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9:07 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Supreme Court to Rule on State Independent Redistricting

Independent Redistricting Commission attorney Mary O'Grady
Credit Arizona Republic

The U.S. Supreme Court could announce at its first public session of the year whether lawmakers will get to redraw the state’s congressional lines. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:30 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

After Sen. Crandell’s Death, Questions Remain in Outcome of Primary Election

State Sen. Chester Crandell
Credit Cheryl Evans/The Republic

The state’s chief election official said this afternoon Chester Crandell will be declared the winner of the Republican state senate primary even though he died Monday. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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10:11 am
Tue August 5, 2014

State Sen. Chester Crandell Found Dead

Sen. Chester Crandell
Credit Courtesy photo

A state senator was found dead Monday on a Navajo County ranch, the possible victim of a horseback riding accident. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:06 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Huppenthal Requests More Money from Legislature as Arizona Schools Improve

State School Superintendent John Huppenthal boasts Monday of improvements in overall academic performance in Arizona schools despite "stresses" like cuts in state aid. Huppenthal said he wants lawmakers to boost funding or at least settle a lawsuit over withheld inflation funding.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The state’s top education official said this afternoon lawmakers should provide schools with more money — or at least settle a lawsuit over what they are owed. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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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.
Credit tucsonaz.gov

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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