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The president of Northern Arizona University is preparing her financial plan for the next fiscal year. Rita Cheng says she’s optimistic as she gets ready for another year with less than ideal state funding.  Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports.


Pronghorn antelope evolved roaming across large tracts of land undivided by roads and fences. But the highways that now crisscross their grassland habitats in the Southwest form barriers to mingling and interbreeding. They’re like giant swim-lane dividers in the gene pool. 


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Arizona voters will go to the polls this spring to decide on Proposition 123. It settles a long-running lawsuit over school funding in the state, and the Navajo Nation Council has announced its unanimous support of the measure. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Navajo Nation officials plan to revamp the tribe’s Veterans Administration. President Russell Begaye will hold a signing ceremony Saturday of a bill designed to more closely involve the tribe’s veterans in policymaking that affects their benefits and services. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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State health officials say the flu has spread to every county in Arizona. The number of confirmed cases for this season, however, remains below average statewide. That’s also the case in Coconino County. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


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Some Arizona lawmakers want the state to change how their electoral delegates vote for the president. If they’re successful, Arizona would be the first Republican-leaning state to back electing presidents through a country-wide popular vote. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


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Tonight, The Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy will put on a production most high schools would never dare attempt. The play, columbinus, is based on the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where 12 students and a teacher were shot and killed by two seniors at the school. FALA believes this is an important play to perform, especially after the Flagstaff community experienced its own episode of school violence. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports.

(Warning: The audio version of this story contains some graphic language.) 


Rapid Eye Movement – that thing we do in our deepest sleep – is not fully understood. Scientists think it happens when different parts of the brain are communicating and making sense out of the chaos of the day. 


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A new report estimates the state will end this fiscal year with a balance of more than half-a-billion-dollars. It follows the announcement of Governor Doug Ducey’s 2017 budget proposal, which doesn’t include last year’s steep cuts to higher education and other state services. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


In 2015 the EPA issued a Clean Power Plan directing states to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Under the plan, for example, Arizona will need to cut annual carbon emissions from 40 to 30 million tons by 2030.


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