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3 hrs ago | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Races to watch in 2014

It happens every four years. The political party on the defensive tries to portray the gubernatorial, House and Senate races in off-year elections as individual races without a unifying theme.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, US News, Arizona, 2012 Presidential Election, US Politics, Tom Harkin, US Senate, Democrat, Terry Branstad, US Governors, Opinion

7 hrs ago | KTVK Phoenix

Legislature approves 'Blue Alert' system to catch violent criminals

More than two decades after a Valley woman's husband was killed in the line of duty, the Arizona Legislature has approved a new measure aimed at protecting law enforcement officers across the state.

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11 hrs ago | The Bugle

Company offering unique 'space' experience seeks change in Arizona law

Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corp. hopes to use a capsule like this, attached to a balloon, to float passengers high above where planes can go for a fee -- and if it can get the required change in state law.

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15 hrs ago | The Daily Caller

Arizona: Governor signs pro-gun bills

Yesterday, Governor Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2103 into law. Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend , HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.

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Related Topix: Arizona, US Governors, Jan Brewer, Guns, US News, Conservative Political News

17 hrs ago | Tribune-News

State Takes Less HURF Money, But Distribution Formula Is Worrisome

By Tammy Gray Even with a state budget in place for the upcoming fiscal year, concerns continue over the distribution of Highway User Revenue Funds that cities and counties, as well as the state, use to construct and maintain roadways.

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21 hrs ago | KOLD-TV Tucson

New fire restrictions in place for AZ state lands

The announcement is due to an increased risk of wildfires in the state, the new fire restrictions apply to all state-owned and state run lands in Arizona and will apply beginning Friday, April 18 and continuing until further notice.

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Fri Apr 18, 2014

Washington Times

Senate to debate rideshare regulations

Among the major issues left to cover at the Arizona Legislature before the session ends is how to regulate the increasingly popular ridesharing programs like Uber and Lyft.

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Related Topix: Arizona, US Governors, Jan Brewer

JD Supra

UCC Amendments Pass Both Houses of the Arizona Legislature

SB 1046, which is Arizona's version of the 2010 amendments to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code , has passed both Houses of the Arizona Legislature and may be signed by the Governor in the next few days.

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KTAR

Weekend Valley freeway restrictions for April 18-21

Several freeways closures across the Valley will complicate driving in some areas this weekend, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

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Thu Apr 17, 2014

Business Journal

Federal officials in Arizona to examine participation in Affordable Care Act

April 17, 2014 - David Sayen, regional administrator for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, was in Phoenix this week to meet with various chambers of commerce to talk about health insurance coverage for small businesses.

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Related Topix: Arizona, Medicaid, Health, Medicare

Phoenix New Times

Arizona House Votes Down Proposal to Let Everyone Keep Backyard Chickens

Arizonans won't necessarily have the right to keep chickens in their backyards. A bill intended to prohibit municipalities from creating zoning restrictions to prevent homeowners from keeping chickens easily passed the Senate in February, but was voted down by the House yesterday, by a 25-32 vote.

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CBS Local

Ariz. Legislature Approves Bill Requiring Background Checks For Obamacare Navigators

This Dec. 2, 2013 photo shows a woman reading the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace internet site in Washington, D.C. PHOENIX - The Arizona Legislature has approved a measure requiring extra licensing and background checks for navigators who help people buy health insurance on the federal marketplace.

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Related Topix: Arizona, Health Insurance, Health, US Governors, Jan Brewer

KTAR

Right to Try Act will be on November ballots

The Right To Try Act has passed the Arizona Legislature and voters will now see it on the ballot in November.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Arizona

Business Journal

Tesla says four states still in the running for $5B factory; will push again for changing sales rules

The Tesla Model S, a sedan, is the electric-vehicle manufacturer's second offering.

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Related Topix: Tesla Model S, Sedan, Tesla Roadster, Convertible, Arizona, US Governors, Jan Brewer, Nevada Government, Nevada

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Business Journal

California drought driving up food prices in Arizona

Arizonans can expect to feel some financial heat from the California drought. Certain produce prices are expected to increase because of the short supply, according to Timothy Richards, a professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Arizona, Arizona State University

Greenwich Citizen

Arizona Senate approves expanded school vouchers

One chamber of the Arizona Legislature has given a nod to a major expansion of the state's school voucher program.

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Related Topix: Arizona, School Vouchers, Education

Daily Kos

Open thread for night owls: Prisons for profit buy politicians to guarantee their cells stay full

On a recent Friday afternoon, with budget negotiations winding down, Arizona state representative John Kavanagh was racing against the clock.

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Business Journal

Property tax break for Grand Canyon University blocked again

Grand Canyon University, which is planning a new campus in Mesa, had sought a property tax break but the plan has been nixed at the Arizona Legislature.

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Phoenix New Times

Arizona Lawmakers Vote to Expand Church Tax Exemptions; Could Cost State $2.1 Million

A bill expanding tax exemptions for churches passed the Arizona Legislature yesterday, and could cost the state $2.1 million in lost revenue.

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Business Journal

Arizona Legislature still grappling with how to regulate ride-sharing companies

The battle in the Arizona Legislature pitting ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber against traditional taxicab companies has reached the bottom of the ninth inning.

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