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KNAU and Arizona News
4:52 am
Fri May 30, 2014

An Interview With Garrison Keillor, Host of A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor in Flagstaff for the Summer of Love Tour.
Credit PHC/publicradio.org

One of public radio's most popular shows is coming to Flagstaff. The cast of A Prairie Home Companion will perform a live national broadcast tomorrow from the amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris had a chance to talk  with the show's host, Garrison Keillor. He's on the road, making his way from Minnesota to Flagstaff, and celebrating 40 years with A Prairie Home Companion.

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State Capitol News
4:08 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Gov. Brewer Finalizes the Creation of the Department of Child Safety

House Speaker Andy Tobin and Charles Flanagan, director of the new Department of Child Safety, cheer Gov. Jan Brewer for signing legislation to create the agency and boost funding.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation this afternoon creating a new Department of Child Safety. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:05 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Slide Fire Updates

The Slide Fire in its beginnings shot from the Oak Creek Vista on Wed, May 21.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Update, 8 a.m., Thu, May 29:

The Slide Fire is now 55 percent contained and 21,067 acres. Crews continue mop-up operations and chipping and rehabilitation work. All burnouts are complete and crews are beginning to leave the area. Also, smoke levels are expected to decrease.

At 1 p.m. today, the mandatory evacuation order will be lifted for Oak Creek Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Thinning on the Coconino National Forest Helped Contain the Slide Fire

Crews thin areas of the Coconino National Forest.
Credit Tim McDonnell/Climate Desk

Last week, high winds carried embers beyond the Slide Fire’s containment lines. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, previous forest treatment projects helped keep the fire from spreading toward Flagstaff.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:32 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Brain Food: The Alter G Treadmill...Like Running In Space

Physical Therapy Professor Dirk de Heer on the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill
Credit Bonnie Stevens/KNAU

A machine that helped astronauts get used to what it feels like to walk in space is now being used at Northern Arizona University. Physical Therapy Professor Dirk de Heer says the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill teaches students about biomechanics.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:31 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Officials Manage the Galahad Fire on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon as viewed from the North Rim.
Credit National Park Service

The lightning-caused Galahad Fire is slowly burning on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, National Park officials are letting the 223-acre fire burn.

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State Capitol News
4:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

State Senate Gives Nod to New Department of Child Safety

Department of Child Safety head Charles Flanagan.
Credit Charlie Leight/The Republic

State senators voted Wednesday to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports there was some debate about the details.

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State Capitol News
4:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Lawmakers Continue to Debate CPS Overhaul

State Sen. Chester Crandell
Credit Cheryl Evans/The Republic

State lawmakers spent the day today picking apart the plan to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Air Quality Reaches Hazardous Levels from Slide Fire

Smoke from the Slide Fire fills Oak Creek Canyon on May 21.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Slide Fire has reached more than 20,000 acres in size and smoke has created dangerous breathing conditions in some areas. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the most harmful levels of air quality are expected for Sedona through the rest of the week.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Court Upholds State Ban on Spa Fish

Credit aboutnails.info

Yes, it’s true. Certain kind of fish can do a pedicure — just not in this state, at least not legally. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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