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PHOENIX -- Schools can't be held accountable for violent incidents between students that occur off campus, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday. 

By Howard Fischer 
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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is taking verbal slaps at schools that he contends are violating a law on masking he signed. 

 

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PHOENIX -- A new mandate by Phoenix Union High School District that students and staff wear masks remains in effect, at least for the time being, as do similar policies being adopted by other districts. 

 

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PHOENIX -- The outcome of a legal fight between Flagstaff and state lawmakers could affect the decision by residents of other cities whether they want to impose their own minimum wage. 

 

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PHOENIX -- A judge has ordered the Senate to immediately produce the records it has related to the audit of the 2020 election -- even those in the hands of Cyber Ninjas Inc., the private firm hired to conduct the review. 

 

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PHOENIX -- Maricopa County won't surrender the latest batch of documents and equipment demanded by the state Senate. 

 

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn it's historic decision in Roe v. Wade and leave the question of whether to allow abortion in Arizona to state lawmakers -- and to him as an unapologetic foe of the practice. 

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PHOENIX -- Maricopa County supervisors won't say just yet what they intend to do about the latest subpoenas dealing with the audit despite a 1 p.m. Monday deadline. 

And Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said she's already preparing a "prebuttal'' of whatever is produced by the Senate's contractors, calling the process so flawed that anything that comes out of the yet-to-be-produced report will be meaningless. 

 

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PHOENIX -- The state's top health official is quitting. 

 
Cara Christ is leaving as director of the Department of Health Services to become chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Her last day will be Aug. 27. 

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PHOENIX -- The man who was the voice of the Senate audit of the 2020 election to the public is effectively out over a dispute about to whom he has been speaking. 

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PHOENIX -- A Tucson man will get a new chance to seek financial damages from the city for an illegal search of his east side home more than a decade ago. 

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PHOENIX -- A federal judge has thrown out a bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to void provisions in a COVID-19 federal relief package that preclude any of the cash being used for tax cuts. 

 

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down on his refusal to reimpose mitigation measures to help slow the increasing spread of COVID-19. 

 

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PHOENIX -- An organization that pushes for lower taxes and less government regulation is trying to deny Arizonans the option to decide whether they want to approve or veto the $1.9 billion in tax cuts enacted last month by the Republican-controlled legislature. 

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PHOENIX -- A federal appeals court on Thursday tossed out the claims of former state Rep. Don Shooter that his rights were violated when he was expelled in 2018 from the House of Representatives. 
 

  

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PHOENIX -- The public has no legal right to know the names of jurors who are hearing cases, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled. 

 

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PHOENIX -- The state's top health official said Tuesday that schools should be able to quarantine unvaccinated students and keep them out of class in at least some cases where they have been exposed to COVID-19. 

 

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PHOENIX -- An attorney for the Arizona Legislature is arguing to the state Court of Appeals that lawmakers -- and not the courts -- decide when they have to have open meetings. 

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PHOENIX -- Two school districts are telling the governor that he's legally off base in demanding they scrap their quarantine policies. 

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PHOENIX -- Maricopa County officials say the claims made about the election that some have labeled a "bombshell'' are really a dud. 

 

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PHOENIX -- The outside contractors conducting the audit of the 2020 election told GOP lawmakers Thursday they already have identified a series of inconsistencies between information that Maricopa County reported and what they have found. 

 

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PHOENIX -- A judge has slapped down efforts by the state Senate and Karen Fann, its president, to avoid having to disclose various documents related to the audit of the 2020 election. 

 

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey tapped an attorney who represents employers in legal matters, including with workers, to be the newest justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. 

 

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PHOENIX -- An attorney for the state asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to let Arizona refuse to count early ballots that voters forgot to sign initially and did not fix by election night. 

 

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PHOENIX -- The attorney for Senate President Karen Fann told a judge Wednesday that the public has no right to know who is paying for the audit of the 2020 election the Senate is conducting. 

Or, for that matter, pretty much anything else related to how Cyber Ninjas, the outside firm hired to do the work, is handling it. 

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PHOENIX -- The former chairman of the Navajo County Democratic Party is spearheading an effort to get voters to overturn three changes in election laws approved this year by the Republican-controlled legislature in the wake of Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump. 

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PHOENIX -- A federal judge has slapped down a bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to get the federal government to take custody of and deport more people who are here illegally and do it quicker. 

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PHOENIX -- Arizonans may get the last word on a nearly $2 billion tax cut plan that mainly benefits the wealthy. 

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