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

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Revenue says it's stopping more and more fraudulent income tax returns. Assistant Director Anthony Forschino (four-SHEE'-no) says the department stopped over $74 million in fraudulent refunds from being sent out in the last fiscal year. That's up from $32 million in the preceding fiscal year and up from less than $2 million just five years ago.

PHOENIX (AP) - A man has been indicted in a freeway crash last year that killed a passenger in his car and injured an Arizona Department of Public Safety worker. Authorities say 36-year-old Joaquin Daniel Ballesteros-Carpio was found with a drug pipe in his front pocket at the scene of the Oct. 25 crash in Gilbert.

PHOENIX (AP) - Environmental regulators have extended an ozone health watch for metropolitan Phoenix through today. Ozone can irritate the lungs and aggravate existing health conditions such as asthma. Officials say people who are unusually sensitive to air quality should consider limiting their time outdoors.

PHOENIX (AP) - The state of Arizona has started mailing early ballots to registered voters across the state as primary election approaches. The Secretary of State's office is mailing ballots to more than 1 million voters. Voters have until Aug. 15 to request an early ballot and they have until Aug. 22 to mail it back. The primary election is Aug. 26.

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