Arizona

4:57pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Arizona Gov. Issues Executive Order Limiting New Immigration Policy

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 6:23 am

Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer is throwing more punches in her contentious relationship with the federal government.

Today, she issued an executive order that says young people granted a deportation deferral under President Obama's new policy will still be considered undocumented and won't be granted public benefits.

Obama's new policy went into effect today.

NPR's Ted Robbins sent this report to our Newscast unit:

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10:47am

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

After 49 Years, Arizona Killer Freed From Prison; Was Longest-Serving Woman

Betty Smithey's record.
Arizona Dept. of Corrections

Now 69-years-old, Betty Smithey was convicted for the 1963 murder of a 15-month old Phoenix girl.

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3:18pm

Tue August 14, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 4:37 pm

A Metro Light Rail train rolls by the Devine Legacy apartment building along Central Avenue in Phoenix. The energy-efficient complex includes 65 "urban style" apartments.
Courtesy of Mica Thomas Mulloy

It's been a record hot summer in many cities across the nation. Phoenix is no exception. This Sonoran Desert metropolis already records more days over 100 degrees than any other major U.S. city. Now, climate models predict Phoenix will soon get even hotter.

A hotter future may mean a more volatile environment — and along with it, natural disasters, greater pressure on infrastructure, and an increased physical toll on city residents.

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1:40am

Tue August 14, 2012
Dead Stop

A Wild Resting Place For Gunslingers And Cowboys

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 7:03 am

The Boot Hill cemetery in Tombstone, Ariz., is filled with the graves of men who met their end in the Wild West. While there are many such cemeteries in the Western U.S., Tombstone's is considered the most famous.
Ted Robbins NPR

If you're from a state once considered the "Old West," odds are you've heard of a Boot Hill graveyard. Turns out there are a number of Boot Hill cemeteries in the West, so named because many of their inhabitants died violently — with their boots on.

But of all the Boot Hill cemeteries, none is as famous as Boot Hill in Tombstone, Ariz.

It's a tough-looking place. No lawn, just gravel, mesquite trees and cactus. The graves are covered with stones to keep varmints from digging up the bones.

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7:37am

Mon August 13, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEOS: Another Dust Storm Blankets Phoenix

That's a wall of dirt and dust rolling over Phoenix on Saturday. (Screen grab from video posted on YouTube.)
Epicrender YouTube.com

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