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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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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Pinal Elections

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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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Nearly half of eligible voters in Arizona don’t cast ballots

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Election 2018

OPINIONThat muted alarm of crisis you’re not hearing is the silent sound of nearly half of otherwise eligible voters in Arizona not casting a ballot, resulting in their voice not being heard on policy decisions affecting their daily and future life. And that silence could grow louder in future years

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Elections

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LD 8 candidates discuss budget, ballot props

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Election 2018

CASA GRANDE — Legislative District 8 candidates met Thursday for a pre-primary forum in Casa Grande. Candidates each were asked for a response on three issues: discuss the state’s budget priorities, discuss whether they support any increased taxation and discuss any ballot propositions and whether they’d support or oppose those propositions.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, LD 8

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Legal briefs detail another Johnson Utilities financial scheme

Tue, May 29, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Almost all parties in the Johnson Utilities evidentiary hearing have recommended the appointment of an interim manager, including Queen Creek, Florence, Arizona Corporation Commission staff, community activist John Dantico and the state Residential Utility Consumer Office.

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

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Legislature sends millions to 'freedom schools' at ASU, UA

Thu, May 10, 2018

Education

Arizona lawmakers this session provided $2 million to two state universities for “freedom schools” designed to teach conservative values.Since 2016, legislators have appropriated $12 million to Arizona State University and the University of Arizona for the ideologically driven centers, which previously had been funded by the Charles Koch Foundation.An AZCIR

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Tags: Arizona, 2018 Legislature, Freedom Schools, Budget

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