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Howard Fischer, for the Williams-Grand Canyon News

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CHANDLER — Gov. Doug Ducey has no plans to use state resources to make up for the fact that more than 430,000 Arizonans will see their jobless benefits cut by more than half within weeks.

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ARIZONA - Sometime this coming week you’ll find out when you can finally visit grandma in the nursing home.

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Arizona driver license renewal extended one year
State motorists now have 365 days from date of expiration to acquire new license

Arizonans whose licenses are set to expire will be on the road for another year without having to get a new license -- or, for seniors, the eye test that goes with it.

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PHOENIX — Arizona voters will get another chance to decide if they want adults to be able to smoke, drink or otherwise ingest marijuana without having a medical condition.

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PHOENIX — State health officials laid out a three-part test Aug. 6 for when they say it is safe for schools to reopen, in full or in part.

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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey said the state won’t make up the money that Arizona unemployed will lose when the $600 a week in extra federal benefits dries up this coming week.

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PHOENIX -- Arizona should add more than 511,000 jobs by the end of 2028 compared with 2018 -- assuming no major economic disruptions, people keep moving here and residents get older.

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Gov. Ducey: Schools can decide on when students will return
Williams Unified School District begins Aug. 10

PHOENIX — Arizona schools won’t be required to put kids back into classrooms next month.

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In a new directive July 9, the governor said that dine-in facilities are limited to half the number of people that fire inspectors have listed as capacity.

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PHOENIX — A two-week delay in the start of in-classroom learning ordered by Gov. Doug Ducey may give schools more time to prepare to teach in the middle of the pandemic.

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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey is defending indoor political rallies with thousands of people without masks even as he admitted the only way Arizona will stop the upward trend of infections is if people mask up and stay home.

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PHOENIX — Another 24,723 Arizonans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits this past week.

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PHOENIX - Boyd Dunn has been knocked off the ballot in his bid for another term on the Arizona Corporation Commissioner.

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PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he wants to reopen the economy as soon as possible – but not until it is "safe and healthy for people to do so.”

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GLENDALE– Arizona faces an estimated $1.1 billion budget shortfall in the coming year because of the massive economic hit caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Legislature's top budget analyst said Thursday.

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PHOENIX — Arizonans renters affected by COVID-19 will not be in danger of being put out on the street, at least through July 23.

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PHOENIX - State lawmakers gave final approval to an $11.8 billion contingency budget Monday and went home -- at least for a couple of weeks.

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PHOENIX – The number of Arizonans applying for jobless benefits jumped by a factor of seven this past week, providing the first clear indicators of the effect COVID-19 is having on the state economy.

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he's not worried that a stock market in disarray and fewer visitors will undermine his call for lawmakers to approve a new tax cut.

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PHOENIX -- Arizona can expect to have thousands, if not tens of thousands, of confirmed cases of COVID-19 this year, the state's top health official said Monday.

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PHOENIX — Calling it a less expensive and more accessible alternative, a House panel voted Monday to allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees.

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PHOENIX - Arizonans who violate traffic laws could soon get a chance to decide if they're willing to work off at least part of the fine.

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Fearing an eroding tax base, two Republican legislators are leading efforts to block private individuals from giving away property to the federal government.

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PHOENIX — Where have all the Jennifers gone? Or, for that matter, the Jessicas, the Melissas and the Sarahs?

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Thomas Modly, the acting secretary of the Navy announced Dec. 23 that its two newest Virginia-class attack nuclear submarines will be named after two battle cruisers that were destroyed when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. The other is the USS Oklahoma.

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PHOENIX -- A Senate panel voted Dec. 17 to ask the full Legislature to consider requiring health insurance policies sold in Arizona to cover fertility treatments.

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TUCSON — Acknowledging it hasn’t quite worked as promoted, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to take a new look at legislation he signed three years ago that pretty much stripped cities of their ability to regulate vacation rentals.

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PHOENIX — Facing a barrage of parental criticism, the state Board of Education decided July 24 to scrap a proposal to remove certain language from the rules on sex education.

Arizonans who purposely kill or torture family pets could soon face stiffer prison terms — or at least mandatory counseling.

PHOENIX — Margaritas may be the drink of the Southwest, but state senators rejected a bid April 10 to have it declared the “official’’ state drink in favor of something with a little less kick — lemonade.

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