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KNAU's Morning Rundown: Wednesday, March 31

Mar 31, 2021

Today is March 31 — declared Cesar Chavez Day by former President Barack Obama to commemorate the Arizona-born activist and labor rights organizer. Chavez, who was born near Yuma, co-founded what is now the United Farm Workers of America. Grandson Andres Chavez will discuss his grandfather’s work at a virtual event through Northern Arizona University.

Here are some of KNAU’s top morning headlines:

Arizona Department of Transportation

A storm dropped snow across much of northern Arizona Saturday, prompting partial closures of several highways.

“Roads are slick, and drivers should delay travel if at all possible,” the Arizona Department of Transportation said on Twitter.

Westbound Interstate 40 was closed Saturday afternoon about halfway between Ash Fork and Williams “due to winter weather and crashes,” ADOT said.

The Arizona Senate’s Ethics Committee is set to consider whether a complaint against a Republican lawmaker merits discipline.

The meeting scheduled Tuesday comes after a report into allegations made by an assistant to Sen. Wendy Rogers found little corroboration for some of his complaints.

But the Senate attorney who investigated the allegations found backing for his contention that she raised her voice and cursed during a heated confrontation in her office.

Charley Pitcher

A California-based developer has withdrawn an application to build a controversial "glamping," or glamorous camping, project on nearly 18-acres of private land in Sedona.

Coconino National Forest

Tourism has declined throughout much of Arizona because of the pandemic, but that’s not the case on national forest lands. Officials say record numbers of visitors came to forests around Flagstaff, Sedona, and the Mogollon Rim this summer to camp and hike in places where it’s easy to keep a safe physical distance from others. But, the spike in forest visitation also had some downsides. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with Coconino National Forest ranger Matt McGrath about some of the problems connected to the increase.


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