KNAU and Arizona News
9:52 pm
Wed October 22, 2008

Flagstaff businesses take a hit

Flagstaff, AZ – On a recent Sunday the salesmen at McCoy Motors tied dozens of colorful helium-filled balloons to their cars to get passers by to notice their latest promotion. The following morning the balloons lay on the ground a bit deflated. That's how many local businesses, especially auto dealers like Levelle McCoy, are feeling these days.

MCCOY: Let's be realistic we're in a very tough time right now.

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Earth Notes
11:53 pm
Tue October 21, 2008

Earth Notes - Early Corn

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Early Corn

As food and as sacred symbol, corn has long served as the staff of life for Native southwesterners. Now archaeologists have found that this grain has been around this part of the world for a very long time indeed.

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State Capitol News
2:10 am
Mon October 20, 2008

Immigration will affect AZ's 2010 census count

Phoenix, AZ – The question of how many new seats the state gets in Congress
after 2010 could depends on immigration officials. Arizona Public
Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

John Trasvina is the head of the Mexican American Legal Defense
and Education Fund. One of his interests is getting as many
Hispanics counted in the 2010 Census as possible. But he said
there's a hurdle to that.

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State Capitol News
2:00 am
Thu October 16, 2008

AZ unemployment increases again

Phoenix, AZ – The state's jobless rate took another jump last month and now
hovers close to 6 percent. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer

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Earth Notes
3:07 am
Wed October 15, 2008

Earth Notes - Garden Cleanup

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Garden Cleanup

Ah, fall apples are ripe, the air is crisp, and it's time to rake the fallen leaves from the yard. Or is it? Some experts say the American obsession with cleaning up the yard may be a good idea that often goes too far.

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State Capitol News
1:57 am
Tue October 14, 2008

Clean elections provision upheld

Phoenix, AZ – A federal judge refused today to block a provision in the Clean
Elections law that gives matching funds to publicly financed
candidates when their privately financed foes spend more. Arizona
Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
1:24 am
Wed October 8, 2008

Governor critiques classroom spending

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano said today she wants more than half of the state's
school districts to explain why they're not spending more money
in the classroom. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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Earth Notes
12:00 am
Wed October 8, 2008

Earth Notes - Dust & Snow

A visible layer of desert dust coats the snows of Mount Sopris in Colorado's Elk Range on May 16, 2007. Studies suggest dust reduces snow's reflectivity and causes snow to melt approximately one month earlier in the spring.
Penn Newhard

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Dust and Snow

For those living in the American southwest, dust is as much a part of the environment as dryness and sunshine. Tiny particles seem to get into everything.

While dust can be annoying, scientists believe it plays a vital role in the region's ecology. It appears to provide essential minerals and chemical compounds to high mountain ecosystems, just as sea faring salmon bring ocean nutrients high up into freshwater streams.

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State Capitol News
1:55 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Court upholds pro-life license plates

Phoenix, AZ – The U-S Supreme Court today wiped out the last legal hurdle for
anti-abortion groups to get their own special state license
plates to put on their cars and trucks. Arizona Public Radio's
Howard Fischer explains.

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Earth Notes
2:25 am
Wed October 1, 2008

Earth Notes - Native Guides

Nikki Cooley, a member of the Navajo Nation and head of the Native American River Guide and Cultural Interpretation Program at Northern Arizona University.

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Native American Guides

Rafting a river in the desert Southwest provides more than just thrills. Floating between million-year-old canyon walls is a rich experience, steeped in chances to learn about wildlife, history and culture.

The National Park Service recognized this in 2006. That year it began requiring river guides who take passengers through the Grand Canyon to be able to describe cultural perspectives of the Native American tribes who have long called the canyon region home.

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