Arizona Surpasses 50,000 Medical-Marijuana Patients

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Arizona now has more than 50,000 medical-marijuana patients.
New statistics by the Arizona Department of Health Services show that Arizona now has more than 50,000 qualifying, adult patients.

As of June 30, the state had 52,638 "active cardholders," which is a 9.1 percent increase from the last official number published by the agency on March 28 of 48,231 patients.

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Arizonans Driving Less, and Using Public Transportation at Higher Rates

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Arizonans are driving less, and relying more on public transportation, according to a report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

The shift is causing the Arizona PIRG Education Fund to recommend that public officials shift funding away from more highway projects, and more toward other transportation options."

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Judge Kozinski: If You Can't Stand the "Splatter," Get Out of the Execution Business

Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, wants Americans to know that executions are dirty, "savage" business.

In his written dissent to a Ninth Circuit ruling on Monday that puts the death penalty on hold for an Arizona killer, Kozinski appears to praise the guillotine and criticizes the idea that killing prisoners can be done in kinder, gentler fashion.

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Pima County Health Director: Health Threat From Unaccompanied Children Very Low

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There's no merit to the hysterical claim that unaccompanied children from Central America are posing a health risk upon their arrival to the U.S., according to Pima County's health director.

Pima County Health Department Director Francisco Garcia has been investigating the claims made by politicians and others that some sort of serious health threat exists, such as diseases being carried over, but he hasn't seen any serious risk.

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Mexican Man Accused of Trying to Smuggle Assault Rifles Into Mexico Through Arizona


Today in Found at the Border: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found two assault rifles hidden inside the dashboard of a Mexican national's car.

The car was headed back into Mexico, through the Port of Lukeville, according to the agency. According to federal court documents obtained by New Times, 45-year-old Mario Munoz told officers that he was smuggling the weapons under the threat that his daughter in Mexico would be kidnapped and held hostage.

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Arizona's Most Popular National Parks, Ranked

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More than 10 million people visited Arizona's national parks last year, according to new figures released by the National Park Service.

The Park Service says more than $773 million of spending occurred in Arizona thanks to tourism to the parks, supporting dozens of jobs. Check out which parks were the most popular:

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Judge: Medical-Marijuana Patients Can Sell Pot to Other Patients Because Law is Vague

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Arizona's medical-marijuana law is so vague, the state can't prosecute patients who sell pot to other patients, a Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled.

The offbeat July 2 ruling and dismissal of a criminal case by Judge Richard Fields has the potential to open up all sorts of entrepreneurial opportunities for Arizonans to sell marijuana legally -- if it survives an appeal.

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Death Row Inmate's Execution on Hold as He Tries to Find Details on the Method

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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.

UPDATE July 22: The Supreme Court has lifted the stay of execution. Read the latest at the bottom of this post.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted the execution of an Arizona death-row inmate as he attempts to get information about the state's new lethal-injection method.

The state plans to execute Joseph R. Wood for the 1989 murders of his estranged girlfriend and her father, but the state just recently announced that it would be using a new combination of drugs for executions.

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Doug Ducey Calls Christine Jones' Border Plan "Phony," But So Is His

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You gotta love one thing about Republicans: With them, there's always blood in the water.

With erstwhile Go Daddy exec Christine Jones hard on his heels in the GOP primary for governor, and an awesome anti-Ducey ad by a pro-Jones I.E. in circulation, Ducey has fired back beginning today with a new commercial calling Jones out on her border plan, which the ad labels "phony."

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Arizona's Rate of Children Not Being Vaccinated Climbs Yet Again

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The percentage of Arizona kindergartners not getting vaccinated went up yet again this year.

The Arizona Department of Health Services released its annual report on how many children aren't getting vaccinated due to a parent's "personal belief" exemption, a rate that's up to 4.7 percent for kindergarten children.

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Plane Crash Near Sedona Kills Four, Causes Another Wildfire

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Smoke from the Slide Fire that broke out near Sedona in May.

Another wildfire has broken out near Sedona, after a single-engine plane crashed, killing four people.

According to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman, hikers reported the downed plane and fire around 4 p.m. yesterday, although it took another two hours to actually find the plane in Fay Canyon.

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How to Split Arizona Into 10 States

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Now that there's a plan to slice up California into six states, it's time to unveil our plan to divide Arizona into multiple states.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the 10 states of Arizona:

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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

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In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.

Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

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Phoenix One of the Best Cities Attracting Small Businesses, NFIB Says

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Here's something you probably don't hear every day: Phoenix is a great place for small-business opportunities.

Good economic news seems rare around Phoenix in the aftermath of the recession, but the National Federation of Independent Business says Phoenix is one of the top cities "opening their doors to entrepreneurs."

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Adam Kwasman: The Latest Arizona Politician to Earn an Appearance on the Colbert Report

Republican congressional candidate Adam Kwasman.

Republican congressional candidate Adam Kwasman has become the latest in a long line of Arizona politicians to be the butt of Stephen Colbert's jokes on the Colbert Report.

His appearance results from his confusing of a bus full of kids from the YMCA as a bus full of migrant children getting transported by the federal government. Whoops.

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Less Than 4 Percent Approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Live in Arizona

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Of more than 500,000 young immigrants who have been given relief from deportation by the Obama Administration, less than 4 percent live in Arizona.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services report on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program shows only about 19,000 of the 500,000 immigrants approved for the program live in this state. Several other non-border states have larger populations approved for the program.

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Christine Jones Pandering and Delusional on Immigration, Border Security

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Christine Jones puts the goober into gubernatorial.

Indeed, the former GoDaddy pimp-ess and GOP candidate for governor's rhetoric on the issue of "border security" is proving increasingly delusional.

Jones has zero experience in politics, and it shows. Anyone proud to have the endorsement of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, aka, "studboi1,"should have their itty-bitty red head examined.

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Maricopa County Mugshots of the Week: Cast of Characters


At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.

This week, we've got a real cast of characters. Enjoy.

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Congressman GutiƩrrez's Staff Take Precaution Following Arpaio's Intimidation Tactics

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Congressman Luis Gutierrez is expected to attend an immigration rally in support of Mary Rose Wilcox's campaign for a seat in Arizona's Seventh Congressional District.

And GutiƩrrez's staff turned to the U.S. Capitol Police for advice after being made aware of a letter written by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio citing potential gun violence against political officials, the sheriff's "offer" to send his armed posse members to help "enforce all the laws" and his comments in the media about his "hope" that nothing happens to the Congressman.

"Talking about violence and public officials gets our attention, so we asked the Capitol police to look into it. They decided they would contact the FBI field office in Phoenix," says Douglas Rivlin, director of communication in the Congressman's Washington, D.C. office. "We don't know what, if anything, they're going to do with the information."

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Andrew Thomas Releases a Very Andrew Thomas-y Campaign Ad

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Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney and current Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Thomas has released a very Andrew Thomas-y campaign ad.

By "Andrew Thomas-y," we mean there's a crossed-out Mexican flag, and Thomas claiming to stand up to the "gay lobby."

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