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5:28 am
Mon May 12, 2008

Arizonans to vote on gay marriage?

Phoenix, AZ – The House voted this afternoon to ask state residents whether they want to constitutionally ban gays from marrying. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


State law already limits marriage to one man and one woman. That
statute has been upheld by the state Court of Appeals, a ruling
the Supreme Court refused to disturb. But Rep. Steve Yarbrough
said there's a good reason to put the language in the
constitution.

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State Capitol News
10:23 pm
Wed May 7, 2008

Governor defends proposed road tax

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano is defending plans to hike the state sales tax rate to among the highest in the nation to fund transit improvements. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:10 am
Wed May 7, 2008

Williams can use illegal well

Phoenix, AZ – State senators agreed this morning to let Williams continue pumping water from an illegally drilled well. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, they want to be sure this kind of thing does not happen again.

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Earth Notes
1:40 am
Wed May 7, 2008

Earth Notes - Wild Potatoes

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Wild Potatoes

Like wheat and rice, potatoes are among the world's most important food crops. The tubers were domesticated millennia ago in Peru, where thousands of varieties occur.

But edible potatoes also grow in the Southwest. Archaeological evidence shows that potatoes have been used here for centuries. The Hopi and Navajo, for example, ate potatoes made in special clay dishes that neutralized the plants' bitter taste. Ancient members of the Zuni and Pueblo tribes also collected and cooked the vegetables.

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State Capitol News
2:09 am
Tue May 6, 2008

Lawmakers debate allowing guest workers

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers are debating whether to allow companies to import foreign workers to fill some jobs. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that one state senator has a different idea.


Jack Harper said he hears the complaints of businesses that they
can not fill certain jobs.

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State Capitol News
2:07 am
Tue May 6, 2008

State can set new emission standards - if the Feds allow it

Phoenix, AZ – A state panel gave final approval today to letting the Department of Environmental Quality enact new greenhouse gas emission
standards for cars and trucks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:13 am
Fri May 2, 2008

ELL suit headed back to court

Phoenix, AZ – The English language learner lawsuit is headed back to court. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
10:50 pm
Wed April 30, 2008

Governor lobbies for university bonding plan

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano made a personal plea to lawmakers today to fund a 1-point-4 billion bonding plan for state universities. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports not everyone is
convinced.

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Earth Notes
5:10 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Earth Notes - Kaibab Paintbrush

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Note: Kaibab Paintbrush

North of the Grand Canyon, the Kaibab Plateau is a world unto itself. It rises from desert on all sides to 9,000 feet, where you can find both deep conifer forest and open meadows. This island in the sky hosts a number of unusual species.

The rare Kaibab form of the Abert Squirrel is perhaps the best known. But several unique plants grow there too. Among them is the namesake Kaibab paintbrush, also known by the common name Indian paintbrush.

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Earth Notes
4:44 am
Wed April 23, 2008

Earth Notes - Hill Topping Butterflies

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Hilltopping Butterflies

It's easy to see butterflies. They're big, colorful, and conspicuous. But consider how they might see each other. Those tiny insect eyes don't produce very good vision, making it extremely difficult for butterflies to stumble across suitable mates. Imagine trying to find someone a mile off when you can't see details even a few feet away!

As a result, butterflies have come up with an ingenious system that improves the odds of finding each other. They all head uphill.

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