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KNAU and Arizona News
5:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Bark Beetle Researcher Fights Back With Fungus

NAU entomologist Rich Hofstetter tests his "fungal spray" on bark beetles
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

Growing microscopic organisms in a lab to conduct biological warfare might sound like the makings of a science fiction movie. But in the case of the bark beetle, it's real. An entomologist at Northern Arizona University is using a fungus to combat the beetles' deadly attack on forests across the West. As Arizona Public Radio's Bonnie Stevens reports, the fungus is the latest in a string of unconventional methods to stop the bugs' rampage.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:53 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Flagstaff City Council Votes for Walnut Canyon Area Protections

Ruins of Sinagua cliff dwellings in Walnut Canyon National Monument.
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This week, the Flagstaff City Council voted to support the conservation of forest land surrounding Walnut Canyon National Monument. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would ultimately be up to Congress to officially safeguard the land.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Verde River to Benefit from Nearly $3 Million in Federal Conservation Funds

The Verde River runs through north and central Arizona and feeds into the Salt River. In recent years the Verde has seen sharply decreased flows due to prolonged drought in the Southwest as well as outdated, inefficient agricultural practices.
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A nearly $3 million grant from the federal government will help restore parts of the Verde River. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the funds will boost a decade-long effort by conservation groups and farmers to increase sustainable water use on the river.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:19 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Ducey Budget to Cut Funding to NAU and Education

Governor Ducey wants to balance the State budget by next year.
Credit AZCentral

Governor Doug Ducey has submitted his budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year beginning in July. The Governor’s goal is to balance the state budget by the following year, and as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, that involves a lot of spending cuts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:05 am
Tue January 20, 2015

NAU President Cheng Voices Budget-Cut Concerns to Governor’s Office

Governor Doug Ducey’s proposal to cut funding to the state universities is drawing concerns from Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng. In a statement issued to Governor Ducey, Cheng said the proposed $13.1 million funding cut will make it challenging for NAU to operate. Cheng said the university is already working on a reduced budget, citing previous deep cuts during the Great Recession. Cheng added that NAU’s campus community is planning a number of discussions to determine critical priorities and where spending cuts can be made.

KNAU and Arizona News
8:05 am
Tue January 20, 2015

7pm President Obama's State of the Union Address

Join us tonight at 7 pm for live coverage of President Obama's State of the Union Address. Join Robert Siegel for in-depth analysis and reaction from members of Congress. You'll also hear the Republicans' response to the President's speech. 

You can also hear a rebroadcast of the State of the Union Address at 10 pm on KNAU News/Talk. 

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

New Horizons Begins Observing Pluto

The New Horizons Spacecraft will travel to Pluto and the Kuiper belt.
Credit NASA

After nine years of interplanetary travel, the New Horizons Spacecraft today begins its first observations of Pluto. It will be the first exploration of its kind of the dwarf planet. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the mission has special significance for Flagstaff, where Pluto was discovered.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Brain Food: The Human Microbiome

If you’re one of those people who puts on weight while another person eating the same meal doesn’t, blame your gut! Greg Caporaso says it’s all about the microbiome — or the microbes living in our bodies — that determines how many calories we extract from food and also, how susceptible we are to disease.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:11 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Civics Test Bill First Legislation Heading Gov. Ducey’s Desk

Gov. Ducey being introduced before his first state-of-the-state address Monday. Behind him are House Speaker David M. Gowan (left) and Senate President Andy Biggs.
Credit Michael Chow/The Republic

The first bill likely to arrive on Governor Doug Ducey’s desk would create a statewide high school civics test. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, state lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation that could be ready for the governor’s signature this week.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:07 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Federal Rule Expanding Range of Mexican Gray Wolves Finalized

An endangered Mexican gray wolf. The new rule allows the animals to roam from I-40 south to the U.S-Mexico border, but also clarifies circumstances under which the animals could be killed.
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Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have finalized a new rule concerning the reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move broadens the endangered animal’s territory but also expands the circumstances under which they could be killed.

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