Flagstaff, AZ – Diana Gabaldon (GAB-uhl-dohn) says she became a successful novelist by accident. She was just writing a novel for practice. The New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series is sharing some secrets to her success at two talks in Flagstaff. Her time-traveling, historical fiction, adventure, romance novels don't fit in any one genre. And neither does the author. Gabaldon recently talked with Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Druley. And she's anything but predictable.
Phoenix, AZ – The measure is being pushed by Rep. Bob Stump. He said the procedure is medically hazardous and that people on either end of the transaction should not benefit.
(Just as it's unethical and illegal to sell human organs, so it should be illegal to sell human eggs. Would we countenance the selling of bone marrow for transplants? Would we allow scientists to pay individuals to give up certain internal organs for research?)
Phoenix, AZ – The legislation was crafted by House Majority Leader Steve Tully. He said a constituent, a single father, called him after discovering that his minor daughter was taking birth control pills -- pills that had been prescribed for her by a doctor. Tully said the father just did not understand how his daughter -- legally a child -- could be prescribed medication without a parent's consent.
Flagstaff, AZ – Winona LaDuke is best known as former presidential candidate Ralph Nader's running mate. But for 15 years the Ojibwe woman from northern Minnesota has been at the forefront of the Native American environmental movement. LaDuke has written a new book titled "Recovering the Sacred." She told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker many of the environmental struggles profiled in the book are over energy development.
Phoenix – Anderson was successful last year in shepherding through legislation to ban candy bars, potato chips and sodas at elementary, middle and junior high schools. But lawmakers balked at expanding that to high schools, at least in part because of opposition from the companies that make the foods sold in vending machines on school campuses. So Anderson is back with a new plan -- give $50,000 to the first 50 high schools willing to voluntarily adopt the standards. But he's not calling it a bribe.