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Author Archives: Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press

State fined $1.1M over prison health care

This July 23, 2014, file photo shows a state prison in Florence. Gov. Doug Ducey announced in his January 13 State of the State Address his intention to close the historic prison. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

A federal judge presiding over a legal settlement on the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons has imposed $1.1 million in contempt of court fines against the state for failing to follow through on its promises to improve inmate care.

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Lawsuit seeks to ban Kanye West from Arizona ballot

FILE - This Nov. 17, 2019, file photo shows Kanye West on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. A law firm with ties to prominent Democrats has filed a lawsuit attempting to keep West off presidential ballots in Virginia. Attorneys for Perkins Coie filed a lawsuit in Richmond on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, on behalf of two people who say they were tricked into signing an “Elector Oath” backing West's candidacy. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

An Arizona resident has asked a judge to bar Kanye West from appearing on the state's November 3 ballot, accusing the hip hop artist of serving as an election spoiler and arguing that a law prohibits him from running in the state as an independent presidential candidate.

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