Leupp, AZ – The massive federal economic stimulus bill includes nearly three billion dollars for Indian tribes; that's more than the entire budget of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. A good chunk of that will likely go to the Navajo Nation, the largest reservation in the country. Tribal leaders there are desperate for jobs and for basic infrastructure. Nearly half of Navajos still live without running water and electricity.
Flagstaff, AZ – Flagstaff city manager Kevin Burke returned from Washington, D.C. yesterday, where he made his pitch for Flagstaff's inclusion in the giant federal stimulus package. He told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker he was there to make sure Flagstaff "got a piece of the pie."
Flagstaff, AZ – Host intro: One of the most common injuries seen at Flagstaff Medical Center's Emergency Department right now is a spinal cord fracture. People are breaking their backs sledding. FMC has already seen more than 80 sledding related injuries this winter. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Phoenix, AZ – House Republican leaders promised Monday to vote by the end of March to repeal the state property tax -- and permanently forego the $250 million it would raise -- whether or not they have a plan by then to balance next year's budget.
Phoenix, AZ – Don't expect any quick action by state lawmakers to adopt a new budget for the coming year.
The issue, quite simply, is lack of information about how much money Arizona is going to get in the federal stimulus package. There are some significant differences that have to be ironed out between versions approved by the U.S. House and Senate.
Flagstaff, AZ – Pam England has revolutionized the way women prepare for childbirth. In her book Birthing From Within England, who is also a nurse and midwife, instructs women to stop thinking about birth as a medical event. Instead she tells them to get in touch with their fears about birth. And through this awareness she says women can experience a rite of passage. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales talked with England about how she came up with this philosophy.