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Insects and the plants they pollinate have evolved to fit like a key and a lock. 


Several leaders from Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect are expected to make their initial court appearances Wednesday after their arrests on federal allegations of food stamp fraud and money laundering.

The suspects were arrested Tuesday on accusations of orchestrating a yearslong fraud scheme instructing members how to use food-stamp benefits illegally for the benefit of the faith and avoid getting caught.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed into law the tribe’s largest-ever spending package. It’ll use part of a settlement from a federal lawsuit to fund more than 100 water and sanitation projects. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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The number of people killed in vehicle-related crashes on Arizona roads has risen significantly in the last year.

The Arizona Department of Public Transportation reported Friday that preliminary information indicates that roughly 890 died in car crashes in 2015.

ADOT officials say the figure far surpasses the 773 deaths recorded in 2014.

The agency says factors that contributed to the road-related deaths include speeding, impaired driving and a failure to wear a seat belt.

State agencies are urging motorists to consider how they behave when behind the wheel.

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Only voters registered with major political parties can take part in Arizona’s upcoming Presidential Preference Election. Monday is the final day to register to vote in the primary, and the last chance for independent voters to re-register with a party. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


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There are now fewer Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest, and federal officials say the numbers show more work needs to be done to restore the endangered species.

The annual survey released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows at least 97 wolves are spread between southwestern New Mexico and southeast Arizona.

Federal officials say the numbers are disconcerting since the population had been on the upswing since 2010, with 2014 marking a banner year when the predators topped 110.

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Environmental groups and some elected officials are urging President Obama to create the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. A new survey shows statewide support for the proposal that would set aside nearly 2 million acres outside Grand Canyon National Park. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


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Arizona lawmakers delivered a big win for the state’s vocational high schools, known as joint technical education districts. The governor signed a deal late Wednesday, giving back nearly all of the money that was cut from the programs last year. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports.


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The spill from Colorado’s Gold King Mine last summer released 3 million gallons of wastewater and polluted two western rivers. A new report by the U.S. House says government workers at the mine knew a spill was possible. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 

    

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Social media is a useful tool for businesses. Recently, however, Facebook began shutting down pages of medical marijuana dispensaries across the country, and some in Northern Arizona say it’s likely to hurt business. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


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