Flagstaff, AZ – Intro) For years the Arizona Game and Fish Department has struggled to find a suitable site for a shooting range in northern Arizona. Now, after nearly two decades, the agency is on the cusp of opening one at a private ranch it purchased east of Flagstaff. But the site is only a few miles away from Walnut Canyon National Monument visitor center. And as Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports, that's led to a noisy debate.
Flagstaff, AZ – Students at Northern Arizona University are literally putting some of their own "green" onto the field of sustainability. Last March, NAU students voted to add five dollars a semester to their tuition to finance environmental projects on campus.
Modeled after a fund at the University of California Berkeley, NAU's is the first in Arizona's university system to be up and running. A committee of six student and three non-student representatives oversees the fund.
Flagstaff, AZ – 50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order creating the Peace Corps. The organization embodied Kennedy's belief in American service, both at home and abroad. Since then, more than 200 thousand Americans, including many northern Arizonans, have served in nearly 140 countries across the world. Flagstaff residents Steve and Lois Hirst were among the first group of volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps. In 1962 - then college students and newlyweds - the Hirst's went to Liberia to become teachers.
Phoenix, AZ – Last year's Affordable Care Act expands eligibility for the federal Medicaid program beginning in 2014. That has led to grumbling from governors who said their states cannot afford what they are funding now. Speaking to the governors Monday, the president noted the law does permit states to craft their own alternatives -- in 2017. On Monday he agreed to back a plan to accelerate that schedule by three years. But there's a bit of a catch.
Phoenix, AZ – Current law allows only a doctor to perform a surgical abortion. But terminating a pregnancy with RU-486 can be done by a trained nurse practitioner. Rep. Kimberly Yee said that exception has to go.
(Medication abortions can have very serious complications and are not a safer alternative to surgical abortions. In fact, instructions for the abortion pill say nearly all women who receive the abortion pill will report adverse reaction.)