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Arizona poised to sue feds over health care

The Legislature is moving ahead with plans to give Gov. Jan Brewer and lawmakers the authority to sue the federal government over the health care law, even though lawmakers pushing for a lawsuit were unable to fully explain the legal basis for a court challenge.

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Statewide certification program helps hotels find their ‘green’ (access required)

Recycling printer cartridges gives applicants two points. Setting copiers to print on both sides of the paper earns three. Donating food to soup kitchens or charities equals 10 points. The goal is a minimum of 100 points, which is the threshold for resorts in Arizona to earn the new statewide Certified Green Lodging recognition, provided by the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association in partnership with the Arizona Office of Tourism.

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Field of solar dreams: Next-gen dishes could deliver bright future (access required)

A walking tour of the Maricopa Solar generating facility, billed as the "world's first commercial-scale SunCatcher plant," is like taking a step into the future. It's not as striking as the movie "Avatar," which is set at a time when Earth's resources have been depleted, but it provides a glimpse of what is being done to deal with the depletion of nonrenewable energy sources.

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McComish still seeking Cubs solution; Campbell worried about Brewers

Representatives Chad Campbell and John McComish joined Mesa lobbyist John MacDonald and Phoenix Councilman Claude Mattox March 26 for an hour-long debate hosted by the Valley Citizens League at the Irish Cultural Center. Sitting at a table with peanuts and Cracker Jacks, the four talked about possible solutions to keeping the Chicago Cubs in Mesa without making fans of other teams in the Cactus League pay an unfair amount to keep them here.

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Legal showdown looming over U.S. health care bill (access required)

A grassroots movement began several years ago to amend the state Constitution to allow Arizona residents the freedom to make all health care decisions without interference from government. But after years of pushing on the state level, the federal government has pushed back by passing a law that requires most Arizonans to buy health care insurance.

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