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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.


Court says Glendale must make quarterly payment, ups Coyotes’ bond to $1 million

The city of Glendale must still make its scheduled $3.75 million quarterly payment to the Arizona Coyotes, despite the city’s motion earlier this month to have that waived.

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Arizona advocates vow to fight on as Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court said Friday that states cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ruling that the Constitution's protection of the right to marry cannot be denied based on gender.


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."


Conviction, death sentence upheld in 2001 Navajo double-murder

WASHINGTON - An appeals court Friday upheld a federal death-row inmate's conviction and sentence in the grisly 2001 beating and stabbing murders of a woman and her 9-year-old granddaughter on the Navajo Nation.

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Glendale legal battle with Coyotes leaves Westgate businesses in limbo

GLENDALE – For Westgate Entertainment District business owners, the opportunity of making a living right outside Gila River Arena was too good to pass up.

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Supreme Court sides with Gilbert pastor, strikes down town sign law

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court Thursday sided with a Gilbert pastor who said the town's sign restrictions were infringing on his First Amendment rights.


Arizona lawmakers mostly follow party line in vote on troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON - Arizona split largely down party lines as the House Wednesday rejected a Democratic proposal calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Iraq.

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