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Attorney to ask AG to challenge Land Department funding (access required)

Attorney Tim Hogan will be delivering a message to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard that boils down to this: If you don’t, then I will. Hogan, who leads the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, will be asking Goddard to file a lawsuit to stop the Arizona State Land Department from independently paying for the management of more than 9 million acres of state trust lands.

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Arpaio foe Manning eying AG run (access required)

Phoenix attorney Michael C. Manning, a vocal critic of Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has twice won multimillion dollar settlements in lawsuits against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, is considering a run for Arizona attorney general.

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Maricopa County rejects most tax appeals (access required)

Within minutes of hearing discussions of residential private golf course memberships, hilltop views and the actual market value of luxury homes in north Scottsdale, a hearing officer with the Arizona State Board of Equalization reached a conclusion - the value of Dennis Grose's home had been overestimated by the office of Maricopa County Assessor Keith Russell by almost $250,000 dollars.

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State examining stimulus impact with an eye on jobs (access required)

State agencies are submitting their reports to the Governor's Office of Economic Recovery for the first comprehensive look at how Arizona has been impacted by the federal stimulus act. The Office of Economic Recovery, which oversees the state's use of money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will collect the data through Oct. 6 and plans to submit a report to federal officials two days later.

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Arizona prepares order for swine flu vaccine

A first batch of roughly 60,000 doses of the new swine flu vaccine could arrive in Arizona next week, state health officials said Sept. 29. Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble said his office is collecting orders from county health departments for submission to the federal Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday. Arizona likely will get the first doses of a nasal spray vaccine from vendors sometime next week, he said.

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JLBC OKs $7M to complete parks projects

The State Parks Board, with the approval of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, released about $7 million to finish nearly completed projects that were put on hold in February. About $50 million of the parks budget was swept as part of state budget cuts and about a third of the agency was laid off, said Ellen Bilbrey, a public information officer for the Parks Board. In the process, Heritage Fund grants were suspended.

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