KNAU and Arizona News

KNAU and Arizona News
5:14 am
Wed March 4, 2009

Governor Brewer calls for tax increase to help bridge budget gap

Phoenix, AZ – In her speech to a joint session of the state legislature this afternoon, Republican Governor Jan Brewer called for a temporary tax hike to help balance next year's budget. She said one billion dollars in new tax revenue needs to be approved; whether by the legislature, or directly by voters. She also called for more spending cuts, and said Arizona can expect roughly one billion dollars in federal stimulus funds. Here is Governor Brewer's complete speech to the state legislature.

KNAU and Arizona News
4:05 am
Mon March 2, 2009

NAU counseling services in demand

Flagstaff, AZ – As Arizona legislators work out a plan for next fiscal year, universities are preparing for big cuts. And that's led to a sometimes fierce debate over which university programs are most essential to students. At Northern Arizona University some have proposed cutting counseling, at a time when those services have never been more in demand. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this report.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:03 am
Fri February 27, 2009

Auto Sales

Flagstaff/Prescott, AZ – It's a quiet afternoon at the Prescott Honda Dealership with a few customers looking at cars. The dealership is still located on Iron Springs road One of the owners, Gary Young, says he's glad they didn't move forward with plans to build a new facility because he says Prescott is feeling the recession.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:29 am
Thu February 26, 2009

Community Colleges See Record Enrollments

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Flagstaff, AZ – Across the country college enrollment numbers are way up. In northern Arizona, Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai community colleges are all experiencing record breaking semesters. School administrators say they attribute their success to the unsuccessful economy, and a new breed of students they call "retrainers." Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:02 am
Fri February 20, 2009

Kirkpatrick talks economic stimulus

Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has been traveling around the first district talking with her constituents about the federal economic stimulus bill that President Obama signed on Wednesday. She stopped by KNAU's studios Feb. 20. During last fall's campaign, Kirkpatrick opposed the Troubled Assets Relief Program but she did vote for the most recent stimulus bill. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales asked Kirkpatrick what was different about this package.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:06 am
Thu February 19, 2009

Downtown businesses determined

Flagstaff, AZ –
Peace Surplus owner Steve Chatinski is very careful with his money.

CHATINSKI: I watch every penny that comes in and every penny that goes out.

He says he's always been that way since he and his dad opened the outdoor clothing and equipment store in the mid 70s. He says that's why his store is doing alright. Last month Peace was down 20 percent from the previous January but it was their second best January on record.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:47 am
Wed February 18, 2009

Governor Brewer talks budget, education in Flagstaff

Flagstaff, AZ – Today, President Obama will address a public audience in Mesa. He's expected to discuss the state's budget and foreclosure crisis. Yesterday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was in Flagstaff doing much the same thing. The governor was on somewhat of a fact-finding mission, surveying Arizona's rural communities for solutions to the budget crisis. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl was able to sit down, briefly, with Governor Brewer yesterday to talk about some of those solutions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:12 am
Wed February 18, 2009

Foreclosures on the rise in northern Arizona

Flagstaff, AZ – President Obama unveiled his 75 billion dollar foreclosure prevention plan Wednesday in Mesa. Arizona has been hit especially hard by the housing crunch. And while most of the pain so far has been felt in the Phoenix area, foreclosures are on the rise in northern Arizona. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker spoke with Devonna McGlaughlin, assistant director of the nonprofit affordable housing group Both Hands.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:37 am
Fri February 13, 2009

Memorial Services Scheduled for Grand Canyon Couple

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Flagstaff, AZ – Memorial services will be held this Sunday at the Grand Canyon for Laurent and Shirley Gaudreau. The couple, ages 82 and 73, was found dead last week at their home inside Grand Canyon National Park. An investigation is underway, but officials say it appears to be a murder/suicide. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:27 am
Fri February 13, 2009

Winter Weather Update with Flagstaff Meteorologist Lee Born

The San Francisco Peaks

Flagstaff, AZ – Northern Arizona has been slammed this week with powerful winter storms. On Tuesday, heavy snow forced the closure of roads, highways and schools across the region, including Northern Arizona University. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl sat down with Flagstaff meteorologist, Lee Born, to talk about all this snow.

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