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Freezing temps cause price of lettuce to soar
Prices for winter lettuce grown in southwestern Arizona are rising because of damage caused by the freezing temperatures. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.The Yuma area provides much of the nation's leafy greens during the winter and since the mercury has dropped below freezing around the state, farmers are reporting damage to many Romaine and Iceberg lettuce crops.
Sept. 20, 2013
Civil discussion and emotional issues
Recent conflicts over the fiscal cliff and gun control have renewed focus on the importance of civil discussion in the wake of disagreements.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: The National Institute for Civil Discourse was founded at the University of Arizona one month after the January 2011 shootings in Tucson with the goal of reducing inflammatory rhetoric in public life.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cancer treatment centers draw patients from Arizona, nation
As cancer treatment becomes ever more advanced, dedicated cancer centers in the Phoenix area have been growing. With that has come a barrage of billboard campaigns and TV commercials. In the second of two parts, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg looks at how those centers can thrive and the criticism they face.
Sept. 20, 2013
Three months out of prison, Bill Macumber speaks
A man wrongfully accused of murdering an Arizona couple in 1963 says he’s not dwelling on the 37 years he spent in prison. KJZZ’s Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez spoke to Bill Macumber, who was released with help from the Arizona Justice Project back in November.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sheriff Arpaio foes aiming for a recall
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was reelected to a sixth term in November, but that’s not stopping the organizers of a recall effort. Members of the Recall Arpaio campaign, from left to right: Randy Parraz, William James Fisher, Chad Snow, Mary Lou Boettcher, and Bob Unferth.
Sept. 20, 2013
Awning collapses at Phoenix College
An awning made of steel and plaster that was attached to a classroom building at Phoenix College has collapsed. No one was injured, according to a spokesperson, but up to 15 students and staff were evacuated from Building H.
Sept. 20, 2013
Paradise Valley Community College under investigation
Federal investigators are looking into possible fraud charges at Paradise Valley Community College. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the probe is looking at whether students actually did community service work they were paid for.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dental records help ID bones found in Peoria
Authorities have identified human remains found last week as a woman who’s been missing for nearly two years. A handout photo of Deborah Delaney. (Photo via Peoria Police Department) The bones were found by hikers in northern Peoria.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former flower shop could serve as impromptu morgue
In the wake of Sept. 11, the Centers for Disease Control has been encouraging counties across the country to prepare for disasters with mass fatalities. In depopulated areas, however, it’s not always easy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona snowpack still below average, despite winter storm
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Census Bureau changes term used to designate race
The Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys. The chief of the agency's racial statistics branch says months of public feedback and census research concluded that few black Americans still identify with that designation and view the term as offensive and outdated.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator McCain on Sunday mornings
Arizona Senator John McCain is on the Sunday morning talk shows almost every week. Roll Call says McCain has appeared more than any other senator or congressman so far in 2013.B. William Silcock, Associate Professor at ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism, explains why you're likely to see McCain on Sunday mornings and whether it makes him more influential in the Senate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Banking executive: investment planners expected D.C. stalemate
Financial markets have remained steady this week despite the threat of across the board budget cuts, known as sequestration. Thousands of government workers and civilian contract employees could lose their jobs over the next several months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona asks to execute death row inmate
The state of Arizona is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to execute a 70-year-old death row inmate for killing a Bisbee man more than three decades ago. A motion filed Sunday by the state Attorney General's Office asks the Supreme Court to lift a stay that the 9th U.
Sept. 20, 2013
How long is your commute?
A new study by the Census Bureau shows that nearly 80 percent of people who drive to work in this country drive alone. The survey also shows that more than 10 million people spend two hours a day getting to and from work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rollin on the river in the West Valley
This weekend marks the 10th annual Tres Rios Nature Festival. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Avondale's Christina Underhill and Darren Julian with the Arizona Game and Fish Department about the event. One of the three rivers part of the Tres Rios Nature Festival.
Sept. 20, 2013
Crossing Antarctica with Borge Ousland
Wondering what it might be like to travel across Antarctica by yourself? National Geographic Explorer Borge Ousland has done it.Ousland explains how he prepared — mentally and physically — for the trek.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASUs new mascot design sparks outrage
Arizona State University has changed the design of its longtime mascot, Sparky. Many fans are unhappy with the updated look.Steve Goldstein talks about the uproar with Tyler Lockman, who covers ASU football for FoxSportsArizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa Unified School District copes with $1 million shortfall
The Maricopa Unified School District has announced it may close a middle school to deal with $1 million budget shortfall.  The district has nine schools in the rural community south of Phoenix with more than 6,000 students.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate to vote on new special license plate for educators
Arizona already has 53 special license plates, but it may be getting another. Lawmakers are looking to create a so-called “extraordinary educators” special license plate to raise money for public school teachers.
Sept. 20, 2013

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