KJZZ News

No matter where you are in Phoenix, chances are you aren’t far from a sign urging you to vote yes on Proposition 201. And it’s almost as certain you won’t find even a bumper sticker telling you otherwise.
February 26, 2013
With more than a year and a half before Arizonans elect their next attorney general, Felecia Rotellini filed paperwork Monday to run against incumbent Tom Horne. If a battle to be the state's lawyer between Democrat Rotellini and Republican Horne sounds familiar, it’s because it happened before -- three years ago, in 2010 -- when Rotellini lost to Horne by some 63,000 votes.
February 25, 2013
We know there was a Civil War skirmish in Arizona 150 years ago, but there was also a camel troop in the state around the same time. For about 10 years, the Turf Paradise in Phoenix has hosted Camel races.
February 25, 2013
Spring training baseball is underway. In Florida and Arizona, teams are taking the field to show fans and foes what they've got. Each team has loyal followers, but arguably the most diehard root for the team from the north side of Chicago.
February 25, 2013
The Univeristy of Arizona study found that helium balloons released in Tucson end up in the Saguaro National Park near Tucson. Sixty two latex balloons were found hanging on trees, melting on rocks, or scattered throughout a square kilometer in the Park’s Rincon unit east of Tucson.
February 25, 2013
For a long time now, advocates have pushed for reform that would improve important benchmarks like this. Today, we begin a weeklong series called Educating Arizona that explores the challenges in our public school system - from the elementary to university level.
February 25, 2013
State lawmakers this week will take up two proposals dealing with school safety. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. School safety will be debated this week under the copper dome.(Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ) One measure would allow school boards to allow teachers or administrators to carry concealed weapons, if the school has fewer than 600 students, does not have a school resource officer and is more than 30 minutes and 20 miles from a law enforcement facility.
February 24, 2013
Phoenix's Actors Theatre has suspended its season, and will be leaving its long-time home. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Robrt Pela about the current economics of the arts, and what's next for Actors Theatre.
February 23, 2013
Yuma's mayor is suing the other six members of the City Council and two city officials. KJZZ's Al Macias says the suit is over the mayor’s legal fees stemming from an independent investigation.Yuma mayor Alan Krieger is suing for more than $15,000 dollars.
February 22, 2013
Jodi Arias’s effort to get a potential death sentence in her murder case set aside was rejected by the state’s highest court today. Arias has been charged with the June 2008 stabbing and shooting death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, at his home in Mesa.
February 22, 2013
The Tempe City Council wants to crack down on unwanted panhandling. The council decided Thursday on changes that could please downtown business owners but may upset others. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.City council members are trying to limit street begging  which has become a growing problem in popular areas such the Mill Avenue.
February 22, 2013
Despite this week’s rain and snow, water experts say the state is still below average in terms of snowpack, which leads to spring run-off. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The mountains got several inches of snow, but Dino DeSimone says it wasn’t the heavy, wet kind, which leads to more water.
February 22, 2013
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.
February 22, 2013
A five-part series during Morning Edition examining education in Arizona.
February 21, 2013
Last month, the city of Glendale opened a new court specially designed for the mentally ill. Advocates say it’s a critical issue; according to an analysis of government data by the Treatment Advocacy Center, mentally ill people in Arizona are nearly ten times more likely to be in the criminal justice system than in hospitals.
February 21, 2013
The University of Arizona broke ground Thursday on a new cancer center at Saint Joseph Medical Center. The downtown Phoenix clinic will be a second hub for the University of Arizona’s nationally designated Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Southwest region, which is centered in Tuscon.
February 21, 2013
Critics of Arizona public schools have long worried that our children are falling behind. Business leaders have asked lawmakers to make changes to the public school system so that they’ll have the workforce they need for the future.
February 21, 2013
It doesn't happen often, and it's always a surprise when it does, but we had what amounted to snow in the Valley on Wednesday afternoon. A rainbow is visible near Papago Peak amid the storm clouds Wednesday.
February 21, 2013
The Gila River Indian Tribal council called for an investigation yesterday into a group that wants to route a freeway through the Gila River Indian Reservation. The South Mountain freeway project has been 30 years in the making.
February 21, 2013
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will deliver his State of the City address Thursday morning. He’ll give the speech in downtown Scottsdale – the city is currently working with some businesses in that part of town to address security concerns, after a bouncer at a bar was stabbed to death last month.
February 21, 2013

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