PHOENIX (AP) - Records show a man accused of killing nine people in metro Phoenix grew up in a household plagued by domestic violence, left home at 16 to live with his girlfriend and was in prison three years later for manslaughter after participating in a robbery at a strip club where an accomplice was fatally shot. The documents paint a bleak picture of Cleophus Emmanuel Cooksey Jr., characterizing him as a repeat criminal offender who was physically abused as a child and spent 13 years in prison
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona officials are guaranteeing the Grand Canyon National Park will remain in full operation if Congress fails to pass a budget and a government shutdown ensues. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday that the state's top tourist attraction "will not close on our watch, period." Ducey spokesman Patrick Ptak says the state's parks and tourism agencies plan to provide up to $100,000 to ensure lodging, campgrounds and restaurants remain open.
PHOENIX (AP) - A man who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend with a knife at a Phoenix beauty salon two years ago will serve 25 years in prison. Prosecutors say 53-year-old Jose Ubaldo Rubio Figueroa received his sentence Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court. Police say they were called June 17, 2016 to Super Imagen Beauty and Barber Shop and found Maria Rivera with multiple stab wounds. Investigators learned Rivera had an order of protection against Figueroa.
PHOENIX (AP) - Legislation proposed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to address the opioid crisis bars doctors from prescribing more than an initial five-day supply of pain medication in most cases and limit the dosages prescribed to most chronic pain patients. The governor's top health policy advisers told reporters Friday that those limits and increasing regulation of pain clinics are key parts of the plan expected to be introduced in the Legislature next week.
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