KNAU and Arizona News

KNAU and Arizona News
2:13 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Fines Start Saturday for Coconino County’s Distracted-Driving Ordinance

On Saturday, Coconino County officials will begin fully enforcing a distracted-driving ordinance. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, drivers found using cell phones and other communication devises without hands-free technology could face penalties.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

COMMUNITY GIVING

Thank you for the many ways you support educational institutions and community nonprofits, such as KNAU Arizona Public Radio, throughout the year.  Many organizations rely on individual support and, we know many of you prefer to give in the month of December. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:02 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Supreme Court Invalidates Arizona Law Denying Bail to Undocumented Immigrants

Credit Reuters/ICE/Handout

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block a lower court ruling overturning an Arizona law that denies bail to undocumented immigrants who are charged with crimes. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the decision will likely result in numerous bail hearings in the state.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:02 am
Fri November 14, 2014

KNAU Programming Changes

New Morning Edition Clock

Fair warning: If you’re accustomed to waiting until Stardate is over before you leave for work, you’re going to be a few minutes late starting November 17th.

It may not always sound like it, but the NPR newsmagazines, like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, are planned down to the second. This plan is called “the clock.” And soon, that format clock is going to change a little. You’ll hear news more often in the morning with three NPR newscasts per hour along with three KNAU local newscasts.  And Stardate is moving from near the top of the hour to 6:30 and 8:30am.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Coconino County Looks to Expand Dark Skies

Credit AZCentral

Coconino County Officials are in the process of completely updating zoning codes, and are soliciting public comment about lighting and sign policy. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the proposed changes are designed to greatly expand the county’s dark sky policy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Advocacy Groups Sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Over Mexican Gray Wolf Plan

A Mexican gray wolf living in captivity at Southwest Wildlife in Scottsdale.
Credit Southwest Wildlife

A coalition of advocacy groups is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program in the Southwest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit claims the federal agency has not enacted a plan that fulfills requirements made by federal law.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Brain Food: The Emotional Impact of Climate Change

Credit thenorthsratnews.com

Thousands of scientists worldwide are studying the environmental impact of climate change. But now, two professors of English are studying its emotional impact. SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo are co-directors of a climate change outreach and discussion group at Colorado State University. And, they recently visited Northern Arizona University to share this message about the Earth’s changing climate:

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:50 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

High Flow to Help Grand Canyon's Ecosystem

Glen Canyon Dam
Credit U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Colorado River managers are releasing nearly a third more water than usual this month from the Glen Canyon Dam. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the high flow will restore parts of the Grand Canyon’s environment.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:31 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Waiting For Jack: A Veteran's Day Remembrance

Major Jack Schwartz in front of the "operating room", 1943, Cabanatuan prison camp.
Credit Life Magazine

This story originally aired on Veteran's Day of 2006. It's a personal story produced by KNAU's Gillian Ferris recounting her grandfather's experience as a prisoner of war during WWII. But, it's also a story of how her grandmother and mother endured the anguish of waiting to know his fate. Gillian has reproduced the original story following the recent death of her grandmother and shares it with us on this day of remembrance.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:13 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Two Mexican Gray Wolves Found Dead in New Mexico

As of January 2014, officials said 83 Mexican gray wolves roamed the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in eastern Arizona and New Mexico.
Credit LA Times

Last month, two members of a federally protected population of Mexican gray wolves were found dead in New Mexico. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, that makes three confirmed deaths of the endangered species in the last two months.

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