Howard Fischer, for the Williams-Grand Canyon News

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 26 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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Arizona Board of Education nixes sex education rule changes

PHOENIX — Facing a barrage of parental criticism, the state Board of Education decided July 24 to scrap a proposal to remove certain language from the rules on sex education.

Animal cruelty charges could result in stiffer prison times, class 5 felony

Arizonans who purposely kill or torture family pets could soon face stiffer prison terms — or at least mandatory counseling.

Lemonade declared state drink in Arizona

PHOENIX — Margaritas may be the drink of the Southwest, but state senators rejected a bid April 10 to have it declared the “official’’ state drink in favor of something with a little less kick — lemonade.

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