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Howard Fischer, For Prescott News Network
Capitol Media Services


Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 27 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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With a possible lawsuit looming, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday, May 27, finally let go of some of the federal cash he got for local communities, including money for Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.

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State senators finally pulled the plug Tuesday, May 26, on the legislative session, leaving unresolved the question of whether businesses should get special protection from COVID-19 lawsuits.

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Another 24,723 Arizonans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits this past week.

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The state House voted last week to provide some protections for Arizonans with pre-existing health conditions if the U.S. Supreme Court voids the federal Affordable Care Act.

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State senators return to the Capitol on Tuesday with the goal of finally finishing out the on-again off-again session that began in January.

Arizona’s jobless rate spiked last month to 12.6 percent, a figure that may be a record.

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Gov. Ducey still won’t allow use of controversial drug to prevent COVID-19
Directive bars pharmacists from dispensing hydroxychloroquine

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t rescind his order denying Arizonans access to a drug to prevent COVID-19 that is now being used by President Donald Trump.

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Arizonans who violate the current or future gubernatorial executive orders may no longer face the possibility of getting locked up.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is telling business owners that their ability to remain open -- and the future of the Arizona economy -- is going to depend on how well they follow the voluntary protocols designed to prevent another outbreak of COVID-19.

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Republican lawmakers are moving to make it harder for someone who contracts COVID-19 to sue the business where they believe they were infected or a company that made a device that did not provide the promised protection from the virus.

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