Seligman, AZ – Building materials titan Cemex plans to build a cement plant 50 miles from the Grand Canyon. The move would bring jobs and a tax base to Seligman, a small rural town that hasn't seen much action since travelers got their kicks on Route 66. But environmentalists are concerned about air quality and Seligman is divided over how growth would affect their quaint community. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.
Flagstaff, AZ – Republican legislative leaders were in Flagstaff today to brief business and community officials on the state budget crisis. State Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams stopped by KNAU's studios while they were here. Adams told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker the budget deficit is the worst crisis Arizona has ever faced.
Flagstaff, AZ – Crisis phone lines are jammed and beds are full at domestic violence shelters across Arizona. Lay offs and other economic pressures make for more incidents of abuse, and often times they're more severe. And as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports, the state has cut funding to domestic violence shelters at a time when their services are needed most.
Leupp, AZ – Anyone who has been to northern Arizona has probably encountered a reservation dog. "Rez dogs," as they're known, are their own breed really, both in looks and in personality. And the rural areas of northern Arizona are overpopulated with them. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales stopped by the Plateauland Mobile Veterinary Clinic in Leupp to bring us this story.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer unveiled her plan Wednesday to balance the state budget. Lawmakers from both parties found something to dislike in the plan.
Brewer asked lawmakers to cut state spending by about $1 billion. She also hopes to get another billion in federal stimulus dollars. But that still leaves the state a billion dollars short. Brewer told lawmakers she has a long record of conservative and anti-tax credentials.
Flagstaff, AZ – Paul Mobley is a self-described city boy. He's a commercial photographer who's spent his career in the urban jungle of New York City. But for four years he traveled throughout rural America, taking over 30 thousand pictures of more than 200 family farms. The result is his landmark book "American Farmer: The Heart of our Country" - the first portrait collection of modern American farmers ever published.
Flagstaff, AZ – One of the most common side effects of some chemotherapy treatments is hair loss. It can be especially devastating for women, particularly when it comes time to shave their hair completely. But, a hair stylist in Flagstaff is trying to make the experience a little less traumatic. Robert Allison runs Salon Called Hope. And it's one of the only private salons in the country that offers free services to cancer patients. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.