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4:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

State Senate Approves Surprise Abortion Clinic Inspections

Sen. Nancy Barto
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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

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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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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Budget Encourages Legislature to Revisit Child Welfare Funds

Gov. Jan Brewer
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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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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Tue April 8, 2014

State Legislature Gives Final Approval of Budget

State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford
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State lawmakers gave final approval Monday night to a $9.23 billion budget — more than Senate Republicans originally wanted to spend, but less than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer and House members. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

State Lawmakers on the Verge of Budget Completion

Senate President Andy Biggs
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State lawmakers are putting the finishing touches this afternoon on a new budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Resolution to State Budget Battle May Be in Sight

State Senate President Andy Biggs
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A deal to finally resolve the fight over the budget may be hung up on who is supposed to make the next move. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

State Budget Faces a Possible Veto by Gov. Brewer

Gov. Jan Brewer may veto the state budget in its current form passed by the state Senate.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A spending plan approved Tuesday by the state Senate could be headed for a gubernatorial veto. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

State Senate Veers Away from Child Welfare Commitment in Budget

State Senate Majority Leader John McComish
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The fate of a $9.2 billion state budget could depend on lawmakers crafting a commitment for future child-welfare funding that does not actually commit them to doing anything. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

State Budget Still Causing Rifts in House

Rep. John Kavanagh (left) discusses the state budget with fellow representatives.
Credit Nick Oza, The Republic

A promise in writing by the state House to consider more funding for child-welfare could complicate efforts today to approve a new budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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