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Ducey names Tobin as Department of Insurance director (access required)

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Doug Ducey named former House Speaker Andy Tobin as the next director of the Arizona Department of Insurance. The longtime insurance company owner has served since January as the director of the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. He helped shepherd through a Ducey-proposed bill to abolish the agency and shift its various duties to other departments. The Department of Weights and Measures is scheduled to phase out next year.

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Hundreds of millions of dollars later, child safety programs plagued by the same problems (access required)

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A decade ago, a team of auditors embedded themselves in the agency charged with protecting Arizona’s children and found that some reports of child abuse or neglect weren’t properly investigated. Other cases lacked the relevant information necessary to ensure children’s safety. Ten years, hundreds of millions of dollars and a new agency later, the problems that plague the Department of Child Safety echo those that caseworkers faced a decade ago.

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12 applicants line up for state Supreme Court opening

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Gov. Doug Ducey is getting his first chance to put his imprint on the state's high court. A dozen attorneys and lower court judges have applied to replace Rebecca Berch who is retiring. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will meet later this month to winnow down the list and decide who to interview and, ultimately, who to nominate.

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