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Howard Fischer, For the Independent
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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Federal forest service officials have promised to do more to keep cattle out of more than 140 miles of the Verde River watershed.

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Arizona schools are facing the prospect of not being able to legally spend some of the money they are receiving.

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Arizona continues to have a shortage of teachers for the classroom.

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Arizona's political redistricting plans are still a work in progress. But an organization that studies the fairness of political redistricting plans nationwide likes some of what it sees developing here.

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Arizona can't take more than $1.1 million from Flagstaff as a financial penalty for the city having its own minimum wage, at least not now.

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Arizona is getting another $862 million in federal COVID relief dollars to help safely reopen schools.

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A judge on Thursday, Oct. 7, said he's not ready to cite the Arizona Senate and Karen Fann, its president, for contempt of court.

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A key federal official is telling Gov. Doug Ducey he cannot use COVID grant dollars to penalize schools that impose mask mandates.

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A judge questioned attorneys for the state Monday, Oct. 4, on their claim that lawmakers have the authority to financially penalize local governments that impose their own minimum wages.

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