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3:47 am
Mon March 6, 2006

Hopi runners trek to Mexico City

Rueben Saufkie Sr., center, tells dancers from Amatlan de Quetzalcoatl in Mexico City about a delegation of Hopi runners who will run 1800 miles to the 4th World Water Forum.

Flagstaff, AZ – Runners in neon yellow t-shirts pounded past the Hopi Health Care center last Thursday afternoon, the first day of their marathon journey. Dozens of onlookers cheered them on.

SFX: honking, men saying kwa kwai, beginning of applause, ambulance ambi

Nathaniel Quotsyma barked out support from behind the wheel of an ambulance. The emergency medical technician known as Wings says he was thanking the runners for their effort.

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8:01 am
Sat March 4, 2006

English language learner bill passes

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8:11 am
Thu March 2, 2006

AZ legislators move to limit teen abortions

Phoenix, AZ – Current law says teens 17 or less have to get parental
consent before terminating a pregnancy. One measure
approved by the House would require that this consent
form be notarized. Rep. Warde Nichols said there's a
good reason for that.

(We've already had situations in Arizona where a
boyfriend has gone in, faxed in a consent form for a
minor. And the parents had no idea that their minor
child was receiving an abortion.)

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Earth Notes
11:42 pm
Tue February 28, 2006

AZ Bishops support gay marriage ban

Phoenix, AZ – In a pastoral statement to parishioners Tuesday, the
bishops said marriage is -- quote -- a personal
relationship with enormous public significance. They
also said a husband and wife provide the best
conditions for raising children. Bishop Thomas
Olmstead, in an interview with Arizona Public Radio,
said that position is backed by the Bible.

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Earth Notes
11:52 pm
Mon February 27, 2006

Legislators debate banning egg sales

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1:29 am
Mon February 27, 2006

Special Olympics Athlete Plays All Sports

Flagstaff, AZ – (Cheers, whoops and applause)

Flagstaff deejay Eddie Miller welcomes the crowd at the opening ceremony at Sinagua High School.

MILLER: There are no losers in Special Olympics only winners. Victory is already theirs even before the competition. It gives me great pleasure to introduce Amanda Lonetti. (applause fade under)

Lonetti beams as her name is announced. With her chin up she takes long strides to the podium.

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1:27 am
Sun February 26, 2006

Victor Wooten Interview

Flagstaff, AZ – In Victor Wooten's hands, the bass is a lead instrument. He brought his Soul Circus band to Flagstaff's Orpheum Theater recently and spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Geoff Norcross.

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1:08 am
Fri February 24, 2006

Another English Language Learning Bill

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1:04 am
Fri February 24, 2006

Death Penalty Debate

Flagstaff, AZ – The movement to abolish the death penalty has gotten a lot of attention in Arizona this week. The state legislature issued a public apology to death row exonoree Ray Crohne Monday. And the Sedona International Film festival featured an acclaimed documentary of another exoneration. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer has more.

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4:47 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Digital Schools

Phoenix, AZ – The idea is to create a digital curriculum -- a way of
teaching that could be conducted electronically. Senate
President Ken Bennett said that the current system of
education which dates to the 19th century may no longer
make sense.

(I'm just trying to lay the foundation for the better
use of technology so that education can be taken to
children rather than gathering children in one place to
give them an education.)

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