KJZZ News

Universities participate in flu pandemic drill Tuesday
Students from Arizona’s three universities will participate in a statewide flu pandemic exercise. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, Tuesday's drill will include up to 500 people.PETER O’DOWD: Students in health-related fields from universities in Tucson, Tempe, and Flagstaff will take part.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veterans: Help reporters cover the modern veterans experience
America is learning how to serve a new generation of veterans. More than 1.5 million people served in Afghanistan and Iraq and they are returning home to economic uncertainty, government bureaucracy, and a culture that doesn't always understand the experience of war.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Indian Veterans National Memorial at the Heard Museum
For more than three centuries, Native Americans have served and sacrificed to defend the United States. Wayne L. Mitchell, left, George Blue Spruce at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial. (Photo by Dennis Lambert - KJZZ)Those commitments have been honored at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, with the American Indian Veterans National Memorial.
Sept. 20, 2013
First Arizona medical marijuana dispensary opens
The first Arizona marijuana medical dispensary opened its door Thursday in Glendale. It legally began distributing marijuana to the dozens of people who waited in line for hours to have their prescriptions filled.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona second in solar installations
A new report shows Arizona is ranked second nationwide in the capacity of its solar installations. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg has more.The report comes from the Solar Energy Industries Association, and looks at the third quarter of 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economists take on Arizonas short-term pros and cons
Alan Maguire, President of the Maguire Company, and Dennis Hoffman of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University offer perspectives on when Arizona will return to its prosperous, pre-recession mode.
Sept. 20, 2013
No burn restriction continues through Christmas
State environmental officials have extended their high pollution advisory into Tuesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.MARK BRODIE: That’s led the Maricopa County Air Quality Department to extend the No Burn Day restrictions until midnight tonight - meaning no wood or outdoor fires will be allowed today.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix police arrest New Years shooters
Phoenix police arrested three people for allegedly firing guns into the air during the New Year’s holiday. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the department has been going after this type of crime for a decade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fiesta Bowl, NHL lockout each impact Glendale businesses
Glendale was the center of the football world this week, with the Fiesta Bowl. But the end of NFL games for the season in the city, and the lack of an NHL season so far are also affecting Glendale businesses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Democrats propose gun control, school safety measures
Arizona Senate Democrats are expected to release details of their proposals to reduce gun violence in the state on Thursday afternoon. On Wednesday, the House Minority Leader unveiled his own proposal to try to make schools safer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Take-home pay shrinks as payroll tax cut expires
People who work in Arizona may notice their take-home pay has shrunk a little. That’s because a temporary cut in payroll taxes expired. In 2010, Congress passed a temporary two percent break in the Social Security rate to help stimulate the economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Broken Border - a new Fronteras series, January 21-28
 Our immigration system is broken. An estimated 11 million people live in the United States without proper documentation. Visas are hard to come by, making it difficult to meet our labor needs and causing backlogs that have separated families for nearly 20 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Change could be coming to parking meter rules
A proposal to require cities to randomly inspect their parking meters has cleared its first legislative hurdle. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The bill would mandate cities test and calibrate ten percent of their meters every quarter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gang of Eight calls for immigration reform
Six years after a promising, bipartisan push to reform U.S. immigration policy was upended in Congress, a so-called Gang of Eight Senators officially revived the effort today. The group—led by Democrat Charles Schumer of New York and Arizona Republican John McCain—says its proposal is comprehensive, including making the southern border more secure and creating an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mark Grace takes plea, will work for Dbacks again
Former Arizona Diamondbacks player and broadcaster Mark Grace pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge this morning. This is his second DUI charge. As part of the plea agreement his sentence will include work release jail time, three years probation and an interlock device on his vehicle for six months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Italian company to build solar power plant near Maricopa
An Italian company that wants to build a huge new photovoltaic solar power plant outside Maricopa, Ariz., is holding a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the facility with its neighbors. (Map courtesy of BLM) Dennis Godfrey of the Bureau of Land Management says the 1,700-acre site, about 12 miles west of Maricopa and north of the Sonoran Desert National Monument, has been designated by the BLM as a Renewable Energy Development Area,“That land is/has low resource conflicts, meaning there’s not visual or cultural or wildlife characteristics that would preclude it as being used as a renewable energy site," Godfrey said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Fest starts on Sunday
Sunday marks the start of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with its Executive Director, Jerry Mittelman and Roberta Grossman, Producer and Director of one of the films showing in the festival: "Hava Nagila: The Movie.
Sept. 20, 2013
New federal websites help students make college decision
Arizona universities and colleges are among the thousands being evaluated by the White House. Today the federal government launched a website that will help future students and parents decide what college to attend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mergers of airlines, large and small, is nothing new
The announced merger of US Airways and American Airlines is the latest in a series of such moves over the last decade. There have been half a dozen mergers involving major air carriers and equal number involving smaller regional airlines.
Sept. 20, 2013
University of Arizona breaks ground on new cancer treatment center in downtown Phoenix
The University of Arizona broke ground Thursday on a new cancer center at Saint Joseph Medical Center. The downtown Phoenix clinic will be a second hub for the University of Arizona’s nationally designated Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Southwest region, which is centered in Tuscon.
Sept. 20, 2013

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