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4:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Phoenix Receives Federal Money to Assist Undocumented Children

The wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Credit Getty

Phoenix is one of nine cities chosen to receive federal funds to provide legal aid for undocumented children who cross illegally into the U.S. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the money will help children seeking asylum from violence in some Central American countries.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:41 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

After Resigning, Navajo Speaker to Plead Guilty in Fund Misuse Case

Former Navajo Council speaker Johnny Naize speaks at the council chambers in Window Rock in April.
Credit Navajo Times/Donovan Quintero

The speaker of the Navajo Nation Council resigned Monday amid allegations of bribery and misuse of tribal funds. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, he’s expected to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery Tuesday in the far-reaching case.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Wildfire Protection Act Passes U.S. House, Faces Uncertain Future in Senate

Credit David Kadlubowski/AP

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Catastrophic Wildfire Protection Act. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s designed to shore up national firefighting efforts while developing business opportunities.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Public Comment Period Ending for Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Changes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed revisions would prevent Mexican gray wolves from spreading north of Interstate-40 in Arizona and New Mexico. The endangered species was reintroduced by the federal agency in 1998.
Credit endangeredwolfcenter.org

Tuesday is the final day to comment on several revisions to the federal Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the changes would keep the endangered animals out of much of northern Arizona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Despite the Slide Fire, 2014 an Average Wildfire Season on Coconino NF

Credit Heather Noel/Coconino National Forest

After northern Arizona’s sixth driest winter on record, forest managers anticipated a busier-than-normal wildfire season in 2014. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the season was less extreme than expected.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:34 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

State Health Officials Suspect First Cases of Respiratory Virus

Jessica Rigler, chief for the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the Arizona Department of Heath Services
Credit Sydney Schuman/cronkitenewsonline.com

Arizona may have its first cases of a severe respiratory virus that has sickened children across the country. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, even though it’s still unconfirmed, state health officials are already taking precautions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:01 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Arizona Prepares Appeal as EPA Again Rejects the State’s Regional Haze Rules

The EPA's new rules are designed to reduce haze at several national parks and wilderness areas in the Southwest including the Grand Canyon.
Credit NPS

The Environmental Protection Agency recently rejected part of Arizona’s plan to improve visibility at several Southwestern wilderness areas and national parks including the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state is preparing an appeal after its third such rejection.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Injured Workers in Purina Plant Explosion Listed in Good Condition

An explosion occurred in the seven-story grain elevator at the Flagstaff Nestlé Purina plant.
Credit Flagstaff Fire Department

Four people were injured in an explosion at the Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff late Sunday afternoon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, two are now listed in good condition at the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:51 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Suspected Respiratory Virus Triggers Visitor Restrictions at Northern Arizona Healthcare

Northern Arizona Healthcare's Flagstaff Medical Center.
Credit flagstaffbusinessnews.com

Health officials suspect that the first cases of a severe respiratory virus that mainly affects children may have arrived in northern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, both Northern Arizona Healthcare locations are implementing visitation restrictions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Peter Rowan and the Art of Zen Bluegrass

During Peter Rowan's five-decade-long career he has been a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys along with releasing more than 20 solo albums.
Credit Courtesy photo

Singer-songwriter Peter Rowan is bluegrass royalty, having performed with some of the genre’s biggest legends during his five-decade career including Bill Monroe, Del McCoury, David Grisman and Tony Rice. His newest album, which was released in July, is called Dharma Blues and is largely made up of spiritually influenced songs he wrote while traveling in India and Japan in the 1990s. Gillian Welch and former Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady are just two of the many musicians who join him on the record.

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