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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A federal watchdog says it will review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to clean up abandoned uranium sites on the Navajo Nation. The EPA's Office of Inspector General says it wants to determine whether the EPA is prioritizing sites that present the greatest threat to human health and the environment. The reviews generally take 18 months.

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - A dog wouldn't come out after chasing a cat into a tunnel dug by a giant tortoise in the back yard of a home in a Phoenix suburb, so homeowner Toby Passmore called for help. Chandler firefighters responded with people and shovels and, with the help of a city backhoe, began unearthing the 6-foot-deep tunnel dug by Passmore's tortoise.

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A panel has narrowed down its search for an artist to design a memorial honoring 19 firefighters who died four years ago. The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Partnership announced Wednesday that three artists have been chosen as semi-finalists to memorialize the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The memorial design that is chosen will go on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott. Nineteen Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013.

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's top human resources official is recommending that state employees not receive an across-the-board pay raise in 2018 for the 10th year in a row. But the recommendation from Department of Administration Director Craig Brown to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey says the state's 33,000 workers are only making 13.6 percent less this year than their counterparts in private industry.

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