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KNAU and Arizona News
7:38 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Arizona's 'Abortion Reversal' Law On Hold For Now

Arizona's attorney general, Mark Brnovich, won't enforce a disputed section of a new law requiring abortion providers to tell women they can reverse drug-induced abortions until the matter can be sorted in court.

The decision made public Tuesday comes as the state prepares to defend itself in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers.

Critics have said there's no science that shows drug-induced abortions can be reversed, and abortion providers argue it's unconstitutional to require doctors to say something that goes against their medical judgment.

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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Earth Notes: Returning Grass to the Grasslands

The back of its wings glinting rust-red in the sun, a ferruginous hawk scans the grasslands below for ground squirrels and jackrabbits, two choice meals. These hawks rely on broad vistas to catch prey. But shrubs and juniper trees have steadily invaded many of their hunting grounds in the Southwest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:26 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Coconino and Kaibab National Forests Managing Lightning-Caused Fires

Flames from the Horse Tank Fire move slowly on the forest floor near Pine and Strawberry. Crews are letting the fire burn to rid the area of dry fuels that could potentially feed future wildfires.
Credit Payson Roundup

Multiple, low-intensity lightning-caused wildfires are currently burning on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. In each case, managers are allowing them to continue to burn in order to rid the areas of dry fuels and enhance plant and animal habitat. All three fires are expected to increase in size, but not necessarily in severity. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:57 am
Tue June 16, 2015

City of Flagstaff, Hopi Tribe Work Toward Settlement Of Lawsuit

Ski runs on the San Francisco Peaks at the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort in Flagstaff.
Credit Courtesy

The City of Flagstaff and the Hopi Tribe are working to resolve a lawsuit over selling reclaimed wastewater to Arizona Snowbowl ski resort to make snow. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Hopis claim snowmaking using the reclaimed water is a public nuisance.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:23 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Park Service Opposing Bill to Cull Grand Canyon Bison Herd

Bison within Grand Canyon National Park are destroying vegetation, tainting water supplies and trampling archaeological sites. A U.S. Senate bill would allow hunting of the animals within near the North Rim, but the Park Service says the legislation would interfere with its own ongoing internal bison management study.
Credit AP Photo/The Avalanche-Journal, Josie Musico

The National Park Service is opposing a U.S. Senate bill designed to reduce the number of bison at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, park officials say it would interfere with their own bison management study currently in the works.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Officials Monitoring for Plague at Grand Canyon

Health officials will check squirrels for fleas, which might contain plague.
Credit National Park Service

Coconino County Health Officials and the National Park Service are monitoring for plague at the Grand Canyon this summer. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the disease remains a small threat to humans.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:52 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Supreme Court Redistricting Decision Could Affect 2016 CD1 Race

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.
Credit Courtesy

A U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding redistricting is expected to be announced this month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has many in Arizona looking ahead to the 2016 general election.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:27 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Small Fire Near Strawberry Allowed to Burn

A small lightning-caused fire is burning on the Coconino National Forest near Strawberry. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, authorities are letting the blaze, that started Saturday, burn to benefit forest health.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:34 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Auction of Hopi Ceremonial Items Proceeds in Paris

Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie
Credit Mark Henle/The Republic

Another auction of Hopi and Acoma Pueblo ceremonial items has taken place in Paris. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the latest in a series of controversial sales of sacred Native American items.

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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Earth Notes: Roasting Agaves

It’s tough to miss a century plant in full bloom. The plant’s base of wide, pointed leaves sends up an enormously tall stalk that blooms brilliantly in spring. Also called agave or mescal, it’s a plant that’s common throughout the desert Southwest.

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