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Final state rules will aid rural pot shops (access required)

Since voters passed Proposition 203 in November, the Health Department has been racing against the clock to get rules and regulations in place that will guide Arizona’s medical marijuana program. In an interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, Will Humble, the department director, previewed some of the changes coming in the final rules concerning one of the most contentious parts of the rules: how dispensary licenses will be distributed.

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Senate budget: A bargaining chip? (access required)

Despite all the raw emotions it stirred and all the opposition it encountered, the Senate’s budget-slashing and gimmicks-busting proposal isn’t going to be state’s final spending plan.

Its most contentious aspects, more likely than not, will be softened and its most ragged edges smoothed out before it wins support in the House of Representatives and with Gov. Jan Brewer.

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Bundgaard stays on as Majority Leader

Scott Bundgaard remains majority leader of the Arizona Senate after a closed caucus of Republicans met amid controversy over his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Gould, the Ethics Committee chairman, is still mulling the mechanics of a potential Ethics Committee hearing into the incident.

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Birdman lands in Bisbee (access required)

In November 1911, R.L. “Birdman” Fowler made a stop at the Bisbee Country Club on a cross-country air trip and became the first man to fly into the copper mining camp (Didier Masson whose plane appears in this photo was the first to fly out of Bisbee in February 1911, but his biplane was shipped into Bisbee by railroad.)

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