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KNAU and Arizona News
10:52 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Brain Food: Disappearing Permafrost

Arctic permafrost
Credit climatestate.com

The Arctic and Antarctic are the only places on Earth where permafrost is found. some scientists believe this frozen ground is disappearing because of climate change. Ted Schuur is an ecosystem ecologist with the Center for Ecosystems Science and Society.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Kirkpatrick and Tobin Square Off in CD-1 Debate

State House Speaker Andy Tobin and incumbent Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick face off Wednesday at KAET-TV with host Ted Simons.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Congressional challenger Andy Tobin sought votes during a debate Wednesday night by arguing that if you don’t like Barack Obama you should oust incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer was there.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Wildfire Protection Act Passes U.S. House, Faces Uncertain Future in Senate

Credit David Kadlubowski/AP

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Catastrophic Wildfire Protection Act. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s designed to shore up national firefighting efforts while developing business opportunities.

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State Capitol News
4:29 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

State Representative Cleared on Sign Destruction Charges

Credit blogforarizona.net

A Chandler lawmaker is off the hook on charges that he destroyed some political signs during last month’s primary. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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Earth Notes
9:02 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Earth Notes: Monitoring One of North America’s Rarest Mammals

Every fall Arizona Game and Fish conducts a spotlighting event where rare black-footed ferrets are located counted, measured, tagged and vaccinated against bubonic plague near Seligman.

Arizona’s Aubrey Valley just west of Seligman is home to an animal until recently considered one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

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State Capitol News
2:37 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Could Arizona’s ‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Make Iconic Images Criminal?

State Rep. J.D. Mesnard
Credit Paul Atkinson/KJZZ

Booksellers and others asked a federal judge today to void a new state law aimed at “revenge porn” because it also could land them in prison. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Public Comment Period Ending for Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Changes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed revisions would prevent Mexican gray wolves from spreading north of Interstate-40 in Arizona and New Mexico. The endangered species was reintroduced by the federal agency in 1998.
Credit endangeredwolfcenter.org

Tuesday is the final day to comment on several revisions to the federal Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the changes would keep the endangered animals out of much of northern Arizona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Despite the Slide Fire, 2014 an Average Wildfire Season on Coconino NF

Credit Heather Noel/Coconino National Forest

After northern Arizona’s sixth driest winter on record, forest managers anticipated a busier-than-normal wildfire season in 2014. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the season was less extreme than expected.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Tue September 23, 2014

School Officials and State Lawmakers Clash in School Funding Impasse

Jen Darland who has two children in Tucson elementary schools complained Monday the failure of the state to fund annual inflation adjustments has harmed her youngsters — and will continue to do so without a deal soon.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

School officials on Monday warned warning state lawmakers that if they don’t take a deal to settle the inflation adjustment lawsuit — and soon — taxpayers could be on the hook for another $1.3 billion. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Campaign Funding Takes Center Stage at Corporation Commission Debate

Corporation Commission candidates Doug Little, Jim Holway, Sandra Kennedy and Tom Forese face off Monday night in a televised debate with host Ted Simons.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

At a Monday night debate the hottest issue among the four candidates for corporation commission was who might be funding their campaigns. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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