Phoenix, AZ – Senate President Bob Burns said today he's not interested in giving voters the option of raising taxes, even temporarily, as an alternative to cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid to education.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona's first congressional district Representative Ann Kirkpatrick is finding her way around Capitol Hill. She's cast her first votes and been assigned to committees. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales talked to her about what it feels like to be sworn in after a long campaign.
Flagstaff, AZ – State lawmakers are looking for ways to deal with the budget deficit. This week republican leaders proposed a 20 percent reduction to K-12 education over the next year and a half. The package also includes a 30 percent cut to Arizona universities. Flagstaff Unified School District Superintendent Kevin Brown told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales this could be devastating.
Flagstaff, AZ – The National Transportation Safety Board released new information on last summer's helicopter crash over Flagstaff today, as well as information on the nine most recent fatal crashes involving emergency medical helicopters.
The information on the Flagstaff crash is strictly factual. The board's analysis of what led to the crash isn't due for another six months.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Prairie Dog Communication
One hundred years ago, prairie dog colonies stretched continuously across the Colorado Plateau from Seligman to Winslow and beyond. Today populations in northern Arizona are only 2 percent of what they were, and they continue to decline - just as researchers are discovering that these diminutive animals possess a uniquely complex system of communication.
Flagstaff, AZ – Lee Enterprises, publisher of the Arizona Daily Sun, is having trouble paying its debt. Last week (Jan. 8) Lee's largest paper, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, laid off 39 employees - the latest in a series of lay offs. That's left many wondering how the Daily Sun and other Lee papers will survive. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.