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Renzi lawyers object to speech and debate ruling

TUCSON - Lawyers for former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi have objected to a federal magistrate's denial of their motion to dismiss the public corruption case against him on constitutional grounds. Renzi's lawyers contend that the government violated the U.S. Constitution's "speech or debate" clause in wiretapping his conversations with aides concerning a failed land swap deal in which he's been accused of conspiracy.

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Records show errors on county property-tax bills

Thousands of property owners in the Phoenix-area may have paid more or less than what they owe in Maricopa County property taxes. The city of Phoenix is going over records of the city's 500,000 parcels "and we would be surprised not to find errors," said Mark Cernetic, deputy budget director.

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SRP proposing 8.8 percent electricity rate hike

The Salt River Project is proposing to raise electricity rates for its more than 900,000 customers by 8.8 percent in October. The rate increase being considered by the public utility serving parts of Maricopa and Pinal County would cost the average household about $12 a month, or nearly $150 a year.

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