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KNAU and Arizona News
8:47 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Disease-Spreading Insect Poses Threat to Arizona Citrus Crop

Though the Asian citrus psyllid has been found in Arizona, the disease the insects spread has not.
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People raised in Arizona might be familiar with the five C’s that the state is known for, copper, cattle, cotton, citrus, and climate. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, one of those five C’s is facing danger from a disease-spreading insect.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:32 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Brain Food: Ice Age Art

Ekkehart Malotki with the Ice Age petroglyphs in Utah.
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A Northern Arizona University professor emeritus says he’s never seen anything like a recent find in the Utah desert. This, despite 25 years spent studying rock art at thousands of sites. Retired ethnolinguist Ekkehart Malotki is researching what could be the oldest known realistic engravings of Columbian mammoths in the Western Hemisphere: petroglyphs from the Ice Age near the San Juan River.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Kaibab National Forest Releases Revised Management Plan

A spot on the Kaibab National Forest bordering the North Rim of Grand Canyon.
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The Kaibab National Forest released a revised management plan after nearly a decade of work. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the plan focuses on contending with increased wildfire and climate change.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:35 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Local Skepticism Regarding Armed School Employees

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A bill is going before the Arizona State Legislature that would allow schools to arm one employee with a gun. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan examines how the proposed legislation might impact school districts in northern Arizona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:12 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Arizona Lawmaker Ruffles Feathers at Arpaio Roast

Rep. John Kavanagh
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Many key Republican and tea party speakers gathered together at the Western Conservative conference in Phoenix last weekend. One of the events was a roast of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, some think roaster and Arizona state representative John Kavanagh went a bit too far.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:32 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Joe Shirley Jr. Announces Bid for Navajo Nation President

Former Navajo Nation president Joe Shirley Jr. (right) announced he will run for a third term. Some on the Navajo Nation Council seek to block that from happening.
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Presidential candidates for the Navajo Nation began filing their applications today. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports a former two-term President is entering the race again, which has sparked controversy within the tribe.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Brain Food: Bagging an Asteroid

NAU astronomy and physics professor David Trilling is helping NASA find an asteroid to bring back home.
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NASA wants to catch an asteroid, place it into orbit around the Earth, and send astronauts to retrieve pieces of it for scientific study. The agency just needs the right asteroid. NASA has asked Northern Arizona University astronomer David Trilling, one of the world’s foremost asteroid experts, to find it — a task much easier said than done.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Invasive Mussel Population Expected to Rise at Lake Powell

Quagga mussels attached to the bottom of a boat.
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Invasive aquatic species have entered many of the major water systems in the American West. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the population of the quagga mussel is expected to rise at Lake Powell.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:46 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

State Senator Al Melvin Defends SB 1062 Amid Increasing Protests Against the Law

Sen. Melvin explains his support for SB 1062 on "Anderson Cooper 360" Monday.
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While most Arizona business leaders and politicians are urging the governor to veto SB 1062 at least one state legislator is standing by his vote. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, Senator Al Melvin took to the national airwaves to defend the bill.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Hundreds Gather at Flagstaff City Hall to Protest SB 1062

The protest opposing SB 1062 on Sun, Feb. 23 drew an estimated 500 people to the lawn outside Flagstaff City Hall.
Credit Photo by Ryan Heinsius

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered outside Flagstaff City Hall in protest of the Arizona state legislature’s passage of SB 1062. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the protest was organized by two current members of the Flagstaff City Council.

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