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Budget gets House panel OK, but it’s just a start (access required)

A legislative panel may have spent the better part of seven hours debating, amending and approving a package of budget bills, but that doesn't mean action on a plan to solve a roughly $3 billion deficit is imminent. Rather, many lawmakers say the significance of the committee's work is that it sets the stage for progress to be made.

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Guns don’t kill bills… budgets do (access required)

Hopes were high among Arizona gun-rights activists earlier this year when Janet Napolitano left the Governor’s Office for a position as secretary of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. After all, many state bills that would have loosened gun restrictions were near sure-shootin’ vetoes while the Democrat occupied the Ninth Floor.

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Last stop for felons is no field of dreams (access required)

FLORENCE — A five-acre cemetery in this small community holds the remains of shattered lives — the lives of the people buried there, the lives of those they touched and, by extension, the lives they took. Here lie murderers by the dozens, as well as rapists, robbers and other felons. There are 457 in all, with room for an additional 440, says Carson McWilliams, warden of the Arizona State Prison Complex at Florence.

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