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2:45 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Judge Orders State Legislature to Pay Public Schools More Than $300 Million

Rep. John Kavanagh
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Rejecting a last-minute plea for a reprieve, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ordered state officials to immediately start administering more than $300 million for public schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Brain Food: Soft Ticks and Relapsing Fever

Soft ticks are carriers of the tick-born relapsing fever. It is treated by antibiotics and is similar to but milder than Lyme disease.
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Soft ticks are arachnids, like spiders. They live in pine and hardwood forests and thrive on the blood of mice, squirrels, chipmunks and sometimes birds. They don’t usually feed on humans, but, as in the case that closed Camp Colton near Flagstaff recently, it does happen once in awhile. Northern Arizona University Forest Entomology Professor Rich Hofstetter explains.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Huppenthal Asking for $1 Million to Handle Migrant Influx in Arizona Schools

State School Superintendent John Huppenthal said Wednesday Arizona schools already are feeling effects from unaccompanied minors crossing into this country illegally and warned of dire impacts if the Obama administration enacts some type of amnesty.
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The state’s top education official warned that Arizona schools could be inundated with immigrant children if President Obama enacts an amnesty plan. As Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, John Huppenthal is asking the federal government for $1 million to handle the influx.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NPS Native Cultural Items Repatriation Grant Announced for 2014

Items from Albuquerque's Maxwell Museum of Anthropology returned as part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
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The National Park Service has announced grants designed to return Native American artifacts and human remains. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, among the recipients is an eastern Arizona tribe.

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Earth Notes
4:59 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Earth Notes: The Colorado Plateau’s Prehistoric Baby Boom

One of the enduring mysteries of the Colorado Plateau is why the area’s ancient Puebloan population dropped to almost zero in the late 13th century, after peaking at as many as 40,000 people just 30 years earlier.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Make Final Pitch at Phoenix Forum

Candidates (from left) Andrew Thomas, Scott Smith and Frank Riggs at the last gubernatorial forum prior to Tuesday's primary.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The state’s Republican gubernatorial hopefuls — at least most of them — made their last-ditch pleas Tuesday night for votes in next week’s primary. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer was there and files this report.

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State Capitol News
3:57 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Gov. Brewer Campaign Donations Raises Ire of Technology Group

Gov. Jan Brewer
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The Arizona Technology Council took its $6,000 donation back from Gov. Jan Brewer’s political action committee after she used its cash to try to defeat a legislative candidate it supports. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Flagstaff Hosts Gubernatorial Forum with a Week to Go Before the Primary

Mesa Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith at Monday's Flagstaff forum.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Last night, Flagstaff hosted its first-ever gubernatorial forum on the campus of Northern Arizona University. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, seven candidates for the state’s highest office fielded a variety of questions collected from an online Gallup poll.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

State Election Director Claims Group Violating Campaign Finance Laws

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The state’s election director says an organization that has so far put nearly $1.7 million into this year’s primary election likely is violating campaign finance laws. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Monday’s Gubernatorial Debate is a First for Flagstaff and Northern Arizona

Flagstaff City Councilman Jeff Oravits and Flagstaff Vice Mayor Coral Evans discuss the gubernatorial debate at the KNAU studios.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Tonight, Flagstaff will host its first-ever gubernatorial debate. Each candidate will spend 15 minutes in an interview-style forum with the moderator, fielding questions gathered from an online poll. The event will take place at the Cline Library Assembly Hall at Northern Arizona University. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the event begins at 5:30. It’s free and open to the public and will go until 8 p.m. To become part of the debate, take the Gallup poll at www.thearizonawewant.org/azpoll.

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