KJZZ News

Senator Flake in Afghanistan
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is on his way back to the U.S. after weekend stops in Israel and Afghanistan.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Flake was sworn in as the successor to Senator Jon Kyl earlier this month. His first foreign trip since taking office included accompanying several colleagues to meet with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sep. 20, 2013
Death row inmate Richard Glassel dies
An Arizona death row inmate has died, reportedly of natural causes. In April of 2000, Richard Glassel walked into the board of directors meeting of the Ventana Lakes Property Owners Association. He shot and killed two people and injured three more.
Sep. 20, 2013
Suns legend Majerle resigns
The Phoenix Suns’ recent head coaching change has also led to the departure of a team legend.Last week, the Suns came to a mutual agreement with Head Coach Alvin Gentry to go in another direction.
Sep. 20, 2013
A Camelback Mountain trail to be closed for several months
One of the Valley's premier hiking trails is about to be spruced up. But, as KJZZ's Dennis Lambert reports, that means this weekend is the last time you'll be able to use it for about nine months. DENNIS LAMBERT: The Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain will be closed on Monday, according to David Urbanato of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, who says the trail is overdue for repairs.
Sep. 20, 2013
Comprehensive immigration reform
Judy Gans, Manager of the Immigration Policy Program at the University of Arizona's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and Rudy Espino, Associate Professor of Political Science at ASU, discuss the Gang of Eight Senators' proposed ideas for comprehensive immigration reform.
Sep. 20, 2013
Mormon church to build where student housing currently stands at ASU Polytechnic
Arizona State University has made a deal with the Mormon church to build an Institute of Religion on the Polytechnic Campus in East Mesa. It’ll require the demolition of 13 student family housing units.
Sep. 20, 2013
Text spam bill passes Arizona House committee
A bill that would ban companies from flooding cell phones users with spam-like text messages has passed an Arizona House committee.This bill is a form of the ‘do not call list’ for regular phones according to Rep.
Sep. 20, 2013
Superheroes and American culture
From Superman to Spider-Man to Spawn, American culture has a strong relationship with superheroes.KJZZ's Steve Goldstein talks with DC and Marvel Comics artist Tony Parker about why we're drawn to superheroes.
Sep. 20, 2013
DuVal runs for Governor
Fred DuVal has jumped in the race on the Democratic side to succeed Governor Jan Brewer.DuVal filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office to establish an exploratory committee. He’s a former Arizona Board of Regents member who also served as a top aide and adviser to Bruce Babbitt both during Babbitt's terms as Arizona governor and his unsuccessful campaign for the 1988 Democratic nomination for president.
Sep. 20, 2013
Was it snow?
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.
Sep. 20, 2013
Felecia Rotellini files for 2014 Arizona Attorney General bid
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.
Sep. 20, 2013
A lighthearted look at border politics
The Arizona-Mexico border has been especially busy lately. Just a few hours before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Governor Jan Brewer toured the border. Sen. John McCain followed with his own visit, and then Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano met with Border Patrol agents near Nogales.
Sep. 20, 2013
Stanton announces gun buyback, School Safety Officers
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton delivered his second State of the City speech Thursday. He announced new pushes for school safety and an effort to get guns off the street. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (right) introduces Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia and David Krietor, the new executive director of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
Sep. 20, 2013
Emergency declaration provides additional resources for US 89 repair
The state of Arizona and Coconino County have both issued emergency declarations after the collapse of a section of US 89, south of Page, late last month. County spokesman Nathan Gonzales says the actions free up additional resources to start work on the 150-foot section of roadway that buckled and slid several feet down a mountainside.
Sep. 20, 2013
Brewer questions the motives behind illegal immigrant release
Governor Jan Brewer says she does not believe the Department of Homeland Security needed to release illegal immigrants from federal detention centers.  Federal officials say the release of approximately 2,000 people, reportedly 300 of them in Arizona, was necessary because of automatic spending cuts forced by sequestration.
Sep. 20, 2013
Arizona Schools Prepare for Federal Cuts
Arizona public schools expect to lose more than 30-million dollars under the automatic federal budget cuts that started this week under sequestration.  Some of the state’s hardest hit districts depend on “Title One” federal funds for disadvantaged children with special needs.
Sep. 20, 2013
Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hits $4 billion in assests
The state fund that holds and invests money from the sale of Arizona trust land has topped $4 billion for the first time ever. State Treasurer Doug Ducey says the state's Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hit the $4 billion mark at the end of February.
Sep. 20, 2013
Air Force, other branches suspend tuition assistance
The Air Force is joining other military branches in suspending tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty service members rely on to pay for college classes. An Air Force spokeswoman says airmen were notified by email that new applications for tuition assistance won't be accepted because of the automatic spending cuts that took effect at the start of the month.
Sep. 20, 2013
AZ DEQ cleans up first superfund site in Phoenix
A hazardous waste site in downtown Phoenix has been cleaned-up by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.  It’s the first time the state has completed its own superfund project. The state DEQ removed more than 6,000 tons of shredded metal and auto parts from the 10-acre site at Buckeye Road and Fifth Street near the Chase Field ballpark.
Sep. 20, 2013
Maricopa County could get new supervisor this week
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.
Sep. 20, 2013

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