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

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PHOENIX (AP) - A second-grade student at a Phoenix elementary school has died after apparently choking during lunch. Paseo Hills School principal Trevor Ettenborough says 7-year-old Javier Lopez was eating in the cafeteria about 11 a.m. yesterday and became unresponsive. He says it appeared Lopez "may have had an object obstructing his airway." Ettenborough says a teacher performed the Heimlich maneuver and the school's nurse assisted with CPR. Authorities say the boy was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

PHOENIX (AP) - Supporters of a mentally ill woman who was fatally shot by Phoenix police have marched her casket through the city's downtown area. They say they're protesting the way authorities have handled the case. Michelle Cusseaux's family and supporters carried the casket yesterday afternoon from Phoenix City Hall to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The 50-year-old Cusseaux was shot Aug. 14 after she allegedly threatened officers with a hammer at her Maryvale apartment as they tried taking her to an inpatient psychiatric facility.

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's six-way Republican governor's primary is widely seen as a contest between Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Arizona Treasurer Doug Ducey. The candidates have spent millions on advertising and crisscrossed the state for months. Early balloting began in July, but the actual election is set for Tuesday. A high turnout of primary day voters - especially by a large independent bloc - could give Smith a boost, according to Republican political consultant Bert Coleman.

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Prescott firefighters say they had to rescue five unprepared hikers stranded on top of Granite Mountain late at night. The Embry Riddle Aeronautical University students started ascending the face of the mountain late Thursday afternoon without using a trail. When they reached the summit it was getting dark and they couldn't find a trail to descend the peak. None carried food, water or warm clothing.

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