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.
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.
Flagstaff, AZ – After a few weeks' hiatus, winter returned to northern Arizona this week. The snowfall wasn't huge, but it was enough to cause icy road conditions and some school delays. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl spoke with Flagstaff meteorologist, Lee Born, about this week's blast of winter weather.
Many different cultures throughout the world mark the solstices and equinoxes with holidays. But the times midway between these well-known celestial events have also been important, not least among the Southwest's Pueblo people.
These cross quarters days, as they're called, occur in early February and in May, August, and November.
Tuba City, AZ – When President Barack Obama was elected, a group of middle school students on the Navajo Nation wrote him letters telling him about life on the reservation. Many write honestly about the poverty they live in, but also dispense advice, and offer lots of invitations to their homes.
The project was the idea of Margaret Erhart, who teaches creative writing at Eagle's Nest Intermediate School in Tuba City, on the western edge of the Navajo reservation.