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By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX -- The chief clinical officer at the state's largest hospital network said Friday that Arizona is headed to a health crisis if residents don't change their habits to deal with COVID-19.
Dr. Marjorie Bessel said the intensive-care units at the Maricopa County hospitals for Banner Health already are at full capacity. And other hospitals in Arizona are rapidly approaching that point.

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By Howard Fischer

Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey insisted Thursday he had not made a mistake in dissolving his stay-at-home order and allowing more businesses to reopen even as Arizona approaches 1,000 people dying from COVID-19.

By Howard Fischer

Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- Efforts to quickly enact an $11.8 billion "baseline'' contingency budget for the coming fiscal year hit a snag Wednesday as some Republicans questioned what is -- and is not -- in the spending plan and Democrats are holding out for some priorities.

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An Arizona cattle rancher wants to ensure that anything sold to Arizonans as "meat'' came from something with at least two legs, if not more.

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A Mesa GOP lawmaker is proposing what he concedes is a very un-Republican thing. Sen. David Farnsworth has introduced two bills to cap the interest rate that can be charged by title lenders at 36 percent. That compares with rates that run as high as 17 percent – a month.

Farnsworth also wants to close what he says is a loophole in law that allows people to borrow without actually having a title to their vehicle, a practice he says hearkens back to the now banned practice of payday loans.

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