It's estimated that head injuries to bicycle riders not wearing helmets costs 81 million dollars a year. That figure motivated the Flagstaff City Council to pass a bike helmet ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night. But it was a close vote, as Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – The 1960s were a time of conflict. Among the decade's lesser-known controversies was one that took place in Arizona, where Daylight Saving Time was designated for the first and only time in 1967.
The idea wasn't new. Ben Franklin was an early proponent of adjusting clocks for long summer days so that evenings have more daylight and mornings less. Various U.S. states and cities tried out Daylight Saving Time beginning in World War One.
Flagstaff, AZ – There's a theme park in Mexico where you can get a feel for what it's like to cross the border illegally. No kidding. You can hire a real Coyote. Even get busted by fake border guards. The park is called Migrant Mountain, and Journalist Johnny Rico went there to research his new book, Border Crosser. Writer and Northern Arizona University creative writing professor Ann Cummins has this review.
Phoenix, AZ – State health officials said today that anyone who wants a swine flu vaccine is probably going to be able to get it -- eventually.
State Health Director Will Humble said Arizona is likely to get 5 million doses of the new vaccine. But there will only be 900,000 available in October, with the balance coming in in the following months.
Phoenix, AZ – The state's largest abortion provider filed suit Monday to block a new law that imposes some new restrictions on the procedure.
That law set to take effect later this month imposes a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can terminate a pregnancy. Planned Parenthood does not challenge that directly. But organization president Bryan Howard said it's unconstitutional to require pre- abortion counseling be done face-to-face rather than over the phone.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer couldn't get her way with lawmakers on a temporary sales tax hike. But there is another option: the initiative process.
In essence, supporters of the concept of increasing sales taxes to bridge the gap between revenues and expenses would have to get the signatures to put the issue on the ballot. Brewer said she'd prefer it if lawmakers put the question to voters themselves.
Phoenix, AZ – Budget problems mean some state parks in rural areas could end up being open fewer hours.
The Parks Board is facing a $1.5 million gap between its operating budget and the money it has to spend. The result is that up to 30 workers -- close to one out of every 10 -- are going to have to be let go.
Flagstaff, AZ – Over the past year dozens of wind farms and solar plants have been proposed across Arizona, and new solar panels and wind turbines are powering homes across the state. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker caught up with Kris Mayes at the Southwest Renewable Energy Conference in Flagstaff. Mayes chairs the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates the state's electric utilities. She says the growth in renewable energy in the southwest is being driven largely by state policy.