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AZ Senate Committee OKs Virtual Fence Along Border

An amendment to House bill would allow Arizona to place high-tech radar and video sensors on 300 towers along 375 miles.

New Bill Could Stop Converting Public Schools to Charter Schools

AZ Senate OKs legislation by President Andy Biggs; he says public school districts draining general funds by doing so.

Brewer Creates Human Trafficking Council

Aims to develop comprehensive victims' service plan; in 2013, governor created a task force co-chaired by Cindy McCain to identify ways to reduce trafficking.

Member of the Arizona state Legislature meet at the Senate Building.

AZ House May Have Budget Deal

A late night meeting moves chamber closer to final vote; state Rep. Ethan Orr says negotiations yielded a compromise.

Member of the Arizona state Legislature meet at the Senate Building.

School Board Member Fills AZ House Vacated Seat

Norma Munoz appointed to midterm vacancy created by Rep. Ruben Gallego who stepped down to run for Congress.

Judge: Arpaio Trivialized Racial Profiling Findings

Maricopa sheriff is set to appear before federal judge Monday for allegations that his chief deputy has suggested they weren't obligated to fix violations.

Clintons, McCains Participate in Conference at ASU

7th annual Clinton Global Initiative University features students who commit to service projects addressing global problems.

Rural health care providers in Southeast Arizona may be facing some new challenges. Governor Jan Brewers budget relies on obtaining an exemption from federal rules so she can reduce the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid alternative, and save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years.

Supreme Court to Hear Lawsuits Against Hospitals Appeal

Arizona Supreme Court agreed to review a lower court's decision allowing suits against hospitals under state law; hospitals argue law applies to long-term care facilities.

Maricopa Supervisor Jumps in 2014 CD7 Race

Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox announces Friday; seat will be vacated by U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor at end of term.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, March 21, 2014

State Legislature may have budget by end of session; Pima wants $22M approved for new animal care center; Common Core implementation.

Court Strikes Down Review of Disabilities Voucher Ruling

Arizona Supreme Court supports 2012 lower courts' decision saying grants to parents of students with disabilities doesn't violate constitutional prohibitions.

Barber's Afghanistan Visit Informs Defense Budget Vote

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber says visit to Kabul made him see firsthand US efforts in area as reauthorization of Natl Defense Authorization Act is coming up.

AZ Citizens Clean Elections Could Lose Some Authority

Arizona House committee OKs bill that would remove group from investigating campaign contribution violations.

Bill Would Prevent City Insurance Liabilities in Case of Disasters

An AZ Senate committee unanimously Oks legislation, House Speaker Tobin says it would help cities such as Prescott following deadly disasters like Yarnell fire.

Glendale Begins Formal Talks with Tohono O'odham Over Casino

City Council says it'll begin negotiations, although some members opposed; final decision on whether facility can be built just outside the city will come in court.

Arizona Wins Voter Citizenship ID Lawsuit

US judge rules state can add requirement to federal registration form; state referendum requires it.

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