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Ruling puts Arizona voting access initiative on life support
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Ruling puts Arizona voting access initiative on life support

By BOB CHRISTIEAssociated Press PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona voter initiative that would expand voting access and roll back tightened election laws passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Doug Ducey was teetering on the edge of failure Friday after a judge disqualified tens of thousands of signatures backers turned in to qualify it for the November ballot. An attorney representing opponents of the Free and Fair Elections measure said his analysis shows the measure now falling about 10,000 signatures short. Meanwhile, the backers' attorney said they were still analyzing the complicated ruling and that it wasn't clear if enough signatures survived. The secretary of state was awaiting final verification of signatures by county recorders. The ruling releas...
Oscar winner Troy Kotsur awarded key to Arizona hometown
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Oscar winner Troy Kotsur awarded key to Arizona hometown

In this image provided by the City of Mesa, actor Troy Kotsur, right, talks with Mesa Mayor John Giles, on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 in Mesa, Ariz. Kotsur, who made history as the first deaf man to win an Academy Award, has been honored with a key to his Arizona hometown. (Delia Johnson/City of Mesa via The AP)In this image provided by the City of Mesa, actor Troy Kotsur, left, receives the key to the city from Mesa Mayor John Giles, on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 in Mesa, Ariz. Kotsur, who made history as the first deaf man to win an Academy Award, has been honored with a key to his Arizona hometown. (Delia Johnson/City of Mesa via The AP)In this image provided by the City of Mesa, actor Troy Kotsur, left, receives the key to the city from Mesa Mayor John Giles, on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 in M...
B1G deal: Big Ten lands $7 billion, NFL-style TV contracts
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B1G deal: Big Ten lands $7 billion, NFL-style TV contracts

FILE - The Big Ten logo is displayed on the field before an NCAA college football game between Iowa and Miami of Ohio in Iowa City, Iowa., on Aug. 31, 2019. The Big Ten announced Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, that it has reached seven-year agreements with Fox, CBS and NBC to share the rights to the conference's football and basketball games. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren talks to reporters during an NCAA college football news conference at the Big Ten Conference media days, at Lucas Oil Stadium, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to reporters during an NCAA college football news conference at the Big Ten Conference media days, at Lucas Oil Stadium, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in Indianapol...
Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections
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Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections

FILE - Missouri and American flags fly outside Planned Parenthood June 24, 2022, in St. Louis. Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading reproductive health care provider and abortion rights advocacy organization, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November's midterm elections, pouring money into contests where access to abortion will be on the ballot. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) By BRIAN SLODYSKOAssociated Press Aug 17, 2022 8:51 AM - 659 words By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading reproductive health care provider and abortion rights advocacy organization, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November's midterm elections, pouring money into contests where access to abortion will be on the ballot...
Starbucks must reinstate fired workers, federal judge rules
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Starbucks must reinstate fired workers, federal judge rules

FILE - A group of fired Starbucks employees celebrate the result of a vote to unionize one of the coffee company's locations on June 7, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn. In a decision issued on Thursday, Aug. 18, a federal judge ordered Starbucks to reinstate seven employees in Memphis who were fired earlier this year after leading an effort to unionize their store. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File) By DEE-ANN DURBIN and ADRIAN SAINZAssociated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge is ordering Starbucks to reinstate seven employees in Memphis who were fired earlier this year after leading an effort to unionize their store. In a decision issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman agreed with the National Labor Relations Board, which had asked the court to intervene in May. The labo...
FEMA declares new strategy to engage Native American tribes
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FEMA declares new strategy to engage Native American tribes

FILE - Louise Billiot, left, a member of the United Houma Nation Indian tribe, walks around the home of her friend and tribal member Irene Verdin, which was heavily damaged from Hurricane Ida nine months before, along Bayou Pointe-au-Chien, in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La., on May 26, 2022. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed a singular plan to engage more fully with hundreds of Native American tribes who continue to face climate change-related disasters, the agency announced Thursday, Aug. 18. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)FILE - Jamie Holt, lead fisheries technician for the Yurok Tribe, right, and Gilbert Myers count dead chinook salmon pulled from a trap in the lower Klamath River on June 8, 2021, in Weitchpec, Calif. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed a ...
Post-Roe differences surface in GOP over new abortion rules
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Post-Roe differences surface in GOP over new abortion rules

FILE - Anti-abortion supporters rally as the Indiana Senate Rules Committee met to consider a Republican proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state during a hearing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, July 26, 2022. The debate over a limited set of circumstances in which abortion could be legal is causing divisions among GOP lawmakers in some states. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)FILE - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos talks to the media after Gov. Tony Evers addressed a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers during the Governor's State of the State speech at the state Capitol, Feb. 15, 2022, in Madison, Wis. The debate over a limited set of circumstances in which abortion could be legal is causing divisions among GOP lawmakers in some states. In Wisconsin, G...
Arizona aiming for next step in coach Fisch’s 2nd season
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Arizona aiming for next step in coach Fisch’s 2nd season

By JOHN MARSHALLAP Sports Writer TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's first season under coach Jedd Fisch was dotted with lopsided losses and just one win against a team depleted by COVID-19. The Wildcats' first full offseason under Fisch couldn't have gone much better. Selling the coaching staff's NFL connections and a plan for a better future, Fisch landed one of the Pac-12's best recruiting classes, laying a foundation for the 2022 season and beyond. “I think they saw that where we were is not where we’re headed,” Fisch said. “What they have the opportunity to do is be part of the change, to be a part of a program that I believe offers everything you can possibly want in an incredible environment, in a beautiful community, an opportunity to play and play early.” Fisch's inaugural...
USC, UCLA exits could cost Pac-12 schools $13M in rights
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USC, UCLA exits could cost Pac-12 schools $13M in rights

Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The departures of Southern California and UCLA from the Pac-12 Conference could mean an estimated loss of around $13 million per year in media rights for each of the remaining schools, according to an interim report issued by University of California Office of the President. The report was released Wednesday during a Board of Regents meeting held at UCLA to address its move to the Big Ten Conference in 2024. California Gov. Gavin Newsom demanded an explanation from UCLA about the move when he attended last month's regents meeting in San Francisco. UCLA and USC announced on June 30 that the schools would be leaving the Pac-12 in two years. USC is a private institution and not part of the UC system. Newsom, an ex officio member of the Board of...
Judges reject challenges to 2 Arizona ballot initiatives
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Judges reject challenges to 2 Arizona ballot initiatives

By BOB CHRISTIEAssociated Press Eds: CORRECTS: This story has been corrected to show Johnson is an independent, not a Republican. PHOENIX (AP) — Judges rejected challenges to two Arizona voter initiatives on Wednesday, siding with proponents of a measure limiting so-called predatory debt collection and one that would require people who fund political campaigns through nonprofit groups to be identified. The judge weighing the first initiative ruled that opponents of the measure did not prove a summary provided to voters who signed qualifying petitions was misleading. The ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Frank Moskowitz also turned away an argument by the attorney for a newly created group funded by Arizona debt collection agencies that alleged that paid petition c...