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Kasondra McCracken

Children just learning to talk are better off with blocks, puzzles or books than electronic toys. That’s according to new research conducted at Northern Arizona University.


NAU

November marked the 11th straight month that Arizona’s revenue has exceeded what was forecast in the state budget. That’s led some elected officials to discuss the reinstatement of more than $99 million cut from the state’s three universities last year. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


The Arizona Legislature will begin its 2016 session next week, and lawmakers have already introduced several bills for consideration. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


For millennia, people have coveted rare goods they could get only through trade with others. The Ancestral Puebloans of the Colorado Plateau were no exception. They traveled great distances to exchange items like local turquoise, hides, and pottery for exotic shells, copper bells, and cacao.


The latest winter storm moving across Arizona this week is expected to drop snow in the state's northern and eastern high country late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service will be in effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday above 6,000 feet elevation.

The advisory area includes Grand Canyon Village, Flagstaff and Show Low.

Snow accumulations are expected to generally range from 3 to 8 inches with locally heavier amounts, including 5 to 9 inches in Flagstaff.

Melissa Sevigny

Chemical deicer is commonly used to keep roads clear of snow and ice, and it makes travel safer. But it also kills ponderosa pines. The City of Flagstaff found that out when they experimented with deicer a few years ago. From the Arizona Science Desk, Melissa Sevigny reports on the tradeoff between public safety and environmental health . . . a tradeoff few cities in the nation have to make.


M. Tobin/Grand Canyon Trust

State environmental officials have suspended the air-pollution permit renewal process for three uranium mines near the Grand Canyon. Recent tests showed uranium content in the soil near one of the mines is four times higher than previously measured. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


Justin Regan

December is the time where hundreds of thousands of seasonal jobs open up; from extra cashiers, to Christmas tree sellers to Santa Clauses. Especially real-bearded Santas. Their numbers and popularity have been increasing over the years. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, for many real-bearded Santas it’s more than just a job, it’s a lifestyle.


Melissa Sevigny

Scientists at Northern Arizona University are studying an anthrax outbreak among heroin users in Europe.


Melissa Sevigny

Almost 10,000 Christmas tree permits have been issued this season on national forest lands in northern Arizona. Getting into the holiday spirit can also help restore health to overstocked forests.


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