KNAU and Arizona News
12:43 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Arizona Ranks as the Strictest State for Drunk-Driving Enforcement

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A recent study ranked Arizona as the strictest state in the nation for drunk-driving enforcement. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has the longest minimum jail sentence for first-time offenders.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:00 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Ann Kirkpatrick Announces 2016 U.S. Senate Bid

Three-term congresswoman for Arizona's First District Ann Kirkpatrick.
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Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has announced she’s running for U.S. Senate in 2016. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, she’s taking aim at the seat held by Republican John McCain for nearly three decades.

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State Capitol News
7:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Copilot Suspected of Alps Air Crash Trained in Arizona

Andreas Lubitz, the copilot suspected of intentionally crashing a Lufthansa flight in the Alps.
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The co-pilot who authorities believe intentionally crashed an airplane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, likely first honed his flying skills for months in Arizona.

Lufthansa Group, which owns Germanwings airline, said Thursday that 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz trained in Bremen, Germany and Phoenix starting in 2008.

A Facebook page bearing his name lists Phoenix Goodyear Airport among his interests.

The airport houses Airline Training Center Arizona, a Lufthansa-owned training facility.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:45 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Possible Security Breach for 40,000 State Retirees

The Arizona State Retirement System serves over 500,000 state workers and retirees.
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A potential data breach may affect thousands of state retirees. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, two unencrypted CDs containing sensitive information were sent through the mail and never reached their destination.

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State Capitol News
8:43 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Several Arizona Cities Still Hard Hit by Recession

The downtown skyline of Tucson.

A new study shows several of the state’s cities are among the worst in recovering from the recession. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:01 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Mohave County Gets $400 Thousand to Patrol Town Controlled by FLDS

Colorado City, Arizona (same as Hildale, Utah) United States

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is giving more than 400-thousand dollars to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, to pay for patrols in Colorado City. He says that’s needed because the town’s police department is effectively controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. From Phoenix, Mark Brodie reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Arizonans Pay Some of the Highest Sales Taxes in the Country

In Phoenix, State Lawmakers are working on legislation requiring Amazon-dot-com to collect sales taxes on Arizona purchases.

The effort is partially an attempt to reap revenue from all those internet sales.

It’s also an attempt to keep Arizonans from bypassing what one report called the second highest sales tax rate in the country.

According to the DC-based Tax Foundation, the average Arizonan pays 9.12% in sales taxes.

Of course, an average means some people pay more, some pay less, depending on where you live.

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-Arizona Centennial
5:30 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Marine color guard honors Arizona's Centennial

Members of Flagstaff's Marine Color Guard, from left, Pat Carr, Johnny Anaya, and John H. Yazzie, honor Arizona's 100th birthday at the Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.
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Snow hung on pine branches as Flagstaff’s Marine Color Guard honored Arizona’s centennial this morning at the Pioneer Museum.

Locals visited the museum throughout the day where a new Centennial exhibit is on display.

The exhibit is a preview of a larger exhibit planned for the spring.

It will showcase each decade of Flagstaff’s history.

Sixty eight-year-old color guard member Johnny Anaya was born and raised in Flagstaff.

He says his favorite memories are of the Flagstaff All-Indian Powwow, which occurred every Fourth of July between 1929 and 1980.

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-Arizona Centennial
5:30 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Locals recall memories on Arizona's birthday

Joe Meehan and Les Roe rang the Emerson School bell at Flagstaff Pioneer Museum 100 times to mark Arizona's 100th birthday Tuesday.

The museum is hosting a day-long birthday party with a new Centennial exhibit by NAU history students.

Meehan, curator of Arizona Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum, says in 1912, Flagstaff was a booming frontier town with a population around 2,000.

“The lumber yard was up and running. It was growing, the university was here, the observatory was here,” he says.

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