Phoenix, AZ – Current law says every child between the ages of 6 and 16 has to be enrolled in school. And students actually can drop out when they hit 14 if they have a job and parental permission. Napolitano told members of a special commission on education it may be time for a change.
Window Rock, AZ – When Congress redesigned the country's welfare system ten years ago, it made a special provision for Native Americans. Indian tribes may now choose to receive money directly from the federal government and run their own public assistance programs. Dozens of tribes now do so, including the Hopi and White Mountain Apache Tribes, and the Navajo Nation. As Daniel Kraker reports from KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, the results have been encouraging.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona has a shortage of veterinarians. Not only has the situation created long waits for sick animals, but it potentially threatens human health as well. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Phoenix, AZ – The $500-a-plate luncheon got party faithful a 15- minute speech by the vice president and a plate of ricotta and sweet basil ravioli. Party Chairman Matt Salmon said the money will be used to help register a large number of new Republicans in time for the general election. In fact the party is paying an outside consulting firm a $10 bounty for every new voter signed up -- at least everyone signed up up who registers as a Republican.
Phoenix, AZ – The measure would make it illegal to confine a pig during pregnancy or any calf raised for veal for the majority of the day in any manner that precludes it from lying down, fully extending limbs or turning around freely. Farmers would have until 2013 to comply. Foes, financed largely by pork producers, have come up with a very simple radio commercial.
August 30, 2006 – Congressman Rick Renzi hosted a forum for Arizona educators on NCLB. About 60 people showed up to talk about the federal mandate and how it has helped and hindered education in rural Arizona. English language learners pose a big problem in standardized testing. Other people said there are too many requirements under NCLB which keep educators doing paperwork instead of working on solutions. Renzi says substantial alterations need to be made before he'll approve it in the future.