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5:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

State Republicans May Try to Block Independents from Their Primaries

House Speaker Andy Tobin at the state capitol in 2013. He beat his Republican primary opponent, Gary Kiehne, by just over 400 votes last month. A big factor in his victory could have been the large number of independents voting in the Republican race.
Credit AP Photo/Matt York

Republicans may try to block independents from voting in future party primaries after they may have affected the outcome of some close races this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Injured Workers in Purina Plant Explosion Listed in Good Condition

An explosion occurred in the seven-story grain elevator at the Flagstaff Nestlé Purina plant.
Credit Flagstaff Fire Department

Four people were injured in an explosion at the Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff late Sunday afternoon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, two are now listed in good condition at the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Death Certificate Case Win Calls into Question State Gay Marriage Ban

Jennifer Pizer, attorney for Lambda Legal, discusses Friday's hearing on behalf of Fred McQuire, seated, to be listed as the surviving spouse of the man he married in California. With them is Patrick Ralph who also found himself in the same legal position after his spouse died.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

In what could be the first crack in the state’s ban on gay marriage, a federal judge Friday ordered the state to issue a death certificate for George Martinez that lists Green Valley resident Fred McQuire as his legal spouse. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:51 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Suspected Respiratory Virus Triggers Visitor Restrictions at Northern Arizona Healthcare

Northern Arizona Healthcare's Flagstaff Medical Center.
Credit flagstaffbusinessnews.com

Health officials suspect that the first cases of a severe respiratory virus that mainly affects children may have arrived in northern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, both Northern Arizona Healthcare locations are implementing visitation restrictions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Peter Rowan and the Art of Zen Bluegrass

During Peter Rowan's five-decade-long career he has been a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys along with releasing more than 20 solo albums.
Credit Courtesy photo

Singer-songwriter Peter Rowan is bluegrass royalty, having performed with some of the genre’s biggest legends during his five-decade career including Bill Monroe, Del McCoury, David Grisman and Tony Rice. His newest album, which was released in July, is called Dharma Blues and is largely made up of spiritually influenced songs he wrote while traveling in India and Japan in the 1990s. Gillian Welch and former Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady are just two of the many musicians who join him on the record.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:59 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New Report Shows Increase in State Abortion Numbers

State Health Director Will Humble
Credit Bastien Inzaurralde/cronkitenewsonline.com

A new report shows the number of abortions among state residents up slightly last year, with one notable exception. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Clean Elections Commission to Pursue Full Investigation of Horne

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit westernfreepress.org

The Clean Elections Commission concluded this afternoon there’s enough evidence to merit a full-blown investigation into whether Attorney General Tom Horne used state personnel and resources in his reelection bid. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Education Focal Point of First General-Election Gubernatorial Debate

Doug Ducey (right) discusses his ideas for shrinking government by going through the state budget "like a businessman" as Democrat Fred DuVal weighs his comments.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Education took center stage Wednesday night as gubernatorial hopefuls, Democrat Fred DuVal and Republican Doug Ducey, faced off in their first debate ahead of the general election. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer was there.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:58 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Brain Food: Taking Earth's Temperature

Paleoclimatologist Darrell Kaufman in the field.
Credit PAGES Past Global Changes

The key to understanding recent climate changes could be at the bottom of Arctic lakes. That's what Darrell Kaufman believes. He's a paleoclimatologist at Northern Arizona University and studies core sediment samples of Arctic mud to get a glimpse of thousands of years of environmental changes.

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State Capitol News
5:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Brewer Reluctant to Support Republican Schools Chief Nominee

Arizona's Republican nominee for superintendent of public instruction, Diane Douglas. A centerpiece of her campaign is the repeal of the federal Common Core standards, a program supported by outgoing governor Jan Brewer.
Credit Patrick Breen/The Republic

Gov. Brewer has been reluctant to endorse the Republican nominee for state schools chief. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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