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KNAU's Morning Rundown: Friday, June 18

Jun 18, 2021

It’s Friday, June 18.

 

President Joe Biden signed a law Thursday recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. It commemorates the day enslaved people in Galveston, Texas discovered slavery had ended — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was passed.

 

Juneteenth Black Business Expo Slated For Flagstaff, Prescott

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation legalizing test strips that can detect the presence of the potent opiate fentanyl and potentially help avoid deadly overdoses. 

  

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Tuesday, May 18

May 18, 2021

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations Grow Among Young Arizonans

Arizona health officials report more than 3.1 million people in the state have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine — almost 44% of the state’s total population. More than 130,000thousand people under the age of 20 have now been partially or fully vaccinated. Earlier this month, the state began offering the Pfizer vaccine to individuals as young as 12 years old.

 

Law enforcement officials in Yavapai County discovered $200,000 worth of fentanyl pills and methamphetamine last week in three separate stops on the same day.

YSCO deputies say they first detained a man from Camp Verde; he was allegedly carrying more than 100 fentanyl pills, along with methamphetamine and heroin. In a subsequent traffic stop, officials pulled over a man from Phoenix and found 10 pounds of methamphetamine, along with an estimated 10,000 fentanyl pills.

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Flagstaff Police say they’ve seen a recent uptick in overdoses and deaths related to a counterfeit opioid. The illicit pills contain fentanyl, which is blamed for thousands of deaths nationwide. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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