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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is calling on the Sierra Club to retract a recent fundraising letter. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency says the group made false claims that uranium mining poses a threat to endangered California condors.


In 1946, Nat King Cole helped put Route 66 on the map with his classic, "Get Your Kicks on Route 66." Ironically, Cole couldn’t visit most of the establishments in the cities he sang about because he was black. At the time, Jim Crow laws banned people of color from sleeping, eating, buying gas – even getting haircuts at many businesses across the country, including along the Mother Road. But there were some safe havens, like La Posada Hotel in Winslow, the White Rock Motel in Kingman, and DuBeau’s Motel Inn in Flagstaff.  These locations were listed in the Green Book, a travel guide for people of color, first published in the 1930s. Documentarian Candacy Taylor came across it, while writing a Route 66 travel guide. She believes the Green Book saved countless black lives. It’s now the focus of her new initiative, The Green Book Project.


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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is making a push to engage more young people in the protection of public lands. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, part of the initiative involved spending five days on a Colorado River trip with a group of teenagers.


Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit has been appointed to a senior management post in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign, and DeWit says he plans to keep his elected office while volunteering.

 

 

 

 

A woman who was fatally shot by an Arizona police officer earlier this year had medical scissors in her hand as she approached him, the officer's body camera video released Wednesday shows.

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August is the month of meteors. From the Arizona Science Desk, Melissa Sevigny reports on two upcoming showers of shooting stars.


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Incoming Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Christine Lehnertz made her first visit to the park since her appointment. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one of her main goals will be to promote a climate of equality for employees in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.


Emergency fire shelters used by wildland firefighters may soon become more effective by using NASA technology. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports they’ll be made with similar heat-resistant materials used to enter the Martian atmosphere.


Each summer, wildfire scorches western forests, leaving millions of charred trees in its wake. Often logging trucks are not far behind, moving in to harvest the dead trees.


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