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KNAU and Arizona News
8:12 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Concessionaire Drops Efforts To Trademark Grand Canyon Names

A major national parks concessionaire has dropped efforts to trademark names of the most popular properties at the Grand Canyon.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts applied for roughly 20 trademarks before its contract to manage South Rim hotels, restaurants and mule rides expired at the end of December. It later won a temporary contract.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office now lists some of them as "dead." For others, Xanterra has stated it is abandoning the applications.

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State Capitol News
5:45 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

ABOR Approves In-State Tuition for Dreamers

Credit Tom Tingle/Arizona Republic

The board overseeing Arizona's three public universities has voted to grant in-state tuition to young immigrants who were granted deferred deportation status by the Obama administration.

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State Capitol News
7:55 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Arizona University Regents To Meet On Immigrant Tuition

The Arizona Board of Regents has called a special meeting to discuss a court ruling that says young immigrants granted deferred deportation status by the Obama administration should get in-state tuition.

Thursday morning's meeting comes after a judge ruled that young immigrants granted deferred deportation status are eligible for in-state college tuition.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:14 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Judge: Dreamers Can Get In-State Tuition In Arizona

Credit Tom Tingle/Arizona Republic

A judge says young immigrants granted deferred deportation status by the Obama administration are eligible for in-state college tuition.

Tuesday's ruling from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson comes in a lawsuit filed by former Attorney General Tom Horne against the Maricopa County Community College District.

Horne contended that so-called "dreamers" offered deferred action status were not legally present in the U.S and could not get state benefits because of a 2006 voter-enacted law known as Proposition 300.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:57 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Arizona National Forests Open Campgrounds For Season

  Some of Arizona's national forests are announcing seasonal openings of campgrounds.

In northern Arizona, the Kaibab National Forest on Friday opened campgrounds in the forest's south zone, which includes the Williams and Tusayan  districts.

Newly opened campgrounds in those two districts include Kaibab Lake, Dogtown Lake, White Horse Lake and Ten-X.

In eastern Arizona, many campgrounds in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are opening in the next few weeks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:10 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Arizona Board of Regents Approve Tuition Increase

Credit University of Arizona

The Arizona Board of Regents has approved tuition and fee increase proposals for the three state universities of between 3 and 4 percent.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:58 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Arizona Sheriff Acknowledges Judge's Wife Was Investigated

A sketch of Sheriff Joe Arpaio testifying in federal court on April 23, 2015
Credit Maggie Keane

A hearing to decide whether to hold Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in contempt of court for violating court orders in a racial-profiling case took a surprising turn when the lawman acknowledged that his office was behind a secret investigation into the judge's wife.

Judge Murray Snow leveled a series of questions at Arpaio after his testimony wrapped up, focusing primarily on whether he or his family was being investigated by the sheriff.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:29 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Arpaio Testifies In Racial-Profiling Case

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

  Sheriff Joe Arpaio has completed his first day of testimony in a hearing to decide whether he should be held in contempt of court for violating orders to stop his immigration patrols.

Arpaio testified for about an hour before the hearing finished for the day. He is expected to be back on the stand Thursday.

The normally defiant and tough-talking sheriff was more mild-mannered and meek than usual as he fielded questions about his immigration efforts. He frequently said "I don't recall" in response to questions.

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State Capitol News
5:27 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Gov. Ducey Appoints Lisa Atkins as Head of State Land Department

Arizona is getting a new chief overseer for its millions of acres of land held in trust to benefits schools and other public institutions.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Lisa Atkins as land commissioner, a post that includes heading up the Land Department and its administration of trust land.

Atkins is currently an executive of Greater Phoenix Leadership, a business advocacy group, and she's also a member of the board that oversees the Central Arizona Project aqueduct system.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:53 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Begaye Upsets Shirley Jr. In Navajo Presidential Race

Russell Begaye

Russell Begaye easily beat a former Navajo Nation president Tuesday for the top post on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

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