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1:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Flagstaff Extended Forecast

State Capitol News
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Rising Jobless Rate Fuels Debate in Governor’s Race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal addresses the audience last month at a forum in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A new report showing the state’s jobless rate rising for the third straight month is fueling a key debate in the gubernatorial campaign. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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Southwest Book Reviews
4:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KNAU's SW Book Reviewer Becomes the Reviewed: Mary Sojourner's '29'

Credit Torrey House Press

In KNAU's latest Southwest Book Review, the reviewer - Mary Sojourner - becomes the reviewed. Sojourner's latest novel 29 has just been released. It tells the story of Nell Walker, a woman navigating a cycle of despair after losing her heart - and her job as a high-powered corporate executive - all at once. She flees Los Angeles and ends up in the small desert town of Twenty Nine Palms in a battle against energy developers who are threatening sacred lands. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris spoke with Mary Sojourner about blending her passions for writing and environmental activism into the pages of 29.

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State Capitol News
12:55 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

State Jobless Rate Increases for the Third Month in a Row

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A new report today shows the state’s jobless rate jumped for the third month in a row. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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State Capitol News
3:43 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

State High School Grads May Have to Pass Civics Test

Lucian Spataro, president of the Joe Foss Institute, details what students would need to know about civics to graduate from high school under a plan his organization is pushing. Rep. Steve Montenegro, right, is going to sponsor the legislation this coming year.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

High schoolers who can’t name at least one branch of government, define the United States as a capitalist country or at least know Phoenix is the state capitol could find themselves denied a diploma. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:34 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

State Health Officials Suspect First Cases of Respiratory Virus

Jessica Rigler, chief for the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the Arizona Department of Heath Services
Credit Sydney Schuman/cronkitenewsonline.com

Arizona may have its first cases of a severe respiratory virus that has sickened children across the country. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, even though it’s still unconfirmed, state health officials are already taking precautions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:01 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Arizona Prepares Appeal as EPA Again Rejects the State’s Regional Haze Rules

The EPA's new rules are designed to reduce haze at several national parks and wilderness areas in the Southwest including the Grand Canyon.
Credit NPS

The Environmental Protection Agency recently rejected part of Arizona’s plan to improve visibility at several Southwestern wilderness areas and national parks including the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state is preparing an appeal after its third such rejection.

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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Earth Notes: Utah’s Oil Sands

Canyonlands National Park
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The Colorado Plateau has seen its share of energy booms and busts. In eastern Utah, another one may be poised to begin.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tucson Claims National Security for Cell-Phone Tracking Secrecy

A tower for the StingRay cell phone tracking system. The City of Tucson is fighting a request to hand over information about its use of the device.
Credit Getty Images

The city of Tucson says there’s a good reason why it doesn’t want to provide details of how it tracks cell phone users: national security. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gilbert Church Wants U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Sign Case

Credit Alliance Defending Freedom

Attorneys for a tiny Gilbert congregation want the nation’s high court to void regulations that limit the size and placement of signs to its services. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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