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A bid by House Speaker Rusty Bowers to break the Republican gridlock over the budget has been rejected out of hand by the Phoenix Republican who it’s supposed to satisfy.

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Saying the rates they charge amount to usury, backers of a new initiative seek to outlaw title loans — or at least the interest they are allowed to charge.

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The town’s first cemetery is expected to open for business this summer near the corner of Queen Creek Road and 156th Street.

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Kyrene and Tempe Union High School districts will remain separate for now after an Apache Junction legislator failed to find sufficient support in the State Legislature to push his consolidation bill to the floor for a vote.

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Mesa police are hiring 17 new officers and detectives with the proceeds of a sales tax increase approved by voters this fall, taking the first step toward a redeployment from the creation of a new northeast Mesa patrol district.

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People can make life-saving donations to help feed and house anyone struggling in the East Valley and around the state and meet other dire needs when nonprofit organizations push for support on Arizona Gives Day.

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Legislation to let employers pay some young workers less than the minimum wage hit a roadblock Thursday amid questions of whether it will discourage people from going to school.

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The state Auditor General shows Mesa Public Schools increased per-pupil spending in 2018 while serving fewer students and Chandler Unified did the same despite a student population increase.

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Mornings throughout the school week can be chaotic for just about anyone, but Mesa Public Schools Governing Board is slowly piecing a plan together to combat student tardiness – which could include a shift in school start times.

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A Gilbert lawmaker has vowed to gut a bill approved by the House Committee on Regulatory Affairs that would give people who sign timehsare deals 14 days to have second thoughts. That’s twice as long as now required.

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Five visually-impaired women described their difficulties using the paratransit and ride choice program, with one asking the Mesa City Council to postpone confusing and expensive changes in how the Valley Metro system works.

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Cindy McCain will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser that three Gilbert women are holding to help launch Jacob’s Mission Community Center, a new facility in east Mesa that would provide a much-needed place for foster kids to congregate.

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A House committee voted last week to ensure that edible forms of marijuana remain legal in Arizona, no matter what the Arizona Supreme Court decides.

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama surprised a handful of students meeting with Gila River Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis at the Huhugam Heritage Center outside Chandler Feb. 12 before her Comerica Theatre book tour stop that night.

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