BC-AZ--Arizona News Digest, AZ
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PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to two bills that are part of the $11.8 billion state budget package but a resolution of issues that have held up action for days remains elusive. Three of 17 Republican senators remained opposed to the budget plan at midday Saturday for various reasons. The chamber needs 16 GOP votes to pass a budget if Democrats remain opposed. The House approved most of the budget overnight and adjourned until Monday. By Bob Christie and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 770 words. UPCOMING: Updates, photos.
_ SCHOOL VOUCHERS-ARIZONA: Arizona lawmakers approved emergency legislation Friday giving a handful of Navajo children another year to use their vouchers for private school tuition in New Mexico. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 780 words, photos.
_ XGR--LEGISLATURE-TEEN FRUSTRATIONS: The Republican-led Arizona Legislature proved receptive in recent years to certain proposals offered up by teenagers, designating lemonade as the state drink and copper as the state metal. But some teens who went to the State Capitol this year say they got a different type of reception _ if they got one at all _ when they tried to pitch proposals on meatier topics such as gun control, school safety and climate change. SENT: 460 words.
ELECTION 2020-W0OING HISPANICS
DES MOINES, Iowa _ Democratic candidates who have any connection to Hispanic voters would do well to strengthen those ties. Hispanics are poised to wield unprecedented influence in the 2020 Democratic primary. They comprise almost 30% of the population in the state that votes third in presidential primaries, Nevada. And the two states with the largest Hispanic populations, California and Texas, are among the 14 “Super Tuesday” states. Any candidate winning consistent Hispanic support could have an advantage. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.
CATTLE KILLING PLANTS
SHIPROCK, N.M. _ Ranchers in northwestern New Mexico suspect toxic plants, used in Navajo and Hopi religious ceremonies, are responsible for the recent deaths of more than a dozen cows. SENT: 420 words, photos.
_ INCAPACITATED WOMAN-BIRTH: Prosecutors are asking the Arizona Court of Appeals to reject arguments that an order for a nurse accused of raping and impregnating an incapacitated patient at a long-term care center to take an HIV test is unconstitutional.
_ NATIONAL GUARD-AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds of Arizona National Guard soldiers are returning home after a year-long deployment to serve as a security force in Afghanistan.
_ MEMORIAL DAY-JET FLYOVERS: Two F-16 jet fighters from the Arizona Air National Guard will conduct five flyovers of cemeteries and other locations in the Tucson area on Monday as part of Memorial Day observations.
_ STAN LEE-ELDER ABUSE: A former business manager of Stan Lee has been arrested in Arizona on elder abuse charges involving the late comic book legend.
_ FATAL PHOENIX CRASH: Phoenix police say impairment is suspected in a three-vehicle wreck in which one person was killed and several others injured.
_ HOLIDAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC-ARIZONA: Authorities report heavy traffic on northbound Interstate 17 and say drivers headed to northern Arizona should expect long delays.
SAN FRANCISCO _ The San Francisco Giants host the Arizona Diamondbacks. By Michael Wagmaan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m. PDT.
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