PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit challenging Gov. Jan Brewer's expansion of the state's Medicaid insurance plan for the poor. The court ruled that lawmakers have the right to sue over a hospital assessment that funds the expansion. Republicans argue it is essentially a tax that required a two-thirds majority vote to pass.
PHOENIX (AP) - A fire at an oil recycling business near Sky Harbor International Airport critically burned two men and sent a tall plume of black smoke over central Phoenix during the morning commute. Officials said one of the men being treated at the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center had burns over 50 to 60 percent of his body, and the other had burns on 15 percent.
PHOENIX (AP) - A lawyer for a woman convicted of fatally beating her husband with a hammer pleaded with a jury to sentence his client to life in prison instead of imposing the death penalty. Defense Attorney Alan Tavassoli says Marissa Devault (dev-WAH') isn't a cold-blooded killer but rather a victim of an awful childhood. Prosecutors say Devault killed Harrell in a failed bid to collect life insurance money.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic National Committee has asked Phoenix and 14 other cities to make a pitch to host the presidential nominating convention in 2016. The DNC says the party will accept proposals through June 6 and will pick a host city either late this year or early in 2015. The list also includes Las Vegas, Chicago and New York City.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.