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Arizona has a legal right to discriminate against attorneys from other states who do not let lawyers from here automatically practice there, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
PHOENIX -- Arizona has a legal right to discriminate against attorneys from other states who do not let lawyers from here automatically practice there, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Facing dwindling water supplies, Western states are struggling to capture every drop with dam and diversion projects that some think could erode regional cooperation crucial to managing the scarce resource.
The recovery of home prices in Arizona appears to have all but stalled.
Monday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to delay same-sex marriages in other states has no immediate impact in Arizona, but it could expedite gay marriages in the state if and when federal courts here decide the issue.
PHOENIX -- A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to delay same-sex marriages in other states has no immediate impact in Arizona.
But it could expedite gay marriages in the state if and when federal courts here decide the issue.
In essence, the justices Monday refused to disturb, for now, federal appellate court rulings from other states that struck down bans on gays being able to marry. That action allows those rulings to take effect, with officials in those states now having no reason to refuse to issue licenses to same-sex couples while a full-blown appeal on the rights of gays proceeds.
There has been no such ruling in Arizona.
U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick is currently reviewing complaints in two separate lawsuits that the state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment run afoul of federal constitutional protections of equal rights. He has not said when he will rule.
But Sedwick tipped his hand a bit last month when he decreed that Arizona had to honor the California marriage of a Green Valley man whose spouse had died. He directed the state Department of Health Services to issue a death certificate to Fred McQuire listing him as the surviving spouse of George Martinez.
At that time, Sedwick said he had not yet decided the underlying claim in both lawsuits that there is a conflict between the Arizona ban and the rights of individuals under the U.S. Constitution. "But the court has decided that is it probable that there is such a conflict so that Arizona will be required to permit same-sex marriages,'' the judge wrote.
If Sedwick reaches that conclusion, the state likely would seek a stay while it appeals. But Sedwick could deny that stay and rule that gays be immediately entitled to wed in Arizona. And Monday's Supreme Court action could be read to back him on such a decision.
A more definitive action on the Arizona ban could come even before Sedwick rules. Last month the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on the legality of similar bans in Nevada and Idaho.
If the appellate judges declare such restrictions unconstitutional, that sets the precedent for all the states in the 9th Circuit where same-sex marriage is illegal, including Arizona, Alaska and Montana. And Monday's Supreme Court action definitively says federal appellate court rulings on that issue can take effect even though there has been no final definitive ruling by the high court on the rights of gays to marry.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The yellow-billed cuckoo has been disappearing from its home in the Western U.S., a decline that prompted the federal Fish and Wildlife Service to announce Thursday that the bird has been listed as a threatened species.
The yellow-billed cuckoo will now be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
The bird resides in 12 western states and in Mexico and Canada, but Arizona has the largest population. There are about 350 to 495 pairs in the U.S., according to the American Bird Conservancy, which says none has been spotted in Oregon, Washington, or Montana recently.
A large portion of the yellow-billed cuckoo population lives in southern Arizona around the San Pedro River and at Cienega Creek, which conservationists also hope will be protected.
"We're gonna have to look at the federal actions that affect the cuckoo, such as grazing," Steve Spangle, who manages the Fish and Wildlife's ecological services field office in Arizona, said. "We're looking forward to working with all the agencies on how we can help the species. It's doing pretty well in Arizona."
But the agency says the once abundant bird has declined in population in large part because of the severe loss of its riparian habitat, dam construction, a growth in agriculture and river flow management and protection efforts. Over-grazing has also contributed.
"While the major threat to yellow-billed cuckoos has been loss of riverside habitat, we do not anticipate any significant new water-related requirements as a result of this listing decision," said Ren Lohoefener, U.S. Fish and Wildlife director for the Pacific Southwest Region.
The agency this year also proposed to make more than 5,000 acres in the upper Cienega Creek, where the birds thrive, a critical habitat, giving it a layer of protection. Conservationists say that area is threatened by a proposed mine in the Santa Rita Mountains.
A final decision will not be made until next year.
The bird winters in South America.
DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.
A Texas state senator being forced out of office by a Tea Party Republican is helping Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer raise money to elect like-minded candidates to Congress.
A collection of Higley High School students have produced a video about veterinary sciences as part of a project coordinated by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.
WASHINGTON — U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.
Several bits of news and information trickled in from across the East Valley high school sports scene the past couple weeks, so here’s a chance to catch up on the comings, goings, doings, and un-doings during the spring before tennis (this week) and then all other state tournaments begin in early May:
TUCSON – Wick Communications has entered into a preliminary agreement to sell its Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business publications to 10/13 Communications. Terms of the transaction were not announced.
Working in the financial industry a decade ago, Miguel Lopez was reminded of a longtime practice in Mexico where banks use graphic novels to help customers understand saving and investing.
LOS ANGELES — The pre-pre-season opening kickoff of the 2014 National Football League schedule is returned for a score in "Draft Day," an entirely conventional serio-comic sports world melodrama that pushes its buttons with undeniable professional finesse. In his most effective full star turn in perhaps a decade, Kevin Costner dominates as the greenhorn general manager of the beleaguered Cleveland Browns who could emerge from the heavy shadow of his late revered father with the successful handling of the annual draft of college players.
AP- Todd McCarthy
FLAGSTAFF — The herds of bison roaming the northern reaches of the Grand Canyon are causing headaches for park staff as the animals graze in pristine meadows, trample vegetation, damage cliff dwellings and pollute water sources.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders.
David Lynch meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. David Cronenberg does District 9. Stanley Kubrick remakes Tarantula. The new film, Enemy, by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is very hard to describe (especially without giving too much away), and the studio’s ambiguous summary of the picture – which basically says it’s about a man who sees his identical twin in a movie and then seeks to find him – doesn’t even begin to describe what this film is about or how strange it is.
A golf course with open space adds value to homes and neighborhoods that, once lost, can never be reclaimed. I’ve noticed most people discussing The Lakes at Ahwatukee Golf Course ask “IF” the course is developed, what then?
SPOKANE, Wash. — The rising popularity of hummus across the nation has been good for farmers like Aaron Flansburg.
Gasoline prices around Arizona are higher at the pump this week.
It was another busy Friday at United Food Bank’s Help Yourself program facility in Mesa as people lined up to purchase food boxes for $17 each. The boxes are intended to help struggling individuals and families stretch tight food budgets and can feed a family of four for a week.
This is a list of East Valley football players who have signed college Letters of Intent during the 2014 signing period. This list will be continually updated.
Gov. Jan Brewer is building up her war chest to help elect like-minded Republicans to Congress.