Flagstaff, AZ – Gail Santilli was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. One year after completing her treatment, she was told that it had spread, or "metastasized", to her liver, lungs, and bones. It's not curable, but it is manageable. Santilli is keeping a radio diary for KNAU. This is the latest installment of Surviving Cancer an ongoing series.
Parks, AZ – People in the community of Parks worry about their homes as firefighters work to suppress a wildfire that continues to devour the forest nearby. The so-called Eagle Rock fire has burned more than a thousand acres of steep, dense forest about 11 miles northeast of Williams. With calm winds Thursday fire crews were expected to get a better handle on the blaze. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Phoenix, AZ – They're called coin pushers. You put in a coin and it operates a pusher arm that moves that coin and all the ones already in the machine slightly foward. The idea is that, at some point, the coins reach crucial mass and the latest addition will send some spilling out the front. On Wednesday state Gaming Director Mark Brnovich said his office seized dozens of these from bars, convenience stores and other locations as illegal gaming devices. But he's not blaming the shop owners.
Flagstaff, AZ – High winds Wednesday whipped the Eagle Rock fire burning 11 miles northeast of Williams to one thousand acres. The blaze forced the evacuation of about 60 homes. But Punky Moore, a public information officer for the Kaibab National Forest, says weather conditions today are forecast to be a lot more favorable. Winds are forecast to be only around 15 miles per hour.
Flagstaff, AZ – The twice a day service from LAX to Flagstaff began in June of 2008. Three months later service was added to Prescott. Horizon's sudden decision to cancel the flights was a huge surprise to both cities. John Lauher is the Pulliam Airport Director in Flagstaff.
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona's jobless rate rose a tenth of a percent in May, to nine point six percent. Five of the eleven industries the state tracks added jobs last month including construction, which gained 18-hundred positions. But Aruna Murthy with the state commerce department says the census was the clear driver in May.
Prescott, AZ – For many years the Department Veterans Affairs didn't know what to do with someone who complained of war flashbacks. Only in the past year has the V-A mandated that all veterans with post traumatic stress disorder be offered a proven treatment. Here in northern Arizona the Prescott V-A is at the forefront in offering a promising PTSD therapy. A warning to listeners: the story does contain graphic descriptions of war. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this report.
Phoenix, AZ – Much of the hour-long debate centered around the state budget. Buz Mills took out after incumbent Jan Brewer for pushing voters to enact a temporary one-cent sales tax to raise about a billion dollars a year for three years. He said that would not have been necessary had the governor cut spending.