Colorado River drought plans?

Thu, Feb 7, 2019

AZ Legislature

GREELEY, Colo. – The seven states that rely on the Colorado River for water haven’t been able to finish a series of agreements that would keep its biggest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, from dropping to levels not seen since they were filled decades ago. Five states — Colorado, Utah,

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Volkmer says bill would curtail individualized sentencing

Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Pinal County

FLORENCE — A bill proposed in the state Senate has given the Pinal County attorney cause for concern. Kent Volkmer said his office pursues individualized sentencing for juvenile offenders charged with heinous crimes, particularly murder. When he first took office, Volkmer said one of the first things he noticed was the

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