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UpClose with Alessandra Soler Meetze (access required)

On the wall of Alessandra Soler Meetze's office hangs an illustrated guide to the Bill of Rights in colorful cartoon drawings. One of the drawings shows a police officer morphing through a television in a living room as a family reacts in horror. Beneath it are the words, "No unreasonable search or seizure."

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Melvin says he has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Sen. Al Melvin, a Tucson Republican, disclosed Nov. 9 that he has been undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Melvin said the disease is not interfering with his work and he expects a full recovery. Melvin, in fact, has been holding hearings on energy and water during the past several weeks. He said he was lucky it was detected early.

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UpClose with John Halikowski (access required)

The Arizona Department of Transportation is facing what it calls a "perfect storm." Tax revenue is declining as people license fewer vehicles and travel less. Meanwhile, the state is dipping into transportation money to help cope with the budget deficit. The department, as a result, is taking drastic measures to address a $100 million shortfall in its budget, including closing rest areas and possibly some offices of the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

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No moratorium, Senate to hear bills early in session (access required)

The Senate is going to hear bills when session starts, Senate President Bob Burns said Oct. 29. This is a departure from the strategy the Senate leadership adopted during the most recent regular session, when a moratorium on hearing non-budget bills was used so lawmakers could direct all their energy to solving the state's record-breaking budget deficit.

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UpClose with Thayer Verschoor (access required)

Sen. Thayer Verschoor, a Republican from Gilbert, returned to the Senate after a tough primary last year. One of the most conservative members of the Legislature, he fought hard for the repeal of the state equalization property tax. That battle was lost this year after Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill carrying the repeal language.

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