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Rick Abasta/Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation president says he and his wife of 17 years have parted ways.

Russell Begaye said in a statement that Kyoon Chung wanted to live privately and not be involved in the tribal government or subject to media scrutiny.

Begaye's relationship with Chung has been shrouded in mystery. She lives in Georgia and was not at Begaye's side on the campaign trail. He rarely has referenced her since he took office.

Arizona Geological Survey

Geologists believe a string of earthquakes this month in the Northwestern part of the state are not building up to a larger quake. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


Uzma Tahir

Prosthetic limbs have come a long way since someone first walked on a wooden peg in about 300 B.C. A group of scientists at Northern Arizona University is now working on a way to make a computerized bionic ankle act like a real leg. Inspired by the animal world, they’ve got a new idea about how muscles behave like springs.


The Atlantic

The Democratic National Committee, the Arizona Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign are expanding their challenge over voting rights to Arizona in the wake of its troubled presidential primary.

 

Clinton has made voter suppression and ballot laws in Republican-led states a centerpiece of her campaign as she rallies her base in the 2016 White House race.

Her campaign and Democrats plan to file a lawsuit aiming to force changes in how the state runs its elections.

A former Navajo Nation lawmaker who pleaded guilty to misusing tribal funds has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution.

Young Jeff Tom Sr. was sentenced Wednesday.

He was the first of more than a dozen former and current lawmakers to be sentenced in criminal cases stemming from a yearslong investigation into the Tribal Council's use of discretionary funds.

Tom pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in February.

Capitol Media Services/Howard Fischer

Arizona officials say a few more months of hot, dry weather is all it could take for the state to face a significant wildfire threat this year.

Gov. Doug Ducey was joined by forest and fire officials Wednesday to offer their annual predictions for the wildfire season.

Officials says two years of minimal fires, combined with above average rainfall and the growth of grasses, weeds and brush could lead to wildfires in communities across the state.

NASA

Astronauts could be at risk for lung diseases if they ever make extended visits to the Moon. That’s the implication of a study that used volcanic soil from northern Arizona as a substitute for lunar dust.


Sam A. Minkler/The Guardian

The largest coal company in the U.S., Peabody Energy, announced Wednesday that it’s filed for bankruptcy. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Peabody has operated on the Navajo Nation since the 1960s.


Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP

A judge has agreed to release a man charged in the fatal shooting of a student at Northern Arizona University last fall to the custody of his parents.

Steven Jones will be monitored around-the-clock with a GPS device while living at his parents' home in Glendale.

Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton said Tuesday that Jones is expected to be released once court officials in Maricopa County install the monitoring device and ensure it works.

Jones is charged with first-degree murder and assault in the Oct. 9 shooting on the Flagstaff campus.

AP Photo/Ryan VanVelzer

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives have stopped a Democratic effort to change rules about journalists' access to the chamber.

It comes as the GOP House speaker allowed journalists who refused to submit to extensive background checks back on the floor. Last week, Speaker David Gowan had banned reporters who refused to comply with new security rules requiring extensive criminal and civil background checks.

Many in the Democratic caucus strongly opposed the move.

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