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5:00 am
Thu June 4, 2015

State Revenue Spike Leads to Higher-Ed Restoration Talks Among Lawmakers

The Arizona State Capitol Building
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For four straight months, Arizona has taken in higher-than-expected revenue. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some lawmakers want to reinstate a chunk of the nearly $100 million cut from higher education in the 2016 state budget.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:12 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Navajo Election On Fluency Requirement To Be Held July 21

Former Navajo Nation presidential candidate Chris Deschene. He was disqualified from the race as a result of the tribe's language requirement.
Credit AP

A vote on whether Navajo Nation presidential candidates must speak the tribe’s language fluently has been set for next month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the issue arose after one of the candidates was disqualified last year.


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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Passive Solar Home Design Hindered by Mountain Views

Ron Hubert enjoys mountain views from his home near Baderville.
Credit Cindy Carpien/NPR

Chilly winters and sunny skies make Flagstaff an ideal place for passive solar construction. A house with the right orientation and south-facing windows can collect free energy from the sun—no solar panels required. But one thing stands in the way of Flagstaff becoming a model for passive solar home design: the beauty of a mountain.

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Earth Notes
4:45 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Earth Notes: Criollo Cattle

When most of us hear the word “cattle” we think of an animal that came to the Southwest in the late 1800s. But one breed arrived here long before most other settlers.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:33 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Proposed Kirkland Mine to get Environmental Assesment

Credit Lee Allison/Arizona Geology

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has unanimously endorsed a Bureau of Land Management environmental assessment of a proposed volcanic rock mine near Prescott. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the move is a response to requests by concerned locals. 

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State Capitol News
8:35 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Initiative Filed To Limit College Tuition, Tax Corporations

College tuition in Arizona could increase by no more than the cost of living every year and corporations could see tax hikes under a proposed voter initiative.

A group called Save Arizona's Students and Public Universities filed the initiative late last week. It has until July 2016 to collect more than 150,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:28 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Tusayan Road Easement Comment Period Ends Tuesday

The Ten-X Campground on the Kaibab National Forest's Tusayan Ranger District.
Credit USFS

Tuesday is the final day for the public to comment on a series of proposed road improvements on the Kaibab National Forest near the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if approved, the work could pave the way for a large-scale development planned about a mile from the South Rim in the Town of Tusayan.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:37 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Ceremonial Hopi Items Auctioned In Paris Despite U.S. Criticism

Protestors outside the EVE auction house in Paris last December during another sale of ceremonial Native American objects.
Credit AP

A Paris auction house is starting a sale of about a dozen Hopi artifacts that tribal leaders and U.S. government officials have sought to prevent. They argue the objects are sacred.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon June 1, 2015

U.S. Justice Department Wants Better Access for Native Voters

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Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice are proposing legislation to increase voter access for Native Americans. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Arizona counties are already following the department’s recommendations.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Oak Flat at the Crossroads: Culture and the Copper Economy in Modern-Day Arizona

Since February, dozens, and sometimes hundreds of San Carlos Apache tribal members have been encamped at Oak Flat in opposition to the proposed copper mine. They marched more than 40 miles from the town of San Carlos on the nearby reservation and say Oak Flat is sacred ancestral land. In December, the National Defense Authorization Act traded Oak Flat and 2,400 surrounding acres to Resolution Copper, privatizing the area.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Plans are in the works to develop the largest copper mine in North America on Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. The proposed site for the nearly 3,000-acre mine is Oak Flat near the town of Superior. It’s an ancestral home for several clans of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, some of whom are protesting the development. They believe the Oak Flat mine is another example of the conflict between the protection of sacred sites and economic development.

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