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4:07 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Earth Notes: The Slide Fire’s Mosaic of Impacts

The State Route 89A switchbacks in Oak Creek Canyon after the Slide Fire. Large areas of steep terrain were severely burned in May.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

In late May of this year, wildfire swept through upper Oak Creek Canyon in northern Arizona. By the time firefighters contained it in early June, the Slide Fire had burned some 22,000 acres of chaparral, mixed conifers, and ponderosa pine forest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:52 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Gov. Brewer Contemplates Who She’ll Support In Upcoming Elections

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit AP

Gov. Jan Brewer is building up a political warchest to help influence who controls the Legislature for the next two years — and potentially who succeeds her. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
7:59 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Arizona Secretary of State Candidates Debate Their Qualifications for Governor

Justin Pierce, Michele Reagan and Wil Cardon debate Tuesday night as each seeks to become the Republican nominee for secretary of state. Hosting is Ted Simons, right, of KAET-TV.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Three Republicans are vying to become the next secretary of state. So at a televised debate on KAET-TV Tuesday night, moderator Ted Simons asked them what qualifies them to be governor. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

With Rain on the Way, Oak Creek Canyon Forest Land to Close Thursday

A severely burned area in Oak Creek Canyon as a result of the Slide Fire, just north of Slide Rock State Park.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Recently, Coconino National Forest officials announced that all forest lands in Oak Creek Canyon will close due to high flooding danger. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, with rain predicted later in the week, the start date of the closure has been moved up.

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State Capitol News
6:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

UA Doctor Allegedly Fired for Pushing Medical Marijuana Research

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A University of Arizona doctor is being let go — she claims because of her lobbying on the issue of medical marijuana research. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Republican Gubernatorial Primary Ramps Up With Cash Influx

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey
Credit The Republic

A major auto dealer has become a prime force in trying to ensure that Doug Ducey is the Republican nominee for governor — and that Christine Jones is not. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Arizona Food Prices Rise By 10 Percent

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Food costs have spiked in the state as a result of drought. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:46 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Supreme Court Rules on Adult Protective Services Suit

The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that hospitals can be sued under laws designed to protect vulnerable adults. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Group Revives SB 1062 Fight in the Wake of High Court Decision

Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy
Credit The Republic

The group behind a vetoed religious freedom law intends to use Monday’s Supreme Court ruling as a chance to revamp it and try again next year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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