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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Hopi Tribe Makes Another Attempt At Halting French Auction

Hopi Tribe Chairman Herman Honanie

Several Hopi artifacts are on the auction block in France. A Paris auction house is scheduled to sell the items on Wednesday, despite criticism from the Hopi Tribe and the U.S. Government. Tribal leaders argue the artifacts belong to them, and demand their return. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo spoke with Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie about the tribe’s latest attempt to halt tomorrow’s auction.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:22 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Game and Fish Suing Over Mexican Grey Wolves

Credit KTAR

 The Arizona Game and Fish Department is suing the federal government to force it to develop an updated recovery plan for endangered Mexican grey wolves.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:49 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Kaibab Paiute Nation Named a Dark Sky Community

Homes on the Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation, with Thunder Mountain in the background.
Credit Kaibab Paiute Nation

Northern Arizona is now home to the world’s first "dark sky nation." As Arizona Public Radio’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians has been recognized for its efforts to preserve the night sky.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:05 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Simulated Floods Succeed in Restoring Colorado River Sandbars

A restored sandbar on the Colorado River.
Credit Mat Kaplinsky/Northern Arizona University

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey finds that a project to rebuild sandbars along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon appears to be a success. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say simulated floods have been effective in redistributing sand.

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State Capitol News
8:11 am
Fri June 5, 2015

AZ Board Of Regents Approve Budget Plans for Universities

The Arizona Board of Regents has approved budget plans for the upcoming fiscal year for Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

The three universities were cut approximately $100 million in the fiscal year 2016 state budget and funding will be reduced another $6.1 million for health insurance costs.

Previously approved tuition plans for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and student enrollment growth won't offset state funding cuts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:56 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Sunset Crater Still 'Extinct,' Despite Internet Rumors

Sunset Crater Volcano, aerial news.
Credit National Park Service

Rumors of a steam plume coming from Sunset Crater near Flagstaff have been making a buzz on the Internet. But as Arizona Public Radio’s Melissa Sevigny reports, officials with the national monument say there’s no sign of geologic activity.

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State Capitol News
1:33 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

New Poll Shows More Than Half of Arizonans Support Legal Recreational Marijuana

Credit LA Times

A poll conducted last month reveals that more than half of all Arizonans support the legalization of recreational marijuana. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the study comes as multiple measures are in the works to put the question to voters in 2016.

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State Capitol News
7:33 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Gov. Ducey To Roll Out New K-12 School Funding Proposal

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit David KadlubowskI/The Arizona Republic

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to roll out a new proposal to boost funding for the state's K-12 school system by using cash from the state's land trust.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said the governor will reveal details of his plan at a news conference at a Phoenix high school Thursday. It will involve a "substantial" amount of new funding.

Ducey met with schools chief Diane Douglas and key school superintendents Wednesday, and his staff met with other education leaders.

Scarpinato declined to provide additional details in advance of the governor's announcement.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Thu June 4, 2015

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

The Arizona State Capitol Building
Credit Courtesy

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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