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BC-AZ–Arizona News Digest, update, AZ | NASCAR

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Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Phoenix bureau at 602-258-8934 or aparizona@ap.org. This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Mountain unless specified otherwise. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORIES: […]

Arizona moves up date of state, local primary to first Tuesday in August | Local news

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PHOENIX — Arizona voters are now nearly a month closer to the next election. Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed legislation setting the primary for state and local elections on the first Tuesday in August of even-numbered years. That compares with the current law when voters go to the polls on the last Tuesday of that month. Ducey provided no explanation of his decision to sign the measure, which drew bipartisan support. Proponents of the law, which takes effect for the 2020 race, said county election officials have complained they need more time after the primary to deal with challenges […]

House, Senate appropriations committees vote on plan

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Will the Arizona Legislature pass a budget this week? It’s possible, but several large hurdles remain. On Wednesday, appropriations committees in both chambers of the Arizona Legislature moved through votes on spending bills for the $11.8 billion plan. It’s one of the first steps toward passing a budget that would fund state government starting July 1.  It remains unclear if the Senate GOP will have enough votes to ultimately approve a budget once bills make it to the floor. At least three GOP lawmakers were still opposed to the budget as of Wednesday afternoon. The Senate Republicans hold 17 seats in […]

BC-AZ–Arizona News Digest, AZ | NASCAR

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Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Phoenix bureau at 602-258-8934 or aparizona@ap.org. This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Mountain unless specified otherwise. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORIES: […]

Wealthtrust-Arizona Position in Facebook (FB) Has Lifted as Share Price Rose; Facebook (FB) Stake Held by Tpg-Axon Management Lp

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Wealthtrust-Arizona Llc increased its stake in Facebook Inc (FB) by 2856% based on its latest 2018Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Wealthtrust-Arizona Llc bought 5,712 shares as the company’s stock rose 22.38% with the market. The institutional investor held 5,912 shares of the technology company at the end of 2018Q4, valued at $775,000, up from 200 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Wealthtrust-Arizona Llc who had been investing in Facebook Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $530.45 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.55% or $1.01 during the last trading session, […]

Kelly Townsend bill banning politics in the classroom might be back

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CLOSE The teacher strike lasted six days and ended when lawmakers passed a $400M increase to education funding. But teachers say they’re not done fighting. William Flannigan, azcentral For months, Republican state legislators have tried unsuccessfully to introduce controversial proposals to ban political speech from the classroom. As the legislative session nears its conclusion, Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, might be making one more last-ditch attempt. While the Arizona Senate Rules Committee considered key budget bills Tuesday, the committee also cleared one of Townsend’s bills on political speech in the classroom, House Bill 2032, to move forward.  Her bill would prohibit a school employee from […]

Most Arizona voters acknowledge climate change and are concerned

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Downtown Phoenix. (Photo: Isaac Hale / The Republic) Two thirds of likely Arizona voters, regardless of their political affiliation, acknowledge climate change is happening and most who think it is are “extremely concerned” about its environmental impact. That’s according to a new poll conducted by OH Predictive Insights, a research firm based in Phoenix, which found that, as the 2020 presidential election heats up, so are concerns about a warming Earth. The firm surveyed 600 people by phone in Maricopa, Pima and other counties and found that, regardless of how old they were, what party they identified with or where they lived, most said climate change was […]

Arizona teacher punishment bill revived

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate is giving new life to a bill targeting teachers who try to influence students’ political or religious views despite concerns by a legislative lawyer that it’s unconstitutional. The Rules Committee advanced the bill without notice late Tuesday after sitting on it for nearly two months. The measure would fine teachers up to $5,000. Republican Senate President Karen Fann says she doesn’t like the idea of fining teachers, so Republican Rep. Kelly Townsend has agreed to change her bill so school districts are punished instead. Democrats, teachers and others have opposed a measure they see […]

Eastern Santa Cruz County secession study dies in Arizona Senate | Local News Stories

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It looks like residents of Patagonia, Sonoita and Elgin are going to remain in Santa Cruz County, at least for the foreseeable future. On a 16-13 vote, the Arizona Senate on Tuesday killed a plan which would have created a committee to study realigning the boundary between Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. The vote is a setback for Rep. Gail Griffin (R-Sierra Vista), who has pushed HB 2486 following what she said were complaints from area residents that their taxes are too high and the level of service they are getting is too low. Griffin managed to shepherd the legislation […]

Arizona proposal to help child sex abuse victims delaying budget talks

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Arizona’s budget is being delayed due to debate over bills to help child sex abuse victims, by extending the time period survivors have to file suit. (Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic) Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are caught in the middle of a political battle at the Arizona Legislature over how long they should have to file civil lawsuits against their abusers. And the outcome could affect the state budget: Two lawmakers who want to extend that timeline say they won’t vote for a budget until the matter is addressed. They want a longer period for survivors to come forward and an […]