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Poll shows high approval rating for Sheriff Joe (access required)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio received a high approval rating in the most recent Cronkite/Eight poll. Sixty-one percent of Maricopa County voters said they approve or strongly approve of his job performance. Thirty-four percent disapprove or strongly disapprove. It’s one of those ...

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Blind veterans first to go digital with new ‘talking book’ players

Vince Morrison was one of the first in line to get a digital book player for the blind. As a veteran of World War II in Europe, he earned it. At 89, Morrison is legally blind. The Mesa resident now listens to books on tape, and soon he'll have access to the digital equivalent. He gets his recordings free from the Arizona State Braille and Talking Books Division. It administers the federally funded talking-books program on behalf of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

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Brewer might face a tough primary

During her 27 years in public office, Gov. Jan Brewer has never lost an election. But if she runs for a full term in 2010, some are predicting that streak could come to an inglorious end in the Republican primary.

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Lawmakers could have avoided line-item vetoes (access required)

When Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a large portion of the budget approved by lawmakers earlier this month, she sent the Legislature back to square one. Now Republican leaders are working with Democrats instead of the governor to craft a spending plan, and the state still faces a $2.5 billion deficit a month after the fiscal deadline.

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