KJZZ News

Workplace safety and the threat of violence
What if your office was the one attacked by somebody with a gun? Would you know what to do? Are security measures in place in your workplace?  Security Consultant Dwayne Tatalovich says industry standards recommend companies perform safety drills, but few actually conduct them.
Sep. 20, 2013
Arizona to take part in One Billion Rising
Arizona will be part of a global event taking place in 189 countries on Valentine's Day. It's an effort to end violence against women everywhere.  It's the idea of author/activist Eve Ensler, who decided serious attention needed to be brought to the issue.
Sep. 20, 2013
Gov. Brewer to release sales tax simplification plan
Governor Jan Brewer is expected Monday morning to release her proposal for simplifying the state sales tax. Last May, she created a task force to look into the issue, saying Arizona has one of the most complex systems in the country.
Sep. 20, 2013
Napolitano calls vision for immigration reform
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that immigration reform can't only focus on border security. Deporting the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country wouldn't just be impractical, she said, but runs contrary to American values.
Sep. 20, 2013
Arizona senate to vote on changing initiative petition deadline
The Arizona Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to give voters a chance to re-think a decision they made less than three years ago. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The proposal would ask voters to move the deadline for filing initiative petition signatures from four months before an election, to six months prior.
Sep. 20, 2013
Construction labor produces employment ripple effects
As new construction slowly comes back to Phoenix, its shaking up the Valley's labor needs. Contractors are scrambling to recruit workers, and that's creating a ripple effect in other sectors. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports.
Sep. 20, 2013
Bill seeking to restrict school isolation rooms wins preliminary approval
The Arizona House has taken the first steps toward restricting the use of isolation rooms, in public schools.  A bill by Representative Kelly Townsend, to require a parent's permission before putting a child in isolation, has won preliminary approval in the House.
Sep. 20, 2013
LDS church changes impact higher education in Utah, Arizona
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has lowered the age of missionaries. That has led Utah's legislature to propose a bill to modify how many out-of-state students are eligible to go to a Utah college or university.
Sep. 20, 2013
Las Vegas cab strike might impact your getaway
Visitors to Las Vegas this weekend may be taking a gamble outside the casinos. The drivers for one of the largest cab companies in Vegas have authorized a strike at midnight Sunday. If it happens more than 1,700 cabbies could be parking their cars.
Sep. 20, 2013
One-fifth of Arizonans struggle with food insecurity
The Food Research and Action Center reports that 21 percent of Arizonans say they lacked money to buy food at least once last year. That ranks Arizona 14th in the United States. FRAC President Jim Weill says the benefit levels of the SNAP, or food stamp program, aren’t high enough to enough to enable people to purchase enough food.
Sep. 20, 2013
Have You Thought About Retiring To Central America?
The lure of retiring in Central America has brought Americans in droves to tropical countries like Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Cheap living. Good food. Vibrant culture. Some Baby Boomers call it Pura Vida -- the Pure Life.
Sep. 20, 2013
Valley housing prices up sharply in January
New numbers from ASU show an almost unheard of jump in Phoenix-area home prices. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Mike Orr, with ASU’s WP Carey School of Business, says an increase of more than 35 percent has only happened once before, and that was during a bubble.
Sep. 20, 2013
Department of Agriculture targets citrus-killing insect
Agriculture officials are trying to prevent an insect-borne disease from wiping out citrus in western Arizona. Adult Asian Citrus Psyllid (Photo by David Hall/USDA ARS) The Asian Citrus Psyllid is only about as big as the tip of a ballpoint pen, but it can do a lot of damage.
Sep. 20, 2013
Recognizing the importance of arts and culture in American society
Funding for non-profits arts organization has been difficult to come by, but Ben Cameron – inaugural Thought Leader in Residence for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust — argues that arts and culture must react to changing demographics.
Sep. 20, 2013
Regents to analyze tuition breaks for some undocumented immigrants
The Arizona Board of Regents expects to consider whether college students in the country illegally are eligible for in-state tuition. Arizona's three public universities. (Image courtesy Arizona Board of Regents) Friday afternoon, the presidents of ASU, NAU, and U of A released their tuition proposals for the upcoming school year.
Sep. 20, 2013
St. Patrick
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says DUI numbers for the St. Patrick's Day holiday were down from last year with 273 people arrested, compared to 289, a year ago. Office Director Alberto Gutier says the numbers show the effort to combat drunk driving, is working.
Sep. 20, 2013
Former Suns
Jerry Colangelo brought the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks to the Valley and continues to be influential in the worlds of sports and business.Colangelo explains how Grand Canyon University's leap into Division One athletics--and the hiring of former NBA star Dan Majerle as its head men's basketball coach--will be a plus for the Valley sports scene.
Sep. 20, 2013
Report: One out of six Arizona teens use tobacco products
New research from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids finds it's getting tougher to keep kids away from tobacco, and the Centers for Disease Control say more than one in six Arizona teens either smokes or chews tobacco products.
Sep. 20, 2013
Tucson mail to be directed through Phoenix sooner
Mail heading for Tucson will be processed in Phoenix starting this year.  The U.S. Postal Service originally planned on the change next year, but moved up the date, as part of a its plan to save money.
Sep. 20, 2013
Mental Health First Aid training teaches about resources, offers hope
People who commit high-profile acts of gun violence are often mentally ill, like Adam Lanza, James Holmes and Jared Loughner. Conversations about gun control often come with calls for improved mental health care, but while people understand the mental health care system needs to be improved, that doesn’t mean they can tell when someone actually needs help.
Sep. 20, 2013

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