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Representative Doug Quelland must give up his seat in the Legislature. Quelland was found to have violated campaign-finance rules earlier this year. Quelland plans to appeal the ruling in Maricopa Superior Court...A fire broke out in the auditorium at Red Mountain High School in Mesa last night. Fire officials believe the fire started when a curtain was pressed against a hot stage light. A teacher quickly grabbed a ladder, cut down the curtain, and extinguished the fire...Patrick Chorpenning, the former director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, has been indicted on charges of misusing public money and sidestepping state procurement rules. The Attorney General's Office believes that Chorpenning violated several laws, including creating unadvertised jobs for his son and wife...Opponents of the controversial photo radar cameras are poised to file a lawsuit against the state. Shawn Dow with Arizona's

Citizens Against Photo Radar claims that Redflex, the company that manages the speed cameras, has been ticketing people illegally for several months...A toddler found walking alone on the streets of Buckeye yesterday has been reunited with his mother. Police say the mother fell asleep and the child sneaked out of the house. The mother claims the child, despite being a toddler, knows how to operate the deadbolt on the front door of the home...About 3,000 Scottsdale residents are without power today. APS officials say they don't know what caused the outage, which killed power in homes and businesses in the area of Pima Road/Loop 101 to the west, Greenway Road to the north, 100th Street to the east and Sweetwater Avenue to the south. Traffic lights are also out, and APS officials are urging motorists to treat dark traffic lights as a four-way stop.

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