June 21, 2013

AZ Week: Election Law Changes and Wildfires

Arizona’s Vote ID law was struck down by the US Supreme Court but changes will come slowly.

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Arizona Voter Laws On Monday, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling striking down Arizona’s requirement that people who register to vote using the federal form must prove they are citizens. Christopher Conover talks about that ruling is Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

Campaign Investigation Just days before the US Supreme Court issued its ruling on Arizona’s voter ID law. Attorney Vince Rabago called for a federal investigation into voter suppression during the last campaign season.

Fire Season Fire crews are battling the Doce fire near Prescott. So far the fire has burned more than 7 thousand acres. The Doce fire was human caused. Two other fires began this week. The Halfway fire near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon burned more than 200 acres but is now officially contained and the Thomas Fire in southern Arizona burned about 100 acres. In all a dozen fires have blackened the Arizona landscape so far this year.

Ten years ago, the Aspen fire destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson. It also burned tens-of-thousands of acres of forest. Even today, a decade later, it is still possible to see scars from that fire. Georgia Davis takes us to Mount Lemmon where the fire was centered to see how the forest is recovering, tens years after the Aspen fire.

Fire Outlook The fire season in Arizona is well under way. Michael Chihak sat down with Kristy Lund of the Coronado National Forest and Michelle Fidler of the U.S. Park Service to discuss this year's prospects for wildfire in Arizona.

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