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3:21 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

House Panel Votes to Allow Unannounced Inspections at Abortion Clinics

Rep. Debbie Lesko
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A House panel voted along party lines today to allow unannounced inspections of abortion clinics despite a 1995 court ruling saying they’re unconstitutional. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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9:25 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Top Public School Official’s Robocall Encourages Parents to Look at Private Education

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal
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The state’s top school official is defending his efforts to tell parents they can use tax dollars to send their children to private and parochial schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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9:07 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Panel Votes to Curb Federal Agents’ Powers in Arizona

Sheriff Joe Arpaio
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A Senate panel voted Wednesday to make it a crime for federal agents to operate in the state without first getting approval from the local sheriff. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
12:54 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Lawmaker Aims to Save Taxpayers from Cost of Inflation

Rep. J.D. Mesnard
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A state lawmaker wants to save taxpayers from the cost of inflation. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:47 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Food Labeling Drive Underway for November Ballot

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Voters may get to decide if they want to know whether their breakfast cereal is made with genetically modified corn. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:23 am
Wed February 12, 2014

House Committee Tightens Animal Abuse Regulations, and Loosens Them

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The House Agriculture and Water Committee voted today to stiffen penalties for those who abuse pets — but only after carving out what essentially amounts to special treatment — and looser regulations — for farmers and ranchers. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
9:23 am
Tue February 11, 2014

State Lawmakers Move to Outlaw Female Circumcision

Sen. Judy Burges
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State lawmakers took the first steps Monday toward outlawing what some call female circumcision. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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8:57 am
Tue February 11, 2014

House Committee Votes to Boost Voucher Education

Rep. Bruce Wheeler
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The House Ways and Means Committee voted Monday to allow hundreds of thousands of children to attend private and parochial schools at public expense, a vote one legislator said is part of a radical agenda to destroy public schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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8:28 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Tom Horne Campaign Finance Trial Begins

Attorney General Tom Horne goes before an administrative law judge Monday to answer charges he violated campaign finance laws.
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Attorney General Tom Horne goes before an administrative law judge Monday to defend himself against charges he violated state campaign finance laws in his 2010 election. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer report.

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4:47 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Republican Legislators Attempting to Limit Medicaid Access

House Speaker Andy Tobin
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Unable to block Medicaid expansion, Republican legislators are now trying a different approach. They want to impose new restrictions on who can get care, and for how long. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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