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KNAU and Arizona News
8:11 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Judge Grants Request To Halt Suit Against Board Of Education

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas

  A judge has granted the state Board of Education's request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas over authority to oversee and fire the board's staff.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Patricia Starr ruled Tuesday that part of Douglas' suit was a "political question" inappropriate for a court to decide. The judge also said other parts of the suit were too abstract to warrant a court ruling.

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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Earth Notes: Protecting the Bear's Ears

Credit Bears Ears Coalition

Among the most prominent landmarks of southern Utah are the Bear’s Ears—a pair of buttes south of the Dark Canyon Wilderness that are visible for many miles. They’re known to Navajo people as the birthplace of the celebrated “Headman” Manuelito, who was known for resisting federal efforts to forcibly remove Navajos from the region.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:07 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Congress Moves to Block Proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

The proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument would encompass 1.7 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.
Credit Jim Dougherty

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment to a bill that would limit the president’s ability to set aside federal lands for conservation. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move is aimed in part at preventing the possible designation of a Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:14 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Arizona GOP Lawmaker To Announce She'll Take On McCain

State Sen. Kelli Ward

  A Republican Arizona lawmaker who has been exploring a challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain is set to reveal her decision at a Lake Havasu City news conference.

State Sen. Kelli Ward announced in April she was considering taking on the five-term incumbent in next year's Republican primary. She's scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce her decision.

McCain announced in April that he'll seek to extend his nearly three-decade career in the Senate by running for a sixth term.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:15 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Forest Service Releases Details of Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project

About 5,700 acres in the Dry Lake Hills near Flagstaff will be thinned as part of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. Work will begin in 2016, but steep-slope treatments including helicopter and cable logging could begin as soon as 2017.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

After an environmental analysis and a public comment period, Coconino National Forest managers have outlined the details of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s designed to prevent the effects of wildfire and flooding from threatening the city’s water supply.

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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Earth Notes: Nature, Teaching Quietly

Nature makes people feel better. Studies have shown that hospital patients who can see a natural scene from their window—or even an image of nature—typically heal faster than those cut off from the outdoors.

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State Capitol News
12:41 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Lawsuit Settlement Restores Local Control Over Minimum Wages in Arizona

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich
Credit AZ Central

A lawsuit challenging the state legislature over who would set the minimum wage in Arizona’s towns and cities has been settled. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it overturns part of a state law that unconstitutionally took power from the local level.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:21 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Settlement Reached Between Arizona and Hotshot Families

The Granite Mountain Hotshots
Credit KPHO

A dozen families who lost members when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell have settled a suit they filed against the state of Arizona.

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State Capitol News
9:32 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Mixed Reaction in Arizona to Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate Friday's ruling legalizing marriage between same-sex couples in all 50 states outside the Supreme Court.
Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images

Supporters of same-sex marriage rights in Arizona are cheering the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared gay marriage bans nationwide unconstitutional.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu June 25, 2015

House Bill Would Expedite Forest Health Projects on Federal Lands

A wildland firefighter burns grasses with a drip torch during a prescribed burn at the Gus Pearson Natural Area in the Ft. Valley Experimental Forest on the Coconino National Forest.
Credit Jake Bacon/Ecological Restoration Institute

A bill making its way through Congress is designed to speed up the process of forest restoration and recovery projects on federal lands. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Resilient Federal Forests Act would streamline the process of combating catastrophic wildfire.

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