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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.


The American Southwest is one of the fastest changing climates in North America. And some scientists fear many plants, and the organisms that depend on them, may not be able to adapt to the changes in time to survive. That’s why Northern Arizona University ecological geneticist Tom Whitham is cloning key species and planting them in different environments.

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Arizona Senator John McCain says it’s insulting for some international groups to call the US airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan a war crime. McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, says it was a tragic accident instigated by the Taliban. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports.


Arizona Dept. of Corrections

Authorities say 11 inmates have been indicted on charges stemming from the riots at a private prison in Kingman in early July.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Rod Albright said Tuesday that only those inmates who could be positively identified were charged in the July 1 riot at the Cerbat Unit.

He says additional charges will be filed in the July 2 and July 4 riots in the Hualapai Unit.

Albright says fewer inmates in the Hualapai Unit will be charged because the cameras were broken more quickly than those in the Cerbat Unit.

National Radio Astronomy Observatory and ALMA Observatory

Dwarf galaxies create new stars just like bigger galaxies do – but for decades researchers haven’t been able to find the same star-forming ingredients inside of them. An astronomer at Lowell Observatory helped explain the mystery.

In the global carbon economy, forests act like leafy savings accounts. They take carbon dioxide from the air during photosynthesis, convert it into biomass, and deposit it for years or even centuries in wood and soil.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing two Western minnows in the West as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The agency says human activity has caused the numbers of two chub species to dwindle. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 

US Forest Service/Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Orange and gold leaves usually fill the branches of Aspen trees this time of year. But as Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, a fungal disease is turning some of those leaves brown and blotchy across the Southwest.

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The Kiwanis Club will build a playground in Prescott to honor Kayla Mueller. The humanitarian aid worker died earlier this year while being held captive by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.