Phoenix, AZ – Some 2,300 university employees could get a rude surprise in their first paychecks next month.
The measure approved Tuesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would cut the salary of every state and university worker who earns at least $100,000 a year by 5 percent, at least for the coming year. Those making $200,000 or more would lose 10 percent.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer asked the state Supreme Court today to force the Legislature to send her the budget they approved.
With only Republicans in support, lawmakers approved an $8.2 billion spending plan on June 4. But GOP leaders refused to send the governor the package of 10 bills, hoping to use them as leverage to force Brewer to adopt a deal more to their liking. But the governor said she sees something more sinister at work.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer is set to file suit against legislative leaders at the state Supreme Court this morning in the latest dust-up over the state budget. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
Grand Canyon, AZ – Host intro: Grand Canyon officials are deciding whether to change the mule ride program at the park. While mules are a historical icon, hikers complain about their impact on the trails. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.
Frank Bush, who goes by "Poncho", prepares a group of park visitors for the day's ride. He demonstrates how to use a whip, or what he calls a "mule motivator."
Flagstaff, AZ – Nobody knew the Grand Canyon better than Harvey Butchart did. Over four decades the NAU professor climbed, hiked, floated and bushwhacked 12 thousand pioneering miles below the rim. Here, commentator Scott Thybony tells the story of his last hike with the famous Canyon trailblazer.