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Coalition formed to fight Navajo power plant retrofits (access required)

This Sept. 4, 2011 file photo shows the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station, as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Ariz. The federal government is proposing new limits for pollution from the coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation that it says will improve visibility at places like the Grand Canyon, but it could come with a price tag of more than $1 billion, according to the plant's owners. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

A group of Arizona business leaders say they have until Aug. 5 to tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency why forcing the Navajo Generating Station to spend as much as $1 billion on retrofits to the coal-powered plant would have dire consequences on the state economy and residents’ pocketbooks.

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Coalition formed to fight Navajo power plant retrofits (access required)

This Sept. 4, 2011 file photo shows the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station, as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Ariz. The federal government is proposing new limits for pollution from the coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation that it says will improve visibility at places like the Grand Canyon, but it could come with a price tag of more than $1 billion, according to the plant's owners. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

A group of Arizona business leaders say they have until Aug. 5 to tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency why forcing the Navajo Generating Station to spend as much as $1 billion on retrofits to the coal-powered plant would have dire consequences on the state economy and residents’ pocketbooks.

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Breakaway senator mulls whether to seek another term (access required)

LD25 Senate candidate Bob Worsley smiles big after election returns Tuesday, Aug. 28 show him running away with the race against former Sen. Russell Pearce.

A member of the coalition of Senate Republicans who broke away from the majority party and voted for Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal is contemplating whether to run for office in 2014.

Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said that while he intends to run at this point, the decision is one he must still mull over in the coming year – and any reservations he has to running have nothing to do with his vote on Medicaid.

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Bipartisan Senate passes budget, AHCCCS expansion (access required)

Senate Majority Leader John McComish, R-Phoenix, speaks on the floor during debate of the budget. McComish offered an amendment to the budget to include Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan, which was adopted after he and a coalition of other Republicans banded with Democrats, over the objections of Senate President Andy Biggs and the majority of the caucus. (Photo by Evan Wyloge)

A debate that lasted nearly 12 hours ended late Thursday night, when the Arizona state Senate approved a budget proposal that includes a plan to expand Medicaid coverage as desired by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Six Republican senators joined forces with Senate Democrats to wrest control of the chamber from Sen. President Andy Biggs and provided momentum to Brewer’s proposal by giving preliminary approval to the bills during floor debate.

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