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Michael Chow/The Republic

A federal jury has found Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah guilty of religious discrimination. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, some residents of the polygamous communities are celebrating the legal victory. 


Rick Bowmer/AP

A jury verdict against two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah for discriminating against nonbelievers now puts the future of the communities in the hands of a judge who will have to remedy the sweeping civil rights violations.

Federal authorities haven't specified the changes they'll seek in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, but the judge has several options, including disbanding the towns' shared police force, one of the targets in the Monday's verdict.

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Flagstaff astronomers are studying an asteroid that’s spinning faster than any other of its size. The asteroid has broken what’s known as the “spin barrier.” 


Economic Innovation Group

Much of the U.S. has experienced a steady economic recovery following the Great Recession. A new report, however, shows many of the country’s poorest areas are still struggling, and that includes two counties in Northeastern Arizona. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


Photo by Glenn Tachiyama

Two runners from Flagstaff are teaming up with The White House on a new campaign. Rob Krar and Christina Bauer are husband and wife, and they’ve been enlisted by President Obama in an effort to call attention to the value of the nation's public lands. Krar and Bauer joined Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo to discuss their new partnership with the president.


Associated Press

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is throwing her support behind Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump's campaign announced Brewer's endorsement Saturday. In a statement, Brewer called Trump a "Washington outsider" who will follow the people's will. She says Trump would secure the border and defend workers deprived of jobs by people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Trump says Brewer's endorsement is an honor.

Jeff Martz/NPS

Paleontologists have identified a new species of an extinct, crocodile-like creature in Petrified Forest National Park.


Ron Jackson/Indian Country Today Media Network

The Navajo Nation has filed a brief affirming its opposition to the name of Washington's NFL team, the Redskins. Last year, a federal judge cancelled the team's trademark to the name, which many Native Americans consider derogatory. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, at least one Navajo tribal member is a plaintiff in the ongoing case.


John Vogel/USGS

Scientists in northern Arizona have something new in their field kits: custom-made drones. Up until now, researchers strapped their scientific equipment to old military discards or simple hobby drones. Now they can order drones tailored for science.


ArizTravel.com

Authorities are looking for information on a recent string of small wildfires in Oak Creek Canyon.

The four fires set Monday and Tuesday in brush and pine needles were extinguished at less than a tenth of an acre each.

Coconino National Forest spokesman Brady Smith says authorities believe they were set deliberately along both sides of U.S. Highway 89A.

Authorities are asking the public to report any suspicious activity in the area at the time.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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