Senate gives preliminary approval to Medicaid expansion
A block of five Republican senators joined forces with Senate Democrats on May 16 to wrest control of the chamber from Sen. President Andy Biggs and provide momentum to Gov. Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid in Arizona.
FDIC shutters Central Arizona Bank
WASHINGTON — Regulators have closed a small bank in Arizona, bringing the number of U.S. bank failures to 13 this year.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday seized Central Arizona Bank, based in Scottsdale, Ariz.
1st marijuana dispensary in Yavapai County to open
PRESCOTT — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Yavapai County is set to open this week in Chino Valley.
Brewer vetoes bill to make gold and silver legal tender
Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday vetoed SB1439, which would have recognized gold and silver specie as legal tender in Arizona, along with any other specie that a “court of competent jurisdiction” deems to be within the state’s authority to make legal tender.
School board mulls $84 million desegregation plan
TUCSON — The Tucson Unified School District is mulling a plan to spend as much as $84.5 million to desegregate its schools.
Brewer: Answers from feds leave Arizona with only one option on AHCCCS
The federal government has told Arizona that it will not be able to continue cuts to its Medicaid program beyond the end of the year if it hopes to receive federal funding for a voter-approved expansion of the program.
State looks to O’Connor House for help teaching Arizona kids civics
As expectations for reading, writing and math have increased, emphasis on civic awareness among Arizona students has dropped, according to the state’s top education official.
Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Florence mine permit
CASA GRANDE — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state’s decision to award a ground-water protection permit to Curis Resources for its planned copper mine in Florence.
Authorities debate whether lavish economic development incentives are worth the price
Arizona’s city, county and state governments are handing out billions in economic development incentives to attract business — but not without resistance from critics who dispute their necessity.
Brewer’s slow-down warning leaves 100s of bills waiting in legislative pipeline
The impasse between Gov. Jan Brewer and Republican legislative leadership over Medicaid expansion, sales tax reform and Common Core educational standards has left many lawmakers reluctant to send her their bills for fear of encountering a veto.
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