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The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project will be awarded $25,000 after receiving the most votes in an online contest held by a Washington D.C.-based conservation group.

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A state representative is calling for a legislative hearing to restore a veteran pilot-training program at Yavapai College. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs halted G.I. Bill-funded enrollments in March.

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 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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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