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2:01 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Gov. Ducey: University Budget Cuts Could be Permanent

Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit The Republic

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants the board that oversees the state's three public universities to come up with a new strategic plan that cuts administrative expenses and makes college more affordable.

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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
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
5:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon Ranked as Most Endangered River in the U.S.

The confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers in the Grand Canyon. It's the the site of a proposed large commercial development that would include a gondola capable of ferrying thousands of people per day below the rim to the river.
Credit OARS

A conservation group has named the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the most endangered river in the U.S. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the ranking is based on two large-scale development projects as well as the potential for future uranium mining.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Flagstaff Teen Tells Remarkable Survival Story After Car Crash

Source: Pine-Strawberry Fire Department

A 16-year-old girl from Flagstaff is sharing her survival story after she drove off a cliff, and plunged more than 100 feet. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, two other teenage girls in the car were able to walk away with minor injuries.

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State Capitol News
11:25 am
Fri April 3, 2015

State Lawmakers Adjourn After Passing Driver’s License and Bag-Ban Bills

The Arizona legislature passed a bill that would prohibit towns and cities from banning plastic shopping bags and other disposable containers. It would also bar local governments from requiring business owners to measure and report energy use.
Credit KUT

The Arizona legislature has wrapped up its 2015 session, making it the shortest in nearly 50 years. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, lawmakers passed several bills in the final hours that will head to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:23 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Report: Thousands of Votes Rejected in November

Credit PBS

A recently released study breaks down the reasons why thousands of ballots statewide were rejected in last November’s general election. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, they range from incomplete information to voting at the wrong precinct.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:54 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Local Forest Managers Urge Preparedness For Fire Season

Photo by Wade Ward, U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

Forest manager across the southwest are in the midst of a week-long campaign, preparing people for wildfire season. “Southwest Wildfire Awareness” runs from Sunday, March 29th through Sunday, April 5th. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo spoke with the deputy fire staff officer on the Kaibab National Forest, Holly Kleindienst, about the campaign.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:53 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Legislature OKs Voluntary REAL ID Driver's Licenses

IDs that do not comply with federal standards might not be accepted at airports starting in January.
Credit CNN

The Arizona Legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Doug Ducey allowing the Arizona Department of Transportation to issue driver's licenses that comply with the federal REAL ID Act.

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