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News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. MST

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PHOENIX (AP) - Thousands of Arizona teachers and their supporters are marching toward the state Capitol to demand more education funding in a historic statewide strike that's shut down schools. Crowds in red shirts filled the streets from the starting point at downtown Phoenix's baseball park Thursday and broke into chants of "Red for Ed" as they marched en masse.

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Arizona's attorney general against the state university system alleging tuition is so high it violates the state Constitution. Thursday's ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court judge Connie Contes says Attorney General Mark Brnovich has no authority to sue over the issue.

DENVER (AP) - Tens of thousands of schoolteachers are walking off the job in Colorado and Arizona, though their demands and state laws on walkouts differ. Educators Thursday and Friday are seeking better pay and more funding for public schools in the two states, which consistently rank near the bottom of the country in education funding.

PHOENIX (AP) - The only two black members of the Arizona Legislature were formally chastised for speaking out against a Republican lawmaker's column, which they say derided black activists and included a racial slur while attempting to discredit leaders of a teacher group protesting for better pay. Rep. Maria Syms chastised one teacher for incorporating music from the hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar. Syms included a lyric from the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist that included a racial slur.

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