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  • Lawmakers: Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken US law

    Lawmakers: Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken US law

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-26 07:48:17 GMT
    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-26 07:48:17 GMT
    President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate U.S. law when he failed to seek permission or inform the government about accepting money from Russian organizations.
    President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate U.S. law when he failed to seek permission or inform the government about accepting money from Russian organizations.
  • Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

    Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-26 07:48:14 GMT
    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-26 07:48:14 GMT
    For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him.
    For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him.
  • Trump to order review of national monuments

    Trump to order review of national monuments

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-26 07:48:10 GMT
    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-26 07:48:10 GMT
    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday tasking his interior secretary with reviewing the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments.".
    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday tasking his interior secretary with reviewing the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments.".
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  • Trump to order review of national monuments

    Trump to order review of national monuments

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-26 07:48:10 GMT
    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-26 07:48:10 GMT
    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday tasking his interior secretary with reviewing the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments.".
    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday tasking his interior secretary with reviewing the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments.".
  • Guess who’s coming to dinner? Trump hosts McCains, Graham

    Guess who’s coming to dinner? Trump hosts McCains, Graham

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:00 PM EDT2017-04-25 16:00:45 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:24 PM EDT2017-04-25 16:24:30 GMT
    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, during a December visit to Latvia. The two men, frequent critics of President Donald Trump, were hosted by the president at a private White House dinner Monday. (Photo by AndrejSen. John McCain, R-Arizona, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, during a December visit to Latvia. The two men, frequent critics of President Donald Trump, were hosted by the president at a private White House dinner Monday. (Photo by Andrej

    Exchanges between President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, have been largely limited to sniping at each other through the media and Twitter over the past year.

    Exchanges between President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, have been largely limited to sniping at each other through the media and Twitter over the past year.

  • House OKs private gun sales without background checks

    House OKs private gun sales without background checks

    Monday, April 24 2017 5:53 PM EDT2017-04-24 21:53:14 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 5:58 PM EDT2017-04-24 21:58:06 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    The Arizona House has passed a bill that would bar state and local governments from requiring background checks on private party gun sales.

    The Arizona House has passed a bill that would bar state and local governments from requiring background checks on private party gun sales.

  • Ducey signs law targeting 'surprise billing'

    Ducey signs law targeting 'surprise billing'

    Monday, April 24 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-04-24 20:53:37 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-04-24 20:53:37 GMT
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that aims to protect patients who receive unanticipated medical bills from out-of-network providers. Ducey signed the measure backed by insurance companies Monday. 

    Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that aims to protect patients who receive unanticipated medical bills from out-of-network providers. Ducey signed the measure backed by insurance companies Monday. 

  • Bernie Sanders brings message to Mesa: 'Come Together and Fight Back!'

    Bernie Sanders brings message to Mesa: 'Come Together and Fight Back!'

    Friday, April 21 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-04-22 03:52:42 GMT
    Saturday, April 22 2017 1:18 AM EDT2017-04-22 05:18:37 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Thousands gathered at the Mesa Amphitheatre Friday night to rally for former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. The U.S. senator from Vermont has teamed up with Tom Perez  for the "Come Together and Fight Back Tour."

    Thousands gathered at the Mesa Amphitheatre Friday night to rally for former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. The U.S. senator from Vermont has teamed up with Tom Perez  for the "Come Together and Fight Back Tour."

  • New bill would ban teens texting and driving

    New bill would ban teens texting and driving

    Friday, April 21 2017 10:05 PM EDT2017-04-22 02:05:11 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The bill, if signed could change the way you see teens drive around the state and here in Pima County. 

    The bill, if signed could change the way you see teens drive around the state and here in Pima County. 

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    January 8th Memorial Bill stalls, for now

    January 8th Memorial Bill stalls, for now

    Friday, April 21 2017 7:39 PM EDT2017-04-21 23:39:34 GMT
    (Source: January 8th Foundation)(Source: January 8th Foundation)

    With approval in the state government, HB 2436 would have given state funding for the memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting that targeted former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords.

    With approval in the state government, HB 2436 would have given state funding for the memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting that targeted former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords.

  • Bill would block porn on new phones, computers unless consumers pay a tax

    Bill would block porn on new phones, computers unless consumers pay a tax

    Thursday, April 20 2017 1:57 AM EDT2017-04-20 05:57:15 GMT
    Friday, April 21 2017 12:12 PM EDT2017-04-21 16:12:14 GMT
    Backers plan to introduce a bill on the federal level to tax pornography. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Backers plan to introduce a bill on the federal level to tax pornography. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Lawmakers in about a dozen states are considering a bill that would block pornography from all new phones and computers unless consumers pay a tax. Backers plan to introduce the measure on the federal level this month.

    Lawmakers in about a dozen states are considering a bill that would block pornography from all new phones and computers unless consumers pay a tax. Backers plan to introduce the measure on the federal level this month.

  • New recreational marijuana proposition could go to voters in 2018

    New recreational marijuana proposition could go to voters in 2018

    Friday, April 21 2017 11:04 AM EDT2017-04-21 15:04:44 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    There are at least three initiatives gathering signatures now with more likely to come. 

    There are at least three initiatives gathering signatures now with more likely to come. 

  • Is it high time for a serious show about marijuana? Scottsdale company says yes

    Is it high time for a serious show about marijuana? Scottsdale company says yes

    Friday, April 21 2017 12:26 AM EDT2017-04-21 04:26:18 GMT
    Friday, April 21 2017 2:39 AM EDT2017-04-21 06:39:47 GMT
    CannabisRadio.com is now expanding into television with a show called Cannabis Insight. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)CannabisRadio.com is now expanding into television with a show called Cannabis Insight. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    CannabisRadio.com has been producing live audio podcasts on all things pot since 2015, but the company is now expanding into television with a show called “Cannabis Insight.”

    CannabisRadio.com has been producing live audio podcasts on all things pot since 2015, but the company is now expanding into television with a show called “Cannabis Insight.”

  • Voucher-backing group's Capitol "Thank You" lunch cancelled

    Voucher-backing group's Capitol "Thank You" lunch cancelled

    Thursday, April 20 2017 6:26 PM EDT2017-04-20 22:26:35 GMT
    The speaker of the Arizona House abruptly cancelled a planned "Thank You to the Legislators" lunch paid for by the national group that pushed a massive private school voucher expansion that passed early this month.
    The speaker of the Arizona House abruptly cancelled a planned "Thank You to the Legislators" lunch paid for by the national group that pushed a massive private school voucher expansion that passed early this month.
  • Arizona Legislature OKs bill targeting 'surprise billing'

    Arizona Legislature OKs bill targeting 'surprise billing'

    The Arizona Legislature has approved an amended measure that aims to protect patients who receive unanticipated medical bills from out-of-network providers.
    The Arizona Legislature has approved an amended measure that aims to protect patients who receive unanticipated medical bills from out-of-network providers.
  • Legislature OKs texting while driving ban for teens

    Legislature OKs texting while driving ban for teens

    The Arizona House has joined the Senate in approving legislation banning texting or other cellphone use by drivers with only a learners permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license.
    The Arizona House has joined the Senate in approving legislation banning texting or other cellphone use by drivers with only a learners permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license.
  • Arizona House wants to extend electronic billboards range

    Arizona House wants to extend electronic billboards range

    The Arizona House has given initial approval to a bill that would allow electronic billboards in some areas of Mohave County where they are now banned to protect the state's astronomy industry.
    The Arizona House has given initial approval to a bill that would allow electronic billboards in some areas of Mohave County where they are now banned to protect the state's astronomy industry.
  • Gov. Ducey finally filling $36 billion retirement system's board

    Gov. Ducey finally filling $36 billion retirement system's board

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 1:02 PM EDT2017-04-18 17:02:50 GMT
    Tuesday, April 18 2017 1:02 PM EDT2017-04-18 17:02:50 GMT
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said it's too early to think about running for re-election. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said it's too early to think about running for re-election. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is finally moving to fill vacancies on the board overseeing the $36 billion retirement fund covering most state, city and county workers that had left it unable to do any substantive work since November. 

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is finally moving to fill vacancies on the board overseeing the $36 billion retirement fund covering most state, city and county workers that had left it unable to do any substantive work since November. 

  • Survey: Democrats, millennials report highest rates of news consumption

    Survey: Democrats, millennials report highest rates of news consumption

    Monday, April 17 2017 4:51 PM EDT2017-04-17 20:51:47 GMT
    Tuesday, April 18 2017 8:00 AM EDT2017-04-18 12:00:26 GMT

    Democrats are far outpacing other political affiliations in news consumption. Republicans also trailed in needing to know the words politicians use.

    Democrats are far outpacing other political affiliations in news consumption. Republicans also trailed in needing to know the words politicians use.

  • Ducey faces decision on "Blue Lives Matter" bill

    Ducey faces decision on "Blue Lives Matter" bill

    Monday, April 17 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-04-17 21:56:11 GMT
    Monday, April 17 2017 6:02 PM EDT2017-04-17 22:02:55 GMT
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey faces a deadline to decide whether to sign or veto legislation adding tougher sentences for assaulting an off-duty law enforcement officer. 

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey faces a deadline to decide whether to sign or veto legislation adding tougher sentences for assaulting an off-duty law enforcement officer. 

  • Ex-Arizona marijuana opponent now wants it on his property

    Ex-Arizona marijuana opponent now wants it on his property

    Monday, April 17 2017 9:13 AM EDT2017-04-17 13:13:01 GMT
    Monday, April 17 2017 9:13 AM EDT2017-04-17 13:13:01 GMT
    Councilman Corey Mendoza says he changed his mind about pot. (Source: ChinoAZ.net, AP, 3TV/CBS 5)Councilman Corey Mendoza says he changed his mind about pot. (Source: ChinoAZ.net, AP, 3TV/CBS 5)

    A city councilor in the Arizona town of Chino Valley who was previously critical of marijuana now wants officials to let him launch a medical marijuana research facility on property he owns. Corey Mendoza says he changed his mind about pot. 

    A city councilor in the Arizona town of Chino Valley who was previously critical of marijuana now wants officials to let him launch a medical marijuana research facility on property he owns. Corey Mendoza says he changed his mind about pot. 

  • Arizona Gov. Ducey signs Chamber-backed initiative proposal

    Arizona Gov. Ducey signs Chamber-backed initiative proposal

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed the second of three proposals pushed by the state's top business group that together amount to a major tightening of laws overseeing citizen initiatives.
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed the second of three proposals pushed by the state's top business group that together amount to a major tightening of laws overseeing citizen initiatives.
  • US prosecutors are geared to target border crossers

    US prosecutors are geared to target border crossers

    Through Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, the top federal prosecutor on California's border with Mexico has resisted going after people caught entering the United States illegally on their...
    Through Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, the top federal prosecutor on California's border with Mexico has resisted going after people caught entering the United States illegally on their first...
  • Sen. Flake faces harsh criticism, boos at Mesa town hall

    Sen. Flake faces harsh criticism, boos at Mesa town hall

    Friday, April 14 2017 1:59 AM EDT2017-04-14 05:59:31 GMT
    Friday, April 14 2017 8:17 AM EDT2017-04-14 12:17:38 GMT
    Sen. Flake face a mostly hostile crowd during his town hall on Thursday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Sen. Flake face a mostly hostile crowd during his town hall on Thursday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Sen. Jeff Flake felt the wrath of liberal constituents Thursday during a town hall in suburban Phoenix that produced a constant stream of boos, negative chants and angry criticism.

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    Sen. Jeff Flake felt the wrath of liberal constituents Thursday during a town hall in suburban Phoenix that produced a constant stream of boos, negative chants and angry criticism.

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  • Planned Parenthood president responds to defunding bill

    Planned Parenthood president responds to defunding bill

    Friday, April 14 2017 2:57 AM EDT2017-04-14 06:57:28 GMT
    Friday, April 14 2017 2:57 AM EDT2017-04-14 06:57:28 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    President Donald Trump made it easier to block money from Planned Parenthood and the president of the organization isn't happy about it.

    President Donald Trump made it easier to block money from Planned Parenthood and the president of the organization isn't happy about it.

  • Ducey signs bill tightening laws on civil asset forfeitures

    Ducey signs bill tightening laws on civil asset forfeitures

    Thursday, April 13 2017 9:47 AM EDT2017-04-13 13:47:38 GMT
    Thursday, April 13 2017 9:47 AM EDT2017-04-13 13:47:38 GMT
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday that will make it tougher for prosecutors and law enforcement to seize cash and property from people suspected of a crime, effectively overhauling the state's civil forfeiture laws despite opposition from state prosecutors. Ducey signed the measure after being caught between the state legislature and county prosecutors. 

    Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday that will make it tougher for prosecutors and law enforcement to seize cash and property from people suspected of a crime, effectively overhauling the state's civil forfeiture laws despite opposition from state prosecutors. Ducey signed the measure after being caught between the state legislature and county prosecutors. 

  • Dispute arises from state query about election system

    Dispute arises from state query about election system

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-04-13 01:18:38 GMT
    (Source; Tucson News Now)(Source; Tucson News Now)

    Secretary of State Michele Reagan has asked the state Attorney General for a legal opinion on whether it's legal for Pima and Maricopa counties to maintain a separate election system from the state.

    Secretary of State Michele Reagan has asked the state Attorney General for a legal opinion on whether it's legal for Pima and Maricopa counties to maintain a separate election system from the state.

  • Arizona lawmaker allegedly assaulted by husband

    Arizona lawmaker allegedly assaulted by husband

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-04-12 17:40:49 GMT
    Wednesday, April 12 2017 2:48 PM EDT2017-04-12 18:48:10 GMT
    Booking photo of Vandon Jenerette, 47, taken April 11, 2017 and Rep. Rebecca Rios (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office | Arizona State Legislature)Booking photo of Vandon Jenerette, 47, taken April 11, 2017 and Rep. Rebecca Rios (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office | Arizona State Legislature)

    The husband of the House Minority Leader in the Arizona Legislature has been arrested following a fight with his wife, Democrat Rebecca Rios.

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    The husband of the House Minority Leader in the Arizona Legislature has been arrested following a fight with his wife, Democrat Rebecca Rios.

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  • Lawmakers OK bill protecting off-duty police officers

    Lawmakers OK bill protecting off-duty police officers

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 7:20 PM EDT2017-04-11 23:20:24 GMT
    The Arizona Senate has passed legislation that would specify aggravated assault against off-duty police officers are crimes equal to assaulting on-duty officers.
    The Arizona Senate has passed legislation that would specify aggravated assault against off-duty police officers are crimes equal to assaulting on-duty officers.
  • Teachers to Ducey: You played us on education funding

    Teachers to Ducey: You played us on education funding

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-04-11 20:00:09 GMT
    Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is defending his decision to sign a massive expansion of the state's private school voucher program.
    Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is defending his decision to sign a massive expansion of the state's private school voucher program.
  • Deadline approaching to register for special election

    Deadline approaching to register for special election

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 11:04 AM EDT2017-04-11 15:04:31 GMT

    The voter registration deadline is Monday, April 17.

    The voter registration deadline is Monday, April 17.

  • Ducey to attend Arizona wildfire season outlook briefing

    Ducey to attend Arizona wildfire season outlook briefing

    Arizona fire officials plan to lay out their concerns about the upcoming wildfire season at a briefing.
    Arizona fire officials plan to lay out their concerns about the upcoming wildfire season at a briefing.

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