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2:39 am
Wed April 16, 2008

Earth Notes - Roasting Agaves

an agave roasting pit

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Roasting Agaves

It's tough to miss a century plant in full bloom. The plant's base of wide, pointed leaves sends up an enormously tall stalk that blooms brilliantly in spring. Also called agave or mescal, it's a plant that's common throughout the desert Southwest.

Native people once made use of agaves for fenceposts, needles and thread, soap, durable fibers and probably even paper. And wherever the plants grow, remains of pits used to cook them are sure to be found.

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State Capitol News
1:40 am
Wed April 16, 2008

State won't change 9-11Memorial - for now

Phoenix, AZ – Legislators won't tinker with the phrases on the state's 9-11 Memorial -- at least not this year. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
1:34 am
Wed April 16, 2008

Governor vetoes property tax repeal

Phoenix, AZ – Fulfilling an earlier promise, Governor Janet Napolitano vetoed legislation to permanently repeal the state's property tax. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
1:44 am
Tue April 15, 2008

Governor allows ELL funding to become law

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano has agreed to let the state provide another 40-point-6 million dollars to schools to help teach
English. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports she's not convinced the problem is solved.

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State Capitol News
12:07 am
Thu April 10, 2008

State senate blocks Governor's climate change plan

Phoenix, AZ – State senators moved Wednesday to block Governor Janet Napolitano from mandating reduced greenhouse gas emissions and imposing new standards on the vehicles that can be sold here. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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Earth Notes
3:47 am
Wed April 9, 2008

Earth Notes - Restoring Lonely Dell Ranch

Lonely Dell Ranch at Lees Ferry

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Restoring Lonely Dell Ranch

Lonely Dell Ranch was established in 1872 as a home for the families who operated Lees Ferry, the main Colorado River crossing for people who came from Utah to settle in Arizona. First John and Emma Lee, followed by Warren Johnson and his family, diverted the stream flowing down Paria Canyon. They planted alfalfa, sorghum, fruit trees and vegetables.

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State Capitol News
12:12 am
Tue April 8, 2008

State property tax repealed

Phoenix, AZ – The Senate voted this afternoon to permanently repeal the state's property tax. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, some legislators thought it was a bad idea.

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State Capitol News
11:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2008

Governor vetoes abortion bills

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano has vetoed two abortion bills. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
1:30 am
Thu April 3, 2008

House changes state's 9-11 memorial

Some of the phrases currently etched into Arizona's 9-11 memorial. The House has voted to remove some of the more controversial phrases.

Phoenix, AZ – The House voted Wednesday to strip 12 phrases from the state's memorial of the 9-11 attacks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard
Fischer explains the controvesy.

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State Capitol News
10:23 pm
Wed April 2, 2008

Gay marriage ban blocked

Phoenix, AZ – Foes of a state ban on gay marriage have effectively derailed the proposal. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains how.

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