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ACLU files discrimination suit against MCSO

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on behalf of a Muslim man who claims he lost his job as a jail detention officer over a fight to wear a beard.

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University construction projects in jeopardy

Although Arizona's university system got approval to use state Lottery money to pay for $1 billion in construction projects, shovels have yet to hit the dirt and uncertainty about the state budget has caused many delays.

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Arizona trust land boom turns bust with defaults

A news release touting the largest sale in the history of Arizona's land department made it sound like the boom would never end. The lone bid for the 269 acres in north Phoenix was $149.5 million, topping the previous record sale of state trust land of $135 million two years before.

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Final edition of Tucson Citizen hits the streets

The headline on the final print edition of Saturday's Tucson Citizen newspaper said it all: Our epitaph. The 48-page commemorative edition of Arizona's oldest daily newspaper was filled with individual columns from editors and staffers and highlights of the Citizen's 138 years of publication. It had a photo montage of the changing face of Tucson and a look at how the paper affected readers' lives.

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McCain: US gun limits wouldn’t stop drug cartels

The drug war in Mexico shouldn't be used as an excuse to try to restrict American gun rights, Sen. John McCain said May 15 at the National Rifle Association's convention.

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Ariz. parents fear deep cuts in special needs care

With the state facing a budget deficit of $3 billion, state lawmakers are ready to slice and dice various programs that parents and others say are needed to care for those unable to speak for themselves.

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Crow: ASU reaches ‘calming point’

TEMPE -A�Arizona State University President Michael Crow says money from the federal stimulus program and a new tuition surcharge will provide the Tempe-based university with a financial “calming point.” Crow told university faculty and staff in a video message e-mailedA�May ...

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Extending AZ legislative session could be iffy

There's no legal barrier to prevent lawmakers from continuing other legislative work once they've approved a new state budget before the fiscal year starts July 1. But practicalities could be a problem for the part-time Legislature.

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