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

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FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona officials say a murderer who was sentenced to death has died nearly two hours after his execution started. The execution came after the U.S. Supreme Court denied several appeals seeking details about the state's execution methods. Joseph Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal in federal court during the execution demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour."

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Officials with Tucson's troubled school system have approved a five-year plan aimed at helping pass an override and trying to stop students from fleeing its schools. The Arizona Daily Star reports that the Tucson Unified School District board passed the plan to rebrand the system. The plan calls for a redesigned curriculum that is culturally relevant for a diverse student population and improvements to aging facilities.

PHOENIX (AP) - A new Arizona law will go into effect today banning the over-the-counter sale of certain cough medicines to minors. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant used in more than 100 medications and is safe at normal doses. However, it can cause hallucinations and effects similar to illicit drugs if abused in high doses.

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman is facing charges after police say she tried to run down her ex-husband while her child was in the car. The Kingman Daily Miner reports 34-year-old Crystle Bessemer faces aggravated assault and other charges. It was not known if she had an attorney.

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