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11:40 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Local Police Chief Reacts To Governor Vetoing Police Identity Bill

Sedona Police Chief Raymond Cota, AACOP Second Vice President

 

Police chiefs across the state are applauding Governor Doug Ducey for vetoing Senate Bill 1445. The proposal would have shielded the names of officers involved in shootings for 60 days. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Sedona’s Police Chief was one of the bill’s outspoken critics.

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7:34 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Abortion Medication Law

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Monday that requires abortion providers in Arizona to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion and also bars women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

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State Capitol News
6:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Ducey Vetoes Bill Shielding Officer Names

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation Monday requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months, nixing a bill that was inspired by last year's events Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents around the country.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Dry, Warm Conditions Set the Stage for 2015 Fire Season

The Schultz Fire broke out north of Flagstaff on the Coconino National Forest in June 2010.
Credit Brady Smith/Coconino National Forest

With warming spring temperatures and dry conditions, wildfire danger in northern Arizona is increasing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, forest managers are gearing up for what could be an active year for firefighters.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:39 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Forest Service Eyes Development Of Improved Fire Shelter

Deploying fire shelter
Credit goheroes.usa

The U.S. Forest Service says it's picking up the pace on developing a new fire shelter after the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona where officials say flames and heat went beyond the current shelter's protective capabilities.

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State Capitol News
12:58 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Arizona House to Consider Making State Licenses Federally Compliant

The Arizona House is attempting to update the state’s driver’s license standards to be in compliance with federal law. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, without the changes license-holders could be kept from boarding airplanes and entering federal facilities as soon as next year.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:54 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Flagstaff Doctors Discuss Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Rodney Engel, Northern Arizona Gastroenterology

All month long, doctors across the country have been urging their patients over the age of 50 to get tested for colorectal cancer. March is not only colon cancer awareness month; it’s also part of the “80-percent by 2018 initiative.” It’s a movement aimed at getting 80-percent of the population screened for colorectal cancer in the next three-years. Flagstaff Dr. Peter Mathern with Arizona Oncology and Dr. Rodney Engel with Northern Arizona Gastroenterologist joined Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo to talk about the initiative. 

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State Capitol News
8:56 am
Fri March 27, 2015

State House to Vote on Third-Party Ballot Drop-off Ban

Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Arizona House is set to vote on a bill making it illegal for anyone except a family member or candidate to collect more than two early ballots from voters. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, some say the method increases voter turnout while others say it can increase voter fraud.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Funeral For Slain Navajo Police Officer To Be Held Today

Officer Alex Yazzie
Credit Courtesy

  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Friday in honor of a Navajo Nation police officer killed in a shootout with a gunman.

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State Capitol News
7:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Copilot Suspected of Alps Air Crash Trained in Arizona

Andreas Lubitz, the copilot suspected of intentionally crashing a Lufthansa flight in the Alps.
Credit Reuters/Foto-Team-Mueller

The co-pilot who authorities believe intentionally crashed an airplane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, likely first honed his flying skills for months in Arizona.

Lufthansa Group, which owns Germanwings airline, said Thursday that 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz trained in Bremen, Germany and Phoenix starting in 2008.

A Facebook page bearing his name lists Phoenix Goodyear Airport among his interests.

The airport houses Airline Training Center Arizona, a Lufthansa-owned training facility.

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