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8:56 am
Fri March 27, 2015

State House to Vote on Third-Party Ballot Drop-off Ban

Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Arizona House is set to vote on a bill making it illegal for anyone except a family member or candidate to collect more than two early ballots from voters. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, some say the method increases voter turnout while others say it can increase voter fraud.

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7:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Copilot Suspected of Alps Air Crash Trained in Arizona

Andreas Lubitz, the copilot suspected of intentionally crashing a Lufthansa flight in the Alps.
Credit Reuters/Foto-Team-Mueller

The co-pilot who authorities believe intentionally crashed an airplane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, likely first honed his flying skills for months in Arizona.

Lufthansa Group, which owns Germanwings airline, said Thursday that 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz trained in Bremen, Germany and Phoenix starting in 2008.

A Facebook page bearing his name lists Phoenix Goodyear Airport among his interests.

The airport houses Airline Training Center Arizona, a Lufthansa-owned training facility.

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9:03 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Critics Question Science Behind AZ Abortion Bill

The Arizona State Capitol Building

The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women the effects of an abortion medication might be reversible.

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4:24 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Former Congressman Rick Renzi’s Conviction

Rick Renzi (right) was convicted of 17 counts last year and sentences to three years in prison.
Credit AP

A federal appeals court today upheld the conviction of former Republican Congressman for Arizona’s first district, Rick Renzi, on charges of extortion, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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2:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Gay Marriage Hold in Idaho Puts the Brakes on Efforts in Arizona

Brandon Armstrong, left, and Thomas Etheridge kiss and embrace after they were wed at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., in May.
Credit AP/Stephen B. Thornton, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The path to same-sex marriages here hit a bump this morning Wednesday as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed Tuesday's ruling by the 9th S. Circuit Court of Appeals voiding a similar law in Idaho. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:19 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Many Aiming to Overturn Arizona’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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Attorneys for same-sex couples hoping to marry are moving today to finally get a judge to overturn the state’s ban. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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8:11 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Goddard, Reagan Clash on SB 1062 in Secretary of State Debate

Michele Reagan and Terry Goddard face off in a debate Tuesday for secretary of state with host Ted Simons of KAET-TV.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The debate Tuesday night for secretary of state was supposed to be about qualifications to be the state’s chief election officer. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, it turned into a discussion of religious discrimination.

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5:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Beef Prices Down in the State, But Remain High

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Beef prices are finally starting to drop in the state. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, they’re still no bargain.

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5:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Move Won’t Affect Arizona, Yet

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Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to delay same-sex marriages in other states has no immediate impact here. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, it could expedite gay marriages in the state if and when federal courts here decide the issue.

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5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Gov. Brewer Heads to Europe to Stimulate Trade With Arizona

Gov. Jan Brewer
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Governor Jan Brewer is headed off to Europe this week in hopes of boosting trade. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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