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PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate abandoned budget work for the day late Thursday afternoon after Republicans who control the chamber failed to lasso the needed 16 votes. Senate President Karen Fann knew earlier in the day that she had problems in her caucus gathering support for the $11.8 billion spending plan. She adjourned the chamber after telling members they would return Friday, work through Saturday if needed, take Sunday off and come back on Memorial Day if no deal was in place. By Bob Christie and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos.
PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers are poised to consider tripling the amount of cash they are paid for each day they work in new legislation that emerged as their yearly session nears a close. Lawmakers in both parties appeared supportive of the change, which was introduced in the Senate on Thursday and approved by the appropriations committee. By Bob Christie. SENT: 500 words.
PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers are moving to allow a handful of children from the Navajo reservation to continue using school vouchers at a Christian school in New Mexico. Emergency legislation approved in a House committee Thursday gives seven children another year to use their Empowerment Scholarship Account for private-school tuition in another state, though the law requires vouchers be used at Arizona schools. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 680 words.
PHOENIX — The parents of an incapacitated woman who was raped and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center alleges in a $45 million legal claim that the facility and state broke their promise to have only female caregivers tend to their daughter. A nurse charged with sexually assaulting the 30-year-old patient had cared for her more than 1,000 times in the 13 months leading up to the birth, according to an expert cited in the claim filed Wednesday against Arizona. By Terry Tang and Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 680 words, AP Photos.
IMMIGRANT STUDENT GRADUATES
PHOENIX — A teenager who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child has graduated from high school in Arizona just weeks after federal officials detained him and his classmates protested for his release. Thomas Torres, dressed in a burgundy cap and gown, wore a broad smile as a big cheer went up at the Wednesday night graduation ceremony at Desert View High School in southern Tucson, about 60 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. By Anita Snow. SENT: 430 words, AP Photos.
ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS
RALEIGH, N.C. — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years — the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.
BIG CITIES-SLOW GROWTH
ORLANDO, Fla. — With the exception of Phoenix and San Antonio, big cities in the U.S. aren’t growing like they used to. Most of the nation’s largest cities last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 430 words, photos.
— DEAD MOM-BACKYARD BURIAL: An Arizona man has been arrested for allegedly burying his dead mother in his backyard to continue receiving her Social Security checks and Veterans Affairs benefits.
— WATER COMPANY-LAWSUIT: The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has filed a $100 million lawsuit against a San Tan Valley water company over alleged water-quality violations.
— GIRL IMPREGNATED-MAN SENTENCED: Authorities say a Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly impregnating an 11-year-old girl.
— SUN CITY WEST HOMICIDE-ARREST: Authorities say a woman has been arrested in a Sun City West homicide case.
— ARIZONA UTILITY-RATE HIKE: Arizona regulators have declined to reverse a 2017 rate hike imposed on 1 million electric customers, but they also did not reject the complaint against it.
— SEXUAL EXPLOITATION INDICTMENTS: A state grand jury has indicted six Arizona men on child sexual exploitation charges.
— POLICE FIRED UPON-ID: Authorities have identified a man arrested after allegedly firing gunshots at a police officer from a second-story window in west Phoenix.
— PRIMARY-ELECTION DATE: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation moving Arizona’s late-August primary date forward by three weeks to the first Tuesday of the month.
— UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR: Arizona’s Registrar of Contractors says a 28-year-old man has been found guilty of contracting without a license.
— FIREFIGHTER DEATH-PROCESSION: Southbound traffic on a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 17 in Phoenix will face restrictions Thursday afternoon due to a funeral procession for a Phoenix firefighter who officials say died of occupational cancer.
MIAMI — Phoenix Suns big man Richaun Holmes was arrested for misdemeanor possession of cannabis after a Miami-area traffic stop. The 25-year-old Holmes was arrested Tuesday night along with former Brooklyn Nets forward James Webb III after authorities say the found a recently used marijuana joint inside their vehicle. SENT: 130 words.
HKN–FACES OF CONCUSSIONS
HOMER GLEN, Ill. — Former Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Dan Carcillo isn’t fine and he knows it. Repeated blows to the head during his NHL career made him a different person at times during and certainly after he hung up his skates for good. Like a growing number of retired players, Carcillo doesn’t think much of how the league has handled head injuries and Gary Bettman’s steadfast refusal to acknowledge any link between blows to the head and mental health problems. Even with a recent court victory in hand, the NHL has not seen the controversial topic fade away even as it celebrates another Stanley Cup Final. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 950 words, AP Photos, AP Video.
After settling a lawsuit with retired players over concussions and other head injuries, the NHL can take some satisfaction in the fact that almost half of current player representatives surveyed by The Associated Press and The Canadian Press believe the league is doing all it can to prevent them. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words.
BKL-WNBA SEASON PREVIEW
NEW YORK — It’s been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and sadly a few injuries to some of the games’ greatest players. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 750 words, AP Photos.
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