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3:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Health Care Could Dry Up for Arizona's Long-term Unemployed

State House Speaker Andy Tobin
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

More than 140,000 of the state's long-term unemployed could eventually find themselves without health insurance. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:14 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

State Budget Finalized, but with a Few Conditions

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit azcentral.com

Gov. Jan Brewer inked her approval this afternoon to a new $9.2 billion spending plan — but not before using her constitutional power to excise it of some items she doesn’t like. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:21 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Governor Signs Tax Break Bill Limited to Just Two Industries

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit politico.com

Gov. Jan Brewer is defending a $17 million tax break she signed today for two kind of businesses and only two kinds. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:42 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Lawmakers May OK a New Kind of Vehicle

Flagstaff's own quadricycle, the Alpine Pedaler.
Credit Dawn Kish, arizonahighways.com

State lawmakers are on the verge of licensing a whole new kind of vehicle. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:05 am
Thu April 10, 2014

New Law Could Expand the Horizons of Arizona’s Winemakers

Niles Johnson (left) and Joseph Ranallo rack barrels of white wine.
Credit Photo by Aaron Granillo

Arizona winemakers could soon be serving up something much stronger than merlots and chardonnays. New legislation would allow them to produce spirits, like cognac and grappa. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, 2014 could turn out to be a good year for Arizona’s wine country.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit msnbc.com

Wednesday’s party-line Senate vote to allow unannounced warrantless inspections of abortion clinics leaves only one hurdle before the measure becomes law — Governor Jan Brewer. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

State Senate Approves Surprise Abortion Clinic Inspections

Sen. Nancy Barto
Credit npr.org

State senators gave final approval this afternoon to allowing unannounced warrantless health inspections of abortion clinics. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:21 am
Wed April 9, 2014

State Legislature Exempts Two Industries from Paying Utilities Sales Tax

Credit boliden.com

The state’s manufacturers and smelters are in line for a big tax break not being offered to other companies and individuals. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

State Legislature Attempts to Limit Federal Wolf Reintroduction

Credit Southwest Wildlife

Last week, two Mexican gray wolves were released in Arizona. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a simultaneous effort is underway in the state Legislature to let ranchers kill the endangered animals in defense of livestock.

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4:59 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Budget Encourages Legislature to Revisit Child Welfare Funds

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit huffingtonpost.com

The budget plan adopted Monday night contains less money than Gov. Jan Brewer wanted for child welfare. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, this won’t be the last word on the subject.

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