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News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency to get additional funds to fight wildfires. In the past two months, Arizona has had more than a dozen large wildfires. Friday's declaration issues a state of emergency until additional funds are made available at the start of the new fiscal year beginning July 1

PHOENIX (AP) - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio will face his day of reckoning in court for defying a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants in the Phoenix area. His critics hope the contempt-of-court trial starting Monday will bring a long-awaited comeuppance for the former lawman who led crackdowns that divided immigrant families and escaped accountability. An Arpaio attorney said his client was charged with a crime for cooperating with U.S. immigration authorities.

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says a U.S. Senate proposal repealing much of President Barack Obama's health care law falls short of what is needed to provide for the state's Medicaid population. The governor sent a letter to Sen. John McCain this week outlining what must be include to get his backing and his spokesman said Friday the new bill doesn't meet that test

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire may have caused heat damage last weekend to one of the research telescopes northeast of Tucson on Mount Graham. Paul Gabor, vice director of the Vatican Observatory, says the Frye Fire burned within probably 30 feet of the building, but didn't cause the structure to catch fire. Fire conditions are preventing the telescope operators from examining the interior of the building.

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