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8:52 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Dark Money Influencing Key State Elections

State Rep. Justin Pierce
Credit AP/The Republic

New reports show a so-called dark-money group has become the prime source of cash to influence elections for key state offices. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

AG Horne Says Smoking Restrictions Shouldn’t Apply To E-Cigarettes

Credit Charles Platiau/Reuters

Attorney General Tom Horne says nothing in state law keeps people from lighting up their e-cigarettes pretty much where they want. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:59 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Clean Elections Commission Pursues Investigation of Legacy Foundation Commercial

Former Mesa mayor and current gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith.
Credit Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times

The Clean Elections Commission is refusing to kill an investigation into whether a TV commercial aimed at Scott Smith was really designed to kill his gubernatorial bid. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:43 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Several Arizona Cities Still Hard Hit by Recession

The downtown skyline of Tucson.
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A new study shows several of the state’s cities are among the worst in recovering from the recession. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

U of A Rejects Appeal from Fired Marijuana Researcher

Dr. Sue Sisley. On Monday, the University of Arizona rejected her appeal to be restored to the faculty. She is researching the effects of marijuana of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Credit Mark Peterman/For NBC News

Backers of a would-be medical marijuana researcher are now planning to pressure the Board of Regents to intercede to keep the project in the state. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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2:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Voter Indecision Looms in Home Stretch of Gubernatorial Primary

Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones.
Credit David Wallace/The Republic

Early voting starts at the end of the week. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, a new statewide poll shows half of Republicans undecided about who they support for governor.

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8:32 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Final Debate Turns Contentious in State Attorney General Primary

Incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne, left, and Mark Brnovich, his Republican challenger, center, debate Monday night at KAET.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The two Republican candidates for attorney general faced off Monday night in their last televised debate before early voting starts this week. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer was there.

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3:30 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

State Law Restricting Abortion Medication Could Head to U.S. Supreme Court

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit Getty Images

A federal appeals court has given the state the go-ahead to seek Supreme Court review of its decision restricting use of a controversial abortion drug. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Former Phoenix Mayor Pushing Open Primary Elections in Arizona

Paul Johnson details for reporters in 2012 his initiative to create nonpartisan primaries in Arizona. While the measure was soundly defeated, Johnson is trying again for 2016.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Voters may get another chance to decide if they want to create nonpartisan elections in the state. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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11:08 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Fired U-of-A Medical Marijuana Researcher Appealing Dismissal

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A University of Arizona doctor and researcher whose contract was not renewed is not going quietly. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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