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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…

Arizona House approves carrying concealed guns in school zones

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday evening to repeal a law that bans the concealed carrying of guns within 1,000 feet of schools. Senate Bill 1474 would allow anyone over the age of 21 to carry a properly licensed firearm inside any educational institution. It…

WATCH LIVE: GOP candidates debate in Arizona

Republican presidential candidates were scheduled to debate on Wednesday at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona. Watch this live video from CNN, broadcast Feb. 22, 2011.  …

Arizona GOP lawmaker wants a holiday celebrating white people

A Republican lawmaker in Arizona is hoping his state creates a holiday celebrating white people. According to CBS affiliate in Phoenix, state Rep. Cecil Ash made his request felt on the Arizona House floor this week during a discussion about Latino Americans in Arizona. After Rep. Richard Miranda suggested that…

ACLU urges judge to dismiss challenge to Arizona’s medical marijuana law

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday told a federal judge that a lawsuit filed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer challenging her own state’s medical marijuana law should be thrown out. Proposition 203, which allows patients in Arizona to use marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation, was passed by a majority…

Officials arrest 70 in major Arizona drug bust

(Reuters) – Law enforcement officials in Arizona seized thousands of pounds of narcotics and arrested at least 70 suspected drug smugglers with apparent ties to a violent drug cartel in Mexico, an official involved with the investigation in the U.S. Southwest told Reuters on Sunday. The operation, which included three…

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