Articles by Paul Davenport and FELICIA FONSECA

Associated Press

Crews Aided by Light Rain in Battle Against Arizona Wildfire

Light rain falling Wednesday helped crews battle a wildfire near Flagstaff, Arizona, that has raged for days in a mountain pass recreation area overlooking the city, officials said. Up to 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain was allowing ground crews …

Arizona Court Tackles Highway Accident Liability Issue

The Arizona Supreme Court says state law can shield governments from lawsuits over alleged unsafe highways but that the protection only applies if the public is warned about dangerous hazards. The justices ruled Friday that the state and its local …

Arizona Lawmakers Moving to Open Door to Health Insurers

Individuals and employers in Arizona would be able to buy health insurance policies across state lines under legislation that would excuse out-of-state insurers – and possibly in-state providers – from the state’s coverage mandates. The House approved, 37-21, a Senate-passed …

Arizona Can’t Tell Yet Whether Speed Enforcement Cameras Improve Safety

Arizona transportation officials say a lack of needed data forced cancellation of planned research on whether speed enforcement cameras deployed along Phoenix-area freeway cameras improved traffic safety. The state on July 16 concluded its groundbreaking and controversial two-year program that …

Arizona High Court Upholds Law on Malpractice Suits

The Arizona Supreme Court upheld a state law that lawmakers intended to weed out meritless medical malpractice lawsuits by tightening qualifications of expert witnesses. The ruling let stand a legislative move that an acting justice said intruded on the court’s …

Arizona’s Napolitano Signals She Won’t Step Down Soon as Governor

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano indicated she won’t step down as governor right away even though she’s reportedly President-elect Barack Obama’s primary choice for Homeland Security secretary. Napolitano wouldn’t tell reporters at an event welcoming Arizona Army National Guard troops home …

Arizona Senate Debates Ban on Texting While Driving

Arizona legislators are debating whether to ban texting while driving. Supporters say it would “send a message” about safety while critics call it overkill when other distractions such as eating and changing the radio aren’t prohibited. The proposal would subject …

Charges Against Rep. Renzi of Ariz. Include Land Swap, Insurance Fraud

Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi of Arizona has been indicted on a slew of public corruption charges and for stealing from his insurance company’s clients to fund his first campaign, federal authorities announced. The 26-page indictment issued last Thursday culminated …

Ariz.’s Napolitano Defends Highway Photo Radar Proposal

Gov. Janet Napolitano on Wednesday brushed off criticism of her plan to deploy automated speed enforcement cameras on Arizona highways, saying it makes sense both for public safety and to pay for important state spending. Besides, Napolitano said, “if you …

Ruling in Faulty Products Case Upholds Law Limiting Lawsuit Awards

The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a state law that limits the responsibility for payment of damages in lawsuits, including those for faulty products. Deciding a case which drew interest from industry and plaintiffs’ groups, the unanimous …