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PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona trial judge who has handled several prominent cases denied knowing that her live-in boyfriend was a fugitive with a criminal record before he was arrested at her home.
PHOENIX (AP) — A prosecutor accepted blame Friday for an error by his office that's expected to lead to the dismissal of corruption charges against at least one former sheriff's employee accused of helping a cartel-connected heroin smuggling ring.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sued the owners of a downtown Phoenix office building over a broken shoulder he suffered when he fell crossing a street.
Arpaio is seeking unspecified damages for his February 2013 injury and has alleged that the building's owners should have known about the dangerous conditions that led to the accident. The lawsuit against Hines GS Properties Inc. and the other owners was filed Oct. 29.
Hines GS Properties didn't immediately return a call Thursday afternoon seeking comment.
Mark Goldman, a lawyer representing Arpaio, said the lawsuit was filed after the sheriff made attempts to resolve the matter amicably.
"Joe Arpaio sincerely hopes that this lawsuit will cause the building owners to remedy these problems so that others are not injured," Goldman said.
The sheriff has said he tripped on a sidewalk near his headquarters as he headed to a restaurant to get a bowl of soup.
He fell on his shoulder, breaking it in two places. He spent about two days in a hospital and then two weeks recuperating at his home in Fountain Hills.
Arpaio posted images and video online showing him in the hospital in the days after his fall, including one with tubes in his nose. He sold a sling he wore during his recovery in an online charity auction.
A police dog trainer from Northern California paid $2,600 for the sling. The proceeds went toward buying equipment and food for a shelter run by the sheriff's office for abused animals picked up in cruelty investigations.
Prosecutors in three Arizona counties are using new figures on where teens now get their marijuana to lobby against making the drug legal for all adults. But the data may not be as clear-cut as it seems.
PHOENIX (AP) — A 68-year-old hiker missing since Monday has been found dead in the White Tank Mountains, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced late Thursday.
The body of Cheryl Case was located Thursday, and foul play is not suspected, an MCSO spokesman said.
Detectives believe she got off the trail at some point and ended up on the west side of the mountain, where she succumbed to the elements in the desert mountain park.
A friend reported Case missing when she failed to return late Monday from a hike in the park.
Case had been visiting the Phoenix area from California. Her hometown was not immediately known.
Her car was found at a trailhead, and searchers used horses, tracking dogs, aircraft and all-terrain vehicles in their effort to locate her.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a 68-year-old hiker missing since Monday has been found dead in the White Tank Mountains on the Phoenix area's western outskirts.
Gays are now legally marrying in Arizona.
PHOENIX -- Gays are now legally marrying in Arizona.
The historic move came just moments after Attorney General Tom Horne said Friday he will not appeal a decision earlier that morning by U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick declaring Arizona's ban on same-sex weddings unconstitutional and immediately ordering the state to "permanently cease enforcement of those provisions of Arizona law declared unconstitutional by this order.'' That followed a similar ruling earlier this week by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voiding similar laws in Nevada and Idaho.
"The probability of the 9th Circuit reversing today's district court decision is zero,'' Horne said at a hastily called press conference just hours after Sedwick's ruling. "The probability of the U.S. Supreme Court accepting review of the 9th Circuit decision is also zero.''
Horne said while he believes the rulings are wrong, he is bound by rules that make it unethical -- and subject to discipline -- for an attorney to file legal papers solely for the purpose of delay. He said that would be the case were he to appeal, calling such a move "an exercise in futility.''
Potentially more significant, Horne directed the clerks of superior courts in the state's 15 counties to immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
"The emails have gone out,'' he told reporters, noting that even before he announced his decision there already were 10 couples waiting at the clerk's office for Maricopa County.
Horne said he personally disagrees with Sedwick's ruling. He cited the 2008 voter-approved state constitutional amendment defining marriage in Arizona as solely between one man and one woman.
"We fought a revolution against England on the understanding that we're smart enough to rule ourselves as a people and we didn't need a British aristocracy ruling over us,'' he said.
"I believe we're still smart enough to rule over ourselves as a people,'' Horne continued. "And this is an important decision and it's a policy decision that should be made by the people and not by the courts.''
But Horne conceded that right of voters to set policy is not unlimited.
For example, he said Arizona voters could not legally deny marriage between people of different races or different religions. Horne said there are constitutional provisions prohibiting such discrimination.
"There's no provision in the Constitution protecting sexual orientation,'' he said. "In my opinion, this would be a policy matter for the people to decide.''
Friday's order means more than gays living here can marry. It also requires Arizona to recognize same-sex weddings performed in other states.
"We're legal in Arizona, finally,'' said the Rev. Debra Peevey who, with spouse Candy Cox went to Horne's press conference. Peevey, who in 1981 became the first openly gay person to be ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), said the pair, who have been together 30 years, went to California in 2008 to get married when it became legal for same-sex couples to wed in that state.
Peevey, who works with Why Marriage Matters, said her organization was instrumental in arranging to have ministers of various faiths available at courthouses around the state so that gay couples could wed as soon as they got their licenses.
Gov. Jan Brewer, in a prepared statement, called Friday's ruling "not only disappointing but also deeply troubling that unelected federal judges can dictate the laws of individual states.'' She said judges are creating rights "based on their own personal policy preferences.''
"Simply put, courts should not be in the business of making and changing laws based on their personal agendas,'' Brewer said in her statement, saying "that power belongs to the states, and to the people.'' She said such changes should be allowed only through the Legislature or at the ballot.
There was already an organization formed to put such a measure on the 2016 ballot. And the chances for approval appeared good, with a statewide poll last year of 700 adult heads of households finding that 55 percent said they would support allowing gays and lesbians to wed, with just 35 percent opposed.
But that same survey also showed a deep cultural divide along party lines: Just 36 percent of Republicans were in favor of repealing the 2008 ban.
Friday's ruling makes that initiative drive not only unnecessary but also makes what the majority thinks legally irrelevant.
Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, said Friday's ruling -- and even the failure of the U.S. Supreme Court to so far review similar rulings from elsewhere -- does not mean the fight over same-sex marriage is over.
She pointed out that several federal appellate courts have yet to weigh in on the issue. And Herrod said that if any one of them uphold a state's ban, that conflict between circuits could force the justices to step in.
Herrod has more than a passing interest in the issue. It was her organization that pushed the successful 2008 ballot measure defining marriage in Arizona as solely between one man and one woman.
She said the issue does not go away even if the Supreme Court does conclude there is a constitutional right of gays to wed. As proof she cited the historic 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade which declared that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
"The pro-life movement is stronger than ever,'' she said, citing a series of new restrictions on abortions that have been approved by states and upheld by courts. None of those rulings, however, have disturbed the basic premise of the 1973 decision.
Herrod has not disputed that public attitudes toward same-sex weddings have softened over the years. But she said that will change.
"We are in the midst of a social experiment,'' she said. "And we don't know the full outcome.''
Horne, however, said he cannot view the issue as a social one but a legal one.
"I fought it as far as I ethically could,'' he said of the challenge to the Arizona law. But Horne said his decision not to drag the case on "does not diminish my disagreement with the decision.''
Horne was a little more circumspect when asked about his feelings for gays now that they have the ability to marry.
"Obviously, I have good personal feelings for gay people that I know,'' he said, saying he is involved in "the world of classical music'' where he said gays are represented disproportionately. But Horne said he had the legal obligation to defend the Arizona ban as long as it was defensible.
Pressed for whether he shares in the happiness of gays who now can marry, he responded, "Without detracting from the legal position I have taken, I would say, 'Yes.' ''
PHOENIX -- If the ongoing political debates about education funding have not convinced you, a new study might: Arizona is the sixth-worst place in the nation to be a teacher.
The report by WalletHub says the average starting salary for teachers, listed as $31,874 for 2012-13 school year by the National Education Association, is the 44th lowest of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. And that ranking comes even after accounting for the lower cost of living here than many other places.
It's also not great for those who stay in the profession, the study says, with median salaries for all Arizona teachers at No. 48, also measured against the cost of living.
The pupil-to-teacher ratio, listed at 21.3 according to the National Center for Education Statistics, is worse than anywhere but Utah and California. It compared with a national average of 16.7.
And WalletHub cites NEA figures showing that Arizona spends only about $1,250 per state resident on education. Only Idaho comes in lower.
About the only thing in the WalletHub rankings that kept Arizona from being lower than 46th overall is that there's probably good job security here.
The personal finance website figures that Arizona will have among the higher percentages of school-age population of all the states by 2030.
More children equals more demand for teachers.
Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub staffer, said there's a reason these statistics matter.
Consider class size.
"If I have a child I know struggles with learning, then that's definitely something I want to take into consideration,'' she said. But Gonzalez said for some parents, class size won't matter.
Teacher salaries present a different issue, particular in Arizona's ability to recruit. "If this is a teacher right out of school looking for somewhere to teach, it might matter more to them than someone with a family and who can support themselves in other ways or with other people in part of their families,'' Gonzalez said.
One place Arizona is not in the Bottom 10 is in what WalletHub calls teacher wage disparity. Gonzalez said this is the difference between salaries at the 90th percentile level -- near the top -- and those at the 10 percentile level. That measures whether there's room for wage improvement.
Arizona is No. 38 nationwide.
The report comes as questions of school funding have taken center stage in both courtrooms and the gubernatorial race.
Key is the ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that during the recession state lawmakers ignored a 2000 voter-approved mandate to adjust aid to schools each year for inflation.
The exact amount missed is still being litigated. But Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper said just resetting basic state aid to what it should have been had legislators complied with the law all along totals $317 million.
If and when the state comes up with that cash, that will make another $279 per pupil available, on top of the approximately $7,550 a year per student from all sources.
That does not count another $1.3 billion schools claim they are owed for the years the state ignored the inflation funding formula. While that would be a one-time infusion, it translates out to close to another $1,150 per student.
Both Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Fred DuVal and Republican Doug Ducey say they want to put more money in the classroom though they differ on how to do that.
READ THE WALLETHUB REPORT: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-for-teachers/7159/
If the ongoing political debates about education funding have not convinced you, a new study might: Arizona is the sixth worst place in the nation to be a teacher.
Twenty years ago this month, when the first drops of Colorado River water poured into the retention basins at the Granite Reef Underground Storage Basin (GRUSP) near Mesa, it was predicted that storing water underground would be the wave of the future.
School officials are warning lawmakers that if they don't take a deal to settle the inflation adjustment lawsuit — and soon — taxpayers could be on the hook for another $1.3 billion.
A new report appears to confirm what Tucsonans have always thought: They're smarter than Phoenicians. Or at least better educated.
A 52-year-old man has been arrested for meeting at a Tempe hotel with the intent of having sex with a dog, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Doug Ducey apparently walked away with the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, beating out five other contenders.
Five of the six Republican candidates for governor debated a multitude of topics at a forum hosted by the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance on July 28.
Free First Friday Nights
Arizona boasts such varied topography that if you live in the Phoenix area and are looking for a weekend escape, the choices are infinite, whether you want to camp, hike, ski or go rafting. However, if you want something a little more cosmopolitan — if you’re a foodie, for example — once you leave Maricopa County, it would be a desert out there. Thankfully, there’s John Sharpe.
As we approach the primary election, Arizona is in an envious place right now. Of the six Republicans running for the governor’s office, each of the four front-runners arguably have the credentials to become a good governor for our state.
The questions were about improving Arizona's economy.
After living in Arizona my entire life and having been around and working with Arizona sheriffs like Cochise County sheriffs Jimmy Willson and Larry Dever, Coconino County Sheriff Joe Richards and Maricopa County Sheriff Jerry Hill, and even Joe Arpaio on one of his good days, it’s hard to imagine the new face of Arizona sheriffs is Pinal County “Sheriff Underpants” Paul Babeu.
Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas may finally have qualified to get public funds in his bid to become the next governor.
Gov. Jan Brewer does not think much of proposals by some of those who would succeed her to eliminate the state income tax.
Saying immigrant children being bused to Arizona may be being placed in danger, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery warned federal officials Monday they may be violating state child abuse laws.
A 22-year-old Arizona State University student has been sentenced to nine months of unsupervised probation in connection with two young women suffering burns while attending a house party in Tempe.