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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Aspen Heights Might Affect Dark Skies

U.S. Naval Observatory
Credit United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station

With the Flagstaff City Council’s approval of the Aspen Heights student housing project some people are raising concerns over how it will affect the area’s dark skies. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the development could comprise dark sky guidelines under the Flagstaff regional plan

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:36 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Pres. Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration, Raising the Ire of Republicans

The U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. is on the left side of the photo.
Credit cbp.gov

Tonight President Obama will address the American people to outline his executive order overhauling U-S immigration policy. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s being opposed by nearly all congressional Republicans.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:52 am
Thu November 20, 2014

The Great American Smokeout: Easier Said Than Done For Long-Time Smokers

Credit webmd.com

It's been almost 60 years since the U.S. Surgeon General officially announced that smoking tobacco can lead to lung cancer. Even so, an estimated 1 in 5 American adults still smoke, and today The American Cancer Society hopes those people will collectively give up the habit. It's the 37th annual Great American Smokeout, a national awareness campaign encouraging smokers to use the day as their "quit date". But, as Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, giving up nicotine isn't always that easy, especially for long-time smokers.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:31 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Brain Food: Thriving At Home After A Hospital Stay

Credit hillsidehealthcare.com

Very few people want to go to the hospital. Even fewer want to be readmitted after an illness or injury. Now there's a new local program designed to keep you from going back.

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Earth Notes
2:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Earth Notes: Pacific Fall Hurricanes Affect Arizona’s Ecosystems

Credit NASA/NOAA GOES Project

It’s unusual for the southwestern states to be affected by hurricanes. Most years, predominant wind patterns in the Eastern Pacific Ocean steer storms away from the region. But about once every five years – like this year – the ocean winds change direction.

And those shifting winds steer hurricanes closer to northwestern Mexico, making them more likely to head northwards and track across the southwestern U.S.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:13 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Fines Start Saturday for Coconino County’s Distracted-Driving Ordinance

On Saturday, Coconino County officials will begin fully enforcing a distracted-driving ordinance. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, drivers found using cell phones and other communication devises without hands-free technology could face penalties.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:02 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Supreme Court Invalidates Arizona Law Denying Bail to Undocumented Immigrants

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The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block a lower court ruling overturning an Arizona law that denies bail to undocumented immigrants who are charged with crimes. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the decision will likely result in numerous bail hearings in the state.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Coconino County Looks to Expand Dark Skies

Credit AZCentral

Coconino County Officials are in the process of completely updating zoning codes, and are soliciting public comment about lighting and sign policy. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the proposed changes are designed to greatly expand the county’s dark sky policy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Advocacy Groups Sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Over Mexican Gray Wolf Plan

A Mexican gray wolf living in captivity at Southwest Wildlife in Scottsdale.
Credit Southwest Wildlife

A coalition of advocacy groups is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program in the Southwest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit claims the federal agency has not enacted a plan that fulfills requirements made by federal law.

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