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KNAU and Arizona News
8:43 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Juneteenth Freedom Reflections

"Reading the Emancipation Proclamation", drawing by H.W. Herrick (1864)
Credit Cornell University Library

In a couple of weeks, the country will celebrate Independence Day - the commemoration of freedom from British rule. Today, however, marks the worldwide celebration of another Independence Day, "Juneteenth". It commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 and the nearly 3 year delayed notification to many former slaves that they were, in fact, free. It was a time when rebellious slave holders relocated their operations to more remote parts of the country, including the Southwest, so they could continue to practice slavery illegally. Tomorrow, a group of students and faculty at Northern Arizona University will host a Juneteenth celebration, and in this audio postcard they share with us what freedom means to them.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:45 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Brain Food: Arizona's First Infrastructure Report Card

AZ highway system
Credit sundt.com

Arizona's infrastructure report card is in, and the news is...average. The American Society of Civil Engineers has - for the first time - graded the state's dams, bridges, railways, airports, roadways and water systems.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:52 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Supreme Court Redistricting Decision Could Affect 2016 CD1 Race

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.
Credit Courtesy

A U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding redistricting is expected to be announced this month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has many in Arizona looking ahead to the 2016 general election.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:02 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Brain Food: Flagstaff Geneticist Suspects Anthrax 'Lazarus Effect'

Microscopic Anthrax spores
Credit Nature Publishing Group

Military officials regularly run safety tests for on-base Anthrax detectors. Normally, they use "dead" samples of the dangerous bacteria - deactivated by massive doses of radiation, but recently it was discovered there were some live spores within batches of Anthrax shipped by the Pentagon. Flagstaff geneticist Paul Keim suspects the microorganisms might be able to bring themselves back from the dead.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:05 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Simulated Floods Succeed in Restoring Colorado River Sandbars

A restored sandbar on the Colorado River.
Credit Mat Kaplinsky/Northern Arizona University

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.

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State Capitol News
8:11 am
Fri June 5, 2015

AZ Board Of Regents Approve Budget Plans for Universities

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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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Thu June 4, 2015

State Revenue Spike Leads to Higher-Ed Restoration Talks Among Lawmakers

The Arizona State Capitol Building
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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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KNAU and Arizona News
4:19 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Brain Food: The Octocopter Helps Monitor Forest Health

NAU Remote Sensing Ecologist Teki Sankey with the Octocopter
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

An 8-armed drone that looks like a robotic black spider will soon be hovering over northern Arizona's ponderosa pine forests.

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State Capitol News
8:35 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Initiative Filed To Limit College Tuition, Tax Corporations

College tuition in Arizona could increase by no more than the cost of living every year and corporations could see tax hikes under a proposed voter initiative.

A group called Save Arizona's Students and Public Universities filed the initiative late last week. It has until July 2016 to collect more than 150,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Oak Flat at the Crossroads: Culture and the Copper Economy in Modern-Day Arizona

Since February, dozens, and sometimes hundreds of San Carlos Apache tribal members have been encamped at Oak Flat in opposition to the proposed copper mine. They marched more than 40 miles from the town of San Carlos on the nearby reservation and say Oak Flat is sacred ancestral land. In December, the National Defense Authorization Act traded Oak Flat and 2,400 surrounding acres to Resolution Copper, privatizing the area.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Plans are in the works to develop the largest copper mine in North America on Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. The proposed site for the nearly 3,000-acre mine is Oak Flat near the town of Superior. It’s an ancestral home for several clans of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, some of whom are protesting the development. They believe the Oak Flat mine is another example of the conflict between the protection of sacred sites and economic development.

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