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4:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Resolution to State Budget Battle May Be in Sight

State Senate President Andy Biggs
Credit azcapitoltimes.com

A deal to finally resolve the fight over the budget may be hung up on who is supposed to make the next move. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:59 am
Thu April 3, 2014

State Forestry Division Vague About Post-Yarnell Hill Firefighting Changes

The scene from Yarnell on June 30, 2013 as the fire burns houses in the town. Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting the blaze.
Credit AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski

The state is entering the wildfire season with the Forestry Division still facing charges of violating worker safety rules last year resulting in the deaths at Yarnell Hill. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Court Puts Arizona Abortion Restrictions on Hold, for Now

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit azcapitoltimes.com

A federal appeals Wednesday court put Arizona’s new abortion law on hold, at least for the time being. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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3:30 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State Forest Official Predicts Dangerous Fire Season

Members of the Blue Ridge Hotshots and other firefighters watch as the Yarnell Hill Fire advances, June 30, 2013.
Credit Tom Story/The Arizona Republic/AP

The state’s top forester said today that heavy monsoon rains last year coupled with light snowpack this winter will combine to make for a more dangerous fire season this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:59 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Examines Arizona’s Abortion Restrictions

The so-called abortion pill, RU-486
Credit womenonwaves.org

Unable to stop new abortion restrictions from taking effect, this week opponents of the laws asked a federal appeals court to now block those rules from being enforced. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

State Budget Faces a Possible Veto by Gov. Brewer

Gov. Jan Brewer may veto the state budget in its current form passed by the state Senate.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A spending plan approved Tuesday by the state Senate could be headed for a gubernatorial veto. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

State Senate Veers Away from Child Welfare Commitment in Budget

State Senate Majority Leader John McComish
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The fate of a $9.2 billion state budget could depend on lawmakers crafting a commitment for future child-welfare funding that does not actually commit them to doing anything. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:55 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Federal Judge Refuses to Block Arizona Abortion Restrictions from Going into Effect

Credit lifeissues.com

A federal judge this afternoon refused to block a new abortion regulation from taking effect as scheduled in the morning. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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3:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Officials Grapple With State and Federal Divide Over Medical Marijuana

Credit npr.org

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court said marijuana must be returned to those who have a medical card to possess it. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

State Budget Still Causing Rifts in House

Rep. John Kavanagh (left) discusses the state budget with fellow representatives.
Credit Nick Oza, The Republic

A promise in writing by the state House to consider more funding for child-welfare could complicate efforts today to approve a new budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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