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Ariz. Supreme Court: Marijuana traces in the system aren’t enough for DUI charges

(Reuters) – Arizona prosecutors cannot charge pot users for driving under the influence of marijuana simply because traces of the drug remain in their bloodstream, without evidence of actual impairment, the state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The 4-1 decision by the Arizona Supreme Court comes as states are increasingly…

New Tesla gigafactory may get greener raw materials from Arizona

Southwestern States like Texas and New Mexico aren’t the only ones vying for a piece of the Tesla Gigafactory pie. Last week American Manganese Inc., a new Arizona company with the only domestic supply of electrolytic manganese metals (EMM), announced……

Video contradicts police statement about fatal shooting of unarmed suspect

Police in Pinal County, Arizona, claimed that the shooting death of a suspected car thief two weeks ago came after the man had turned to reach for a weapon. But video surfaced this week from a bystander, showing that the suspect had turned his back to officers, with his hands…

Flesh-eating Russian opiate drug called ‘krokodil’ arrives in Arizona

A potentially lethal, flesh-eating narcotic compound is catching on in parts of Arizona. Users inject the drug to get high, and the scaly, rotten patches of necrotic flesh it can leave behind have led to the drug being named “krokodil” by its Russian originators, the word for “crocodile.” According to…

Arizona man accused of beating girlfriend because she was too sick for sex

An Arizona man was arrested over the weekend after police said that he beat his girlfriend because she was too sick to have sex with him. According to The Arizona Republic, Mesa police said that 33-year-old Jose Perez assaulted his girlfriend after arriving home drunk on Sunday morning at around…

Radical wind changes blamed for Arizona firefighter deaths

Arizona wildfire: Details emerge on tragedy that killed 19 hotshots (via The Christian Science Monitor) As more becomes known about the devastating Arizona wildfire that killed 19 members of a “hotshot” team, broader questions are being raised: How to address the spread of residential expansion into the “wildland-urban interface” where…

Force of 600 firefighters tighten grip over deadly Arizona wildfire

By Tim Gaynor PRESCOTT, Arizona (Reuters) – Firefighters on Wednesday tightened their grip on a blaze in Arizona that killed 19 of their comrades days earlier in the deadliest U.S. wildfire tragedy in 80 years, and officials said they feared more bodies may be found during mop-up operations. Strong, erratic…

Police: 17 injured in 400-inmate brawl at Tucson prison

A fight involving more than 400 inmates broke out Sunday morning at a prison near Tucson, Arizona, leaving 17 prisoners injured along with two members of the prison staff, according to The Associated Press. While it’s not clear what started the brawl, authorities said it appeared to break down along…

Arizona Senate Close to Passing a Bill that Would Defund Planned Parenthood

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Arizona’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood: The Arizona Senate Committee on Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform approved HB 2800 which strips state funding from any group (like Planned Parenthood) that performs abortion even though existing state law and the fucking Hyde Amendment already…

Happy Easter From The GOP, Folks

This Easter Sunday, the NY Times has this Jason DeParle story on red states shredding welfare safety nets and the people who keep falling through them. Faced with flat federal financing and rising need, Arizona is one of 16 states that have cut their welfare caseloads further since the start…

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