Phoenix, AZ – Congress approved the Voting Rights Act in 1964 to address what it saw as practices by some state to suppress minority voting. While most of the affected states were in the deep South, the law also drew in Arizona because of its high percentage of Spanish-speaking residents and the fact that it did not have bilingual ballots until 1974. Attorney General Tom Horne pointed out the federal law was updated in 1975. But federal lawmakers made its provisions retroactive.
Phoenix, AZ – The language says legislators must enact laws to run recall elections. And the state is already set to shell out about $150,000 for the special election. But lawmakers are also required to adopt -- quote -- provision for payment by the public treasure of the reasonable special election campaign expenses of such officer. Pearce said Tuesday he was unaware of the constitutional section until told about it by Arizona Public Radio. And he said that, under normal circumstances, he would not take public funds for this campaign.
Flagstaff, AZ – Everyone's heard the phrase 'take only photos, leave only footprints'. But for some Arizona residents, the art of tracking those footprints is a skill they use to earn a living and to help save lives. For KNAU, Diane Hope reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – For people living across the drought plagued Southwest can there be anything more welcome than the sound of rain?
Not for Allison Clough. When it rains, she fears something more ominous ..flash floods.
Allison Clough: As the flood approaches you can actually hear this chugging sound as the rocks are pushed along in a slurry of dirt and trees/ rocks/ it's rhythmic sounding like trains, you hear this chugga sound as the rocks come down the hill
Phoenix, AZ – Arizonans voted in 2000 to expand the state's health care program so that everyone below the federal poverty level was covered. Proposition 204 earmarked tobacco taxes and the settlement of a lawsuit with cigarette companies to fund it, supplemented by other -- quote -- available sources. But this year, with cash in short supply, lawmakers cut back funding for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System , the state's Medicaid program, and told Gov. Jan Brewer to alter the rules to make that work.
Phoenix, AZ – The fight is over SB 1070 which is designed to give state and local police more power to detain and arrest those believed not in this country legally. But just days before it was set to take effect last year, a federal judge granted a request by the Obama administration to block key provisions, saying they interfere with the exclusive right of the federal government to regulate immigration. That decision wasupheld in April by an appellate court. Paul Clement, a former U-S solicitor general hired by Gov.
Phoenix, AZ – The report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows personal income in metro areas nationwide up 2.9 percent. Of the state's six metro areas, only Yuma managed to beat that. But particularly telling is that the earnings component -- the amount of change due solely to what people were bringing home in their paychecks -- was far below the rest of the nation. It amounted to less than one percent in Flagstaff, just one-tenth of a percent in the Phoenix area -- and actually declined in the Tucson and Prescott areas.
Flagstaff, AZ – Today, KNAU continues its series on summer foods with a northern Arizona twist. Summer is prime time for Grand Canyon river trips. And decadent food has become a major selling point for many river companies. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports, there's a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes on in order for passengers to enjoy surf and turf in one of northern Arizona's most extreme environments.