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Another big fight awaits new energy regulators

The Corporation Commission today tabled a staff-driven proposal to investigate whether the renewable energy rule that requires utilities to derive an increasing portion of their power from residential solar and other distributed energy sources should be scrapped.

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States’ use of execution drugs varies widely

In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Arizona Department of Correction Director Charles Ryan arrives to speak about the review of the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, in Phoenix. Arizona officials will no longer administer according to an announcement made Monday, Dec. 22, the two-drug combination used in the nearly two-hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood this year. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza, File)

Problematic executions in Arizona, Oklahoma and other states have highlighted a patchwork approach states are taking with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely. A question-and-answer look at how the disparities in drugs came about and why, after more than three decades in which all death penalty states used the exact same mixture:

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Young immigrants get Arizona driver’s licenses

A line stretches outside an a Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division office, as many young immigrants protected from deportation under new Obama administration policies begin pursuing Arizona driver's licenses, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Phoenix. Monday marked the first day that about 20,000 immigrants in the country illegally who have received protection from deportation could apply for Arizona licenses. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

They waited in line in the dark outside motor vehicle offices, cheered when the doors opened and celebrated again upon passing their driving tests. For many young immigrants in Arizona, Monday marked a landmark day as they were able to get driver's licenses for the first time.

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It worked so well we’re not doing it again

A report commissioned by the Dept of Corrections on the execution of Joseph Wood found no fault in the agency’s two-drug protocol. Still, consultants who prepared the report, which was released today (Dec. 22), recommended that DOC ditch the protocol. Subsequently, DOC Director Charles Ryan has decided not to use the two-drug combination of midazolam and hydromorphone in executions.

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