KJZZ News

Conservationists buy land to expand Petrified Forest National Park
Two conservation groups this week bought more than 4,000 acres of land, with plans to sell it to the National Park Service. Badland exposures of the Triassic Chinle Formation. (Photo by Andrew Kearns, courtesy of the National Park Service.
Sept. 20, 2013
Education funding in Arizona
Performance funding for Arizona's K-12 schools is part of Governor Jan Brewer's proposed budget. Common Core standards are also on the verge of being implemented.Rebecca Gau, Director of the Governor's Office of Education Innovation, and Expect More Arizona President and CEO Pearl Chang Esau discuss the reforms and how much more funding Arizona's schools need.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Cactus League and the business of spring
The sound of construction on the Chicago Cubs’ new baseball spring training facility at the former Riverview Park in Mesa is music to the ears of some of the most enthusiastic of Cactus League fans. Tab Baker, who is overseeing the project for Hunt Construction, gave me a tour of the site last week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reports say US Airways, American Airlines boards set to vote for merger
Tempe-based US Airways and bankrupt American Airlines appear ready to merge. Bloomberg News reports the companies’ boards are expected approve the merger Wednesday, after lengthy negotiations. “I think a lot of employees and a lot of people who are suffering from merger battle fatigue think, ‘Oh my God, it’s done!’" said Holly Hegeman, founder of the airline industry magazine PlaneBusiness.
Sept. 20, 2013
Homebuilder survey shows nationwide confidence unchanged
Builder confidence in the national market for newly built, single-family homes was virtually unchanged in February. But as KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports, the Western region does seem to be making progress.
Sept. 20, 2013
State high court rules Arias eligible for death penalty
Jodi Arias’s effort to get a potential death sentence in her murder case set aside was rejected by the state’s highest court today. Arias has been charged with the June 2008 stabbing and shooting death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, at his home in Mesa.
Sept. 20, 2013
Discussion of sequester cuts continues between state leaders
Governor Jan Brewer was among several state leaders who met Monday with President Barack Obama to go over the pending sequester budget cuts, due to take effect Friday.  She says the president urged the governors to pressure their congressional delegations to avoid the cuts, but the Republican governor says she's not likely to do that.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro fare hike hits Friday
If you ride Valley Metro buses or the light rail, you better take some extra change starting March 1.   One-way tickets will cost 25 cents more. Valley Metro says the price hike is necessary to keep up with operational costs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona preservationists list most endangered historic places
A group of Arizona preservationists has unveiled its list of most endangered historic places in Arizona.MARK BRODIE: So, there are lists you want to be on, and lists you probably want to avoid. This morning, we’re gonna talk about one of the latter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson prison on lockdown after fight
More than 1,000 inmates at a state prison in Tucson remain on lockdown after a riot broke out Sunday. It’s the second fight involving prisoners at the prison within the past six months. State Corrections officials say the fight involved more than 400 inmates; 17 prisoners were injured and two prison staff members received minor wounds in the riot that involved Mexican-American, White and African-American prisoners.
Sept. 20, 2013
Changing Arizonas Resign to Run law
State Representative John Kavanagh wants to change Arizona's Resign to Run law. He says it's a charade.Kavanagh explains why his bill is needed. Also, Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services explains why Resign to Run was created and whether it has affected who runs for office and when.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hailstorm hits Valley
Pea sized hail from a strong early afternoon thunderstorm in the East Valley. (Photo by Carol Harvey - KJZZ) Pea- and nickel-sized hail pounded parts of the Valley Friday afternoon. The late-winter storm is also bringing snow to Northern Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona legislature receives low marks for online access
A national pro-transparency group says the Arizona Legislature is not doing enough to share information with the public.The nonpartisan, nonprofit group Sunlight Foundation has released transparency report cards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Zachary and Claire Robertin
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona universities ask for tuition increases
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona teenagers can expect a tight summer job market
Arizona teenagers looking for a summer job might have to settle for volunteer work or an unpaid internship.  The state’s job market is expected to be very tight for young people who want to make some cash during their school break.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Sandra Day OConnor and Scott OConnor
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that records the stories from everyday people. Sandra Day O'Connor and her son, Scott O'Connor (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps) The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Will climate change crush Phoenixs future?
Author and conservationist William deBuys argued in a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed that the future of Phoenix is unsustainable, largely because of the impact of climate change. deBuys and Grady Gammage, attorney and Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow, debated whether Phoenix has done enough to prepare for a hotter future.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona judge rules pregnant man cant divorce wife
A transgender Arizona man who made headlines for being pregnant as a man has been denied a divorce from his current wife. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge decided their marriage can't be legally recognized or dissolved in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013

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