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KNAU and Arizona News
7:29 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Arpaio Testifies In Racial-Profiling Case

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

  Sheriff Joe Arpaio has completed his first day of testimony in a hearing to decide whether he should be held in contempt of court for violating orders to stop his immigration patrols.

Arpaio testified for about an hour before the hearing finished for the day. He is expected to be back on the stand Thursday.

The normally defiant and tough-talking sheriff was more mild-mannered and meek than usual as he fielded questions about his immigration efforts. He frequently said "I don't recall" in response to questions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:04 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Forester Looks For 'Survival Gene' In SW White Pine Trees

NAU forester Kristen Waring collects cones and seeds from a SW White Pine.
Credit NAU

The Southwestern White Pine is under attack from a parasite. Almost all the trees infected by the "Blister Rust" fungus die. That's why forester Kristen Waring is searching for the rare genes in the species that can combat the deadly spores.

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State Capitol News
5:27 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Gov. Ducey Appoints Lisa Atkins as Head of State Land Department

Arizona is getting a new chief overseer for its millions of acres of land held in trust to benefits schools and other public institutions.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Lisa Atkins as land commissioner, a post that includes heading up the Land Department and its administration of trust land.

Atkins is currently an executive of Greater Phoenix Leadership, a business advocacy group, and she's also a member of the board that oversees the Central Arizona Project aqueduct system.

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Earth Notes
3:02 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Notes: Aerial Acrobats

Photo: Jim Peaco/National Park Service.

  As cliff swallows return to the Colorado Plateau this spring, they set about building mud nests on cliffs – or, just as often, on manmade structures like bridge abutments or under wide eaves. That takes a lot of work—more than a thousand beakfuls of mud for a new nest.

  Cliff swallows live communally, and they’ll sometimes fast-track the nest-building process by stealing mud from neighbors or laying an egg or two in a nearby nest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:53 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Begaye Upsets Shirley Jr. In Navajo Presidential Race

Russell Begaye

Russell Begaye easily beat a former Navajo Nation president Tuesday for the top post on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:59 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Navajo Nation and Interior Dept. Finalize Land Buy-Back Program

On April 14, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed the final approval of the Land Buy-Back Program for Indian Nations.
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The Navajo Nation is partnering with the federal government to educate tribal members about the U.S. Interior Department's land buy-back program.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Forest Supervisors Sign Off on First Phase of 4FRI

A dangle-head processor delimbs and cuts logs to length for the Mountainare Timber Sale on the Coconino National Forest as part of 4FRI.
Credit USFS

Supervisors with the Coconino and Kaibab national forests have given final approval of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the program will restore forest health and decrease wildfire danger. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:34 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Threatening Calls 'Lockdown' Two More Flagstaff Schools

Two more public schools in Flagstaff were put on lockdown today after receiving threatening phone calls. The calls were made to Mount Elden Middle School and Marshall Elementary shortly before normal release time this afternoon. They were immediately put on lockdown. At least 3 other nearby schools were put on "lockout" status, including Puente de Hozho, Flagstaff High School and Thomas Elementary. "Lockout" status means that regular activities are conducted, but no one is allowed to leave or enter the building.

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State Capitol News
1:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiative for 2016 Registered With State

Credit ABC News

A 2016 ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona has been registered with the secretary of state’s office. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if passed it would mean the state would control the marijuana industry.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:38 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Judge Rules Navajo Presidential Election Can't Move Forward

Presidential candidate, and former Navajo Nation president, Joe Shirley Jr.
Credit Courtesy

A Navajo Nation judge says election officials cannot move forward with Tuesday's presidential contest.

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