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The state Senate took the first step toward potentially repealing the 1864 abortion law, but the House did not follow suit. Our Friday NewsCap panelists analyze that and the rest of the week’s top stories. And a co-writer on "The Casagrandes Movie" on setting it in a specific part of Mexico. That and more on The Show.

Anti-abortion demonstrators outside Arizona state House
Former Arizona schools Superintendent Jaime Molera of Molera Alvarez and Gaelle Esposito of Creosote Partners joined The Show to talk about the latest on efforts to repeal Arizona’s 1864 abortion law at the state Capitol, a pair of lawmakers withdrawing from their reelection bids and more.
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Evangelical voters overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump in 2016. We’ll meet one pastor who is traveling the country trying to change their minds. Plus, an exhibit in Scottsdale honors a prolific Arizona artist you may not have heard of. That and more on The Show.

Lawmakers in the Arizona Senate took a first step today toward repealing Arizona’s near-total ban on abortion that dates back to 1864.
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Arizona Democrats had high hopes of turning one or both chambers of the state Legislature blue this November. But the Democratic candidate in one of the state’s most liberal districts just failed to make the ballot. Plus, one critic says a new law meant to combat fentanyl dealing won’t help fix the state’s overdose crisis. That and more on The Show. 

bag of fentanyl in a pocket
Haley Coles is executive director of Sonoran Prevention Works, which works in harm reduction for drug users in Arizona. She told The Show she doesn’t think tougher sentences will work to prevent fentanyl overdoses — but there’s a lot that would.
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Republican state lawmakers last week blocked an effort by Democrats to vote on a repeal of the 1864 near-total abortion ban. One of the legislators who opposed that move says he’ll vote for it. Plus, with lots of headlines about retail theft, a look at how prevalent the problem actually is. That and more on The Show.

TJ Shope
Republican state lawmakers last week blocked an effort by Democrats to vote on a repeal of the 1864 near-total abortion ban. One of the legislators who opposed that move says he’ll vote for it.
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New numbers show Arizona’s budget deficit is not as deep as originally feared. What the data show, and how they might impact budget talks. And comedian Ilana Glazer on her attempt to use standup to present a renegade narrative about motherhood. That and more on The Show.

Biden/Harris supporters holding signs supporting abortion rights
Conventional wisdom says the Arizona Supreme Court’s abortion ruling will hurt Republicans in the November election. But Arizona Republic columnist Phil Boas thinks all of this might actually be useful for the GOP.

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