PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a major expansion of the state's school voucher program. The Senate gave initial approval to Senate Bill 1236 today. The amended bill would add another 100,000 to 120,000 low-income students eligible for the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, which allow students to use taxpayer money for a private education, tutoring and other education needs. The program was created in 2011 for children with disabilities.
PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge is refusing to combine two separately filed lawsuits challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage. However, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick ordered that both cases be assigned to him. One already was assigned to Sedwick but a second was randomly assigned to a different judge. Lawyers who filed the second lawsuit had requested consolidation, arguing that both cases involve the same issues. Sedwick is a federal judge for Alaska, but he is among various federal judges who also hear cases in Arizona because of the Arizona court's heavy workload.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say woman has been rescued after falling on a hike at the Gates Pass trailhead in Tucson. The name of the 31-year-old woman wasn't immediately released this afternoon, but Northwest Fire/Rescue District officials say she is from out of town. They say the woman suffered a leg injury when she fell about a mile up the trailhead. She was hiking with another woman and they had a cellphone, which they used to call for help.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a suspect is in custody after a fatal car crash in Tucson. Bystanders chased after the driver of a car Tucson police say ran a red light and allegedly caused the midtown accident last night. Police say 22-year-old Miguel A. Carrizoza tried to run away after the car he was driving slammed into a vehicle on North Swan Road at East Speedway. They say the impact sent the vehicle driven by 36-year-old Giovanni Sambrano into the patio area of a restaurant.
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