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Groups sue over Kaibab forest logging plan

FLAGSTAFF - A group of environmentalists is suing the federal government over a plan to log an area north of the Grand Canyon it says makes no sense economically or ecologically. An administrative appeal of the plan that calls for logging on 9,100 acres of the Kaibab National Forest was rejected late last month.

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Navajos to decide on first-ever ballot initiatives

FLAGSTAFF - Navajo voters have never had much of a say in how their modern government was shaped. But that could soon change, after a tribal judge cleared the way for a special election on a restructuring that could change the balance of power on the sprawling reservation.

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Rain, cooler weather slows Ariz’s wildfire season

A slower-than-expected wildfire season so far is allowing firefighters around Arizona to shift from suppression to prevention. Federal firefighters are managing prescribed burns to thin fuels and better protect high-risk cities such as Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson.

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Arizona has some 25,000 homeless schoolchildren

The number of homeless schoolchildren in Arizona has surpassed 25,000, an increase of nearly 18 percent in the past year. Education officials say the rise is driven by the soaring rate of unemployment and foreclosures.

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Paradise Valley to refund traffic cam tickets

Paradise Valley giveth tickets and now the town will be taking 1,000 photo enforcement tickets away because of a bad yellow-light timer. The ticket refunds are expected to total $36,000, officials said.

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Audit shows deficiencies within child agency

A state audit of Child Protective Services accuses the agency of failing to investigate complaints of abuse in group homes and treatment centers in the required time frame.

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Light rail marks 6 months of service

After six months, light rail riders are giving the trains running between Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa a thumbs up. "It's very easy, very straightforward. Everything is clearly marked," said light rail rider M. Davis of Tempe. Monthly ridership rose from 911,883 in January to 1,044,135 in April before dropping to 928,259 in May.

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