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

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Department of Corrections has begun to search for an independent party to investigate the execution of a convicted murderer who took nearly two hours to die. The department has put out a request for proposals for an independent review of the July 23 execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, whose prolonged death made international headlines.

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion today. They're poised to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County may soon refuse to hire anyone who smokes and smokers already on the payroll can expect higher health insurance rates. A memo sent by County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says prospective employees would be tested for nicotine as part of the hiring process. Huckelberry told the Arizona Daily Star that "not hiring smokers is a way to avoid long-term medical costs."

PHOENIX (AP) - A suspect in a deadly shooting at a Phoenix discount store 13 years ago has been extradited from Mississippi, where he was arrested last month. Phoenix police say Michael Moye was booked into the Maricopa County Jail yesterday. The store clerk was assaulted and customer Jaime Olivera-Perez was fatally shot.

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