Tucson, AZ – Hours before the president is even scheduled to speak, several thousand people have already lined up for the hastily organized event. At a long table, people are also writing their thoughts down on a long paper chain carefully being put together by volunteers. Tucsonan Drew Hellsey was carefully stenciling the word "Peace" on a blue strip of construction paper. HELLSEY: I've been following the story since about right when it was released, actually before they even announced that she was one of the ones who was shot."
Flagstaff, AZ – Ben Shelly was sworn in as the newest president of the Navajo Nation yesterday, along with a much smaller tribal council. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.
Ben Shelly is the former Navajo vice president. He succeeds Joe Shirley Junior, who served two four-year terms. Shelly promised to improve infrastructure on the vast reservation, including roads and water systems. He also said he would promote renewable energy projects.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: For Whiptail Lizards, No Male Needed
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Phoenix, AZ – That price, if you will, is radio time. Steve Sanchez will give Shirley Phelps Roper, the spokeswoman for the Westboro Baptist Church, a half hour Saturday morning on his Phoenix radio show to explain its views. That includes its practice of picketing funerals with signs proclaiming God Hates Fags. In exchange, church members will stay away from Thursday's funeral for 9-year- old Christina-Taylor Green.
Phoenix, AZ – The move comes as members of the Westboro Baptist Church -- the people who carry the signs that say God Hates Fags -- are planning to picket. The first of two teams will be in Tucson on Thursday when the first of the victims is buried, 9-year-old Christina Green. The legislation would keep all protestors at least 300 feet away. House Speaker Kirk Adams acknowledged that enacting a law in one day is unprecedented.
Phoenix, AZ – Rep. Jack Harper is upset because Dupnik noted that lawmakers voted last year to let any adult carry a concealed weapon without getting a state permit. That eliminated requirements for a background check and training, which Dupnik said is a bad idea. Harper, a proponent of easing weapons laws, said it is wrong to blame those changes for what happened. He said if Dupnik is looking for fault he should look in a mirror.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says the state is grieving, but strong and united in the face of the shooting that left six people dead and 14 injured. Brewer appealed for unity while addressing a joint session of the state Legislature. She also saluted Daniel Hernandez, the intern who treated Gifford's wounds until she was taken to the hospital.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer got her first inkling of the dangers of being a public official in 1997 when she was a Maricopa County supervisor. An armed man upset with colleague Mary Rose Wilcox for her vote n support of a new tax to build a baseball stadium entered the1 board's hearing room and shot her.