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In Arizona Senate, a Vote to Repeal 1864 Abortion Law Could Happen

Chamber diverges from Arizona House

(Newser) - Not long after Arizona House Republicans again blocked attempts to repeal the state's controversial 1864 law banning nearly all abortions, which was just ruled enforceable by the state Supreme Court, Arizona Senate Democrats—with the help of two Republicans—on Wednesday managed to move forward on the possibility of...

Effort to Repeal Arizona's 1864 Abortion Ban Fails

One Republican voted with Democrats in state House

(Newser) - Arizona lawmakers blocked another effort Wednesday to repeal a near-total ban on abortions dating from 1864 that the state's top court ruled was "enforceable" earlier this month. One Republican voted with Democrats in the GOP-controlled state House, but that wasn't enough to advance two motions to hold...

'Donald Trump Did This,' Harris Tells Arizona

As Republicans backtrack, Democrat says Trump would sign a national abortion ban

(Newser) - Vice President Kamala Harris went to Arizona, the state that became the center of the abortion rights debate this week when its Supreme Court upheld an 1864 law prohibiting nearly all abortions, to assess responsibility. "We all must understand who is to blame," the Democrat told a campaign...

Kari Lake Is Urging Abortion Ban Repeal: Sources

Arizona would then revert to its current 15-week ban, which she supports

(Newser) - Kari Lake denounced Arizona's 1864 abortion ban almost immediately after a court ruling said the controversial law could go into effect, but the Republican Senate candidate is going further than that. Sources tell outlets including the New York Times that Lake, the former TV news anchor and Trump ally...

Hannity on Arizona's 1864 Abortion Law: 'Get Rid of It'

Meanwhile, Republicans block an attempt to repeal the law

(Newser) - Arizona Democrats (plus one Republican) on Wednesday attempted to repeal the tough 1846 abortion ban that the state Supreme court just ruled is enforceable , but the attempt was blocked by Republicans in the state legislature who moved to recess, thus preventing a vote from being held, the Guardian reports. USA ...

Did Arizona Go Too Far on Abortion? Trump Says 'Yeah'

He was asked about the state's supreme court decision at a campaign event

(Newser) - Days after saying decisions about abortion laws should be left to the states, former President Trump shared his thoughts on Tuesday's abortion ruling in Arizona . When asked if the state's supreme court went too far in its ruling that an 1864 law that prohibits nearly all abortions and...

Arizona Abortion Bombshell May Be Trouble for GOP
Arizona Abortion
Bombshell May Be
Trouble for GOP
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Arizona Abortion Bombshell May Be Trouble for GOP

GOP Senate candidate Kari Lake denounces ruling, which could drive Democrats to the polls

(Newser) - Arizona is suddenly poised to enact one of the toughest abortion laws in the country, thanks to Tuesday's court ruling . And just as suddenly, abortion has become a monumental issue in a presidential battleground state that just happens to have a Senate contest this year as well, reports the...

Arizona's Top Court Upholds Abortion Ban With Prison Terms

Ruling endorses 1864 law, puts physicians 'on notice'

(Newser) - A law that went on the books of the Arizona Territory more than 160 years ago prohibiting nearly all abortions and mandating penalties remains valid and "is now enforceable," the State of Arizona's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 4-2 decision stayed enforcement for 14 days to allow...

Country Star Has Heart Attack After 'Vibrant' 2.5-Hour Set

'Dirt Road Anthem' co-writer, singer Colt Ford, 53, is said to be in 'stable but critical' condition in Arizona

(Newser) - Colt Ford's Thursday show in Arizona this week went off without a hitch, but he's now making headlines for what happened afterward. Per TMZ , the 53-year-old country-rap star put on a "vibrant performance," but the outlet reports he then suffered a heart attack after the show...

Balloon Pilot in Fatal Crash Had Ketamine in System

Four people were killed when it went down in Arizona in January

(Newser) - An autopsy reveals that the pilot of a hot-air balloon that crashed in the Arizona desert and killed four people had elevated levels of ketamine in his system, reports NBC News . Cornelius van der Walt, 37, and three passengers were killed when the balloon went down in January . While US...

Arizona Names 'State Planet' That Is Not a Planet

18 years after Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet, its status is still debated

(Newser) - You surely know by now that Pluto is not a planet in the usual sense. Arizona isn't so sure. The state has recognized Pluto, one of five dwarf planets in our solar system, as its "official state planet." What does that mean? Essentially that Pluto still has...

Woman Whose 911 Call Went to the Wrong State Is Found Dead

Amanda Nenigar's Feb. 27 call went to California dispatchers, though her car was found in Arizona

(Newser) - A tragic ending to the story of a California woman whose 911 call was routed to the wrong state: Amanda Nenigar, who went missing Feb. 27, was found dead Friday night in a remote area near the small Arizona town of Cibola, just over the border from California, CBS News...

Man Jailed for Death Threats Against Katie Hobbs

'We will see you to the grave,' Ohio's Joshua Russell told Arizona's then-secretary of state

(Newser) - An Ohio man who acknowledged making death threats in voicemails left for then-Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs during the 2022 election season was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison, reports the AP . Joshua Russell of Bucyrus, Ohio, had pleaded guilty in late August to a federal charge...

Arizona Lawmaker Announces Plan to Have Abortion

Eva Burch says her pregnancy is not viable as she condemns 'invasive' state laws

(Newser) - An Arizona lawmaker announced Monday on the state Senate floor that she plans to have an abortion after learning that her pregnancy is not viable, per the AP . State Sen. Eva Burch, a registered nurse known for her reproductive rights activism, was surrounded by fellow Democratic senators as she made...

The Toll of Heat on One US County by the Numbers

Arizona's Maricopa sets unfortunate record with 645 heat-related deaths in 2023

(Newser) - Plenty of Americans got a taste of just how brutal last summer's heatwaves were. But "many communities miss or don't report the true toll of heat," NBC News reports, meaning the issue can go overlooked. That's not the case in Arizona's largest county, Maricopa,...

Krysten Sinema Won't Seek Second Term
Kyrsten Sinema
Is Calling It Quits

Kyrsten Sinema Is Calling It Quits

Independent senator from Arizona won't seek a second term

(Newser) - Arizona's first elected female senator is calling it quits after one term. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who left the Democratic Party to become an independent in 2022, announced Tuesday that she will not be seeking re-election this year, NBC News reports. "Because I choose civility, understanding, listening, working together...

Missing Autistic Teen Found 200 Miles Away From Home

13-year-old boy went missing from home in Tucson, turns up in New Mexico

(Newser) - A missing teen with autism has been found in New Mexico—about 200 miles away from his home in southern Arizona, according to New Mexico State Police. The 13-year-old, Marcus Tessier, turned up at a Walmart in Deming on Tuesday after going missing the night before from his family's...

'Danger and Desperation' Grow on This Arizona Ranch

The 'NYT' looks at how the border crisis is impacting Jim Chilton's Arizona cattle ranch

(Newser) - "Nobody should be out here," says Jim Chilton, 84, after spying a campfire in the distance on his remote Arivaca, Arizona, ranch. His cattle-grazing land is three times bigger than Manhattan, and 5.5 miles of his property run along the US-Mexico border. As Eli Saslow writes in...

Arizona Prosecutor Refuses to Extradite Murder Suspect to NY

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell gets in a dig at Manhattan counterpart Alvin Bragg

(Newser) - Extraditing a murder suspect from one state to another is usually pretty standard. But in a strange case marred by politics, a district attorney in Arizona is refusing to cooperate with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg as he aims to have a murder suspect moved to New York to face charges...

A Newborn Was Found Dead at Airport in 2005. Now, an Arrest

Police say the mother of the infant has been identified

(Newser) - On October 10, 2005, a baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found dead, wrapped in hotel towels and newspapers and stuffed inside a plastic Marriott bag, in the trash bin of a women's bathroom at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. On Tuesday, authorities said they'...

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