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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State Forest Official Predicts Dangerous Fire Season

Members of the Blue Ridge Hotshots and other firefighters watch as the Yarnell Hill Fire advances, June 30, 2013.
Credit Tom Story/The Arizona Republic/AP

The state’s top forester said today that heavy monsoon rains last year coupled with light snowpack this winter will combine to make for a more dangerous fire season this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Examines Arizona’s Abortion Restrictions

The so-called abortion pill, RU-486
Credit womenonwaves.org

Unable to stop new abortion restrictions from taking effect, this week opponents of the laws asked a federal appeals court to now block those rules from being enforced. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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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
Credit tucsonsentinel.com

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
4:55 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Federal Judge Refuses to Block Arizona Abortion Restrictions from Going into Effect

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A federal judge this afternoon refused to block a new abortion regulation from taking effect as scheduled in the morning. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Officials Grapple With State and Federal Divide Over Medical Marijuana

Credit npr.org

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court said marijuana must be returned to those who have a medical card to possess it. 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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State Capitol News
2:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

State Senate Examines House Budget Changes

State Senate President Andy Biggs
Credit azcapitoltimes.com

State senators are starting to examine changes that the House made Thursday night in the budget plan they had approved last week. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Fri March 28, 2014

State House Approves Budget After Spending Compromises

Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, (left) and Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, read proposed budget amendments Thursday.
Credit Photo by Evan Wyloge, Arizona Capitol Times

The state House approved a spending plan late Thursday after the Republican majority agreed to add funding sought by holdouts. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:13 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Progress Made with Budget Negotiations in State House

Rep. John Kavanagh
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House Republicans may have finally lined up the votes this afternoon for a new state budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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