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7:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Arizona's Unemployment Rate Drops To 6 Percent

Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from March.

The national unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.4 percent in April.

The state Department of Administration says Arizona's economy gained 2,200 non-farm jobs last month.

Across Arizona's economy, seven of the 11 sectors added jobs and four reported losses in April.

Analysts say Professional and Business Services added 3,300 jobs with Government adding 1,900 jobs and Construction 1,300 jobs last month.

KNAU and Arizona News
8:23 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Deschene Lands Job At Department Of Energy

Chris Deschene
Credit AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

A former Navajo Nation presidential candidate who was disqualified over a language fluency requirement has landed a job with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The agency announced this week that Chris Deschene is the new director of its Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

Department director Ernest Moniz says Deschene has cultivated relationships with tribes and has extensive experience in business and energy development, and natural resources.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:14 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Kingman Passes Ban On Smoking In Cars With Kids Present

Kingman drivers will have to put out their cigarettes if they have kids in the car under a new smoking ban that takes effect this summer.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports councilmembers narrowly approved the ban with a 4-3 vote Tuesday, making it a secondary offense to smoke in a car with people under the age of 18 present.

E-cigarettes are also covered under the ban. Retailers from Phoenix asked the council during the meeting to consider exempting vapor products.

The ban goes into effect June 18.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:39 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Ex-Navajo Nation Lawmakers Plead No Contest In Criminal Case

Two former Navajo Nation lawmakers have pleaded no contest in a criminal case, avoiding a trial on charges that they used their positions to enrich their families financially.

Jack Colorado and Harry Clark signed plea agreements with prosecutors Monday, the same day jury selection was to begin.

The men entered pleas to a single count each of eroding Navajos' confidence in the integrity of their government — the lessor offense of conspiracy to commit bribery. Prosecutors will drop six counts of bribery against each of the men after sentencing, which hasn't been set.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:38 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Feds Project Lake Mead Below Drought Trigger Point In 2017

The thick white band ringing Lake Mead’s shoreline shows the drop in water levels.
Credit National Park Service, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Federal water managers are projecting Lake Mead will drop to levels in January 2017 that could force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.

Arizona's water allocation could be cut 11.4 percent and Nevada's by about 4.3 percent.

A closely watched U.S. Bureau of Reclamation report released Monday predicts water levels will be just 2 feet above a trigger point next January on the Colorado River reservoir supplying much of the Southwest's drinking water.

The so-called interim guidelines chart a decline leading to a declaration of a shortage the following year.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:18 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Grand Canyon Entrance Fees Going Up

The Grand Canyon has raised the price to enter the national park and camp overnight in the backcountry areas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:40 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Navajo President Takes Firm Stance Against Grand Canyon Tram

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye
Credit Navajo Post

Newly inaugurated Navajo President Russell Begaye stood before hundreds of people at his inauguration ceremony and signed a document stating he would pursue development of an aerial tram at the Grand Canyon.

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State Capitol News
8:16 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Gov. Doug Ducey Calls Business, Education Leaders to Summit

Credit David KadlubowskI/The Arizona Republic

Gov. Doug Ducey is calling economic development, business, education and political leaders from across the state to Glendale for a summit.

Thursday's event at the University of Phoenix Stadium will include a series of political and education speakers and Ducey will lay out his vision for the state.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the idea is to bring leaders together and try to craft a vision for the entire state's economic and education development.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:39 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Grand Canyon Aerial Tram Project Backed By New Navajo President

Jonathan Nez, left, and Russell Begaye claim victory April 21 during the special election on the Navajo Nation at the Window Rock Sports Center in Window Rock, Ariz.
Credit The Daily Times

Russell Begaye has been sworn in as president of the Navajo Nation and agreed to support several of his predecessor's projects.

Begaye easily beat former two-term President Joe Shirley Jr. in a special election last month. He succeeds Ben Shelly, who served an extended term while legal challenges surrounding the election played out in court.

Begaye and Shelly signed an agreement Tuesday during the inauguration ceremony that outlines eight projects that Begaye will push forward. Among them is a controversial proposal for an aerial tram at the east rim of the Grand Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:45 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Navajo Nation President To Be Sworn In Today

Russell Begaye

Russell Begaye will be sworn in Tuesday as president of the Navajo Nation.

Begaye easily beat former two-term President Joe Shirley Jr. in a special election last month to win the post on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

Begaye and Jonathan Nez, the vice president-elect, will serve a shorter term than usual. That's because the presidential contest was postponed by more than five months as legal challenges played out in court.

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