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Arizona

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    March 27, 2014

    5 Best Things To Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Check, Please! Arizona Festival Sunday, March 30 This weekend brings the second annual Check, Please! Arizona Festival to CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The event, hosted by Channel 8 and co-sponsored by Chow Bella, will bring more than 30 local independent restaurants together for an afternoon of ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Arizona's Per-Pupil Education Spending Estimated to Be the Lowest in the Nation

    Arizona spends the fewest dollars per student on education than any other state in the country, according to an estimate.People often mention that Arizona's per-pupil spending rate is the third or fourth-lowest in the nation, based on census information that is usually about two years old by the tim ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Arizona Among States Most Reliant on Federal Government

    Arizona lawmakers love to fight the federal government -- to an extent.By one measure, there are only nine states that are more dependent on the federal government than Arizona.

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    March 25, 2014

    Tesla Opening Sixth Arizona Supercharger Tomorrow in Flagstaff

    You can't buy a Tesla in Arizona, but you can get it charged here.Despite Arizona's law preventing Tesla from using its sales model in the state, the company is opening its latest "supercharger" tomorrow in Flagstaff.

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    March 24, 2014

    2,800 Charges of Workplace Discrimination Filed in Arizona in 2013

    More than 2,800 charges of workplace discrimination were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year by Arizona workers.Although Arizona is home to about 2 percent of the country's population, 3 percent of the employment discrimination charges in 2013 came from Arizona.

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    March 21, 2014

    Arizona's "Empowerment Scholarship Accounts" Survive Court Challenge

    The Arizona Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a ruling that upholds the state's "empowerment scholarship accounts."The Arizona Supreme Court has struck down voucher-program laws in the past, and although these accounts are similar to vouchers, they're not quite the same.

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    March 20, 2014
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    March 19, 2014

    Arizona's Nine Congressmen Ask Tesla to Open Arizona Plant, While Its Cars Can't Be Sold Here

    All nine U.S. Representatives from Arizona signed on to a letter to Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, asking that the company open its new factory in Arizona.Telsa plans on opening its "Gigafactory" to mass-produce batteries for its electric vehicles, and Arizona's one of four states the company's conside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Driver Everyone Hates Admits to Purposely Clogging Phoenix's Passing Lanes

    If you'd like to make your blood boil, crack open the opinion pages of the Arizona Republic.You know the people who like to camp out in the left-hand lane of the highway, impeding people who'd like to drive faster than them? This guy writing to the Republic admits that he does it on purpose.

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    March 19, 2014

    Arizona's Pro-Tesla Bill Suddenly Back in Play

    While the bill proposed at the Arizona Legislature to legalize the sale of Tesla vehicles in the state essentially died, it's suddenly been brought back to life.This move happens to come just as Arizona and Texas are considered two of four finalists for a large battery factory planned by electric ca ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    UA Study on Pot and PTSD Could Impact Arizona's Medical Marijuana Program

    Since the beginning of Arizona's medical marijuana program, people have petitioned the state health department to add post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical pot.However, PTSD and other conditions aren't added to the list, due to a lack of scientific research on the risk ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Independents Now Outnumber Republicans in Arizona

    Independent voters now outnumber Republicans in Arizona.According to voter registration statistics released today, more than 10,000 people have registered as an independent since January. The total number of Arizona independents is 1,134,243, surpassing the 1,130,170 Republicans.

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    March 14, 2014

    Child-Welfare Analyst: Arizona's High Foster-Care Rates Not Getting Any Better

    The thousands of ignored allegations of neglect and abuse that went uninvestigated isn't the only crisis Arizona's Child Protective Services is dealing with.This morning, the CPS oversight committee at the Legislature brought in a child-welfare expert to explain some statistics surrounding the numbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Battle Still Brewing Over Arizona's Sex- and Race-Based Abortion Ban

    It can be difficult to keep up with all the lawsuits surrounding Arizona's litany of recent laws imposing restrictions on abortions.In one of those lawsuits, filed over Arizona's 2011 law banning sex- and gender-based abortions, the plaintiffs are appealing the dismissal of their challenge to the la ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Gay Couples File Lawsuit Challenging Arizona's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

    A group of same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.Several Arizona laws outlaw aspects of same-sex marriages in the state, including Proposition 102, passed by voters in 2008, which states that the only recognized marriages in the state are "a uni ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014
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    March 6, 2014

    Horse and Dog Masseuses Say the State's Trying to Shut Them Down

    Yes, horse and dog massages are real services offered by real people who operate businesses in Arizona.However, according to two women who have filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court, the state veterinary board has told them to stop providing their services, insisting that the women need ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    State Senate Passes Liquor Omnibus Bill

    It's no secret that I'm a big supporter of Arizona wine. I feel like we are in the neonatal ICU in terms of birthing a vibrant wine industry here. There are currently almost 90 licensed and bonded wineries in Arizona, some of which buy grapes and make wine; others grow grapes and sell to winemakers; ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014
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    March 5, 2014

    Arizona's New Regulations on Medicated Abortion Draw a Lawsuit

    Yet another new Arizona abortion law has resulted in a lawsuit.The latest lawsuit, filed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights, alleges a new regulation that restricts how medicated abortions are administered is unconstitutional.David Brown, a staff attor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Portion of Arizona Education Dollars Actually Spent on Instruction Hits a New Low

    The percentage of money that Arizona school districts are spending on actual classroom instruction hit a new low in 2013.The Arizona Auditor General has only been monitoring this figure since 2001, but Arizona districts combined spent less than 54 percent of their available operating dollars in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2014

    Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

    In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Jan Brewer Signs Repeal of Last Year's Changes to Voting Laws

    Governor Jan Brewer signed the repeal of last year's House Bill 2305, a bill that made several controversial changes to the elections process in Arizona.After a coalition of non-Republican groups quickly gathered enough signatures to put the issue to voters after the bill's passage last year, the Re ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Check, Please! Arizona Festival: James Beard Award Winning Chefs, Dozens of Restaurants, and More -- Here's the Lineup So Far

    Last year Channel 8 hosted the first Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The event, which New Times co-sponsors, is back this year on Sunday, March 30 and will again bring out more than 30 local independent restaurants and three of the Valley's James Beard Award winning ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Veto Aside, Jon Stewart Rips Arizona a New One

    The Arizona Legislature has proven to be incapable of sneaking craziness past the Daily Show.Although Governor Jan Brewer announced yesterday evening that she had vetoed SB 1062, the so-called "religious freedom" bill, the Daily Show and host Jon Stewart already had their smack-down of Arizona ready ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Celebrate Arizona with Dos Cabezas' Pink Wine and other Local Roses

    Let's face it, it's been a rough week for Arizona, even with that veto. SB 1062 has made our fair state the butt of jokes across the country. Many of us are responding to pleas from our friends elsewhere to get out of here, what were we thinking, moving to this bass-ackwards state? I'd like to tak ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Arizona's Education Poor, and the Future's Not Bright, According to Report

    Less than half of Arizona students meet the standards for attending Arizona universities, according to a recent report.The "Arizona Minority Student Progress Report 2013" prepared by the University of Arizona's Center for Education also cites a warning from ASU's Morrison Institute: "Arizona is at r ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    SB 1062 Protesters Demand Apology From Lobbyist Cathi Herrod

    In addition to protests at the state capitol over Arizona's Senate Bill 1062, activists have now taken to the office of the lobbying group that developed and pushed the bill, the Center for Arizona Policy.Citizens for a Better Arizona led a delegation of people to CAP's Phoenix office today, to dema ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    10 Best Arizona-Related Urban Dictionary Definitions

    Merriam-Webster tends to be bland sometimes, so we consulted the Urban Dictionary to define some Arizona-related things.Check out our top 10 finds (which doesn't include any grotesque sexual acts!):

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    February 24, 2014

    How Arizona Looks to the Rest of the Nation Thanks to SB 1062

    If Arizona's anti-immigrant law wasn't enough to tarnish the state's reputation, the state's "religious freedom" bill is already causing plenty of damage.Despite a huge outpouring of opposition toward the bill from Arizona residents, business groups, and even Republican lawmakers not in the state Le ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    SB 1062 Veto March Planned for Today

    A march at the state Capitol in protest of Arizona's Senate Bill 1062 is taking place later today.There already have been protests against the "religious freedom" bill in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson, but several local groups have been trying to get people out to the Capitol today for a large prot ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Arizona's "Religious Freedom" Bill in the Hands of Governor Brewer

    The Arizona House of Representatives passed the anti-LGBT "religious freedom" bill, which now heads to Governor Jan Brewer for her approval.Despite House Democrats putting up a strong fight against the bill, just one of their colleagues on the other side of the aisle voted against the bill, which th ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Ride-Sharing Regulations Proposed by Arizona Legislators

    Arizona legislators have proposed regulations for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, which would help legitimize their operations in the state.The system of using an app to find a ride from a private driver might sound like a taxi service, but these companies aren't registered with the state ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Arizona Matsuri Festival Saturday, February 22 The annual Arizona Matsuri Festival will take over Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The event includes three stages with live entertainment, arts and crafts, bonsai displays, and Japane ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Reef Jerky Is What Happens When You Combine Marijuana and Beef Jerky

    Weed-infused sweets like brownies and lollipops have been around long enough in home kitchens and dispensaries, but the newest pot treat out of Santa Cruz will surely win over for savory snackers. According to marijuana.com, Reef Jerky, produced by Badfish Extracts, will hit shelves in California an ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix: Arizona Cocktail Week and Beer Week Edition

    Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market Today Don't get us wrong, we love regular farmers markets, too. But when we have the chance to hit up a market full of artisan spirits and other cocktail-related products, you can bet a bottle of 30-year-old scotch we're going to go. The Artisan Spirit and Cockt ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Voting-Rights Groups Demand That Lawmakers Let Arizonans Vote on New Elections Law

    Get this: Arizona voters want to vote.After Arizona's Republican-led legislature passed a series of elections changes in one bill last year, it hardly took any time for non-Republican groups to band together and collect enough voter signatures to put the issue on the ballot.Republican lawmakers are ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014
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    February 10, 2014

    Highway-Safety Group Says Arizona Has a "Dangerous Lack of Basic Safety Laws"

    A national highway-safety group says Arizona's road-safety laws are not very good.Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says Arizona is one of 11 states with "a dangerous lack of basic safety laws."

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    February 7, 2014

    Kratom Removed From Arizona's Banned-Drug Proposal

    Kratom probably won't be added to Arizona's list of banned drugs after all.Kratom, an herb with painkilling properties, been for sale legally in certain stores around Phoenix for several years now, but the annual proposed update of Arizona's banned-drugs list originally included two substances found ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Arizona Bill Would Legalize Fantasy Sports

    Fantasy football fans, time to rejoice: All fantasy sports competitions may soon become legal in Arizona.Although fantasy sports competitions are legal under federal law, Arizona is one of five states where they are prohibited because it's considered a "game of chance," which is illegal under Arizon ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Kratom Could Become the Newest Illegal Drug in Arizona

    Arizona's list of illegal drugs could soon include kratom, an herbal product that's been used as medicine in certain Asian countries for centuries.Kratom's been legally for sale in certain stores around Phoenix for several years now, but the annual proposed update of Arizona's banned drugs includes ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Similar to Russian Law, Yale Professors Say

    A Washington Post opinion piece penned by a pair of Yale University law professors argues that anti-gay legislation enacted in Russia isn't that different from laws in some American states.Russia's ban on promoting homosexual propaganda in front of children isn't that different from the so-called "n ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Arizona Border Patrol Apprehensions Lowest in 20 Years

    The number of people apprehended by Border Patrol agents in Arizona last year was the lowest in 20 years.U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that there were 125,942 apprehensions last year, which still amounts to an average of 350 people per day.

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    January 30, 2014

    Maynard James Keenan Backs Chateau Tumbleweed, a New Arizona Wine

    There's no exact formula for starting your own wine company. You could buy land and plant grapes, but then you'd need a place to make the wine. Or you could have the winemaking facility, but you'd need the fruit. Or you could have none of those things but the burning desire to make wine. The basics ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Arizona Voters "Narrowly Oppose" Legalizing Marijuana, According to Latest Poll

    Arizona voters "narrowly oppose" marijuana legalization, according to the latest poll on the issue.Scutari and Cieslak Public Relations' poll is the fourth poll conducted on the issue in the last year, all by different polling companies. Two of the polls have showed voters supporting legalizing mari ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Arizona Lawmakers Look to Criminalize "Revenge Porn"

    Arizona is joining a growing number of states where legislators are seeking to criminalize so-called "revenge porn.""Revenge porn" typically comes about after nude images are shared, in confidence, with lovers. When that relationship turns sour, and one decides to share their ex-lover's nude images ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Window for Medicated Abortions to Be Shortened Under Arizona Health Regulations

    Women's-health experts have issued guidelines that allow women to chose the option of a medicated abortion at up to nine weeks of pregnancy, but Arizona doctors won't be able to follow the protocol anymore.The Arizona Department of Health Services released new rules to comply with House Bill 2036, s ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Arizona Republican Lawmakers (Plus One Dem) Support Nullification of All EPA Rules

    A group of 36 Republican Arizona lawmakers and one Democrat have signed on to a resolution supporting nullification of all Environmental Protection Agency rules. The move comes just weeks after a chemical spill in Elk River, West Virginia, spoiled the water supply of 300,000 people, in part due to ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Nominations for the Arizona Restaurant Association Foodist Awards Open Today

    Last year, the Arizona Restaurant Association honored restaurants, chefs, and other food service professionals whose talents set them apart as industry leaders with the inaugural Foodist Awards. The association defines "Foodists" as "a collective of like-minded food worshipers. A Foodist breathes an ... More >>

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