Flagstaff, AZ – Proposition 102 may be one of the most controversial initiatives on the November ballot. If passed, the measure would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Supporters say a constitutional amendment will help protect marriage. Opponents say Prop 102 is discriminatory...and excessive, considering same-sex marriage is already illegal under state law. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – On October 29th, Eric Novack, chair of Medical Choice Arizona, and John Rivers, president of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, debated Proposition 101, also known as the Medical Choice Arizona Act, at Cline Library at NAU. Here's part two of the debate, featuring questions from audience members.
Flagstaff, AZ – On October 29th, Eric Novack, chair of Medical Choice Arizona, and John Rivers, president of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, debated Proposition 101, also known as the Medical Choice Arizona Act. Here's the first part of the debate.
Flagstaff, AZ – Proposition 101 would prohibit any law that restricts an individual's freedom to choose their own private health care plan or provider. Orthopedic surgeon Eric Novack is chairman of the group Medical choice for Arizona, which put the proposition on the ballot. He says Arizonans enjoy freedom of religion, freedom of the press and property rights. But
Flagstaff, AZ – You've probably seen those anonymous looking storefronts around Arizona advertising payday loans there are over 700 of them in the state. But odds are you've never taken one out. Still, how you vote on Proposition 200 next week will help determine the future of the payday lending industry in the state. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker has the second story in our series on the ballot initiatives.
Here's a trick question. Who's paying for this TV ad on Prop 200?
Flagstaff, AZ – The voter passed Employer Sanctions Law went into effect January 1st. That law punishes employers who intentionally or knowingly hire illegal immigrants. The first time an employer is caught hiring an undocumented worker their business license is suspended temporarily. The second time their license is taken away.
Andrew Pacheco, the Phoenix attorney who is behind the new proposed law says Prop 202 intends to go a step farther.
Sedona, AZ – A lot of job fairs target recent college graduates with brief resumes who are trying to break into their chosen careers. But, at a recent job fair in Sedona, the participants were 50 to 90 years old, the fastest growing employee population - not just in Arizona - but nationwide. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – On a recent Sunday the salesmen at McCoy Motors tied dozens of colorful helium-filled balloons to their cars to get passers by to notice their latest promotion. The following morning the balloons lay on the ground a bit deflated. That's how many local businesses, especially auto dealers like Levelle McCoy, are feeling these days.
MCCOY: Let's be realistic we're in a very tough time right now.
Flagstaff, AZ – On a recent sunny morning a pack of moms push jogging strollers single file up a hill in Flagstaff's Buffalo Park. The toddlers belted into beefy strollers smile as the wind rushes past them. The moms - not all of them smiling -- are there to work.
SABOL: Tighten those gluts. Up the hill let's go.
Beth Sabol teaches the stroller fitness class.
SABOL: Push it! Push it!
Sabol's daughter Lily naps in her stroller while her mom shouts commands.
Flagstaff, AZ – The five blonds sit in their log cabin living room in Doney Park on a recent stormy evening.
BURNETT FAMILY: I'm Jessie. I'm 20 years old and I play mandolin. I'm Connie. I'm mom. I play stand up bass. I'm Rachel. I'm 22 and I play violin. I'm Ryan. I'm 18 years old and I've been playing banjo for eight years. And I'm Brian. I'm the dad and I play guitar sometimes mandolin and sing too.
Their four large dogs, three cats and cockatoo don't like to feel left out.