News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press

News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The accomplice in an Arizona prison escape says federal prosecutors broke a promise not to oppose a 20-year prison sentence in the murder of a couple in New Mexico. Casslyn Welch was sentenced to 40 years in early June. Prosecutors say there was no deal and Welch clearly understood she faced up to life in prison.

PHOENIX (AP) - The state of Arizona has asked an appeals court to reconsider a ruling that about 33,000 inmates can join a lawsuit protesting the quality of health care in the state's prisons. Attorneys for the state question whether class-action rules were satisfied simply because the inmates are confined at the same prison and make the same type of liability claim.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Suspected smugglers have cut a garage door-sized hole through a steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol says agents discovered the hole 1 ½ miles east of Nogales on Saturday. That was a day before they discovered that rainstorms knocked down 60 feet of the steel fence near Interstate 19 in Nogales.

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A 50-year-old Kingman man has accepted a plea deal with prosecutors just days before he was to stand trial for killing his stepdaughter's boyfriend. The Kingman Daily Miner reports Michael River a pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Nicholas Gerenscer and to attempted murder of Gerenscer's father, who witnessed his son's November 2011 death.

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