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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.

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Health care, restaurant industry drives Arizona employment

New figures show the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate for August ticked down a tenth of a point to 5.0 percent. It has hovered in that area there for about a year.

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Governor outlines plan to address chronic teacher shortage

Ducey proposed the Arizona Teachers' Academy in January as one method to deal with the state's chronic teacher shortage.

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Border Patrol murder trial delayed until March 2018

PHOENIX -- Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz won't have to face a jury in his murder trial until at least March.

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Court: Give gays full marriage rights

PHOENIX -- Saying all marriages are created equal, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the wife of a gay woman who has given birth is entitled to the same parental rights as if she had been a man.

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Ducey defends decision to back repeal, governor doesn’t know how many Arizonans will feel impact of new bill

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey is defending his support for the latest bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act even though he has no idea how much federal aid that would cost the state and how many Arizonans would lose health care.

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Ducey: Regents keep tuition promise

Tuition is ‘as nearly free as possible,’ despite AG’s assertion otherwise, governor says

Arizona’s three universities are in compliance with constitutional requirements to keep instruction “as nearly free as possible,” Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday, despite what Attorney General Mark Brnovich contends.

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Court: No blocking marijuana sales

State’s top judges: No hiding behind federal drug laws

The Arizona Supreme Court won’t allow state and local officials to hide behind federal drug laws to throw roadblocks in the path of those who want to sell marijuana.

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Appeals court: ‘Substantial’ truth will set you free

Proof that a statement is “substantially true’’ is enough to escape being found guilty or libel or slander, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

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Head of Board of Regents said lawsuit over tuition could force legislature to explain possible violation

The head of the state Board of Regents said Monday that a new lawsuit over tuition could finally force the legislature to explain whether it is violating a constitutional provision to keep instruction at the universities “as nearly free as possible.’’

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APS battle continues, Burns accused of illegal power grab

Turning the legal tables on Bob Burns, the state’s largest electric utility is accusing him of an improper and illegal power grab.

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