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Critics say ACA tax credits to businesses should be fully disclosed

Since the Arizona Commerce Authority officially launched on July 1, it has awarded $17.2 million in incentives to companies moving to or expanding in Arizona. But detailed information is available for less than half of that money.

That’s because $9.3 million has been awarded in the form of tax credits, which are defined in Arizona statute as confidential taxpayer information.

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Expert: Fate of Glendale casino hinges on one legal interpretation

The law has been on the side of the Tohono O’odham Nation so far this year, but the core legal issue the tribe is relying on to build a casino on a plot of land in unincorporated Maricopa County near Glendale is still unsettled by the courts. And an expert on Indian law and gaming law believes that the issue will eventually put an end to the planned casino.

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Tattoos are constitutionally protected speech, court says

A tattoo, tattooing and the business of tattooing are constitutionally protected speech, the Arizona Court of Appeals determined Thursday by ruling in favor of a couple that was denied a use permit to open a tattoo parlor in Mesa. The court reversed a Maricopa County Superior Court decision in favor of the city and ordered the lower court to hold further proceedings.

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Report: Prisons have security lapses

The Arizona Department of Corrections’ oversight of private prisons has improved since a deadly, July 2010 escape, but the Office of the Auditor General also found the state-run prisons have their own security problems.

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