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Riske to be honored by SPJ (access required)

The Valley of the Sun Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 4th will present veteran reporter Phil Riske with the Order of the Silver Key Award.   The commendation is granted to journalists who have worked for ...

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Senate approves more hybrids in HOV lanes (access required)

The state Senate approved a proposal March 13 to allow American-made hybrid cars in Arizona's carpool lanes. S1041, which passed on a 24-4 vote, expands the types of hybrid vehicles allowed in the state's high-occupancy vehicle lanes. It allows hybrid vehicles with at least ...

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Governor's role in budget meetings murky (access required)

Republican and Democrat leaders finally began budget meetings with Gov. Janet Napolitano this week, two months into a legislative session in which lawmakers from both parties agree bridging an existing $1.2 billion budget deficit is the paramount concern.   But ...

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Governor vetoes budget bill (access required)

Gov. Janet Napolitano has vetoed a spending freeze approved last week by the Legislature that would have prevented state agencies from spending about $580 million already assigned to them. Lawmakers in the House and Senate approved the bill, H2857, March ...

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Pesquiera won't seek second term (access required)

Sen. Charlene Pesquiera, the criminal justice instructor who scored an upset in Republican-leaning District 26 two years ago, will not seek a second term, she said in a statement released March 11. "I would like to take some time to ...

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Judge rules against cigar bar (access required)

The owners of a cigar and liquor store were dealt a blow when a judge rejected their claim that Arizona law allows their customers to smoke in a bar built inside their business. The March 7 ruling by Maricopa County ...

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