The Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe have been at odds for almost four decades about water rights to the Little Colorado River. Leaders of the tribes recently met with Arizona officials to revive attempts at a settlement. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Arizona Secretary of State Michelle Reagan has scheduled public meetings to hear voters describe their experiences during the March 22 presidential primary election when many Maricopa County voters endured long lines and wait times.

Reagan says her office and the Legislature may consider proposed changes in the way counties run future elections.

Reagan's first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Cartwright School District headquarters at 5220 W. Indian School Road in Phoenix.

Advocates who want the state's children's health insurance program restored plan to rally at the Capitol to try to persuade the Arizona Senate to consider a proposal the House has already approved.

Monday's planned rally will include parents, pediatricians, nurses, children's advocacy and faith and women's groups.

House Bill 2309 passed the House on a 47-12 vote on March 2. But Senate President Andy Biggs has blocked consideration because he opposes the program.

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The Arizona attorney general's office has opened an investigation into House Speaker David Gowan to determine if he misused state resources while campaigning for Congress.

Spokeswoman for the attorney general Mia Garcia confirmed the investigation Thursday but would not go into detail because the investigation is ongoing.

Gowan requested the attorney general look into the issue after the Arizona Capitol Times published an analysis of the Sierra Vista Republican's use of rented state vehicles and his claims for daily per diem payments.


Every Friday evening, KNAU airs the nationally syndicated and wildly popular show Radiolab. Produced at WNYC, Radiolab uses sound to blend together science, curiosity, philosophy and the human experience. Jad Abumrad hosts and produces the show. He'll be in Flagstaff Saturday for an appearance at Northern Arizona University. Before he hit the road to head West, Jad Abumrad spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo about how Radiolab comes together.

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The Arizona Board of Regents has approved tuition and fee increases at all three public universities for the 2016-2017 school year. It comes as state higher education continues to grapple with last year’s steep budget cuts. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.

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Voracious Japanese beetles are becoming frequent fliers on airlines traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast. And that’s wreaking havoc on hundreds of species of plants. Ecosystem scientist Bruce Hungate is trying to find out how the beetles are getting their boarding passes. 

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A new greenhouse gas study found the Earth’s land surface actually contributes to the warming global climate, counter to what scientists previously believed.

The study is the first to calculate the global balance of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. It looked at only “biogenic” greenhouse gases, which come from plants, animals and microbes.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is calling on the U-S Senate to quickly fill the open seat on the U-S Supreme Court. He says further delays to consider President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, would harm American Indian tribes. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Two rural RV parks south of Needles, California, have been evacuated as crews battle a brush fire that started in western Arizona and jumped the Colorado River.