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Updated Oct 2, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Gov. Jan Brewer warns of shutdown-related problems

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the state could be in for big problems if the shutdown of the federal government continues.

Brewer said Tuesday the shutdown would affect a lot of things in Arizona.

"We're probably going to have some impact with our National Guard employees to the tune of about 1,400," she said. "We've got concerns over at DES in regards to the WIC program. We've have issues with food for the elderly."

Brewer wants those in Congress who are against Obamacare to look past that issue for the time being.

"The direction in which Obamacare is going is carved in stone," she said. "I believe they need to get us a budget or a continuing resolution. We need to get America, the United States, back on track.

"I believe that Congress -- on both sides of the aisle -- and the president, ought to step up and resolve this issue immediately," said Brewer.

When she was asked who she thinks is at fault for the shutdown, Brewer blamed everyone.

"I think it's all of their faults. They're all responsible."

Brewer said the current crisis won't impact Arizona's Medicaid plan because the funding is already in place.

As for the future of the Affordable Care Act, Brewer said "I do not support Obama healthcare. I never have. I believe it will probably fall under its' own weight."

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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