KNAU and Arizona News

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges State Minimum Wage Law

Flagstaff City Council member Eva Putzova and attorney Mik Jordahl represent the Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition. The group filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona to allow cities to determine local minimum wages.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A group advocating for higher minimum wages in Arizona has filed a lawsuit against the state. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit seeks to overturn a law it says unconstitutionally takes power away from the local level.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:07 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Volunteers Needed To Replant Trees In Schultz Burn Area

The Schultz Fire as seen from Forest Road 420 heading toward Schultz Pass. Photo Taken on 6/23/10 by Brady Smith. Credit: USDA Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.

The Coconino National Forest is asking volunteers to help plant thousands of trees in the Schultz Fire Burn Area near Flagstaff this weekend. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, forest officials hope Saturday’s event will help bring the area back to life. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:18 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Comedian Paula Poundstone Talks About Upcoming Show in Prescott

Paula Poundstone

Comedian Paula Poundstone joined KNAU to talk about her upcoming show on Saturday at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott. Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s news quiz show, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” 

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:02 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Archaeologist Uses LIDAR To Find Mayan Cities

Becan Mayan Ruins, hidden in the jungle of Belize
Credit adventurouspirits.com

Space age technology is allowing a Flagstaff archaeologist to see ancient Mayan cities that have been hidden in the jungles of Belize for centuries.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:26 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Delayed Birth Certificate Bill into Law

While Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler greets Lola Bennett in her crowded Tuba City office, Matilda Perdue (in the office behind) meets with clients to help them navigate through the complicated process of applying for delayed birth certificates.
Credit Cindy Carpien/NPR

Governor Doug Ducey has signed a bill that streamlines the process for Native Americans to obtain delayed birth certificates. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the bill will open eligibility for a wide range of benefits to many more people.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:29 am
Wed April 8, 2015

NASA Looking for Names for Pluto Features

Artist depiction of the New Horizons spacecraft.
Credit NASA

85 years after Pluto was discovered at Lowell  Observatory in Flagstaff, NASA's "New Horizons" spacecraft is getting closer to the dwarf planet. It will be the first probe to explore Pluto, and as Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan reports, NASA is asking the public to name some of the geological features on the dwarf planet.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:38 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Environmentalists Lose Round In Battle Against Uranium Mine

Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP

A federal judge has ruled against environmentalists in their fight to halt a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:57 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Kaibab National Forest Upgrades Fire Danger to Moderate

Credit USFS

Officials have raised the fire danger to moderate across much of the Kaibab National Forest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, windy, dry conditions have crews on high alert.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:30 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Sen. McCain Officialy Announces Re-Election Bid

U.S. Sen. John McCain

Arizona Senator John McCain announced today he’s seeking re-election in the US Senate. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, if he wins, it would be McCain’s sixth term in office.

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7:15 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Sen. John McCain Announces He's Running For 6th Term

U.S. Sen. John McCain

U.S. Sen. John McCain says he will run for re-election.

The Arizona Republican tells NBC News in an interview that he plans to run for a sixth term in 2016. He is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Tea party groups see him as a top challenge in a primary. Conservatives have criticized him as too moderate. The 78-year-old will be 80 by Election Day, but he says his Senate career is only beginning.

McCain ran for president in 2008.

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