The number of abortions reported in Arizona is down.

A state report says there were 12,900 reported abortions performed in Arizona in 2014. That's down 3.7 percent from the 13,401 reported abortions performed in 2013 in Arizona.

About three-quarters of the abortions performed in 2014 involved surgical procedures, while the remainder used a medication-induced procedure.

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Scientists have a new worry about a special group of organisms that protects soil on the Colorado Plateau. They’re called “biocrusts,” and they’re easily destroyed when trampled—but new research shows there’s another menace: climate change.

Biocrust is created by mosses and lichens glued together with photosynthetic bacteria. It forms a kind of bumpy shield on the soil surface.   


The suspect in this morning’s shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus made his initial court appearance this afternoon. Steven Jones faces one count of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Following this morning’s shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus, the NAU Alert system was activated. But due to human error, the initial emergency text message didn’t reach all the intended recipients.

About 700 people received the alert out of the 18,000 who are signed up for the service. That initial message was inadvertently sent to only certain groups instead of the entire list.

An Instragram account believed to be that of the NAU campus shooting suspect shows him posing with various firearms. Photos from the account named “_steven_jones”, shows what appears to be 18-year-old freshman Steven Jones holding a shotgun while wearing American flag attire, and another fully automatic gun.

The photos were pulled from Instgram Friday morning following the shooting that left one dead and three injured on the NAU campus. 

NAU Shooting Updates

Oct 9, 2015

12:30 p.m. UPDATE:

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The four victims in the overnight shooting at Northern Arizona University were all members of the same fraternity.

Delta Chi executive director Justin Sherman said in a letter in the aftermath of the shooting that Colin Brough, Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring were members of the fraternity. Brough died and the others are hospitalized.

The alleged gunman – 18-year-old Steven Jones – was not a member of the fraternity.

Officials say one person is dead and three others are wounded following an early morning shooting at Northern Arizona University


The Arizona Department of Transportation says the federal Real ID will be available to residents of the state by next April. Eventually, all Americans will need federally compliant identification to enter airports and federal buildings. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The Grand Canyon Bison Management Act is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives after passing though committee. The law would allow specially licensed members of the public to buy tags to hunt the animals within Grand Canyon National Park. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

The board overseeing Arizona's early childhood development program is opposing a plan from Republican legislative leaders to take some of its funding to support K-12 education.

The First Things First board announced its formal opposition to Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker David Gowan's plan on Wednesday.

Biggs and Gowan want voters to approve taking $200 million the program has in the bank next year and $75 million each year going forward to fund schools.