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9:37 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Lawmakers Aim to Ease Restrictions on Growing Industrial Hemp

An industrial hemp farm
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It may not be any good for smoking. But, some lawmakers want the state to remove a legal hurdle that now keeps farmers from growing hemp. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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3:56 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Health Officials Want Restricted Use of Abortion-Inducing Drugs

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State health officials formally moved today to enact new abortion restrictions, including one that could make the procedure more expensive. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:33 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Wolf-Kill Reimbursement Raises Hackles of Ranchers

Mexican gray wolf
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A northern Arizona lawmaker wants to put the state in charge of giving out federal dollars to ranchers who lose cattle to wolves. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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2:56 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Arizona Lawmakers Want District-Drawing Power Back from Voters

The Arizona State Capitol
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State lawmakers went to federal court today to try to wrest back from voters the right to draw congressional districts. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:54 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Committee Votes for More Transparency with Legislature and Special Interests

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The Senate Government and Environment Committee voted Thursday to stop lawmakers from accepting free tickets from lobbyists to sporting events. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Arizona Jobless Rate Drops But Growth Still Anemic

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The state’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent last month. But, Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that's only part of the picture.

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8:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Former California Congressman Announces Bid for Arizona Governor

Former California Republican Congressman Frank Riggs filed paperwork Wednesday to launch his bid to become the Republican nominee for governor.
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The field of Republicans who want to be governor became more crowded Wednesday, with the latest entry being a former California congressman. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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8:25 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Measure Aims to Shore Up Urban Chicken Keeping

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State lawmakers are moving to help homeowners who want really fresh eggs and chicken. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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11:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Arizona Public Schools Want $330 Million in State Aid Restored

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Public schools want a judge to force the state to restore at least $330 million state aid — what it should have been had the governor and lawmakers not ignored the law in the first place. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:32 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Planned Parenthood Seeks to Halt State Denial of Medicaid Funds

Planned Parenthood is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a last-ditch effort by the state to cut off its Medicaid funds. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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