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8:54 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Lawmakers to Use Tax Dollars to Fight SB 1070 E-mail Subpoenas

Former state Sen. Russell Pearce
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Republican legislative leaders are moving to use tax dollars to fight subpoenas of e-mails of current and former lawmakers. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:07 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

State Lawmakers Debate Gift-Taking from Special Interests

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The next time state lawmakers want to see the Wildcats take on the Lumberjacks, they may have to buy their own tickets. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:25 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Gov. Brewer Proposes Education Funding Restructure in State of State Address

Gov. Jan Brewer delivers the State of the State address Monday.
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Gov. Jan Brewer asked lawmakers Monday to somewhat revamp how state aid to schools is computed. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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3:17 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Supreme Court Refuses to Allow Enforcement of Arizona Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
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The U.S. Supreme Court refused today to allow the state to enforce its ban on abortion at 20 weeks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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8:52 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Brewer to Lay Out Achievements in Final State of the State Speech

Gov. Jan Brewer and House Speaker Andy Tobin chat at a luncheon Friday. Brewer gives what is likely her final State of the State speech on Monday in the House chambers.
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Gov. Jan Brewer outlines her agenda today in what will likely be her final State of the State speech. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer takes a look.

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8:36 am
Mon January 13, 2014

State Legislature to Debate University Funding

Northern Arizona University's Mountain Campus
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A fight is brewing at the capitol over how much more money — if any — to give to the state’s three universities. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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10:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

State Lawmaker Proposes Easing Panhandling Ban

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A state lawmaker is crafting what he hopes is a legal fix to the statewide ban on begging that was struck down last year as unconstitutional. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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3:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith Launches Campaign for Governor

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith details some of his political positions — but dodges other questions — as he announces his bid for governor on Thursday.
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Mesa Mayor Scott Smith launched his bid for governor today by insisting that he is a true conservative despite positions he has taken on background checks for gun buyers, Medicaid expansion and publicly financed stadiums. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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8:59 am
Thu January 9, 2014

State Mental Health Services Bolstered by Brewer’s Personal Experience

Gov. Jan Brewer provides details Wednesday of the deal reached to finally settle the 33-year-old lawsuit charging the state is not meeting its legal obligations to provide care for the seriously mentally ill.
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The deal inked Wednesday between Gov. Jan Brewer and mental health advocates spelling out the additional services the state must provide for the seriously mentally ill is more than an academic exercise for her. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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1:56 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Arizona to Make Good on Decades-Old Mental Health Obligations

Gov. Jan Brewer provides details Wednesday of the deal reached to finally settle the 33-year-old lawsuit charging the state is not meeting its legal obligations to provide care for the seriously mentally ill.
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State officials and mental health advocates approved an historic deal today to provide more services for the seriously mentally ill, bringing to an end a 33-year-old lawsuit. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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