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.
Flagstaff, AZ – After 8 days of KNAU's on-air fundraising campaign, comedian Paula Poundstone of NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, provides a little comic relief. She spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl.
Flagstaff, AZ – Many states are dealing with crippling budget problems this year, but in Arizona its come down to this - toilets. Arizona has the largest budget gap in the nation, percentage wise, and they've had to trim every state program, lay off staff, close state parks and even13 of Arizona's 18 highway rest stops. That last one has tourists, truckers, and rural Arizonans complaining. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer signed the state's 2011 budget last week. It's full of severe cuts to many state programs. And lawmakers may have to slash more if voters don't approve a one cent sales tax and the state isn't sued. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales talked to state capitol reporter Howard Fischer about all that was cut.
Flagstaff, AZ – Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be in Arizona this week to promote republican Senator John McCain's re-election bid. It's the first time the two have campaigned together since they shared a ticket. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – The U.S. Department of Justice is looking to college students to help identify Native Americans who might be entitled to claims for radiation exposure. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – After lots of waivering Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has decided to vote in favor of the health care reform bill. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Fred Solop is head of the Politics and International Affairs department at Northern Arizona University. Solop says as Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick decides which way to vote on health care reform she isn't thinking simply about health care.