Phoenix, AZ – The main point of debate surrounds language that requires police, when practicable, to check the immigration status of those with whom they come in contact as part of any investigation. And it also makes it illegal for any community to have a practice or policy that keeps its officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. Sen. Ron Gould said the the move is necessary because the federal government isn't doing its job of securing the border.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona has a long history of battles over water. The latest seems to have reached a truce at least for now. For years Prescott and Prescott Valley have been fighting a Phoenix utility over water rights to the Big Chino aquifer. Right now they've halted litigation long enough to negotiate an agreement. Part of the deal hinges on legislation under consideration by state lawmakers this week. And that's just the beginning as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
The long controversy over snowmaking on the San Francisco Peaks seemed to have finally ended last June. That's when the US Supreme Court refused to reconsider a lower court decision that allowed Arizona Snowbowl to make artificial snow using treated wastewater. Several Indian tribes had sued to block the plan. They argued it would desecrate the Peaks, which they consider sacred.
The Indian Self Determination Act turns 30 this year. The landmark legislation officially embraced tribal sovereignty, after failed federal policies that first tried to assimilate tribes, and then terminate them. Four people who played a key role in the law's passage will speak at Northern Arizona University tomorrow Lynn Engles told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker that the law was a product of the Civil Rights Movement.
San Francisco, CA – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing a case later today that could go a long way to determining the future of Arizona's publicly financed clean elections system. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer is in San Francisco to cover the hearing. He told KNAU's Daniel Kraker what's at stake in the case.
Grand Canyon, AZ – A joint field hearing was held at the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park April 8 to help shape policy regarding the environmental future of the park. About 2 hundred people listened to testimony from many sides of two controversial and complicated issues: uranium mining on land surrounding the park and impacts of Glen Canyon Dam. Among them were Arizona Congressmen Raul Grijalva and John Shadegg, and two California Representatives. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Last month the Arizona legislature passed a budget that would have cut hundreds of millions of dollars from health care for the poor. But now it looks like those programs are no longer on the state's chopping block. And many families are relieved to hear that AHCCCS (pronounced "access") and Kids Care are still intact at least for now. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Attorney General Terry Goddard is in northern Arizona today as part of his statewide tour to kick off his gubernatorial campaign. The Democrat ran unsuccessfully for Governor twice in the 1990s. He told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker why he thinks the third time's the charm.
Winslow, AZ – States across the country, including New York and Nevada, are considering the possibility of closing state parks as a budget-balancing strategy. But, so far, Arizona is the only state to go through with it. In February, the Arizona Legislature closed 5 of 30 state parks. And because many of those parks are home to fragile archaeological sites, Arizonans are stepping-up to protect the areas from looting. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.