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Lake Havasu City wants state park to remain open

LAKE HAVASU CITY - The Lake Havasu City manager has asked the Arizona State Parks Board to let the city take operational control of Lake Havasu State Park if state budget cuts force state parks to close. City Manager Charlie Cassens sent the request in a letter to the parks board, the governor's office, the governor's task force and others, informing state officials the city wants to keep the park open.

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‘Let’s move on’

At the end of the presser, Sen. John McCain was asked about a challenge from former congressman J.D. Hayworth - and possibly even from Janet Napolitano. "I don't think any campaign I've ever been in should be taken for granted," said McCain. "I work hard, I campaign hard and I hope to earn the votes of the citizens of Arizona."

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Cash seizures quadruple on Arizona-Mexico border

Seizures of money bound mostly for Mexico's violent drug cartels more than quadrupled this year on the Arizona border, and government officials are crediting beefed-up screening at checkpoints. Inspectors intercepted $1.1 million heading into Mexico in fiscal 2008. This year, they netted $4.9 million.

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Spokesman for 4 Phoenix mayors retiring

A spokesman for four different Phoenix mayors is retiring on Dec. 31 after 19 years on the job. Scott Phelps says he volunteered to leave the office of Mayor Phil Gordon in anticipation of further budget cuts in Phoenix, where more than 1,000 positions have been eliminated in the past year.

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Govs ready speeches as fiscal woes persist

As governors prepare their 2010 state of the state addresses, at least 36 of them are still struggling to close continuing budget deficits for the current fiscal year, while worrying about new gaps looming in their 2011 spending plans. The shortfalls show no signs of going away as state revenue continues to fall far below projections, leaving some lawmakers and the public poised to rethink the role of state government.

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Napolitano’s wordplay

Janet Napolitano is taking heat for comments she made following the attempted-attack on Christmas Day aboard a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight. Even though airport security played no role in preventing the attack, Napolitano said on television over the weekend that "the important thing to recognize here is that once this incident occurred, everything happened that should have.

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