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KNAU and Arizona News
7:54 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Governor Ducey Calls For Probe Of Private Prison Unrest

Rioting inmates at the privately run prison in Kingman trashed housing units.
Credit AZ. Department of Corrections

  The governor of Arizona is calling for an investigation into unrest at a privately run state prison that left the facility heavily damaged and led to the transfer of more than 1,000 inmates.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday also ordered prisons Director Charles Ryan to offer recommendations on how to prevent future problems.

Unrest at Arizona State Prison-Kingman began Wednesday in a minimum security unit.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:36 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Prescott Fire Marshall: 'We Are Healing But Not Yet Healed'

Hundreds gathered below the stairs of an Arizona courthouse Tuesday to remember 19 wildland firefighters on the second anniversary of their deaths.

The Granite Mountain Hotshots has become a name that forever will be linked with the city of Prescott. Fire Marshal Don Devendorf told the crowd that the community is recovering and healing but not yet healed.

KNAU and Arizona News
4:21 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Settlement Reached Between Arizona and Hotshot Families

The Granite Mountain Hotshots
Credit KPHO

A dozen families who lost members when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell have settled a suit they filed against the state of Arizona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:31 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Justices Uphold Arizona's System For Redistricting

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission and rejected a constitutional challenge from Republican lawmakers.

The 5-4 outcome preserves efforts in 13 states to limit partisan influence in redistricting. Most notably, California uses an independent commission to draw electoral boundaries for its largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation.

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State Capitol News
9:32 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Mixed Reaction in Arizona to Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate Friday's ruling legalizing marriage between same-sex couples in all 50 states outside the Supreme Court.
Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images

Supporters of same-sex marriage rights in Arizona are cheering the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared gay marriage bans nationwide unconstitutional.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:55 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Auction Date set, Name Picked For Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial

A flag flies at half mast at the location where the 19 firefighter lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Credit David Wallace / The Arizona Republic

The state Land Department will auction the site where 19 firefighters died two years ago on the June 30 anniversary of their deaths.

The state Parks Department is hoping to be the winning bidder for the 320-acre site outside the small community of Yarnell.

Parks Director Sue Black said Thursday the site will become a memorial to 19 Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished battling a wildfire that was threatening Yarnell.

The Legislature appropriated $500,000 to buy the site last year.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:39 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Affordable Care Act Ruling: Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

Credit AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:35 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Arizona Officials: Key Commerce Routes Have $20B In Needs

Credit Arizona Department of Transportation

State highway officials say key commerce routes in Arizona will require $20 billion in improvements over the next two decades, but revenue from the current gasoline tax won't meet that need.

Arizona State Engineer Dallas Hammit says the current gas tax generates only about one-half of the revenue needed to deal with the state's burgeoning highway and interstate needs.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:29 am
Tue June 23, 2015

ADOT Asks For Extension To Meet REAL ID Requirements

Arizona driver's licenses do not comply with the federal Real ID Act.
Credit Arizona Department of Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transportation has asked the federal government for an extension to develop a REAL ID compliant license before a January 1 deadline.

Arizona passed a law in April allowing the state to provide optional REAL-ID licenses to help residents meet new federal identification standards in airports and federal buildings.

Arizona's law also forced the state to ask for a waiver from participating in the REAL ID act. Last week the Department of Homeland Security denied that waiver and the state has since begun developing the new license.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:28 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Registration For Navajo Language Referendum Closes Monday

Navajos who want a say in changing the language requirements for anyone seeking the tribe's top two posts have until the close of business Monday to register to vote.

The tribe is holding a referendum election on July 21.

Voters will be asked if they want to determine whether candidates for president and vice president speak and understand Navajo and English well enough to hold office. They currently are required to speak fluent Navajo.

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