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8:51 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Earth Notes: Sedona Wetlands Preserve

Made up of reclaimed wastewater, the Sedona Wetlands provides a habitat for wild birds.
Credit Courtesy photo

What happens to the water that runs down your kitchen or shower drain? If you live in Sedona, Ariz., the answer is that it helps migratory birds along their way.

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State Capitol News
4:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Appeals Court Keeps Arizona’s Abortion Restrictions on Hold

Cathi Herrod of the anti-abortion Center for Arizona Policy.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A federal appeals court this morning issued an injunction blocking the state from telling doctors how they can and cannot use certain drugs for abortions. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:05 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Slide Fire Update

The Slide Fire viewed from Oak Creek Vista on May 21.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Final Slide Fire Update, 2:15 p.m., Wed, June 4:

The Slide Fire is now 100 percent contained and 21,227 acres. To date the cost of fighting the fire is $10.1 million.

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State Capitol News
9:11 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Horne Responds to Reelection Violation Claims

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit Michael Schennum/The Republic

Attorney General Tom Horne struck back this afternoon at a former employee who filed complaints with two state agencies saying she and others were working on his reelection campaign during business hours. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

A Look Inside Oak Creek Canyon After the Slide Fire

The Slide Fire burn area just north of Slide Rock State Park where the blaze began.
Credit Aaron Granillo

Now that the smoke has settled and the most of the flames are out, we’re getting our first good look at how the Slide Fire changed the landscape of Oak Creek Canyon. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo tours the canyon where the fire scorched more than 33 square miles.

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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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