Arizona

5:00am

Wed August 27, 2014
Energy

Utilities Balk As Customers Embrace Rooftop Solar

Employees with Namaste Solar install mounting brackets for a new rooftop system in Boulder, Colo.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

The cost of solar is falling rapidly – down 60 percent since 2011. These days, solar is not only good for the environment; it's becoming more of a smart financial move for households and communities.

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3:02am

Wed August 27, 2014
U.S.

Casinos Worry As More Navajo Communities Go Smoke-Free

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:15 am

Tobacco prevention specialist Rob Carr speaks to a group of youth and elders at the Red Rock Chapter of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.
Carrie Jung

Walking onto the gaming floor at the Twin Arrows Casino near Flagstaff, Ariz., is a sensory-rich experience, with winning bells and slot machine jingles a constant. But in addition to hearing the sounds of the gaming floor, visitors also smell cigarette smoke.

The Smoke-Free Arizona Act doesn't apply to this casino, located just inside the southern borders of the Navajo Nation. That means smoking in an enclosed public space is legal.

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3:14am

Mon August 25, 2014
Politics

On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote — And Who Gets To Decide?

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:23 am

Voters crowd into their polling place Aug. 15 at Keonepoko Elementary School in Pahoa, Hawaii.
Marco Garcia AP

A federal appeals court in Denver is scheduled to hear arguments Aug. 25 in a dispute over whether Kansas and Arizona can require voters using a federal registration form to show proof of citizenship.

It's the first of several significant cases this fall that could determine who gets to vote, and how, in at least six states. The outcomes could also answer a much broader question: Who gets to decide?

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5:38am

Mon June 30, 2014
Wildfires

Dad Of Fallen Arizona Hotshot Hopes To Make Better Fire Shelters

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

This aerial photo shows Yarnell, Ariz., days after a fire claimed the lives of 19 members of an elite firefighting crew.
Tom Tingle AP

Firefighter Travis Turbyfill was killed one year ago by a wildfire after he and fellow members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots deployed to a fire shelter in an Arizona box canyon. A fierce wind blew the Yarnell Hill Fire over the crew, killing 19.

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6:16am

Thu April 3, 2014

Welcome To The Borderland

Lead in text: 
It is so much more than what you heard. Morning Edition's trip along the border is captured here in 12 vignettes highlighting the people, places, maps and the physical barriers found on both sides.
Source: Npr
The U.S.-Mexico border is not a line. It's a place. NPR's Morning Edition spent two weeks driving it — a 2,428 mile road trip. Here are 12 short stories sharing what they found.

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