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9:19 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Flagstaff Rep. Thorpe: State Budget Cuts Necessary to Boost Economy

Flagstaff Republican state Rep. Bob Thorpe is the chairman of the House Government and Higher Education Committee. He and other lawmakers recently passed a budget that reduces state government spending by nearly 2-and-a-half percent, and includes almost $100 million in cuts to higher education.
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Last weekend, the Arizona state legislature passed a $9.1 billion budget, which includes significant cuts to some state services including higher education. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius recently spoke with Flagstaff Republican Representative Bob Thorpe, chairman of the Government and Higher Education Committee, about the cuts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:26 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

NAU to Lose $18 Million in State Budget Proposal

Gov. Doug Ducey (pictured) and Republican state lawmakers struck a deal this week that would cut $104 million from Arizona's universities. Northern Arizona University alone would lose more than $18 million in the next fiscal year. The budget proposal would also completely eliminate state funding from three of Arizona's community colleges.
Credit The Republic

A budget deal struck between state lawmakers and the governor includes more than $100 million in cuts to higher education. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Northern Arizona University’s president Rita Cheng released a statement outlining the domino effect the cuts could have to the local economy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:49 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Winter Storms Dramatically Increase Flagstaff’s Water Supply

Lake Mary in warmer months. The reservoir is one of Flagstaff's main water sources and is now more than half full after the recent winter storms.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

After the recent snowstorms, water levels have nearly doubled in Lake Mary, one of Flagstaff’s primary water sources. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the reservoir is now nearly 60 percent full.

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Earth Notes
8:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Earth Notes: Walnut Canyon Celebrates a Century

  This year, Walnut Canyon is celebrating a hundred years of protection as a national monument—protection that came none too soon because its prehistoric sites were being seriously damaged.

It was people known to archaeologists as the northern Sinagua who built some three hundred rooms in the limestone alcoves of this hidden canyon near the San Francisco Peaks. They lived, farmed, and hunted in the canyon and on the rim from the 1100s into the mid-1200s.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Copper Mine Protest on Tonto NF Now in Fourth Week

Vernelda Grant, director of the San Carlos Apache Tribe's Historical Preservation and Archaeology Department, at Oak Fat Campground, the site of a proposed copper mine. The tribe says the project would decimate an area considered sacred by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A protest east of Phoenix is in its fourth week as a group of Native Americans has gathered in opposition to a proposed copper mine. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the area of the Tonto National Forest is a burial ground and considered sacred by several tribes throughout the state.

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News
12:10 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

KNAU Meteorologist Lee Born On This Weekend's Big Snow Storm

KNAU meteorologist Lee Born joined Morning Edition Host Aaron Granillo to discuss this weekend’s big storm.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:53 am
Fri February 27, 2015

NAU Professor Examines What Sovereignty Means To Native Nations

Dr. Michael Lerma is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. He’s just released his first book, “Indigenous Sovereignty in the 21st Century: Knowledge for the Indigenous Spring.” It examines what sovereignty means to indigenous nations. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo recently sat down with Dr. Lerma to discuss the book.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:31 am
Fri February 27, 2015

County Hosts Job Fair for Walgreens Employees

Job Fair at Little America Hotel.
Credit Justin Regan

This week, over a hundred workers at the Walgreens distribution center in Flagstaff were laid off. The retail chain had announced they were closing their center last July. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Coconino County is trying to find new employment for the workers affected, which involved a job fair.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:42 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Bill Legalizing Sawed-Off Shotguns, Silencers Headed to State Senate

Lake Havasu City Republican senator Kelli Ward is pushing for the legalization of sawed-off shotguns, silencers and nunchucks as part of an amendment to a bill she authored.
Credit CBS 5 News

Four firearms-related bills have received initial approval this week from the Arizona state legislature. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one of those bills would legalize some weapons and accessories currently outlawed.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:24 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Court Orders Ex-Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi to Prison Friday

A court ordered former Arizona congressman Rick Renzi (left) to report to prison Friday after rejecting his appeal in a federal corruption and money laundering case.
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Former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi has been ordered to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for corruption and several other charges. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Republican waged a six-year court battle since his indictment in an attempt to stay out of prison.

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