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KNAU and Arizona News
8:37 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Lawyers To Argue Over Arizona Medicaid Plan

 A battle over how former Gov. Jan Brewer funded the expansion of the state's Medicaid program is finally going before a judge.

Lawyers will argue about the constitutionality of Arizona's hospital "bed tax" in a Phoenix courtroom Thursday. The case that could determine whether 350,000 residents remain covered under the state's Medicaid expansion.

The case hinges on whether the assessment is a tax that should have been passed by a 2/3 vote in the state Legislature or a fee that can be passed by a majority vote.

KNAU and Arizona News
7:48 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Colorado Businessman Buys Into Arizona Snowbowl

James Coleman

  The Arizona Snowbowl has a new member of its ownership team.

The ski resort near Flagstaff announced Tuesday that Durango, Colorado, businessman James Coleman has become part of the Arizona Snowbowl Limited Partnership. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The partnership had planned to close on a deal last year to sell the ski resort to Coleman. But one of the owners, Eric Borowsky, says many of the partners wanted to stay involved with the Snowbowl.

The partnership bought the ski resort in 1992 for $4 million.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:15 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Navajo Nation Lawmakers Pass Bill To Enact Alcohol Tax

Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved legislation to tax alcoholic beverages sold in the tribe's casinos.

The 3.25 percent tax is expected to raise $73,000 a year. The revenue would go into a fund administered by the tribe's Division of Public Safety to combat drunken driving on the reservation.

Tribal officials say the tax is directed on retailers and distributors, but consumers are responsible for paying it.

People legally can buy alcohol and drink it only in tribal casinos and at a tribal marina at Lake Powell in Page.

KNAU and Arizona News
7:36 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Loosens Language Requirements For Top Leaders

Tom Smith Sr. and his daughter Alissa Lee, fill out paper work, Friday, July 17, 2015, before voting at the Navajo Election Administration - Northern Agency Office in Shiprock, N.M.
Credit Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP

 

  Navajos voted Tuesday to loosen language requirements for their top leaders, eliminating the need for them to be fluent in Navajo and giving voters more discretion in who can hold elected office.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:58 am
Tue July 21, 2015

New York Man Arrested In Threatening Hoax Calls

A New York man suspected of placing numerous threatening phone calls to Flagstaff, Arizona, schools has been arrested.

Viktor Lisnyak, of Staten Island, New York, was arrested on July 17. He faces five counts of transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.

Officials say Lisnyak, who is 29 years old, made calls between March and May in which he threatened to kill school children. He made the calls to two elementary schools, one middle school and a preschool, police say.

KNAU and Arizona News
7:48 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Scientists Impressed By Pluto Images; Name Heart-Shaped Area For Tombaugh

This image provided by NASA shows a region near Pluto's equator with a range of mountains captured by the New Horizons spacecraft.
Credit NASA

  Mankind's first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Especially astonishing to scientists was the total absence of impact craters in a zoom-in shot of one rugged slice of Pluto. They said that suggests that Pluto is geologically active even now and is being sculpted not by collisions with cosmic debris but by its internal heat.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:11 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Judge Grants Request To Halt Suit Against Board Of Education

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas

  A judge has granted the state Board of Education's request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas over authority to oversee and fire the board's staff.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Patricia Starr ruled Tuesday that part of Douglas' suit was a "political question" inappropriate for a court to decide. The judge also said other parts of the suit were too abstract to warrant a court ruling.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:14 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Arizona GOP Lawmaker To Announce She'll Take On McCain

State Sen. Kelli Ward

  A Republican Arizona lawmaker who has been exploring a challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain is set to reveal her decision at a Lake Havasu City news conference.

State Sen. Kelli Ward announced in April she was considering taking on the five-term incumbent in next year's Republican primary. She's scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce her decision.

McCain announced in April that he'll seek to extend his nearly three-decade career in the Senate by running for a sixth term.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:31 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Utah Hunter Who Killed Gray Wolf Won't Be Charged

No charges will be brought against the hunter who killed this wolf, which roamed from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon.

 

A Utah hunter who killed the first gray wolf seen near the Grand Canyon in seven decades won't face criminal charges because he thought he was shooting a coyote, U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:02 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Feds Installing $40M Replacement Of Glen Canyon Dam Turbines

Glen Canyon Dam just outside of Page, Arizona

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is wrapping up a project to replace the giant turbine runners that produce electricity at Glen Canyon Dam.

Rick Clayton works in the bureau's Upper Colorado Region power office. He says energy production from the dam near the Arizona-Utah border is expected to increase by 3 percent when the work is done this year.

The dam that holds back Lake Powell produces enough energy to power about 600,000 households annually.

The price tag for replacing the eight turbines is almost $40 million.

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