Flagstaff, AZ – It's tough to miss a century plant in full bloom. The plant's base of wide, pointed leaves sends up an enormously tall stalk that blooms brilliantly in spring. Also called agave or mescal, it's a plant that's common throughout the desert Southwest.
Native people once made use of agaves for fenceposts, needles and thread, soap, durable fibers and probably even paper. And wherever the plants grow, remains of pits used to cook them are sure to be found.
Flagstaff, AZ – The man who cracked the DNA code in the deadly anthrax letter attacks is going after superbugs.
NAU's most famous DNA detective, Dr. Paul Keim, is using his microbial forensics to take down E. coli, Valley Fever, MRSA and the flu. Keim's molecular diagnostics skills were recruited when lethal anthrax arrived in the mail.
Phoenix, AZ – An initiative approved by voters in 2000 requires the state to provide free care for anyone below the federal poverty level, about $18,500 a year for a family of three. But in an effort to cut expenses, lawmakers directed Gov. Jan Brewer to alter the program. And she came back with a plan to stop enrolling childless adults and some others, saving about $200 million. Attorney Tim Hogan said that's illegal. So he wants the state's high court to stop the changes, the first of which are supposed to take effect on July 1st.
Phoenix, AZ – That exception is to help about 15,000 Arizonans continue to receive federally funded jobless aid. Thursday's announcement the state's unemployment rate has dropped means these long-term unemployed -- those out of work for more than 79 weeks -- will lose their benefits next month. But Brewer is now supporting a change in state law that would keep the checks coming. That, however, means taking more cash out of the federal treasury.
Flagstaff, AZ – TB) The new 13-thousand square foot building will house production of the 5-inch motor, whose first commercial application is an electric powered bicycle or e-bike. The idea for this technology came from Motor Excellence co-founder David Calley. During his earlier work on wind turbines, which required required constant winding, he became inspired to come up with a better motor.
Phoenix, AZ – The new figures show employment up by 17,200 from March. That dropped the state's jobless rate two-tenths of a point, to 9.3 percent. Aruna Murthy of the Department of Commerce said that included a big jump in construction jobs. But Murthy said that's not because new homes, offices and warehouses are going up. Instead, she said it is because people are finally doing repairs they put off during the recession.