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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.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

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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4:24 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Breakfast in Arizona Becomes a Little More Expensive

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That traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs is costing consumers more. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains why.

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9:44 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Brewer Asks Supreme Court to Allow SB 1070 Enforcement Provision

Gov. Jan Brewer
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Gov. Jan Brewer asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to let the state enforce a 2010 law making it a crime to knowingly transport or harbor those in the country illegally. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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9:21 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Court Case Aims to Green Light Gay Marriage in Arizona

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Four gay couples went to court Monday seeking the right to be legally wed in the state. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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8:59 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Move Underway to Expand State Education Voucher Program

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Supporters of an existing limited voucher-like program for students are now moving to expand the plan to perhaps more than 400,000 youngsters statewide. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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3:33 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Lawmakers to Ask Voters for Repeal of Clean Elections

Some Republican lawmakers want to ask voters to repeal the Citizens Clean Elections system, but in a way that supporters contend is misleading. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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9:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Kavanagh To Attempt Fund Transfer from Childhood Education to CPS

Rep. John Kavanagh
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A veteran state lawmaker wants voters to siphon cash away from a program for early childhood development to instead help fund services for foster children and the families that care for them. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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7:58 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Lawmaker Seeks Mandate Against Performing Same-Sex Marriages

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A state lawmaker who also is a pastor unveiled legislation today designed to protect him and other religious leaders from being forced to marry same-sex couples. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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8:44 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Appeals Court to Hear Undocumented Immigrant Bail Case

The Arizona border wall near Nogales.
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A federal appeals court has agreed to hear new arguments about whether undocumented immigrants charged with serious crimes can make bail. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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