Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona has some of the most lenient gun laws in the country. Last year legislators passed a law allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. This year, lawmakers are looking to go even further. KNAU's Daniel Kraker spoke with our Capitol Correspondent Howard Fischer about the legislature's gun-rights agenda.
Flagstaff, AZ – Anti-poverty groups have been bracing themselves since President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech in January. In it, he laid out his plan for reducing the deficit.
"I propose cuts to things I care deeply about, like community action programs."
The line shocked Wenda Meyer, who runs Coconino County's social service program, because President Obama worked with these kinds of programs as a community organizer. They're designed to help people out of poverty.
Phoenix, AZ – This scene is a familiar one all across the region: A room full of high school students newly arrived in the US face a screen with pictures of clip art - apples and books, fans and fish - flashing in front of them.
"Hey what letter for apple? A! Computer: That's right."
Flagstaff, AZ – Intro) For years the Arizona Game and Fish Department has struggled to find a suitable site for a shooting range in northern Arizona. Now, after nearly two decades, the agency is on the cusp of opening one at a private ranch it purchased east of Flagstaff. But the site is only a few miles away from Walnut Canyon National Monument visitor center. And as Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports, that's led to a noisy debate.
Flagstaff, AZ – Students at Northern Arizona University are literally putting some of their own "green" onto the field of sustainability. Last March, NAU students voted to add five dollars a semester to their tuition to finance environmental projects on campus.
Modeled after a fund at the University of California Berkeley, NAU's is the first in Arizona's university system to be up and running. A committee of six student and three non-student representatives oversees the fund.
Flagstaff, AZ – 50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order creating the Peace Corps. The organization embodied Kennedy's belief in American service, both at home and abroad. Since then, more than 200 thousand Americans, including many northern Arizonans, have served in nearly 140 countries across the world. Flagstaff residents Steve and Lois Hirst were among the first group of volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps. In 1962 - then college students and newlyweds - the Hirst's went to Liberia to become teachers.