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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Court rules some rape suspects are eligible for bail

The state cannot deny the opportunity for bail for accused rapists even if the proof is evident even before trial that the person committed the crime, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning.

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Texas school shooting: Lawmakers press governor to call special session on gun control

PHOENIX -- Democrat lawmakers are using Friday’s school shooting in Texas in a bid to get Gov. Doug Ducey to call lawmakers into special session to adopt new gun laws.

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Governor vetoes bill to raise auto minimum liability limits

PHOENIX -- Motorists are going to be able to operate their cars and trucks on Arizona roads with the same level of liability insurance they had to purchase in 1972.

Governor signs law making it harder for jobless Arizonans to receive benefits

Arizonans who don't take pretty much any job after being out of work for at least four weeks will lose their unemployment benefits.

Arizona's jobless rate at 4.9%

Arizona's jobless rate is stalled -- and at a rate higher than earlier this year -- even as the national figure continues to drop.

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Ducey open to off-track betting for Arizonans

Gov. Doug Ducey is open to the idea of allowing Arizonans to place bets on sporting events at 55 off-track betting sites around the state.

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Coming soon: delivery robots

Coming soon to a sidewalk near you: 200 pound autonomous delivery robots.

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CA$H CROP: Governor signs legislation allowing Arizona farmers to grow hemp

PHOENIX -- Don’t be surprised if sometime next year you see acres and acres of what appears to be marijuana growing, unfenced, in the desert.

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Supreme Court ruling may open door to legalized sports wagering in Arizona

PHOENIX -- A new ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court could open the door to Arizonans legally betting for -- or against -- the Diamondbacks, the Cardinals and even the Wildcats, Sun Devils and Lumberjacks. And it could mean more money for the state.

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Federal Court rules in favor of ballot harvesting law

A federal judge won't overturn a law that makes it a felony to bring someone else's early ballot to a polling place.

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