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Elections 2012
1:43 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Flake Defeats Carmona To Join McCain As Arizona Senator

Jeff Flake, in 2011
Credit Gage Skidmore

Latino groups registered tens of thousands of new voters in Arizona during this election cycle. Those efforts were not enough to overcome the heavy Republican turnout that elected Congressman Jeff Flake to the U.S. Senate.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:19 am
Wed August 1, 2012

SnowFlake Paper Mill to Close

One of the largest employers in Navajo County began handing out pink slips today.  And community leaders are worried about the impact on small towns already struggling in a tough economy.

More than 300 people work at the paper mill in Snowflake in northeastern Arizona, or they did until Tuesday. Catalyst Paper, the mill’s owner announced it was closing September 30th.

The company says the demand for newsprint has dropped every year since it took over the mill in 2008. That and increased operational costs forced the closure

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:22 am
Wed June 13, 2012

AZ Bucks Trend: Teen Smoking Down

The state health department says the rate of teen smokers is down 11 percent. That’s the largest drop of any state in the country. 

The rate of smoking among teenagers is leveling off across the country.

According to the Department  of Health Services, there are about 10-thousand fewer young smokers in Arizona than there were two years ago. 

Wayne Tormala is with DHS. He says the department has changed its messaging.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:50 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Navajo Nation Suing Urban Outfitters

The Navajo Nation is demanding Urban Outfitters pull the "Navajo" name from its products. The lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in Federal court. 

The suit accuses the clothing chain of violating the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act. That law makes it illegal to sell merchandise that falsely suggests it’s made by American Indians when it’s not.

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