KJZZ News

 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
Many believe the Superstition Mountains are filled with treasures. For more than a century, people — locals and visitors — have ventured into this part of Arizona looking to find one of the oldest legends: a gold mine.
March 17, 2013
Students at Arizona’s three public universities would pay three to five percent more in tuition next year, under requests made by the schools. ASU and UofA are each asking for three percent increases, while NAU is asking for a five percent hike.
March 16, 2013
More than 14 million people rode the Valley’s light rail system last year. Valley Metro says that was more than a 6.5 percent increase over 2011. And, some advocates are hopeful numbers like those will lead to more housing, shops, restaurants and other development along the 20-mile line.
March 16, 2013
From the cast of “Glee” to the “Twilight” franchise, it seems there are more young characters in the media these days than ever.But how do you make these fictional youngsters actually connect with real-world kids? Write Now is a theater festival sponsored by Childsplay in Tempe and Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis that tries to answer that question.
March 15, 2013
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.
March 15, 2013
Flu season has long been associated with winter, but a new study suggests transmission of the disease has more to do with humidity than with temperature. The heart of the study is this: Researchers don’t really know why flu is seasonal, said Univesity of Arizona's Andrew Comrie.
March 15, 2013
An alternative route to the wrecked U.S. 89, south of Page, has problems.  The dirt-surfaced Navajo Route 20 runs parallel to the landslide-damaged highway. It is a short-term fix for some commuters, but accidents have been reported.
March 15, 2013
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.
March 14, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used tofile their tax returns. The delay affects people claiming education tax credits who filed returns between Feb.
March 14, 2013

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