KJZZ News

Common Core standards coming to Arizona schools
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Barber protests closing of Tucson mail processing center
The Morris K. Udall Post Office in Tucson processed outgoing mail for the last time Friday, and U.S. Representative Ron Barber is upset about it.  Barber strongly opposes the Postal Service decision to close this mail processing center and send all outgoing mail in southern Arizona to Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
State launches Valley Fever education campaign
Some Arizonans who get a lung disease common in the Southwest are not being treated properly by their doctors. But, the University of Arizona and State Department of Health Services have joined efforts to train physicians who may not know a lot about Valley Fever.
Sept. 20, 2013
Convicted murderer granted stay of execution
Prosecutors will ask the nation’s highest court to allow a convicted murderer’s execution to go forward.  Edward Schad was scheduled to be put to death at the state prison in Florence on Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Future growth leads Peoria to build new school
The Peoria Unified School District is making plans to add another elementary school. The district says it’s needed because of what it says is explosive growth in the northwest Valley. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Central Arizona Project has enough water to cope with global warming
Central Arizona Project is preparing for a severe water shortage if global warming leads to drier conditions over the next decade. CAP officials said scientific models of climate change they are monitoring indicate the state will experience hotter and drier conditions through the year 2025.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson mulls rule on lost and stolen guns
If your gun is lost or stolen, do you have to tell police? In Tucson, the answer will soon be yes if a city proposal gets the green light. But the idea has proved instantly controversial. Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik is behind the measure, which would require gun owners to notify police within 48 hours of their weapon being lost or stolen.
Sept. 20, 2013
14 apply to replace Wilson on Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Fourteen people have applied to replace Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson. He resigned due to health concerns. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports several current and former elected officials are vying to represent the county’s northwest district.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marana voters approve purchase of wastewater plant
Voters in Marana passed a measure in this week’s election that finally ends a dispute over a wastewater treatment plant.  Marana wastewater treatment facility location map. (Map from marana.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fourth compassion club checked by deputies for compliance with medical marijuana laws
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona lawmakers to take up bill on gender-specific places
An Arizona House committee Wednesday is scheduled to take up a bill that would make it a crime to use the wrong bathroom. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: The strike-everything amendment to Senate Bill 1432 would make it a misdemeanor for someone to intentionally go into a bathroom, shower, dressing or locker room of the opposite sex – if that facility has a sign indicating it’s single-sex, and the person’s birth certificate doesn’t specify they’re that gender.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale still tweaking proposed pedicabs ordinance
The City of Scottsdale is still tweaking its proposed pedicabs ordinance. The public will be able to weigh in on the proposal at Thursday night's community forum. The Scottsdale Transportation Commission will submit recommendations on the proposed pedicab ordinance to the city council for a possible vote in April.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain: Were working night and day for immigration bill
Senator John McCain held a town hall meeting at a North Phoenix community center Monday that covered a broad range of topics, but immigration dominated the conversation.  Sen. John McCain told people at a townhall meeting Monday he feels hopeful new bipartisan legislation to reform immigration will be ready soon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bashas CEO and Chairman Eddie Basha dies
Eddie Basha, the CEO and Chairman of the Bashas' family-owned grocery store chain in Arizona died yesterday. Basha's family said he had been ill for some time. Basha was an Arizona Board of Regent member for several years and also ran for governor.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man convicted for Pioneer Hotel fire to be released
A Tucson man who has spent 42 years in prison for the Pioneer Hotel fire that killed 28 people is expected to be released tomorrow as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Louis Taylor was convicted as a teen but has maintained his innocence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man convicted of setting Pioneer Hotel fire freed after 42 years
TUCSON, Ariz. — After serving most of his life behind bars, 59-year-old Louis Taylor walked out of the Arizona State Prison in Tucson a free man Tuesday. He was 16 years old when he was convicted of starting a 1970 Tucson hotel fire that killed dozens of people.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Review of Musical of Musicals (The Musical)
This morning, theatre critic Robrt Pela reviewed Theatre Works' production of "Musical of Musicals (The Musical). "Musical of Musicals (The Musical)" has a beard a mile long. This send-up of Broadway tuners should at this point in the "let's spoof-musical theater game," play like a post-peak retread, an after-thought of irony or a late-to-the-party lesser-than.
Sept. 20, 2013
Minority Male Initiative helps keep men in school
Some call it a national crisis, and studies show that Hispanic and African-American males are more likely to drop out of school than other students. Martine Garcia is the president of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Minority Male Initiative Group.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson considers cutting public safety pensions
Another Arizona city is looking to cut public pensions costs. The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to create a task force to find ways to reduce the costs of police and fire pensions. The Arizona Daily Star reports, a decade ago Tucson paid less than $5 million for public-safety pensions, but that amount is expected to reach $42 million next year.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ Traffic Terms and ArizonaHighway Names & Numbers
Arizona Highway Names & Numbers Map in PDF File from  www.az511.comTraffic Terms as heard on the KJZZ News reports.The Stack Interchange The I-17/I-10 Interchange, west of downtown Phoenix—the first major freeway interchange in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013

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