Phoenix, AZ – It started with a blog posting last week by former Democratic Senate candidate John Dougherty who cited unnamed sources saying Brewer is ill and is keeping it a secret until she wins the election when she plans to quit. That would allow Ken Bennett to become governor if he wins his race as secretary of state; if she quits now, the line of succession goes to attorney general Terry Goddard who happens to be her Democratic gubernatorial foe. Brewer said there's no truth to any of that.
Boulder City, NV – This year the Hoover Dam is celebrating two milestones - the 75th anniversary of the dam's completion and the opening of a new highway bypass. The dam supplies water and power to the burgeoning populations of the southwest. Over the next three days Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales will bring you reports on Lake Mead's water levels, economic hopes surrounding the bypass' completion and today, highlights from Hoover Dam's incredible history.
Phoenix, AZ – The Behavior Research Center survey finds Goddard just 3 points back among all registered voters. But pollster Earl de Berge also took a separate look at who is most likely to actually go to the polls this year.
(And what we're finding in this go-around is a very clear pattern in which conservatives, men, Republicans, voters over 55 years of age have the strongest propensity to participate in this election. All of those voters lean towards the GOP.)
Flagstaff, AZ – This time last year, former AZ Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was working on his passing game. Today, he's working on his "Jazz Hands". Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl profiles Warner's journey from football to ballroom dancing.
Phoenix, AZ – Woods was the state attorney general for eight years. This year, when he looked at the candidates running for that office, he decided that Felecia Rotellini is better qualified than Tom Horne. The problem with that from the perspective of Rob Haney, chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, is that Woods is a Republican precinct committeeman. And Rotellini is a Democrat. Haney said that Woods, by virtue of his position, is obliged to support the party's nominee.
Phoenix, AZ – The state Department of Commerce expects Arizona to add 16,500 jobs in 2011. While that won't make up for the 25,700 jobs lost this year, it should bring employment levels to where they were in 2009. But the number of people working will still be about 300,000 less than at the end of 2007. Economist Aruna Murthy said one question that remains is whether the jobs will stick.
Bellemont, AZ – Tornadoes ripped through more than 30 homes in Bellemont west of Flagstaff Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued a total of 22 tornado warnings with four funnel clouds actually touching down - two in Bellemont, one near Munds Park and one north of Payson. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales saw the damage first hand and has this report.