KJZZ News

Tracy Greer serves as KJZZ's Digital Media Editor. The position satisfies both her inner tech geek and her passion for journalism. She previously held a similar position for the North County Times in San Diego County, California.
March 19, 2013
The CEOs of Tempe-based US Airways and bankrupt American Airlines made the case for their companies’ proposed merger before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. The two men argued joining forces would be good for the airline industry and consumers.
March 19, 2013
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.
March 19, 2013
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.
March 19, 2013
Firefighters say they got a quick start on a wildfire in the Santa Cruz River, north of Tucson Monday, limiting the flames to less than an acre. Adam Goldberg with the Northwest Fire District says the potential for wildfires is growing because of the rather wet winter weather.
March 19, 2013
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors could have a new member by the end of the week. Supervisor Max Wilson resigned from the board due to health concerns earlier this year. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there is no shortage of people applying for the job.
March 19, 2013
Looking at the health of commercial real estate in the Valley, the picture’s a bit mixed. Depending on where you’re standing and what you’re trying to build, financing new development can be tough.
March 19, 2013
The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that lets employees at some rural schools be armed on campus.  Sen. Rich Crandall (R-Mesa) sponsored SB 1325. (Photo courtesy azleg.gov) SB 1325 allows teachers and staff to carry handguns if they work at a school that’s 20 miles and 30 minutes away from the nearest police station, that doesn’t have a school resource officer, and that has fewer than 600 students.
March 18, 2013
A state court ruled Monday that a Gilbert spa owner does not have the right to use fish as a pedicure treatment. But it might not be the end of the legal battle. Cindy Vong was blocked from using fish as an exfoliant at her nail salon in Gilbert, because the Arizona Board of Cosmetology said it was unsanitary.
March 18, 2013
 A Scottsdale Police Commander has accepted a job as police chief in Casa Grande.  KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.Casa Grande’s deputy City Manager, Larry Raines says Johnny Cervantes will replace Chief Bob Huddleston, who is retiring March 31.
March 18, 2013
Good morning, Arizona! Where the coyotes run wild, spring training is full throttle, the chickens of past political decisions have come home to roost — and children are the collateral damage of a politics gone awry.
March 18, 2013
Governor Jan Brewer's plan to expand Medicaid goes under the microscope this week as a house committee looks into the details. House Appropriations Committee chairman John Kavanagh says the informational meeting, set for Wednesday, will settle some of the remaining questions.
March 18, 2013
Sheriff's deputies in Navajo County have executed a search warrant at a marijuana compassion club in Lakeside, but made no arrests. Chief Deputy Jim Molessa says they wanted to verify 'Mountain Meds' was complying with the voter-approved medical marijuana law.
March 18, 2013
One of the busier airports in the country is throwing conventional food wisdom out the window. You can still get a McDonald’s Big Mac or a Starbucks' Frappucino at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, but the airport is in the midst of a major upgrade that will bring local restaurants into a space that is typically reserved for mega-corporate chains.
March 18, 2013
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that records the stories from everyday people. Zachary and Claire Robertin (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps) The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
March 18, 2013
One of Phoenix’s city councilmen is in Washington, D.C. for the second time in as many weeks. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, he’s calling attention to how Phoenix and other U.S. cities will suffer after federal budget cuts.
March 18, 2013
Tucson may follow in the steps of Phoenix voters who approved city pension reforms last week. Tucson’s vice-mayor says the city is facing a $15 million budget gap caused by escalating retirement benefits.
March 18, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday about part of Arizona’s Proposition 200.  The high court will decide if Arizona overreached when the state required people to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote using a federal form.
March 18, 2013
The debate over simplifying the state’s sales tax system could shift from the State House to the Senate this week. A bill to make changes to the sales tax is stalled in the house, but there are indications a new version could emerge in a senate committee this week.
March 17, 2013
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.
March 17, 2013

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