KJZZ News

Child custody hearing bill headed to governor
A bill to require courts to hold initial hearings in custody cases sooner will go to the governor, after winning the approval of the state House of Representatives Wednesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Supreme Court may consider marijuana driving case
Arizona's highest court is being asked to decide whether anyone who smokes marijuana, legally or not, can ever drive legally in the state. The case involves a man who was stopped for speeding and whose blood test showed a metabolite of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which resulted in a charge of driving under the influence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District seeks superintendent
The Tucson Unified School District is on the hunt for a new superintendent. The TUSD’s governing board approved the search Tuesday night. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the district will use an external firm to conduct the national search.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill to count gold, silver as legal tender moving in legislature
The Arizona House of Representatives has given its preliminary approval to a measure that would make privately minted gold and silver coins legal tender in the state. Under the bill, those coins would be no different under state law than the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix veteran faces life for helping al-Qaeda in Syria
An Army veteran from Arizona will remain in jail until he's tried for working with terrorists in Syria.Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix, faces life imprisonment for charges of using a weapon of mass destruction outside the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate OKs texting spam ban
Arizonans with cell phones take note, unsolicited text messages may soon be a thing of the past. Today the Senate followed the House in passing a ban on marketers sending unsolicited texts to phones.
Sept. 20, 2013
Conference brings together experts in tracking, deflecting meteors
The 2013 Planetary Defense Conference begins Monday in Flagstaff. The event hopes to raise public awareness of threats to Earth and how we can respond. The conference, held on the Northern Arizona University campus, brings together experts on tracking and deflecting meteors headed our way.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bostonians seem dazed by explosions
Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima Community College placed on probation by national accreditation board
 Pima Community College in Tucson has been placed on probation by a national accreditation board. PCC has been ordered to correct problems concerning personnel and financial issues. PCC was notified of its probationary status by the Higher Learning Commission this week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Boston police: Bombing suspect is in custody
WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Police say the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings exchanged gunfire with law enforcement for an hour while holed up in a boat before being captured.Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was hospitalized late Friday in serious condition.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Jan Brewers approval ratings drop to 31 percent
Governor Brewer's job approval ratings have taken a hit. Behavioral Research Center President and CEO Jim Haynes says the governor remains popular with Republicans and conservatives in the latest poll, but lost ground with other constituencies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary of State asks to be dropped from Arpaio recall lawsuit
Arizona’s top election official wants out of a suit over an attempt to recall Maricopa County’s top lawman. Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants a judge to dismiss him from a lawsuit filed by a group that supports Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County considers converting HOV lanes to toll lanes
The Maricopa Association of Governments has unanimously approved further studying of converting some High Occupancy Vehicle lanes into toll lanes.Steve Goldstein talks with MAG Senior Engineer Bob Hazlett about the options and their viability.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature approves more money for redistricting commission
State lawmakers have approved sending more money to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and giving the panel more flexibility in how it spends the cash it already has. The House and Senate on Thursday each approved the bill with bipartisan support.
Sept. 20, 2013
Proposed budget may cut all funding to Children?s Advocacy Centers in Arizona
Representatives of Children's Advocacy Centers in Arizona and across the country are urging members of Congress not to accept the cuts that are proposed in the administration's 2014 budget. They would drop federal funding for CAC's and related programs from $18 million to zero.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dual enrollment boosts college success for high school students
High schools students enrolled in college courses are more likely to obtain a college degree. A new study shows students living in poverty benefit most from such programs. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: The study from a University of Iowa researcher used student data from a 1988 to 2000.
Sept. 20, 2013
Music therapy certification bill vetoed
Governor Brewer vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have created a new state certification for music therapists. The governor said the bill did not go far enough to  protect patients. Under Senate Bill 1437 the state health department would certify music therapists.
Sept. 20, 2013
State says its better prepared for wildfires
State officials say they have more resources ready this year to deal with wildfires. The state has several new trucks, and Governor Jan Brewer says she's confident firefighters are prepared. But state Forester Scott Hunt says it could be a busy a fire season.
Sept. 20, 2013
California court rules on medical marijuana dispensaries
The California Supreme Court has ruled that cities and counties in that state can ban medical marijuana dispensaries.In a unanimous opinion, the court determined that California’s medical marijuana laws—the nation’s first—don’t prevent local governments from using their land-use powers to zone dispensaries out of existence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Military exercises to be conducted over Phoenix skies Thursday
The U.S. military will be conducting drills in the skies over the Valley Thursday morning. Military aircraft will perform air interceptions of mock hostile aircraft over Phoenix tomorrow.The Western Air Defense Sector exercises are set for between 10 a.
Sept. 20, 2013

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