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Legislature passes quirky laws in elongated session | Arizona News

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Arizona’s 54th legislative session wrapped up earlier this week and Governor Doug Ducey signed the $11.8 billion budget Friday. During the legislative session about 1,300 bills were introduced, and the session ran about a month long. [VIDEO: AZ Legislature passes some quirky laws] “It had its own personality quirks, it had a very thin majority, and it had a lot of scar tissue,” political consultant Stan Barnes said. But despite the difficulties, some unique laws came out of all of it – nunchucks are now legal, and lemonade is the official state drink. “It is completely typical […]

Legislature set to work during weekend amid budget impasse • Arizona Mirror

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Photo by GotCredit.com | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 The Legislature appeared poised to work through the Memorial Day weekend as the budget stalemate continued at the Capitol on Friday. Lawmakers spent much of Friday, traditionally a day off for the legislature, waiting for news as Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey’s office sought to persuade several GOP holdouts in the Senate to support the $11.8 billion budget plan. After working until 2 a.m. the night before to pass three budget bills, the House of Representatives planned to come back Friday night to vote for the remaining bills, though House Republican spokesman […]

Couple wanted in AZ homicide arrested in New York

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CREDIT: U.S. Marshals Service CREDIT: U.S. Marshals Service TUCSON, Az. – TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona couple sought in connection with the death of an elderly man has been apprehended in New York state. The U.S. Marshals Service announced that 55-year-old Blane Barksdale and 58-year-old Susan Barksdale were arrested without incident Friday morning in Henrietta, New York. Both have been wanted since last month in Tucson on charges including first-degree murder. U.S. Marshals officials say they received information indicating the Barksdales had fled to New York. They are in jail awaiting extradition. Tucson authorities say a there was no […]

The Latest: Arizona smoking age boost sponsor admits defeat | Political News

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on action at the Arizona Legislature (all times local): The sponsor of one of two competing tobacco and vaping regulation bills at the Arizona Legislature says he’s giving up on his proposal in the face of opposition from anti-smoking advocates. Republican Rep. John Allen said Friday he just couldn’t get the votes to back his measure raising the age to buy tobacco or vaping products to 21. The bill also contained a clause barring cities and towns from further regulating tobacco or charging licensing fees to retailers. It was backed by the tobacco and vaping […]

The Latest: Lawmakers reject naming mountain after veteran | Political News

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on action at the Arizona Legislature (all times local): Arizona lawmakers decided not to name a mountain peak west of Phoenix in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL. The House voted 45-15 to reject a bill to name the tallest peak in Estrella Mountain Regional Park after Charles Keating IV. Keating was killed in 2016 in Iraq during a battle with Islamic State fighters. Republican Rep. Walter Blackman, an Army veteran, says it’s offensive to ask lawmakers to honor one veteran over another. Democratic Rep. Lorenzo Sierra has the peak in his district and says […]

Scottsdale woman gets caught up in LA man’s romance scam | Arizona News

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A Scottsdale woman thought she’d found the perfect man, but now she believes she was just caught up in the perfect scam, leaving her bank account drained of thousands of dollars. Acacia Oudinot says it all started online. [WATCH: Romance scammer targets women, including Scottsdale woman] “We had mutual friends on Facebook, and he friend-requested me,” Oudinot said. Wilson Jackson appeared to be a successful and eligible bachelor. “So we started talking, and obviously, you know, that kind of led to a little bit more flirting or whatever, and that’s eventually what led to him asking me […]

PD: Phoenix mom ‘whooped’ 4-year-old daughter with belt | Arizona News

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – A Phoenix mom is facing a charge of child abuse for allegedly using a belt to whip her 4-year-old daughter “on all body surfaces except her left buttock.” Police arrested 20-year-old Sycora Thompson at her Phoenix apartment the night of Wednesday, May 22, 2019. According to court documents, the little girl started at a new day-care facility that day. A teacher noticed a mark on her left arm and asked her how she got it. She said it was from her mother. “When the daycare (sic) staff further examined the child, she had numerous marks all […]

Crime Trackers: Fugitive couple wanted for murder, arson is arrested in New York

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TUCSON – The fugitive couple wanted for murder and arson are now behind bars. Tucson Police Department said 55-year-old Blane Barksdale and his 58-year-old wife, Susan Barksdale were arrested Friday morning in Henrietta New York. Blane Barksdale, Susan Barksdale, and Brent Mallard,/ Tucson Police Department According to Charles Salina, U.S. Marshal, they received a call from their counterparts in Tucson on Thursday night. “They sent us a photo of the vehicle and photos of the two fugitives,” Salina said. Undersheriff Korey Brown said the license plate on the RV the couple were driving alerted Tucson authorities. The couple also used a […]

Yuma police officer accused of sexual conduct with minor

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CLOSE The Yuma Police Department is investigating a complaint that one of its officers had sexual conduct with a minor. According to the complaint, this alleged conduct took place between 2017 and 2018. The officer is not in custody and is on administrative leave, according to the department. “The minor is a female and we are not releasing the age at this time,” said Yuma Police Department Sgt. Lori Franklin. The Yuma Police Department encourages anybody with any information about such a case to call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 783-4421 or 78 CRIME (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.  […]

Police looking for man stealing gas from vehicles’ tanks around Phoenix | Arizona News

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man they say is stealing gas straight from vehicles around Phoenix. The thefts happened during April and May in various spots around the city. Detectives only have a vague description of the man they say is the thief but say he has facial hair and tattoos on both arms. He was also seen in a Ford pickup truck. Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). (Click or tap phone number to call […]