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KNAU and Arizona News
5:06 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Physicist Creates Nanorobots That Could Fight Cancer

NAU physicist, John Gibbs
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

Tiny nanorobots may be the next big breakthrough in fighting cancer. About the size of a virus, the magnetic, metal machines could be used to detect and treat tumors from inside malfunctioning cells. John Gibbs is a physicist at Northern Arizona University and makes these microscopic nanomachines.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:34 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Bill Allowing More Private Meetings for Lawmakers Off the Table, For Now

Republican State Senator for Legislative District 6 Sylvia Allen. Her bill, SB 1435, would have allowed lawmakers and public officials to meet behind closed doors unless a vote was being held. It did not receive a committee hearing, which takes the bill off the table.
Credit Photo by Kylee Gauna

A state senate bill that would have allowed lawmakers expanded ability to meet in private, outside the public eye, did not receive a committee hearing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s uncertain whether the bill’s sponsors will try again.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:28 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Native American Birth Certificate Bill Unanimously Passes House Committee

Helene Nockideneh outside a Tuba City office last fall after completing her application for a delayed birth certificate.
Credit AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca

On Thursday, a state house bill that would simplify the process for Native Americans seeking delayed birth certificates passed a key legislative committee. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if ultimately passed by the legislature, the bill is expected to ease many hardships encountered by tribal members.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:22 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Ahead of Signup Deadline, Arizona Affordable Care Act Enrollments Up

Open enrollment for health insurance through the federal government’s Affordable Care Act Marketplace ends Sunday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, this year in Arizona there’s been a significant increase in those purchasing insurance through the program.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:30 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Brain Food: Studying Pluto's Ice

NAU's ice lab
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

Pluto has a surface of nitrogen and methane ice. Scientists know this from telescope observations. But, when the New Horizons spacecraft flies by the dwarf planet in July, they hope to know far more about its icy composition. Flagstaff astronomer Stephen Tegler will be analyzing the data.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:36 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

DNA Test Confirms Death of Gray Wolf Seen Near the Grand Canyon

The dispersed female Rocky Mountain gray wolf photographed near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on Oct. 27, 2014, traveled from Wyoming, more than 450 miles.
Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

Federal wildlife officials have confirmed that an endangered gray wolf mistaken for a coyote and killed by a hunter was the same one recently seen near the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Echo — as the wolf had been unofficially named — was the first of its species known to roam the area near the national park in more than 70 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:24 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Prescott Solemnly Absorbs News of Kayla Mueller’s Death

A small memorial to Kayla Mueller on Prescott's Courthouse Square.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The confirmation yesterday of humanitarian aid worker Kayla Mueller’s death shocked the world. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the epicenter of that grief is in Mueller’s hometown of Prescott.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:45 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Family Speaks of Mueller's Legacy

Credit NBC News

The White House has confirmed that 26 year-old humanitarian aid worker, and Prescott native, Kayla Mueller is dead. Friends and family of Mueller held a press conference in Prescott and as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, they spoke of her dedication to helping others.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:11 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Officials and Family Confirm the Death of Kayla Mueller

The White House and the family of 26-year-old Kayla Jean Mueller have confirmed that the humanitarian aid worker has died. Mueller was the last known American hostage of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The 26-year-old Prescott resident and Northern Arizona University graduate was captured in Syria in 2013 while working with refugees of the Syrian civil war. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:50 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

U.S. Officials Still Skeptical About ISIS Hostage Death Claim

In this photo from May 30, 2013, Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott.
Credit AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Matt Hinshaw

There’s still no official word on the fate of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, who was reportedly killed last week in Syria. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the self-declared Islamic State has been holding Mueller hostage since 2013.

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