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Arizona executions put on hold over state snafu with drugs to be used

WASHINGTON - The state's plan to execute two death-row inmates as early as this fall were derailed Monday when the Arizona Supreme Court ordered the state to first determine the viability of its execution drugs before pressing ahead.


Arizona plans to use gas chamber again, sparking revulsion, disbelief

WASHINGTON - Reports that Arizona is preparing to execute death row inmates with gas similar to what was used in the Holocaust have brought responses ranging from "concerned" to "horrified," but the most common reaction was disbelief.


Supreme Court to consider if two death-row inmates get new hearings

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said it will consider whether two Arizona death-row inmates should get new hearings on claims that attorneys who represented them decades ago failed to present evidence that could have spared them.


Despite push to schedule executions, attorneys plan to continue fight

WASHINGTON - While Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is pushing to schedule executions for two death-row inmates who he said have exhausted their appeals, advocates for the men said they still intend to fight.


Feeding sea urchins could be one way to restore the West Coast’s vital kelp forests

LOS ANGELES – The purple sea urchin population decimated kelp forests on the West Coast, where researchers are working to bring the creatures under control and supply them to restaurants around the world.


Experts ask death penalty states for scarce drugs that can treat COVID-19 patients

PHOENIX – Doctors raised concerns that powerful pharmaceuticals used in executions are needed to treat COVID-19 patients.


Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Phoenix double-murderer

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence for Phoenix double-murderer James McKinney, rejecting his argument that he should have been sentenced by a jury and not by the Arizona Supreme Court.


Supreme Court to hear appeal of double-murderer on Arizona’s death row

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will be asked Wednesday to consider whether a jury should hear double-murderer James McKinney's argument that trauma from a "horrific" childhood must be considered when weighing the death penalty. The ruling could affect as many as 19 others on death row.


Court identifies First Amendment right for witnesses to hear executions

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that witnesses to Arizona executions have a First Amendment right to hear the entire execution process to help determine if executions are done "in a humane and lawful manner."

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Phoenix budget approved after 3 hours of anger, pain and demands for police reform

PHOENIX – A 3-hour session of public ire and angst over community-police relation ended with Phoenix City Council voting 7-2 to approve a city budget. The council also pledged to set up reforms that could include a citizens review board.


Homeschooled but not home alone: Homeschooled teens head to prom

WASHINGTON - Grace Rushing was busy Thursday with her friends, adding last-minute decorating touches before guests show up Friday for their galaxy-themed prom at the Palacio at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak.


Return of men’s tennis brings ASU a step closer to goal of becoming Olympic mecca

TEMPE – From the day he arrived at Arizona State in 2014, Ray Anderson has worked to make the university a destination for Olympic hopefuls.