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The state House expelled one of its members, and a new candidate entered next year’s U.S. Senate race. Our Friday NewsCap panelists analyze those and the rest of the week’s top stories. Plus, the Suns start their playoff run this weekend — we’ll preview how deep of a run it might be. That and more on The Show.

Chuck Coughlin and Chad Campbell
Chuck Coughlin, longtime political consultant in Arizona and president and CEO of GOP consulting firm HighGround, and former state Democratic House Leader and cofounder of Lumen Strategies Chad Campbell joined The Show to talk about the news this week.
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There’s a shortage of 911 operators across Arizona, which affects public safety. There's and effort to recruit more operators and get them more mental health care. Plus, what a recent Arizona Supreme Court ruling says about confessional privilege. That and more on The Show.

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There is a severe shortage of 911 dispatchers in Arizona right now. The Phoenix Fire Department’s Jim Frazier says it’s result of the pandemic and the incredible stress of the job.
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A new law in Utah aimed at closing abortion clinics is set to take effect next week. We’ll hear what the measure’s impact could be on Arizona. Plus,our series on the Sonoran Desert continues, with the beautiful biodiversity of the Sky Islands. That and more on The Show.

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The West’s wet winter has changed the region’s water forecasts, at least in the short term. But Joanna Allhands argues we still need longer-term solutions to deal with the Colorado River.
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The U.S. Supreme Court protected access to the widely used abortion pill Mifepristone — for now. We’ll hear how all the legal whiplash is affecting Arizona providers. Plus, trains are getting longer and potentially less safe. That and more on The Show.

tents line the road in 'the zone' homeless encampment in phoenix
“The Zone” will be cleaned up, closed off block by block, and each resident will be offered services and a place to go. This plan is an extension of efforts the city already has in place and is set to be executed among learning that the homeless population in Maricopa County has only gone up.
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President Joe Biden has issued an executive order aimed at problems in everything from childcare to long-term health care for people with disabilities. But some in Arizona say it doesn’t go far enough. Plus, why the region’s superblooms are not great news for all residents. That and more on The Show.

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Last week, President Joe Biden issued an executive order designed to improve caregiving for children, seniors and people with developmental disabilities.