Arizona Legislature Adjourns, and Your Life Probably Isn't Changing

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One of the most memorable lines from Office Space would be a pretty good question for your state lawmakers: "What would you say you do here?"

The Arizona Legislature adjourned at 1:46 a.m. today, and more than 200 bills have been signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, while still more are still awaiting her approval or veto. And despite those 200-plus new laws, we'd guess that most Arizonans' lives won't be affected in the slightest.

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Cliven Bundy Supporter Arizona Lawmaker Bob Thorpe Also Blasted for Racial Comments

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Representative Bob Thorpe/Twitter
Left to right: Representatives Bob Thorpe and Kelly Townsend, Senator Judy Burges, Representative David Livingston, and others.

By now, you've probably heard about the case of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who refuses to pay grazing fees and who is backed by an armed militia.

The story took an interesting twist Wednesday when Bundy made racist remarks against black people, causing some people who previously had treated him as a hero for the conservative cause to distance themselves from Bundy. Bundy's comments also reminded us of something -- one of his most ardent supporters, an Arizona lawmaker, was just under fire less than a year ago for making racially charges comments about black people.

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John McCain, Jeff Flake Ask for Senate Committee Investigation of Phoenix VA Hospital

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Gage Skidmore

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are requesting that the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee investigate claims that as many as 40 veterans died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA healthcare system.

Florida Congressman Jeff Miller, the chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, has claimed it appears that Phoenix VA hospital officials were manipulating a scheduling system to make it seem wait times were not as long as they truly were.

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LGBT Advocates Cast a Pall on the Phoenix PD and the Valley's Gay Community

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Brian Stauffer

Chris Wilson sits quietly in a small, gray room. He's slouched forward, his forearms resting on his lap, his wrists handcuffed.

It's August 7, 2012, almost 9 p.m.

Wilson is tense, antsy.

A Phoenix police detective walks in, greets him, and explains that he has been accused of engaging in sexual contact with minors — two teens, one 17, the other 14.

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Distracted Driving Causing Crashes in Arizona, but Cell Phones Not the Biggest Cause

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People who text and drive are notoriously bad drivers, but according to recent crash statistics, most accidents caused by distracted driving don't involve cell phone use.

As part of Distracted Driving Awareness month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the results of car accident information they collected from November 2013 to April 2014.

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Mesa Mother and 12-Year-Old Daughter Dead in Possible Murder/Suicide

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Mesa PD

A Mesa man came home from work Monday afternoon and found his wife and 12-year-old daughter dead, according to police.

A police spokesman says the circumstances of their deaths suggest a murder/suicide.

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Fort Huachuca to Get Military's Largest Solar-Power Setup

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Air Force Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine

The U.S. Army announced today that Fort Huachuca, in southern Arizona, will get the largest solar installation of any military base.

Groundbreaking on the project is supposed to start this week, and it's part of the Army's effort to be producing one gigawatt of renewable energy on its military installations.

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Tucson Weekly Sold to Owners of the East Valley Tribune

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The cover of Tucson Weekly's "Best of Tucson" 2013 issue.

The alternative weekly newspaper of Tucson, the aptly named Tucson Weekly, has been sold.

A company called 10/13 Communications purchased the Weekly, as well as another newspaper in Tucson, Inside Tucson Business, which is also published weekly.

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Marijuana Advocates to End Effort to Recall Senator Kimberly Yee

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Matthew Hendley

A local group that announced plans to try to recall Republican Senator Kimberly Yee is ending that recall effort.

The group, the Arizona Veterans Assistance Committee -- which was formed by people from the Phoenix chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) -- targeted Yee as she blocked a bill that would have helped fund university research on marijuana's effects on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Amid Allegations of Healthcare Problems at the Phoenix VA, Another Veteran Suicide

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The Phoenix Veterans' Affairs Health Care System has come under fire for allegations of negligence and delayed care. While delayed care can have drastic consequences on vets who are physically ill, it impacts those who are mentally ill as well.

On January 13, a veteran committed suicide in the Phoenix VA parking lot. His body was found the next day. In an e-mail to the staff obtained by New Times, Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman stated that the veteran was "alone and did not not seek medical care through nearby emergency services on the day of the incident." This suicide does not appear to have been reported in the media until now.

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