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3:10 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Panel Votes to Give the State Legislature an $11,000 a Year Raise

Member of the Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers Joe Kanefield is one of three who voted in favor of the measure that will now head to voters.
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A special panel agreed this morning to ask voters whether to give state lawmakers an $11,000-a-year raise. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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Earth Notes
10:20 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Earth Notes: Helping Mexican Wolves Get a Good Start

Foster parents help a lot of kids from difficult backgrounds in getting a better start in life. Now they’re also helping a rare species that’s been struggling to gain a foothold in the Southwestern wilds.

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State Capitol News
9:11 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Judge Keeps Arizona Candidate Requirement for Signatures

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A federal judge on Monday refused Monday to ease the requirement for candidates to get on the ballot, at least for this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
9:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Immigrant Influx Draws Media Criticism from Gov. Brewer

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres answer questions last week about the flood of immigrants across the border following the meeting of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The way Gov. Jan Brewer sees it, the media should be doing more to press the Obama administration for answers about the flood of immigrants across the border. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:40 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

State Sen. Al Melvin to Drop Bid in Republican Gubernatorial Primary

State Sen. Al Melvin
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Arizona state senator Al Melvin has announced he’s pulling out of the primary. As Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer, Melvin failed to gather enough small donations to make his campaign eligible for public funding.

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State Capitol News
8:31 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Sonora, Mexico Governor Says No To Migrant Blockade

Migrants on a northbound train in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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The governor of Sonora said his government has no plans to try to block the thousands of Central Americans who make their way through his country from trying to reach the United States. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:36 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Two Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Face Public Funding Woes

Former Maricopa County attorney and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Thomas.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Candidates for the Republican gubernatorial primary race are facing funding challenges. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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Southwest Book Reviews
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

KNAU's Southwest Book Review: 'Yellowcake'

Ann Cummins’ 2007 novel “Yellowcake” is set in the uranium country of northern Arizona and New Mexico. In the book, the Flagstaff-based author presents two families struggling with the complex fallout of the mining life. In KNAU’s latest Southwest Book Review, Mary Sojourner says “Yellowcake” is a compelling work by an author who captures humanity at its most personal level.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Clean Elections Commission Sees Conflicts With Bennett Election Commercial

Secretary of State Ken Bennett
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Because of his impending gubernatorial run, an election commercial featuring Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett gets complicated. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Despite Jobless Rate Drop, Arizona’s Economy Is Still Struggling

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New figures today show the state’s jobless rate dropped a little bit last month. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports that’s hardly sign of a health economy.

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