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Laurel Morales
Laurel Morales is KJZZ's Fronteras: the Changing America Desk Senior Field Correspondent in Flagstaff, AZ.Morales has served as a  public radio reporter for more than ten years-- most of that time devoted to covering Arizona stories.
Sept. 20, 2013
Amy Silverman: Special Olympics creates choices
Sophie and her grandmother (Photo courtesy of the Silverman family) It was the perfect moment.The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, my mother and I were stretched out on lounge chairs, enjoying the sounds of the crashing waves.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona receives B grade in new study on government transparency
Arizona receives high marks in a new survey that evaluates public access to state spending records. But researchers say there’s room for more government transparency in the state. The report has been released by the non-partisan Arizona Public Interest Research Group, or AZPIRG.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona educator reflects on Eddie Bashas dedication to schools
Arizona educators are remembering Eddie Basha for his dedication to public schools and children in need.  The businessman and philanthropist died Tuesday at age 75.  He’s probably best known for the chain of grocery stores that his family started in Arizona, but Eddie Basha also served on the State Board of Regents and ran for governor in the 1990s.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firebird Raceways last night out bittersweet for fans
After 30 years in business, the lease on Firebird International Raceway in Chandler ran out. Negotiations between the Gila River Indian Community, which owns the venue, and the current operators stalled, so the Valley racing institution is closing down completely this month.
Sept. 20, 2013
What Term Best Describes Immigrants Living In The U.S. Illegally?
The Associated Press Stylebook no longer will sanction using the term "illegal immigrant." The decision has been applauded by Latino advocates. For years, many protested the AP and other journalism organizations, including The New York Times, over usage of what they believed to be an offensive term.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Board of Regents approves tuition hike for three state universities
The Arizona Board of Regents has unanimously approved more than $100 million in tuition and fee increase at the state’s three universities for the next academic year.   Base tuition and mandatory fees will go up 3 percent at Arizona State and the University of Arizona and they’ll increase anywhere between 2-5 percent at Northern Arizona University.
Sept. 20, 2013
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Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix mayor heads to Mexico City for trade mission
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is traveling to Mexico City on Wednesday to lead a trade mission there. The purpose is to strengthen economic ties with our neighbor to the South.The delegation from Phoenix includes city and business leaders.
Sept. 20, 2013
Salt River Project says Nevada Utility wants to sell its share of SRPs Navajo coal power plant
Salt River Project Company confirmed that a Nevada utility wants to sell its share of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona. It’s the latest in a series of financial hits for SRP.Nevada state lawmakers have approved legislation that allows Nevada Energy Incorporated to sell its 11 percent share of the SRP-operated Navajo Generating Station by 2019.
Sept. 20, 2013
Easter hams bring audits for grocery stores
The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures says it found some retailers were overcharging customers for their Easter hams. Spokesman Shawn Marquez says they wanted to ensure customers were getting a fair and accurate price, but found some problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Airlines grounds flights, reveals new merger details
As American Airlines grappled with a failed computer system, more information came to light about the company’s proposed merger with US Airways. If bankrupt American joins with Tempe-based US Airways, the company will become the largest carrier in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Senate rejects changes to recall elections
The Arizona Senate has rejected a proposal to expand recall elections to include both primaries and general elections. The Senate had given the bill its preliminary approval on Tuesday. At that time, members also added a provision to include the incumbent’s name on both the primary and general election ballots, even if that incumbent lost in the primary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Star Wars goes Navajo
“Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi …” Chances are, you’ve heard those iconic words before. But you’ve never heard them in Dine, the official language of the Navajo. At least not yet. Manuelito Wheeler is the director of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.
Sept. 20, 2013
Raul Grijalva criticizes ?path to citizenship? as too long
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva weighed in on the immigration reform bill, unveiled in the Senate last week, by saying its 'path to citizenship' is too long and the costs of becoming a citizen are too high.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain says Congress wont give Napolitano flexibility on border fence funds
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she would like to have flexibility on the proposal to designate $1.5 billion for a border fence, under the immigration reform law.  But, KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert reports Arizona’s U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scrap metal monitoring bill passes the House
The Arizona House has given its final OK to a bill creating tougher monitoring of scrap metal transactions. The measure, from Representative Tom Forese enhances anti-theft laws to require all scrap dealers to register with the Department of Public Safety.
Sept. 20, 2013
Andrew Thomas files for governors race
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he wants to be Arizona's next governor to combat crime and border violence. He filed the paperwork for his gubernatorial bid Friday afternoon.  Andrew Thomas filed paperwork to run for Arizona Governor on Friday afternoon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bobcat attack worries experts of possible rabies case
A Show Low woman is recovering after being attacked by a bobcat near her home Sunday. Bruce Sitko of Arizona Game and Fish says the woman was bitten and scratched, but that the big concern is that the animal who was killed by a sheriff's deputy may have been rabid.
Sept. 20, 2013
Humor with the potty mouth at the table
Humorist and former Phoenix resident Laurie Notaro is back with her latest book of essays. This one, "The Potty Mouth at the Table," focuses on tales of rudeness. Author and humorist Laurie Notaro with Steve Goldstein.
Sept. 20, 2013

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