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9:31 am
Tue March 25, 2014

State Lawmakers Seek a Change in Tax Brackets to Counter Inflation

Rep. Justin Olson
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State lawmakers are one step away from working to keep taxpayers from being penalized because of inflation. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:19 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Judge Clears the Way for Medical Marijuana Extract in Food

A medical marijuana lollipop
Credit CBS News

A judge has ruled that it’s legally OK to use extracts to make medical marijuana sodas, candies and lollipops. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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2:44 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Arizona’s Voucher-Education Program Upheld by State’s High Court

Andrew Morrill, president of the Arizona Education Association
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The state’s high court today upheld a voucher-like system which uses public funds to send children to private and parochial schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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10:48 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Marijuana Research Bill Going Up in Smoke?

State Sen. Kimberly Yee is resisting a bill that would funnel funds to marijuana research.
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A House-approved bill that would support medical marijuana research in Arizona may be going up in smoke. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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10:35 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Appealing to the Governor, State Senators Beef Up Budget

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

State senators adopted a nearly $9.2 billion spending plan Thursday night. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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9:41 am
Thu March 20, 2014

State Senate Panel Votes to Allow Tesla to Sell Vehicles Directly to Consumers

Would-be shoppers check out the all-electric Tesla at the company's Scottsdale showroom where, under current law, they cannot actually buy the vehicle. Legislation approved by a Senate panel would let the company sell directly to consumers in Arizona.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Calling the approach and the product innovative, a state Senate panel voted Wednesday to let Tesla Motors finally start selling its all-electric vehicles directly to consumers here. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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12:47 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Federal Judge Clears Path for Proof of Citizenship at the Polls

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A federal judge today ordered the Election Assistance Commission to require state residents to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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8:28 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Appeals Court Mulls Constitutionality of Arizona Bail Ban

The Arizona-Mexico border
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An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to void a state constitutional provision denying bail to some people awaiting trial who are in this country illegally. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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8:08 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Chicken-Keeping Bill Advances in the Arizona House

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Cities could soon lose their right to restrict people from keeping chickens and any other types of fowl in their yards. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:28 am
Tue March 18, 2014

State Senate Budget $200 Million Less Than What Gov. Brewer Sought

Senate President Andy Biggs
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Senate Republicans unveiled their own $9.1 billion spending plan Monday. But, it already is getting a cool reception from Gov. Jan Brewer who sought about $200 million more. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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