State Capitol News
2:09 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

State Voted to Make Felons of Officials Who Try To Enforce Federal Laws On What Lawmakers Here Consider to be Local Concern

Phoenix, AZ – The fight is over a provision of the U.S. Constitution which
gives Congress exclusive power over interstate commerce. Sen.
Sylvia Allen of Snowflake said there was a clear understanding of
what that entailed, at least until the 1940s when agricultural
officials in the Roosevelt administration told an Ohio farmer his
wheat production was subject to federal regulations.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:05 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Pacifc Storm On Its Way To AZ

The San Francisco Peaks

Flagstaff, AZ – A strong Pacific storm system is moving into the state. It's expected to bring powerful winds and more than a foot of snow to northern Arizona over the President's Holiday weekend. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

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State Capitol News
2:17 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Senate Panel Votes to for Procedures for State to Avoid Federal Laws and Regulations they Believe to be Unconstitutional

Phoenix, AZ – The proposal would empower a committee of lawmakers to review any
federal measure, no matter how long it has been in effect. If the
panel concludes the issue exceeds federal authority, the
Legislature would have 60 days to decide whether to nullify it.
Once that happened, the proposal says -- quote -- this state and
its citizens shall not recognize or be obligated to live under
the statute, mandate or executive order. Sen. Lori Klein said the
legislation is necessary.

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State Capitol News
8:36 am
Thu February 17, 2011

A Divided Legislature Gives Final Approval on Tax Packages for Business

Phoenix, AZ – The votes were largely along party lines, with Republicans in
support. Democrats like Rep. Tom Chabin said the plan will cut
state revenues by $538 million. But he said no one has considered
what that means.

(Tuition will be higher at our universities, tuition will be
higher at our community colleges, there will be fewer officers in
the Department of Public Safety, there will be larger classrooms
in our public schools and people, vulnerable people, will remain
ill and some will die.)

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:57 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Sedona's spiritual tourism down, but resilient

Sedona, AZ – Spiritual tourism, an economic staple of northern Arizona, continues to suffer in the wake of a fatal incident at a Sedona-area sweat lodge. In 2009, three participants in a "Spiritual Warrior" retreat died from heatstroke and organ failure; others were hospitalized.

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State Capitol News
12:14 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Lawmaker Wants Food Stamps to be Bright Orange

Phoenix, AZ – Food stamps have not been paper coupons for years. Instead,
recipients get a debit card that looks a like, well, a debit
card. Rep. Jeff Dial said he is trying to cut down on fraud and
waste.

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State Capitol News
2:56 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

State Lawmakers Moving to Approve Extensive Tax Cuts for Business

Phoenix, AZ – The question, quite simply, comes down to whether lawmakers are
willing to make a leap of faith. The package will reduce tax
collections this coming year by more than $38 million -- and by
$538 million a year when fully implemented in 2018. But Rep. Jack
Harper said there really won't be any lost revenues.

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State Capitol News
9:13 am
Tue February 15, 2011

State Lawmakers Begining to Let Some Students and Faculty Have Guns on University and Community College Campuses

Phoenix, AZ – State law generally bans guns on campuses. This measure would
create an exception for those who have a state-issued permit to
carry a concealed weapon. University of Arizona Police Chief
Anthony Daykin said that permit doesn't require much training at
all. And Daykin told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
the proposal will create problems for officers who respond to a
report of a shooting on campus.

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Fronteras
9:02 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Running Grand Canyon Ultimate Challenge

Flagstaff, AZ – The run begins at the south rim, dips all the way down to the Colorado River climbs up to the north rim and then back again. It covers 42 miles and ascends roughly 11-thousand feet. Runners must brace themselves for the drastic temperature changes from the rim to the bottom. Nowhere else in the world can you run from the alpine environment to the desert in such a short amount of time.

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State Capitol News
2:40 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Brewer and Legislative Leaders Unveil Plan to Slash Business Taxes

Gov. Jan Brewer explains Monday some of the details of a package of tax cuts she said will help convince businesses to move to and expand in Arizona.
(Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

Phoenix, AZ – The plan is based on the premise that the state's tax structure
is a disincentive to companies relocating to or expanding here.
Key elements include reducing business property taxes by about 10
percent, cutting corporate income taxes by more than a quarter,
and even allowing some multi-state firms to escape paying state
income taxes at all. House Speaker Kirk Adams said that makes
sense.

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