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4:58 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Campaign Funding Takes Center Stage at Corporation Commission Debate

Corporation Commission candidates Doug Little, Jim Holway, Sandra Kennedy and Tom Forese face off Monday night in a televised debate with host Ted Simons.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

At a Monday night debate the hottest issue among the four candidates for corporation commission was who might be funding their campaigns. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:05 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Symington Endorses Felecia Rotellini for State Attorney General

Former Arizona governor Fife Symington has endorsed Democrat Felecia Rotellini in the state's attorney general race.
Credit The Arizona Republic

Democrat Felecia Rotellini picked up what could be an important endorsement today in her bid for attorney general. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

State Argues Gay Marriage Dissuades Straights from Wedding

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Attorneys for the state are telling a federal judge that if he allows gays to wed then fewer straight couples will be willing to tie the knot. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Rising Jobless Rate Fuels Debate in Governor’s Race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal addresses the audience last month at a forum in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A new report showing the state’s jobless rate rising for the third straight month is fueling a key debate in the gubernatorial campaign. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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12:55 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

State Jobless Rate Increases for the Third Month in a Row

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A new report today shows the state’s jobless rate jumped for the third month in a row. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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3:43 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

State High School Grads May Have to Pass Civics Test

Lucian Spataro, president of the Joe Foss Institute, details what students would need to know about civics to graduate from high school under a plan his organization is pushing. Rep. Steve Montenegro, right, is going to sponsor the legislation this coming year.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

High schoolers who can’t name at least one branch of government, define the United States as a capitalist country or at least know Phoenix is the state capitol could find themselves denied a diploma. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:59 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tucson Claims National Security for Cell-Phone Tracking Secrecy

A tower for the StingRay cell phone tracking system. The City of Tucson is fighting a request to hand over information about its use of the device.
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The city of Tucson says there’s a good reason why it doesn’t want to provide details of how it tracks cell phone users: national security. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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3:30 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gilbert Church Wants U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Sign Case

Credit Alliance Defending Freedom

Attorneys for a tiny Gilbert congregation want the nation’s high court to void regulations that limit the size and placement of signs to its services. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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5:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

State Republicans May Try to Block Independents from Their Primaries

House Speaker Andy Tobin at the state capitol in 2013. He beat his Republican primary opponent, Gary Kiehne, by just over 400 votes last month. A big factor in his victory could have been the large number of independents voting in the Republican race.
Credit AP Photo/Matt York

Republicans may try to block independents from voting in future party primaries after they may have affected the outcome of some close races this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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3:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Death Certificate Case Win Calls into Question State Gay Marriage Ban

Jennifer Pizer, attorney for Lambda Legal, discusses Friday's hearing on behalf of Fred McQuire, seated, to be listed as the surviving spouse of the man he married in California. With them is Patrick Ralph who also found himself in the same legal position after his spouse died.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

In what could be the first crack in the state’s ban on gay marriage, a federal judge Friday ordered the state to issue a death certificate for George Martinez that lists Green Valley resident Fred McQuire as his legal spouse. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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