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KNAU and Arizona News
10:49 pm
Wed February 4, 2009

Tobin on Budget Cuts

Flagstaff, AZ – This past weekend the state legislature hammered out a budget balancing bill that plugged a 1.6 billion dollar funding gap. To do so the Republican majority cut more than one hundred million dollars from both universities and K through 12 education. Now the legislature has begun work on next year's budget, which already has an estimated 3 billion dollar shortfall.

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Earth Notes
9:44 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Earth Notes - Chickadee Alarms

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Chickadee Alarms


During the chilly days and nights of winter, the small songbirds of western mountains flock together for companionship and for the security of many active eyes working together to spot food and predators.

Among forests and woodlands, mixed groups of softly chattering chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and other birds weave their way through the branches. Watch for a while, and you may get a sense of how flock members cooperate and move together as a group.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:32 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Tough Times for Democrats at the State Capitol

Flagstaff, AZ – These are tough times for Democrats at the Arizona state legislature. Republicans have strong majorities in the House and Senate, and now Jan Brewer in the Governor's office. Democratic representative Tom Chabin of Flagstaff spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker about the challenges of having his voice heard at the capitol.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:20 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Officials to consider state park closures

Phoenix, AZ – The state Parks Board will decide today whether to shutter at
least five -- and possibly eight -- parks.

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State Capitol News
1:17 am
Tue February 3, 2009

State Park closures put on hold

Phoenix, AZ – Members of the state Parks Board balked today at a proposal to
shutter eight locations, saying they wanted to see if there were
better alternatives. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer
reports.

Agency Director Ken Travous said closing the parks was the best
way to deal with the nearly $4.9 million lawmakers took from the
department's operting budget and $17.3 million raided from
special funds, all to deal with a $1.6 billion deficit.

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State Capitol News
3:03 am
Mon February 2, 2009

FY 10 Budget fight just beginning

Phoenix, AZ – The vote by the Legislature early Saturday to plug the 1-point-6
billion dollar hole in the budget does not end the fight over
spending cuts.

That's because gap between revenues and expenses for the coming
year could hit $3 billion. John Kavanagh who chairs the House
Appropriations Committee, said that is likely to mean even deeper
cuts to education.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:04 am
Mon February 2, 2009

Libraries feel economic pressure

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Flagstaff, AZ – During these hard times more and more people are visiting their local library. In northern Arizona the number of books and DVDs checked out is way up. And many unemployed are job hunting, working on resumes and filling out applications on library computers. But libraries aren't immune to budget problems. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales examines how northern Arizona libraries are handling the stress.

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State Capitol News
3:31 am
Sat January 31, 2009

State Parks threatened by budget cuts

Riordan Mansion state historic park in Flagstaff

Phoenix, AZ – The director of the state parks system said today he will have to
close parks if lawmakers adopt the budget they are considering.

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State Capitol News
3:20 am
Sat January 31, 2009

Legislature finalizes controversial budget deal

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers early this morning finally approved a revised
budget to deal with the deficit.

Adoption came after the Republican-controlled Legislature beat
back efforts by Democrats to reverse proposed cuts for several
programs, especially funds for public schools, community colleges
and universities. One amendment by Rep. David Schapira
specifically sought to restore the $142 million in cuts to the
university system.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:35 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Lawmakers hammer out budget deal

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers are poised to cut $1.1 billion from the state
budget today. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


The plan adopted late Thursday by House and Senate Appropriations
committees reduces state aid to public schools by about $130
million, take $142 million from universities and $9 million from
community colleges.

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