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Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng is urging the campus to unite in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting involving students. As part of the effort, NAU is hosting a campus walk today. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to join, as an act of solidarity. 

“As we begin a new week on campus, the events that took place on Friday continue to weigh heavy on our minds,” wrote Cheng in a campus-wide e-mail. “We have experienced a terrible tragedy that has left us all in a state of shock.”


The suspect in this morning’s shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus made his initial court appearance this afternoon. Steven Jones faces one count of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Following this morning’s shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus, the NAU Alert system was activated. But due to human error, the initial emergency text message didn’t reach all the intended recipients.

About 700 people received the alert out of the 18,000 who are signed up for the service. That initial message was inadvertently sent to only certain groups instead of the entire list.

An Instragram account believed to be that of the NAU campus shooting suspect shows him posing with various firearms. Photos from the account named “_steven_jones”, shows what appears to be 18-year-old freshman Steven Jones holding a shotgun while wearing American flag attire, and another fully automatic gun.

The photos were pulled from Instgram Friday morning following the shooting that left one dead and three injured on the NAU campus. 

Officials say one person is dead and three others are wounded following an early morning shooting at Northern Arizona University


The Arizona Department of Transportation says the federal Real ID will be available to residents of the state by next April. Eventually, all Americans will need federally compliant identification to enter airports and federal buildings. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The Grand Canyon Bison Management Act is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives after passing though committee. The law would allow specially licensed members of the public to buy tags to hunt the animals within Grand Canyon National Park. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


The American Southwest is one of the fastest changing climates in North America. And some scientists fear many plants, and the organisms that depend on them, may not be able to adapt to the changes in time to survive. That’s why Northern Arizona University ecological geneticist Tom Whitham is cloning key species and planting them in different environments.

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Authorities say 11 inmates have been indicted on charges stemming from the riots at a private prison in Kingman in early July.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Rod Albright said Tuesday that only those inmates who could be positively identified were charged in the July 1 riot at the Cerbat Unit.

He says additional charges will be filed in the July 2 and July 4 riots in the Hualapai Unit.

Albright says fewer inmates in the Hualapai Unit will be charged because the cameras were broken more quickly than those in the Cerbat Unit.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing two Western minnows in the West as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The agency says human activity has caused the numbers of two chub species to dwindle. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.