Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Education Association and Planned Parenthood are sponsoring training sessions, beginning this coming weekend for would-be legislators. But AEA President John Wright said they're not just being civic minded.
Phoenix, AZ – State health officials said today that anyone who wants a swine flu vaccine is probably going to be able to get it -- eventually.
State Health Director Will Humble said Arizona is likely to get 5 million doses of the new vaccine. But there will only be 900,000 available in October, with the balance coming in in the following months.
Phoenix, AZ – The state's largest abortion provider filed suit Monday to block a new law that imposes some new restrictions on the procedure.
That law set to take effect later this month imposes a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can terminate a pregnancy. Planned Parenthood does not challenge that directly. But organization president Bryan Howard said it's unconstitutional to require pre- abortion counseling be done face-to-face rather than over the phone.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer couldn't get her way with lawmakers on a temporary sales tax hike. But there is another option: the initiative process.
In essence, supporters of the concept of increasing sales taxes to bridge the gap between revenues and expenses would have to get the signatures to put the issue on the ballot. Brewer said she'd prefer it if lawmakers put the question to voters themselves.
Phoenix, AZ – Budget problems mean some state parks in rural areas could end up being open fewer hours.
The Parks Board is facing a $1.5 million gap between its operating budget and the money it has to spend. The result is that up to 30 workers -- close to one out of every 10 -- are going to have to be let go.