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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Despite the Slide Fire, 2014 an Average Wildfire Season for Coconino NF

Credit Heather Noel/Coconino National Forest

After northern Arizona’s sixth driest winter on record, forest managers anticipated a busier-than-normal wildfire season in 2014. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the season was less extreme than expected.

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State Capitol News
4:05 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Symington Endorses Felecia Rotellini for State Attorney General

Former Arizona governor Fife Symington has endorsed Democrat Felecia Rotellini in the state's attorney general race.
Credit The Arizona Republic

Democrat Felecia Rotellini picked up what could be an important endorsement today in her bid for attorney general. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

State Argues Gay Marriage Dissuades Straights from Wedding

Credit telegraph.co.uk

Attorneys for the state are telling a federal judge that if he allows gays to wed then fewer straight couples will be willing to tie the knot. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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Weather
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

Credit azcapitoltimes.com

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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