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Former Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull has died. She was 84. Gov. Doug Ducey announced her death Friday on Twitter Friday, saying “Hull dedicated 25 years to principled public service." Hull was Arizona's secretary of state when she was elevated to the governor's office following Fife Symington's resignation in 1997. She was later elected to her own term and left office in 2003. Hull was Arizona’s second female governor after Rose Mofford, and she was the first to be be elected to the job. Former Gov. Jan Brewer said Hull and her husband Terry died of natural causes within hours of each other.

Tribes sue over distribution of coronavirus relief funding
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Several Native American tribes sued the federal government Friday, seeking to keep federal coronavirus relief for tribes out of the hands of for-profit Alaska Native corporations. The tribes in Washington state, Maine and Alaska filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Already, tribes had raised questions about how the $8 billion would be distributed. Some say the corporations shouldn't receive a share because the they are not tribal governments. Tribes are relying on the cash after having to shut down casinos, tourism operations and other businesses that serve as their main moneymakers. The Interior Department says Alaska Native corporations are eligible for the funding.
As the coronavirus surfaces in Arizona prisons, advocates for inmates worry that they’re running out of time to persuade Gov. Doug Ducey to avoid a larger outbreak by releasing some of the 42,000 people who live in close quarters behind bars. The Republican governor has insisted he won’t free prisoners in response to the pandemic, even as other states are reducing prison populations to increase social distancing, and local authorities across Arizona have released at least 300 nonviolent inmates from county jails. Ducey has not explained why he won’t release inmates. Corrections officials say the health and safety of staff, inmates and communities are their top priority.
Part of Phoenix freeway closed after body found in median
PHOENIX (AP) — Part of a north Phoenix freeway was closed during the Friday morning commute after a body was discovered in a dirt median. A state Department of Public Safety spokesman said most of the northbound lanes of Interstate 17 were closed for the investigation after the body was found near Thunderbird Road, DPS spokesman. No additional information was released.
Arizona high court mulls appeal over tuition costs lawsuit

 The Arizona Supreme Court is considering an appeal in a case that involves both the cost of tuition to attend a state university and the authority of the state attorney general. The justices heard legal arguments Thursday and will rule sometime in the future. Attorney General Mark Brnovich appealed a lower court’s ruling that dismissed his lawsuit against the state Board of Regents. Brnovich’s 2017 lawsuit contends that a series of tuition increases approved by the regents violated a state constitutional mandate for university tuition to be “as nearly free as possible." The regents successfully argued in the lower court that Brnovich lacked authority to sue the regents over the tuition issue.
About 26,000 Arizona tenants seek help to pay landlords
PHOENIX (AP) — More than 26,000 Arizona tenants are asking for help paying their rent because of the coronavirus pandemic. Arizona Department of Housing officials say the average aid requested is about $890 with the money going directly to landlords. The Arizona Republic reports that a state fund of $5 million was launched last month for renters hurt by COVID-19. The state housing agency is working with local eviction-prevention agencies across Arizona to administer the renter funds. The median rent in the Phoenix metro area reached $1,100 in March. The renter-aid fund began days after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order to delay evictions for renters either quarantined or facing economic hardships due to the coronavirus.
Cottonwood man arrested in narcotics case
Yavapai County authorities say they have arrested a Cottonwood man who they say was selling narcotic drugs. Sheriff’s officials say 19-year-old Dylan Mills has been booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on suspicion of possession of narcotic drugs for sale, dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia as well as resisting arrest. Authorities say Mills was involved in the sales of fentanyl and staying at a Cottonwood motel. They say Mills dropped a can and attempted to flee detectives on Monday night. Authorities say he resisted arrest and was handcuffed. Detectives reported the can actually contained 271 fentanyl pills with a street value of $7,000 and a half-gram of methamphetamine.

Arizona hospitals feel financial stress amid virus outbreak
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An industry group says Arizona hospitals that have cancelled elective surgeries on the orders of the governor while preparing for a surge of coronavirus patients that hasn’t happened are feeling huge financial pressure. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association said Thursday facilities are planning furloughs, pay cuts, forced vacations or other measures to reduce costs as revenue has plummeted by as much as 40%. They want Gov. Doug Ducey to ease up on the ban on elective surgeries he imposed March 19 that was designed to open space for a surge of virus patients and preserve limited supplies of masks, gowns, gloves and other protective equipment.

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