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KNAU and Arizona News
12:50 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

U.S. Officials Still Skeptical About ISIS Hostage Death Claim

In this photo from May 30, 2013, Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott.
Credit AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Matt Hinshaw

There’s still no official word on the fate of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, who was reportedly killed last week in Syria. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the self-declared Islamic State has been holding Mueller hostage since 2013.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Some Claim Funding an Issue for DCS

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against the state Departments of Child Safety and Health Services on behalf of ten children currently in state foster care. The suit claims major deficiencies in the system, but as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan Reports, some argue a lack of funding is to blame.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:19 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Reclaimed Water Ordinance on Tuesday’s Flagstaff City Council Agenda

Credit James Q Martin

On Tuesday night, the Flagstaff City Council voted four to three not to revisit an ordinance contained in the city’s water policy having to do with the renewal of reclaimed water sales contracts. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some in the community have been calling on the council to reinstate its authority over those contracts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:33 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Lawsuit Alleges Deep Flaws in Arizona’s Foster Care System

Credit Pat Shannahan/The Republic

Lawyers representing ten children have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against two Arizona state agencies. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the lawsuit charges the state with having a “deficient foster care system.”

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Health Officials Push Immunizations After Arizona Measles Cases

Credit Justin Regan

After a measles outbreak at Disneyland in California, there are now seven confirmed cases of the disease in Arizona. Currently, there are no cases in Coconino County, and as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, officials are urging people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Late Nights and the Endless Road: America’s Storyteller, Todd Snider

Singer-songwriter-author Todd Snider.
Credit Getty

Folk singer Todd Snider has been on the road for nearly a quarter century. He’s a prolific songwriter with a penchant for hilarious and poignant storytelling. Snider is on tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough album, East Nashville Skyline, and is performing in Flagstaff tonight. He recently spoke with Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius about the bizarre experiences that inspire many of his songs, and his new memoir, "I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales."

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:07 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Arizona Lawmakers Attempt to Halt EPA’s Waterways Rule

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The Environmental Protection Agency is considering an update to the federal Clean Water Act. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, an Arizona congressman is trying to prevent that change from going into effect.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:32 am
Wed January 28, 2015

NAU English Professor Monica Brown Weighs In On The Power Of Dehumanizing Language

NAU English professor Monica Brown
Credit Monica Brown

Language is powerful. Monica Brown knows that. She's an English professor at Northern Arizona University, a children's author and a Latina. Until last week, Brown had never heard the term "a deportable" used to describe an immigrant to the U.S., and it left her with an uneasy feeling. In this commentary, Brown says there's a ripple effect of negativity when we use language that dehumanizes people.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
9:06 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: 'The Hotel'

Flagstaff-based writer and Grand Canyon commentator, Scott Thybony
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Before becoming a national park, the remote western part of the Grand Canyon was a place where a handful of ranchers - with true grit - struggled to earn a living. To make things a little more comfortable, they opened a winter camp deep within the canyon. It was known as "The Hotel" and remains an occasional refuge for hikers. In his latest Grand Canyon Commentary, Scott Thybony tells us about the night he spent at "The Hotel"

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Bark Beetle Researcher Fights Back With Fungus

NAU entomologist Rich Hofstetter tests his "fungal spray" on bark beetles
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

Growing microscopic organisms in a lab to conduct biological warfare might sound like the makings of a science fiction movie. But in the case of the bark beetle, it's real. An entomologist at Northern Arizona University is using a fungus to combat the beetles' deadly attack on forests across the West. As Arizona Public Radio's Bonnie Stevens reports, the fungus is the latest in a string of unconventional methods to stop the bugs' rampage.

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