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The Navajo Nation Council has approved the largest spending package in its history. It’ll be funded by a settlement the tribe received from a federal lawsuit, and benefit several water and sanitation projects. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Yesterday’s winter storm was Arizona’s first test of a new kind of snowplow that can clear two lanes at once.


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A frigid storm system has dropped more than a foot of snow in some areas of Northern Arizona since late last night. It also brought with it an unusual weather phenomenon known as “thundersnow”. 


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The first storm of February in northern Arizona is expected to drop several inches of snow throughout the region. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 5 p.m. on Monday above 4,000 feet.

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A law enforcement official says the Arizona rancher killed during the arrest of an armed group in Oregon was shot after reaching toward his waistband multiple times.

The official, who had been briefed on the investigation but spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it by name, said Robert "LaVoy" Finicum of Arizona was armed, but did not have an opportunity to shoot.

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hopes to test experimental contraceptives on the overpopulated Black Mountain burro herd near Kingman.


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Last week, leaders from nearly two dozen Arizona tribes gathered at the state capital for the annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told state House representatives that he feels tribal sovereignty is threatened. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


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For the second time in less than a week, a new speed record has been set by a non-motorized boat for the fastest trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. 

To avoid the first frost, Navajo herders move their livestock to lower ground when aspen trees drop their leaves. Others watch the stars and the moon to gauge the timing of seasonal movements. But with changing climate in the Southwest, nature’s signs have become less reliable.


Arizona lawmakers opposed to abortion are trying again to limit the use of medication abortions, three months after a 2012 law was declared unconstitutional.

Senate Bill 1324 bars the use of the most commonly-used drug to induce abortions after seven weeks of pregnancy. It also requires the drug be taken only at the FDA-approved doses.

Clinics now use medication abortions up to nine weeks.

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