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Plan to expand overtime rules could reach 100,000 Arizona salaried workers

WASHINGTON - The Department of Labor announced plans Tuesday to expand overtime guarantees to about 5 million salaried workers who are not now covered, including an estimated 100,000 white-collar workers in Arizona.


Supreme Court agrees to hear new challenge to redistricting commission

WASHINGTON - Just one day after it said the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was legal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear a challenge to the commission's Statehouse district plans.


States’ bid to require citizenship proof for federal voters falls short

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from officials in Arizona and Kansas who wanted federal election officials to require proof of citizenship for people registering to vote.


Arizona voters can overrule Legislature on redistricting, high court says

WASHINGTON - When voters approved the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission they were reaffirming a "core principle" of government, the Supreme Court said Monday, "that voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around."


Convicted former congressman Renzi’s last-ditch appeal turned down

WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi will serve out a three-year sentence in federal prison on extortion and racketeering convictions, after the Supreme Court Monday refused to hear his latest appeal.


Court upholds use of lethal-injection drug used in botched Arizona execution

WASHINGTON - Use of the drug midazolam in lethal injections does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, despite its use in botched executions in Arizona and Oklahoma, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.


Obamacare ruling spares 127,000 in state with health care subsidies

WASHINGTON - For Arizona resident Jorge Mendez, subsidies under the Affordable Care Act made it possible for him to afford the health insurance that helps him cope with debilitating joint and muscle issues.


Yuma official tells Congress aging water facilities need ‘major’ repair

WASHINGTON - Yuma water official Tom Davis said the West's aging water infrastructure is beyond patching and in need of "major replacement and rehabilitation" - but that can't happen until federal officials inventory the problem.


When red and blue become pink: Lawmakers face press in charity softball game

WASHINGTON - Congress is often split into blue camps and red camps, but a bipartisan group came together Wednesday in a pink camp - the congressional softball team raising money to fight breast cancer.


Months after Kayla Mueller’s death, Obama announces new hostage policy

WASHINGTON - The White House on Wednesday announced a new policy on how it deals with foreign hostage-takers and "in particular its interaction and communication with families whose loved ones have been taken hostage."


Panel ‘demands’ end to Native teen suicides, but answers hard to come by

WASHINGTON - In the six months since Christmas, 11 young people have committed suicide and another 379 have tried to do so on the Pine Ridge reservation, said Oglala Sioux Council member Collins Clifford.


Feds announce $160 million settlement of Four Corners Power Plant lawsuit

WASHINGTON - Utility companies in Arizona and New Mexico will spend up to $160 million on new technology to cut harmful emissions from the Four Corners Power Plant, under a consent decree announced by the federal government Wednesday.

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