Flagstaff, AZ – Tucked deep inside the Bush administration's proposed budget for next year is a tiny cut that's generated a heap of controversy. The federal government has proposed eliminating funding for 34 urban Indian health clinics that serve Native Americans who live off reservations. The House appropriations committee wants that money back. Today the full House votes on the measure. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.
Phoenix, AZ – Judge Raner Collins said there was no evidence the $432 per student in the plan was sufficient for the state to met its obligation to teach English. And he barred the state from requiring schools to first tap some federal aid before seeking more. Senate President Ken Bennett objected, saying two thirds or more of the 160,000 Arizona students who need extra help are the children of illegal immigrants, even if they were born here.
Flagstaff, AZ – There's no challenge too great for writer Terese Svoboda (swo-BO-duh). She's written poetry, novels, plays and even a libretto for opera. In her latest novel Tin God she writes in the voice of God. She's reading more from Tin God as part of the Northern Arizona Book Festival. She recently talked with Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Druley from WNYC in New York.
Flagstaff, AZ – At StoryCorps booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. StoryCorps is an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting. At a booth in Flagstaff, 17 year old Janick Knittle interviewed his 77 year old friend, Carl Fleck. The two share a love of flying...a part of Carl's past which has influenced his young friend's future.