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8:32 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Copy Cost Boost for Public Records in the Works

Rep. David Stevens (right) with Attorney General Tom Horne
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Want a copy of some public records? It might soon cost you more than you think. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

State Senate Votes to Allow Businesses Right to Refuse Services to Gays

Sen. Steve Yarbrough
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State senators voted along party lines this afternoon to allow businesses to claim religious rights to refuse to serve gays — and against extending civil rights laws to gays. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:17 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

House Panel OKs State to Help Glendale With Super Bowl Costs

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
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A House panel agreed today to have state taxpayers provide some help for Glendale to cover its 2015 Super Bowl costs. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports many doubts remain.

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8:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Lawmakers Move to Limit Dark Money in State Campaigns

Sen. Michele Reagan

State lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to cut down on so-called “dark money” in political campaigns amid questions of whether that’s even legal. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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1:10 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

New Poll Suggests Arizonans Ready for Legal Pot

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Voters in this state may be ready to follow the lead of Colorado and Washington residents and make marijuana use by anyone legal. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Legislators Propose Spending $30 Million for Border Webcams

Sen. Bob Worsley said this box of radar and infrared cameras — and 29 of them just like it — will help Arizona determine if the federal government is living up to its promise to secure the border. However, that will cost state taxpayers $30 million.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

State taxpayers may spend $30 million determine if the federal government is living up to its commitment to secure the border. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:07 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Federal Government Releases Guidelines for Banks with Marijuana Dispensary Clients

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Attorneys for some of the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries are hoping some new federal guidelines finally give their clients a chance to put their money in the bank. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:24 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Panel Votes to Let Dying Patients Access Experimental Drugs

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Saying that some chance is better than none, a House panel voted Thursday to let terminally ill patients get drugs that have not yet been approved for use. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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3:21 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

House Panel Votes to Allow Unannounced Inspections at Abortion Clinics

Rep. Debbie Lesko
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A House panel voted along party lines today to allow unannounced inspections of abortion clinics despite a 1995 court ruling saying they’re unconstitutional. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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9:25 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Top Public School Official’s Robocall Encourages Parents to Look at Private Education

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The state’s top school official is defending his efforts to tell parents they can use tax dollars to send their children to private and parochial schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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