Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

Capitol Media Services

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in
Arizona since 1982, the last 25 for Capitol Media Services which he founded in 1991. Fischer's news reports appear in daily and weekly newspapers around the state, and are heard on Arizona Public Radio.

Recent Stories

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Governor makes final call on new laws in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Because of Gov. Doug Ducey, some of Arizona’s needy will be able to get an additional year of help.

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Gov. Ducey gives OK to $1 billion loan package for state universities

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Monday to let the state’s three universities borrow $1 billion for repairs and new buildings -- but with nothing to directly relieve the increasing burden of tuition.

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Arizona jobless rate holds steady at 5%

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady last month at 5.0 percent as the number of people employed the private sector grew by just 7,500.

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Judge concludes law doesn’t prohibit state from taking inflated marijuana fees

A judge has rebuffed efforts by medical marijuana users to force the state to reduce the fees it charges patients.

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Child sex solicitation law to be decided by high court

PHOENIX — The state’s high court has agreed to decide whether people can be convicted of soliciting sex with a child even if there never was any actual child to begin with.

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Border agent who shot teen said victim was drug smuggler

PHOENIX -- The attorney for a Border Patrol agent who shot a teen through the fence is claiming the victim was involved in drug smuggling.

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State Supreme Court upholds ruling on termination of child welfare workers

PHOENIX -- Five child welfare workers fired in the wake of a scandal about uninvestigated abuse complaints will not be getting their jobs back.

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UofA backs down on establishing 'social justice advocates'

PHOENIX -- Buffeted by claims it was creating "speech police,'' the University of Arizona is backing down from its plan to create "social justice advocates'' on campus -- at least for the time being.

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Former teachers lash out at lawmakers over school funding

PHOENIX – Three former teachers of the year lashed out Monday at lawmakers for failing to properly fund schools -- and salaries -- but were more forgiving of local school boards who actually set their pay.

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House gives preliminary approval for growing hemp

Arizona is on the verge of authorizing its farmers to start growing hemp.

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