News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated - Tucson News Now

News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey's office says a contempt of court ruling against Arizona's prison director for failing to adequately improve health care for inmates was unjustified. Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the governor stands behind Corrections Director Charles Ryan, who works for Ducey. Scarpinato says the governor's office will stand with Ryan and challenge any judge who tries to set agency policy.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Flagstaff has canceled its annual July Fourth fireworks show because of extreme fire danger. The northern Arizona city has been under fire restrictions that prohibit the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks since late May. It will mark the holiday with a parade, concert and activities.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Protests and rallies focused around the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border are scheduled this weekend, while more than two dozen congressional Democrats plan to visit detention facilities in Texas. More than 2,300 children were taken from their families in recent weeks under a Trump administration "zero tolerance" policy in which people entering the U.S. illegally face prosecution. After public outcry, President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered that the families be reunited.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A rare jaguar spotted in Arizona in the last two years is believed to have died. A nonprofit devoted to protecting northern Mexican jaguars obtained a photo of a jaguar pelt. Several Arizona Game and Fish Department officials believe it is the same animal based on spot patterns.

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