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11:28 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Court on Track to Toss Brewer License Denial for DREAMers

Credit Politico

A federal appeals court may be poised to void a decision by Gov. Jan Brewer to deny driver's licenses to "DREAMers'' the Obama administration has allowed to stay and work in this country. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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9:40 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Possible Arizona Tax Change Makes Some Lawmakers Nervous

Sen. Steve Yarbrough and Rep. J.D. Mesnard confer about proposed changes in state income taxes. The special panel Mesnard is chairing is recommending collapsing income tax brackets, future indexing — and moving toward a single rate.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

A special legislative panel voted Thursday to reduce the number of state income tax brackets. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports that it’s what might come next that has some lawmakers concerned.

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8:54 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Brewer mulls Child Protective Services restructuring

Clarence Carter, director of Arizona’s Department of Economic Security, the agency that oversees Child Protective Services.
Credit Associated Press

Gov. Jan Brewer is weighing whether Child Protective Services needs to be split into a separate agency headed by someone who reports directly to her. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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8:20 am
Wed December 11, 2013

State senator seeks to curb NSA's reach in Arizona

Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City is proposing legislation to limit the activities of the National Security Agency in Arizona.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Unwilling to wait for congressional action, a first-term Arizona legislator said today she is attempting to clip the wings of the National Security Agency — at least in this state. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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9:52 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Group claims Brewer Medicaid expansion will bloat the system

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Politico

In a report, a free-market advocacy group claims that the decision by Gov. Jan Brewer to expand Medicaid will sharply increase the number of people in the program. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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9:01 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Court to decide on Arizona election-advertising transparency

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The state Court of Appeals will decide whether groups that run ads criticizing candidates right before an election have to disclose their donors. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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10:50 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Systemic Safety and Planning Problems Led to Yarnell Hill Deaths

Marshall Krotenberg, lead investigator on the Yarnell Hill Fire, details his findings Wednesday for the state Industrial Commission. The panel accepted his report and imposed the maximum $559,000 fine possible.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

A long-awaited report Wednesday on the Yarnell Hill Fire from last June finally provided at least some answers as to how — and more importantly why — 19 hotshots died. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer takes a closer look.

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10:19 am
Thu December 5, 2013

State Forestry Division Fined for Yarnell Hill Fire Deaths

The state Industrial Commission Wednesday imposed the maximum $559,000 fine possible on the state Forestry Division following the deaths of 19 firefighters earlier this year at Yarnell Hill. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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9:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Arizona Population Growth Equals Economic Recovery

Credit Slate.com

A panel of economists said Wednesday they believe the state’s economic future appears to be a chicken-and-egg situation. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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7:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Lessening the Cost of Arizona Public-Record Access

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit USA Today

Soon Arizonans will pay far less to gain access to the state’s public records. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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