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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Coconino County Supervisors Ban Texting While Driving

Credit dailytelegraph.com.au

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a resolution to ban text messaging while driving. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, county officials say it’s a response to inaction by the state.

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State Capitol News
3:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

State Workers Fired for Child Welfare Case Mismanagement

Charles Flanagan, head of the new Division of Child Safety and Family Services.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Six state workers associated with the ignoring of nearly 6,600 reports of child abuse were fired today. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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Earth Notes
3:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Earth Notes: Greenstripping the West’s Grasslands

Burning cheatgrass, a plant species heavily disliked by land managers.
Credit USDA Forest Service

Today, the West’s amber waves of grass are more often than not a species land managers cringe to see. Cheatgrass, a Eurasian species that most likely arrived on ships a century ago, now runs across millions of acres of the Intermountain West and Colorado Plateau. 

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State Capitol News
10:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Gov. Brewer Vetoes Gun Bill

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Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have allowed some people to bring their guns into public buildings. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

State Senate Aims to Tighten Assisted Suicide Laws

Rep. Justin Pierce
Credit Michael Schennum/The Arizona Republic, via Associated Press

The state Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would make it easier to prosecute those who assist others in suicide. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, the bill was prompted by several recent cases of assisted suicide in Arizona.

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State Capitol News
4:22 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Court Rules That Lawmakers Can Still Challenge Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit politico.com

The state Court of Appeals ruled today that lawmakers on the losing end of last year's Medicaid expansion fight have a constitutional right to challenge the law and the levy it imposes. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:14 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

State Supreme Court Changes Marijuana DUI Regulations

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Motorists who smoke marijuana can’t be charged with driving while impaired without actual evidence they are affected by the drug, the state Supreme Court ruled today. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
10:37 am
Tue April 22, 2014

SB 1070 Legal Defense Funds Running Dry

The border wall between Arizona and Mexico
Credit Michel Marizco, KPBS

The donations to defend the state’s controversial 2010 immigration law are running out. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer took a closer look.

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State Capitol News
10:27 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Legislation Eliminates Offensive Terms from State Verbiage

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State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to eliminating words from state laws — words that some find offensive. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
2:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Supreme Court Refuses to Let State Enforce Immigraiton Provision

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to let the state start enforcing another provision of its controversial 2010 immigration law. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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