Flagstaff, AZ – Many seniors graduated last Friday at Northern Arizona University including one senior citizen. After four decades Doug Vinnes returned to campus to make his graduation official. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.
Flagstaff, AZ – Although swine flu has proven less deadly than originally anticipated it's taken a serious toll on American Indians. A report conducted by 12 states and released this week by the Centers for Disease Control says the mortality rate was four times higher among American Indians than any other racial or ethnic group. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales visited the edge of the Navajo Reservation to try to find out why this is true.
Flagstaff, AZ – One of the most common injuries seen at Flagstaff Medical Center's Emergency Department this time of year is a spinal cord fracture. People break their backs sledding. FMC saw more than 150 sledding related injuries last winter. This month KNAU will air some of the best local and regional stories from the past year. This story aired last February but the hospital says the issue is still current. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Demand at food banks has never been higher. The Department of Agriculture released a recent report that showed one out of every seven households is having trouble putting food on the table. Large food banks are stocking up with the help of WalMart and other grocery chains. But smaller food banks are struggling to keep pace with the demand, at the same time their traditional sources of food are drying up.
Tuba City, AZ – When President Barack Obama was elected, a group of middle school students on the Navajo Nation wrote him letters telling him about life on the reservation. Many write honestly about the poverty they live in, but also dispense advice, and offer lots of invitations to their homes.
The project was the idea of Margaret Erhart, who teaches creative writing at Eagle's Nest Intermediate School in Tuba City, on the western edge of the Navajo reservation.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Senate began debating its version of a massive health care reform bill this week. The House passed its reform bill last month, with only one Republican in support. Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick represents northern Arizona in the House. She supported the bill, and explained why to Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker.
Flagstaff, AZ – Yesterday, KNAU brought you a story on the growing number of homeless families in Arizona and the lack of emergency shelter space available to them. Today, in the final part of our series on homelessness, we take a look at how children are affected by the situation. For many, it's a balancing act between school and survival. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.