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News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press

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FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's highest court is allowing the execution of a condemned inmate to proceed this afternoon after considering a last-minute appeal that put his lethal injection on hold. The appeal focused on arguments that Joseph Wood received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing, along with a challenge about the secrecy of the lethal injection drugs.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Despite widespread drought in the West, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says has largely been a matter of luck, with the hot, windy weather known as "red flag" days not lining up with the lighting strikes that start fires, particularly in California.

PHOENIX (AP) - A new law will go into effect in Arizona tomorrow banning the over-the-counter sale of certain cough medicines to minors. Republican State Representative Heather Carter, who sponsored the bill, says children abused certain over-the-counter cough medications because they were readily available and cheap in relation to street drugs.

PHOENIX (AP) - The board that oversees the Arizona State Fair is at least temporarily setting aside its plans to raze an historic Depression-era building in the face of opposition from preservationists. The Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board voted to shelve plans demolish the Civic Building on the state fairgrounds in Phoenix until further notice.

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