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The state supreme court struck down a referendum on Arizona’s flat tax, state budget talks remain stuck in neutral and it seems increasingly unlikely that Mark Brnovich will get Donald Trump’s endorsement. Our Friday NewsCap panelists weigh in on those and the week’s other top stories. Plus, a local arts group turns a Tarantino film into a play featuring swearing puppet dogs. That and more on The Show.

Tunnel Fire BAER team
As the Tunnel Fire ravaged huge swaths of northern Arizona a few weeks ago, homes and forests were burned, as well as the entirety of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.
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The Board of Supervisors has unanimously chosen a new Maricopa County Attorney. What role did the so-called ballot audit play in the selection? And a new poetry journal merges art and personal experiences with health and medicine. That and more on The Show.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Gov. Doug Ducey and 25 other governors launched a Border Strike Force April 18 that will be modeled after the one he launched in Arizona in 2015. But an investigation by the Arizona Republic found Ducey’s Border Strike Force hasn’t been nearly as successful as he has made it out to be.
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A federal judge has eliminated mask requirements on airplanes and in airports. An epidemiologist tells us how that could affect the spread of COVID. Plus, marijuana consumption goes upscale with a new cannabis dining event. That and more on The Show.

Laura Trujillo Stepping Back from the Ledge
Turning trauma into hope and something useful — that's what Laura Trujillo has tried to do with her new book.
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Arizona is required to screen marijuana for safety before it’s sold. We’ll hear how some consumers ended up with pesticides in their cannabis. Plus, artists-in-residence and retirees are working together in a new ASU community. That and more on The Show.

Ty Chiko Mirabella
Ty Chiko is an ASU graduate student and a musician-in-residence at Mirabella at ASU. The Show spoke with him about working with Mirabella residents and what it's like to live there.
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The Interior Department’s proposed emergency cutbacks on water could hit the Valley hard. Plus, the temperatures are heating up, but there’s still time to see Arizona's beautiful wildflowers. That and more on The Show.

Arizona Capitol building
Unable so far to craft a budget deal despite — or because of — an anticipated $5 billion surplus, Republican leaders are looking for an exit strategy to finally end the legislative session that began in January.