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KNAU and Arizona News
7:58 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Arizona Sheriff Acknowledges Judge's Wife Was Investigated

A sketch of Sheriff Joe Arpaio testifying in federal court on April 23, 2015
Credit Maggie Keane

A hearing to decide whether to hold Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in contempt of court for violating court orders in a racial-profiling case took a surprising turn when the lawman acknowledged that his office was behind a secret investigation into the judge's wife.

Judge Murray Snow leveled a series of questions at Arpaio after his testimony wrapped up, focusing primarily on whether he or his family was being investigated by the sheriff.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Remembering Former AZ Governor And NAU Alumnus Raul Castro

Former Governor Raul Castro
Credit KPHO

Former Arizona Governor Raul Castro passed away earlier this month, at the age of 98. He was the state’s first Latino governor, a U.S. ambassador to three different countries, a teacher and a lawyer. Castro was also a graduate of the Arizona State Teacher’s College, which would eventually become Northern Arizona University. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Raul Castro’s success was hard fought and won. 

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State Capitol News
2:01 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Senators McCain and Flake Split on Support for Loretta Lynch for AG

After a five-month battle, the U.S. Senate confirmed New York City federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as the nation's next attorney general.
Credit NBC News

After five months of delay, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Loretta Lynch to serve as attorney general. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state’s Republican Senators were split on the nominee to lead the Justice Department.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:29 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Arpaio Testifies In Racial-Profiling Case

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

  Sheriff Joe Arpaio has completed his first day of testimony in a hearing to decide whether he should be held in contempt of court for violating orders to stop his immigration patrols.

Arpaio testified for about an hour before the hearing finished for the day. He is expected to be back on the stand Thursday.

The normally defiant and tough-talking sheriff was more mild-mannered and meek than usual as he fielded questions about his immigration efforts. He frequently said "I don't recall" in response to questions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:04 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Forester Looks For 'Survival Gene' In SW White Pine Trees

NAU forester Kristen Waring collects cones and seeds from a SW White Pine.
Credit NAU

The Southwestern White Pine is under attack from a parasite. Almost all the trees infected by the "Blister Rust" fungus die. That's why forester Kristen Waring is searching for the rare genes in the species that can combat the deadly spores.

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State Capitol News
5:27 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Gov. Ducey Appoints Lisa Atkins as Head of State Land Department

Arizona is getting a new chief overseer for its millions of acres of land held in trust to benefits schools and other public institutions.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Lisa Atkins as land commissioner, a post that includes heading up the Land Department and its administration of trust land.

Atkins is currently an executive of Greater Phoenix Leadership, a business advocacy group, and she's also a member of the board that oversees the Central Arizona Project aqueduct system.

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Earth Notes
3:02 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Notes: Aerial Acrobats

Photo: Jim Peaco/National Park Service.

  As cliff swallows return to the Colorado Plateau this spring, they set about building mud nests on cliffs – or, just as often, on manmade structures like bridge abutments or under wide eaves. That takes a lot of work—more than a thousand beakfuls of mud for a new nest.

  Cliff swallows live communally, and they’ll sometimes fast-track the nest-building process by stealing mud from neighbors or laying an egg or two in a nearby nest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:53 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Begaye Upsets Shirley Jr. In Navajo Presidential Race

Russell Begaye

Russell Begaye easily beat a former Navajo Nation president Tuesday for the top post on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:59 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Navajo Nation and Interior Dept. Finalize Land Buy-Back Program

On April 14, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed the final approval of the Land Buy-Back Program for Indian Nations.
Credit nativenewsonline.net

The Navajo Nation is partnering with the federal government to educate tribal members about the U.S. Interior Department's land buy-back program.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Forest Supervisors Sign Off on First Phase of 4FRI

A dangle-head processor delimbs and cuts logs to length for the Mountainare Timber Sale on the Coconino National Forest as part of 4FRI.
Credit USFS

Supervisors with the Coconino and Kaibab national forests have given final approval of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the program will restore forest health and decrease wildfire danger. 

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