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

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PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer says she was glued to TV watching extended coverage of yesterday's torrential rainstorms that caused severe flooding. Brewer says "It looked absolutely devastating" -- drivers on Interstate 17 watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road while rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes. The National Weather Service said some areas received more rain yesterday than they had all last summer.

PHOENIX (AP) -- Parts of a couple of state highways that were closed due to flooding are open. ADOT says State Route 74 between Interstate 17 and Lake Pleasant Parkway and the Loop 303 freeway between I-17 and Lake Pleasant Parkway reopened overnight.

PHOENIX (AP) - A new appellate court ruling says republication on the Internet of an alleged defamation restarts Arizona's deadline for filing a lawsuit within one year of publication. The state Court of Appeals issued its ruling yesterday in an appeal of a jury verdict that found a couple liable for defamation resulting from statements published about another couple.

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge is refusing to block the Arizona Clean Elections Commission from investigating Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne for alleged election law violations. Horne's attorneys argued at an Aug. 11 hearing that the commission lacks the authority to investigate his re-election campaign because he's running with private funding. The judge's ruling said the commission does have the authority.

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