Flagstaff, AZ – The costs associated with teen pregnancy include public health care, child welfare and lost tax revenue due to decreased earning and spending. Most teen moms don't graduate from high school so they don't typically get well paying jobs and contribute to the economy. More often they rely on government funded programs to take care of them.
Prescott, AZ – Philip Gates is not your stereotypical prison inmate. He's seventy, for one. And he's the former superintendent of the Scottsdale school district. He retired in Prescott three years ago. But today he begins a two month sentence at a federal prison in Los Angeles, for trespassing on a military base during a political protest. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker explains how he got there.
Flagstaff, AZ – The 9th circuit court of appeals in San Francisco has reversed a decision that would have allowed the Arizona Snowbowl to use treated wastewater to make artificial snow. The decision came one day after warm weather and a lack of snow on the San Francisco Peaks forced the ski area to close. As Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, the decision could have ramifications far beyond the southwest.
Tuba City, AZ – It's not spring yet, but Sunday morning most of the country will be springing its clocks forward an hour. But not in most of Arizona, where the last thing most people want in the summer is another hour of sunshine. Things get a lot more complicated, though, in parts of the Navajo and Hopi reservations, where, come Sunday, a lot of people will be wondering what time it is.
Flagstaff, AZ – Every 15 seconds a child dies due to a lack of clean drinking water. That's one of the more startling facts in the documentary film Running Dry. The film is based on former Senator Paul Simon's book Tapped Out. Simon found water shortages and contamination at a crisis stage in several parts of the world. Filmmaker Jim Thebaut told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales world leaders hope water shortages might compel warring factions to put aside their differences.
Flagstaff, AZ – British songwriter Richard Thompson visited Flagstaff for the first time in March, 2007. He spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Geoff Norcross about acoustic guitar technique, songwriting, and his most-requested song.
Sedona, AZ – (SFX: sneak up bird, outdoor ambi) A few weeks ago sculptor John Waddell took some out of town guests on a tour of a sculpture garden on his ranch south of Sedona. He led them to the back of the rocky mesa top, where a grouping of the figurative, bronze nudes for which Waddell is best known was supposed to be standing.
Flagstaff, AZ – At first glance Flagstaff's Teenage Parent Program or TAPP looks like any other high school classroom with a chalkboard, bookshelves, a world map and tired teenagers. Take a closer look and you'll see baby toys, baby posters, baby bouncy chairs and babies.
Eighteen-year-old Chelsey Laben has a toddler at home and she's pregnant with her second child. She looks down at her basketball-sized belly as she thinks back to the day she learned she was pregnant with her first.