Phoenix, AZ – The declaration comes on the heels of Brewer sharply cutting various health care programs, including ones designated for children. Brewer said there is nothing inconsistent about that.
(I think today we're celebrating preventative care for children which we all know is very, very important to that young population to make them aware of that they can be in fact in control of their destiny in regards to properly eating good food and watching that they don't become obese and exercise daily.)
Phoenix, AZ – The issue is Proposition 203. If approved it would allow patients who have a doctor's recommendation to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. State Health Director Will Humble has some medical concerns, questioning whether marijuana really is an effective medication. But Humble said there's a more practical problem. The initiative requires him to approve the licenses of the dispensaries that will sell the product and their cultivation sites as long as it's legal where they want to go.
Phoenix, AZ – The one most watched concerns is the legality of an Arizona law allowing state judges to suspend or revoke the business licenses of firms found guilty of knowingly hiring undocumented workers. Generally speaking federal law preempts such state regulations. Arizona lawmakers say this 2007 law fits within an exception for licensing. But business interests and civil rights group said that only applies if a federal tribunal first decides someone is employing illegal immigrants, something not in this law. If the
Phoenix, AZ – McCain has made a big point of his refusal to seek special funding for Arizona in federal legislation. And he has tried during his nearly 30 years in Congress to eliminate the earmark process, without success, all the while other states are getting funds. Glassman said that's not right.
(Arizonans have been paying the price for John McCain's political posturing. It's time for us to have someone who puts getting Arizonans back to work as their first priority.)
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl talks with Flagstaff photographer Tom Brownold about his new book, The Grandest Ride. It focuses on the mules that have been packing things in and out of the Canyon for more than 100 years.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Navajo Nation has long been a sleeping giant when it comes to water rights in Arizona. But now the tribe is asserting its right to claim water from the Colorado River and other sources.
The proposed settlement would grant the Navajo Nation 31,000 acre feet a year from the River, as well as all the unallocated water from the Little Colorado River, which on average is about 160,000 acre feet a year. It also would allow almost unlimited use of water from the C and N aquifers.
Phoenix, AZ – Democrat Andrei Cherny said he understands that the prime role of the treasurer is to manage the state's money and its investments. But he wants the treasurer to also serve as an auditor of sort, reviewing how public money is spent and whether it is being spent wisely. But Republican Doug Ducey said that's not the treasurer's job.
Flagstaff, AZ – The U-S Senate adjourns today. One of the many pieces of controversial legislation that lawmakers fought over during this session was the DREAM Act, which would let children of illegal immigrants become legal residents if they attend college or serve in the U-S military for two years. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Saray, who only wanted to use her middle name, is taking a break between classes at Coconino Community College.
Flagstaff, AZ – The proposed settlement would give the Navajo Nation 31,000 acre-feet of water a year from the Colorado River, and the un-appropriated flows from the Little Colorado River. An acre-foot is enough to supply two typical households for a year.