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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon Ranked as Most Endangered River in the U.S.

The confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers in the Grand Canyon. It's the the site of a proposed large commercial development that would include a gondola capable of ferrying thousands of people per day below the rim to the river.
Credit OARS

A conservation group has named the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the most endangered river in the U.S. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the ranking is based on two large-scale development projects as well as the potential for future uranium mining.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Flagstaff Teen Tells Remarkable Survival Story After Car Crash

Source: Pine-Strawberry Fire Department

A 16-year-old girl from Flagstaff is sharing her survival story after she drove off a cliff, and plunged more than 100 feet. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, two other teenage girls in the car were able to walk away with minor injuries.

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State Capitol News
11:25 am
Fri April 3, 2015

State Lawmakers Adjourn After Passing Driver’s License and Bag-Ban Bills

The Arizona legislature passed a bill that would prohibit towns and cities from banning plastic shopping bags and other disposable containers. It would also bar local governments from requiring business owners to measure and report energy use.
Credit KUT

The Arizona legislature has wrapped up its 2015 session, making it the shortest in nearly 50 years. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, lawmakers passed several bills in the final hours that will head to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:23 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Report: Thousands of Votes Rejected in November

Credit PBS

A recently released study breaks down the reasons why thousands of ballots statewide were rejected in last November’s general election. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, they range from incomplete information to voting at the wrong precinct.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:54 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Local Forest Managers Urge Preparedness For Fire Season

Photo by Wade Ward, U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

Forest manager across the southwest are in the midst of a week-long campaign, preparing people for wildfire season. “Southwest Wildfire Awareness” runs from Sunday, March 29th through Sunday, April 5th. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo spoke with the deputy fire staff officer on the Kaibab National Forest, Holly Kleindienst, about the campaign.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:53 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Legislature OKs Voluntary REAL ID Driver's Licenses

IDs that do not comply with federal standards might not be accepted at airports starting in January.
Credit CNN

The Arizona Legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Doug Ducey allowing the Arizona Department of Transportation to issue driver's licenses that comply with the federal REAL ID Act.

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State Capitol News
7:34 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Abortion Medication Law

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Monday that requires abortion providers in Arizona to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion and also bars women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

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State Capitol News
6:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Ducey Vetoes Bill Shielding Officer Names

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation Monday requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months, nixing a bill that was inspired by last year's events Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents around the country.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Dry, Warm Conditions Set the Stage for 2015 Fire Season

The Schultz Fire broke out north of Flagstaff on the Coconino National Forest in June 2010.
Credit Brady Smith/Coconino National Forest

With warming spring temperatures and dry conditions, wildfire danger in northern Arizona is increasing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, forest managers are gearing up for what could be an active year for firefighters.

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State Capitol News
12:58 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Arizona House to Consider Making State Licenses Federally Compliant

The Arizona House is attempting to update the state’s driver’s license standards to be in compliance with federal law. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, without the changes license-holders could be kept from boarding airplanes and entering federal facilities as soon as next year.

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