Governor Doug Ducey

Arizona Department of Corrections

The embattled director of the Arizona Department of Corrections is resigning.

A Prescott lawyer will fill a Yavapai County Superior Court vacancy created by a judge's retirement.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has reached out to Nike to "explore whether there's a potential fit" after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey threatened to pull funding amid a flap about an American flag-themed shoe.

Lujan Grisham spokesman Tripp Stelnicki says the Democratic governor contacted Nike because she wants the jobs in New Mexico that would go to a planned $185 million factory in Goodyear, Arizona.

Nike is pulling a flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The shoe's heel has a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag. Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the Journal said that Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, told the company he and others found the flag symbol offensive because of its connection to slavery.

Governor Doug Ducey will meet with his counterpart from the Mexican border state of Sonora during a conference in Phoenix Friday.

Ducey, Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich, U.S. Senator Martha McSally and others will discuss trade during the Arizona-Mexico Commission summit. Ducey and Pavlovich are likely to promote the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement that reworks parts of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. It was agreed to by President Donald Trump and the Mexican and Canadian leaders but still requires ratification by the U.S. Senate.