KNAU and Arizona News

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Despite the Slide Fire, 2014 an Average Wildfire Season on Coconino NF

Credit Heather Noel/Coconino National Forest

After northern Arizona’s sixth driest winter on record, forest managers anticipated a busier-than-normal wildfire season in 2014. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the season was less extreme than expected.

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12:34 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

State Health Officials Suspect First Cases of Respiratory Virus

Jessica Rigler, chief for the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the Arizona Department of Heath Services
Credit Sydney Schuman/cronkitenewsonline.com

Arizona may have its first cases of a severe respiratory virus that has sickened children across the country. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, even though it’s still unconfirmed, state health officials are already taking precautions.

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5:01 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Arizona Prepares Appeal as EPA Again Rejects the State’s Regional Haze Rules

The EPA's new rules are designed to reduce haze at several national parks and wilderness areas in the Southwest including the Grand Canyon.
Credit NPS

The Environmental Protection Agency recently rejected part of Arizona’s plan to improve visibility at several Southwestern wilderness areas and national parks including the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state is preparing an appeal after its third such rejection.

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2:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Injured Workers in Purina Plant Explosion Listed in Good Condition

An explosion occurred in the seven-story grain elevator at the Flagstaff Nestlé Purina plant.
Credit Flagstaff Fire Department

Four people were injured in an explosion at the Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff late Sunday afternoon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, two are now listed in good condition at the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:51 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Suspected Respiratory Virus Triggers Visitor Restrictions at Northern Arizona Healthcare

Northern Arizona Healthcare's Flagstaff Medical Center.
Credit flagstaffbusinessnews.com

Health officials suspect that the first cases of a severe respiratory virus that mainly affects children may have arrived in northern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, both Northern Arizona Healthcare locations are implementing visitation restrictions.

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9:14 am
Fri September 12, 2014

KNAU 91.7 News/Talk back to Full Power

KNAU News/Talk 91.7 is back at full power. A special thanks to Kelly from Niles radio and Mark Parthe for going up the mountain today to make repairs. 

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Peter Rowan and the Art of Zen Bluegrass

During Peter Rowan's five-decade-long career he has been a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys along with releasing more than 20 solo albums.
Credit Courtesy photo

Singer-songwriter Peter Rowan is bluegrass royalty, having performed with some of the genre’s biggest legends during his five-decade career including Bill Monroe, Del McCoury, David Grisman and Tony Rice. His newest album, which was released in July, is called Dharma Blues and is largely made up of spiritually influenced songs he wrote while traveling in India and Japan in the 1990s. Gillian Welch and former Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady are just two of the many musicians who join him on the record.

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4:59 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New Report Shows Increase in State Abortion Numbers

State Health Director Will Humble
Credit Bastien Inzaurralde/cronkitenewsonline.com

A new report shows the number of abortions among state residents up slightly last year, with one notable exception. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:58 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Brain Food: Taking Earth's Temperature

Paleoclimatologist Darrell Kaufman in the field.
Credit PAGES Past Global Changes

The key to understanding recent climate changes could be at the bottom of Arctic lakes. That's what Darrell Kaufman believes. He's a paleoclimatologist at Northern Arizona University and studies core sediment samples of Arctic mud to get a glimpse of thousands of years of environmental changes.

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3:28 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Former Navajo Nation Speaker Pleads Guilty to Misuse of Tribal Funds

Former Navajo Nation council speaker Lawrence Morgan waits outside the judicial district office for an arraignment hearing at the District Court in Window Rock, Ariz., earlier this year.
Credit Megan Farmer/The Daily Times

A former speaker of the Navajo Nation Council has pleaded guilty to misusing tribal funds. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, several other current and former Navajo lawmakers have been implicated in the wide-ranging case. 

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