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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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KNAU and Arizona News
8:53 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Debate Continues Over Proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

Forest and meadow land along the Kaibab Plateau Trail north of the Grand Canyon. The area includes one of the largest swaths of old-growth ponderosa pine trees in the world.
Credit Shane McDermott/Arizona Highways

The most recent group to enter the debate surrounding the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument is the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The proposal is designed to protect nearly 2 million acres of old-growth forest and other land near the national park. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency says the plan would involve too much federal regulation.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:35 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Arizona Officials: Key Commerce Routes Have $20B In Needs

Credit Arizona Department of Transportation

State highway officials say key commerce routes in Arizona will require $20 billion in improvements over the next two decades, but revenue from the current gasoline tax won't meet that need.

Arizona State Engineer Dallas Hammit says the current gas tax generates only about one-half of the revenue needed to deal with the state's burgeoning highway and interstate needs.

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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Earth Notes: Blitzing Biotic Diversity

How do we know who lives where? Increasingly, land managers are turning to a fun and educational event to find out: the bioblitz.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Officials Preparing for Oak Creek Emergencies

Credit U.S. Forest Service

As a result of last year’s slide fire, the threat of flooding in Oak Creek canyon remains high during monsoon season. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Coconino County officials are using an emergency siren system and short-range radio transmitters to communicate potential threats to the public.  

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:28 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Registration For Navajo Language Referendum Closes Monday

Navajos who want a say in changing the language requirements for anyone seeking the tribe's top two posts have until the close of business Monday to register to vote.

The tribe is holding a referendum election on July 21.

Voters will be asked if they want to determine whether candidates for president and vice president speak and understand Navajo and English well enough to hold office. They currently are required to speak fluent Navajo.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Zoo Relocates Snakes Out of Cultural Concern

A gopher snake formerly housed at the Navajo Nation Zoo. It, along with another gopher snake, were relocated to an aquarium in Utah in March. A rattlesnake from the zoo was sent to the Staten Island Zoological Society in New York last month.
Credit David Mikesic/AP

For the first time more than 30 years, the Navajo Nation Zoo is not exhibiting snakes. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, zoo officials made the decision to relocate the animals because many Navajos view them with deep suspicion.

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