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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.