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Leaks of probe involving ill son trouble Brewer

Gov. Jan Brewer says she's troubled that an adult son's mental illness is again in the news, with a newspaper reporting that federal authorities investigated whether Ronald Brewer improperly received Social Security disability benefits while his mother had a role in his receiving the benefits.

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Lawyers say Arizona not following execution rules

Lawyers for Arizona death-row inmates say the state is ignoring provisions in its own protocol on conducting injection executions.

A trial begun Monday in federal court examines claims that Arizona's execution practices violate inmates' rights by threatening to subject them to unconstitutional pain and suffering.

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Redistricting law writers say ouster defies intent

Civic activists who wrote the constitutional amendment approved by Arizona voters a decade ago to create the state's redistricting commission say Gov. Jan Brewer's removal of the panel's chair violates the measure's intent to take political map-drawing out of the hands of governors and state legislators.

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Redistricting review committee: maps are flawed

Republican legislators on Monday called the state redistricting commission's work fundamentally flawed as the panel said its independence had been undermined by Gov. Jan Brewer's accusations that it violated constitutional mapping criteria and legal processes.

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