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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Juries can hear testimony from experts explaining domestic violence

PHOENIX -- Juries are entitled to hear from experts who can explain why domestic violence victims often forgive their attackers, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

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Corporation Commission OK's rate hike for APS

PHOENIX -- State utility regulators agreed Tuesday to allow APS to collect another $95 million a year from its customers.

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Ducey not interested in removing Arizona Confederate monuments

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey has no interest in removing any Confederate monuments on state land even in the wake of weekend violence after a racist demonstration in Virginia.

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Lawsuit seeks to block public vote on school vouchers

PHOENIX -- Supporters of universal vouchers filed suit Friday in a bid to keep a referendum on the legislation from ever getting to the ballot.

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School voucher proponents file petitions to force vote on issue

PHOENIX -- Foes of giving out more vouchers of tax dollars to let kids go to private and parochial schools filed petitions Tuesday with more than 111,000 signatures to force the issue to a public vote.

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Judge rejects challenge to state's new initiative law

PHOENIX -- Saying the case isn't legally "ripe,'' a judge on Tuesday tossed out a challenge to a new statute that imposes additional restrictions on the ability of citizens to propose their own laws.

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Judge rejects APS arguments in rate increase case

PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County Superior Court said he has the legal right to decide whether Bob Burns has the unilateral power to subpoena utility executives, even in the face of opposition of the other four members of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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State needs foreign-born residents to fuel economy

Arizona needs its 920,000 foreign-born residents, both legal and otherwise, to fuel the state’s economy, according to a new study and some business leaders.

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Law is clear: deadly weapons not permitted on school grounds, loaded or not, judge says

Just because a weapon doesn’t have a bullet in the chamber does not mean it’s “unloaded,” the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

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AG delines charges against Gowan despite 'questionable ... unethical behavior'

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said his attorneys and investigators found "a lot of questionable, even I would say unethical behavior'' in the actions of Gowan. These included multiple trips that Gowan took around the state in 2016 while running for Congress -- many far from his legislative district -- while saying he was on state business, a claim that enabled him to get reimbursed by the state for his expenses.

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