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Study: Pinal workers don't make enough to afford area rentals

Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX -- It may be no surprise to Arizona renters. But a new report shows that an affordable apartment -- one within their means -- requires more than what they typically earn in a 40-hour week. New data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows it takes 1.1 full-time jobs at

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Economics, Low Income Housing Coalition,

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No tax hike in tentative Pinal budget

Wed, Jun 7, 2017

FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a tentative fiscal year budget at its meeting Wednesday, though further examination will eventually lead to a final budget — and even a possible resolution amendment to follow because of a Sheriff’s Office staffing study that is being done. The tentative budget

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Budget

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Black leaders: Remove Confederate monuments from Arizona

Mon, Jun 5, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Black leaders in Arizona are pushing Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to remove six Confederate monuments on public land, including one at Picacho Peak, that they say are offensive and glorify the country’s racist past. The push comes as Southern communities wrestle with whether to keep longstanding symbols of the

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Confederate monuments, NAAP

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New RICO law could impact Pinal County lawsuit

Tue, May 23, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Reforms Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law last month concerning Arizona’s civil forfeiture procedures may impact an ongoing lawsuit against Pinal County. Two years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit after the Pinal County Attorney’s Office seized a San Tan Valley woman’s truck and sold it.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds, Civic Forfeiture procedures

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Queen Creek moving to annex two Pinal properties

Fri, May 5, 2017

Pinal County

QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek’s Town Council held public hearings last month to move forward with two potential annexations of properties within the town’s planning area that fall in San Tan Valley. The bulk of Queen Creek’s town boundaries lie in Maricopa County, while San Tan Valley is in Pinal County. Pinal

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan annexation

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2 more open houses planned on proposed Pinal road tax

Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Two more open houses are planned next month to discuss a proposed sales tax increase in Pinal County to fund highway improvements. Central Arizona Governments along with Pinal County announced two additional community open houses in Maricopa and San Tan Valley to seek input on the proposed transportation plan

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, taxes

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County attorney welcomes preemptive audit of RICO accounts

Wed, Mar 1, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Just days after agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney Kent Volkmer opened his doors to the Arizona Auditor General’s Office.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds, Sheriff Mark Lamb, County Attorney Kent Volkmer

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San Tan Valley officials say citizens will decide on becoming a city

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Area residents who have backed an incorporation vote for San Tan Valley in the past are excited about legislation that will allow them to proceed, but no one has announced plans to do so immediately. Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2088 on Tuesday, allowing San Tan

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, San Tan Valley, Incorporation, HB2088

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Tucson urging high court to overturn law penalizing cities

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Tucson wants the state Supreme Court to find that a 2016 law requiring the state to keep funding from cities with ordinances that conflict with state laws violates the state Constitution.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, Gun Distruction

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Lamb faces uphill battle: 'I didn't put us in this predicament, but we have to fix it'

Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Recently elected Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb promised change on the campaign trial, and that’s what he says he is bringing to the office — even if some residents don’t like his brand of change. However, criticism has been light.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds, Sheriff Mark Lamb, County Attorney Kent Volkmer

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