Flagstaff/Prescott, AZ – It's a quiet afternoon at the Prescott Honda Dealership with a few customers looking at cars. The dealership is still located on Iron Springs road One of the owners, Gary Young, says he's glad they didn't move forward with plans to build a new facility because he says Prescott is feeling the recession.
Phoenix, AZ – A new report today shows that the percentage of tax dollars that wound up in the classroom was lower in last school year than at any time since the state began studying the issue seven years earlier.
Phoenix, AZ – State officials have found a loophole in the new federal stimulus bill that will keep the working poor parents of 15,000 children from losing their subsized child care. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
Flagstaff, AZ – Across the country college enrollment numbers are way up. In northern Arizona, Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai community colleges are all experiencing record breaking semesters. School administrators say they attribute their success to the unsuccessful economy, and a new breed of students they call "retrainers." Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.
Phoenix, AZ – The House Health Committee voted this morning to approve new restrictions on abortion. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains what's in the bill -- and why the vote was unanimous.
Traditional stories "aren't just for entertainment. Don't be fooled," wrote Leslie Marmon Silko in her novel Ceremony. "They are all we have to fight off illness and death.
A key figure in Native American literature, Silko made an early mark at age 29 with the publication of Ceremony. Its main character is, like the author, a person of mixed heritage who returns to New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo to find a greater understanding of the world of her ancestors.
Phoenix, AZ – The state Parks Board voted this afternoon to close three parks to save money. But that isn't the end of the cuts.
McFarland Historic State Park in Florence already is closed to visitors because the building is in disrepair. The board's vote directed closure of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park near Payson and Jerome Historic State Park, both of which also require repairs to buildings.
Phoenix, AZ – Some new figures show the state could be in line for more than 4 billion dollars in federal stimulus money. But lawmakers and the governor aren't sure how much the state can afford to take.