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Education debates continue at the Capitol as the House waives the expenditure cap while the Senate moves to expand vouchers. Our Friday NewsCap panelists weigh in on those and the state’s other top stories. Plus, why is reality TV still so popular, even though much of it isn’t exactly realistic. That and more on The Show.

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This week, the Legislature made progress on the school spending cap, the Arizona Senate passed bill that would massively expand school vouchers, and leaders within Allister Adel's office called for the Maricopa County attorney to resign.
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Education policy has been playing a big role already this year at the state Capitol. A conversation with the new executive director of the state’s biggest teachers’ union. That and more on The Show.

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Will Humble, the executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association and former state health director, joined The Show to discuss whether mask requirements should be a thing of the past and where the state should go from here.
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New data show the current megadrought is the worst it’s been in more than a thousand years. What that may mean for the Southwest going forward. Plus, how COVID-19 may have changed our perception of the future. That and more on The Show.

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New data show the current megadrought the western U.S. is experiencing is the worst it’s been in 1,200 years. But for some in the water resources sphere, this news comes as no surprise. What does that mean for Arizona’s future?
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Most experts say homelessness in the Valley has increased over the last couple of years. The question is, is it possible to get to the exact number, or close to it? Plus, an artist uses cartoons to encourage the Latino farmworker community to get vaccinated. That and more on The Show.

Lalo Alcaraz COVID-19 vaccine cartoon
Editorial cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz has been working to battle COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the Latino community. So far, he's made 15 cartoons and an animation. The Show spoke with him to learn about the projects.
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News outlets for years have struggled to figure out how to monetize their content online. We’ll hear about the pros and cons of paywalls. Plus, we’ll look at the winners and losers from this year's Super Bowl commercials. That and more on The Show.

COVID-19 causing coronavirus spike protein omicron variant model
In this time of COVID-19 fatigue, many look forward to the virus becoming endemic, as though endemicity meant crossing a finish line. Really, it might mark start of a new marathon — albeit one with more rest stops.
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