Phoenix, AZ – Current law generally requires the state to consider only the best interests of the child. This measure would spell out in statute that, everything else being equal, couples should get first crack. Sen. Robert Blendu said that makes sense.
(I think that a loving mother and a loving father is the optimal for an adopted child and a natural child. I don't think there's a replacement for that. And I think every study and every fact points that out.)
Flagstaff, AZ – Inside soundproof booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. The booths belong to StoryCorps, a project that collects the stories of everyday people in order to create an oral history of America. Here, KNAU employee Jim Anderson interviews his 19-year-old daughter Whitney in Flagstaff. Jim is a single parent and primary caregiver. His daughter has recently left home and moved to Phoenix.
Prescott, AZ – SAND TABLE: Engine 6-4 to engine 3-1? Engine 6-4 to 3-1 go ahead. Have you been in contact with IC? Negative
The Arizona Wildfire Academy's tactical decision classroom may sound like adult firefighters handling a real fire. But it looks like a child's game. Instructor Curtis Heaton says it is a game developed by the military to prepare for real life emergencies.
Flagstaff, AZ – At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. A StoryCorps mobile booth is parked at Flagstaff's Wheeler Park through April 2nd. Here, Karen Washabau (Wash-a-baw) of Flagstaff speaks with her husband Dave about her late aunt Mary Elizabeth Ford, who she called simply MEF. Many of Karen's most precious memories are captured in hundreds of letters she exchanged with her aunt.
Phoenix, AZ – On Tuesday the House voted to spend $50 million to buy or lease a ground radar system. That vote on the Republican proposal came over the objections of several Democrats who said it is wrong to use state tax dollars on something that should be a federal responsibility. But Napolitano said Wednesday she sees the issue from a somewhat different perspective.
Phoenix, AZ – A similar measure adopted in 1988 was declared unconstitutional because it prevented public officials and employees from communicating with customers and constituents. This proposal gets around that by spelling out that unofficial communications can be conducted in any language as long as all official actions are in English. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema said the move ignores the changes occurring in the state.