KJZZ News

Living in hot places
In his new book, Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places, Bill Streever writes about how heat has affected humans and the world.KJZZ's Steve Goldstein talks with Streever about why we choose to live in hot places and how heat continues to impact our lives.
Sept. 20, 2013
BLM stresses importance compassion during wild horse roundups
The federal agency that protects wild horses is emphasizing the importance of treating the animals with care during roundups. Since the 1970s, U.S. law has required the Bureau of Land Management to treat wild horses humanely when culling overpopulated herds on public land.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mass shootings prompt bill that changes mental health detainment law
An Arizona House committee has given initial approval to a bill making it easier for police to detain people believed to be a danger to themselves or others because of a mental health issue.From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Homeless court expands throughout Maricopa County
A court system for homeless people is expanding in Maricopa County. It was created seven years ago to resolve minor offenses. Now the system has a new name and can be found in every town in the county.
Sept. 20, 2013
CenturyLink workers could go on strike
CenturyLink could face a strike by unionized workers in Arizona and a dozen other states. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert has more. Union leaders say they've moved a step closer to allowing a walkout, but say they plan to continue talks with the telecommunications company.
Sept. 20, 2013
The struggle for arts funding in Arizona
Arts companies in the Valley and the state have struggled to find enough financial support--corporate and otherwise--to stay in business. Matt Lehrman, former Executive Director of Alliance for Audience and Show Up dot com, explains the challenges and whether they can be overcome.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yumas mayor suing the city council
Yuma's mayor is suing the other six members of the City Council and two city officials. KJZZ's Al Macias says the suit is over the mayor’s legal fees stemming from an independent investigation.Yuma mayor Alan Krieger is suing for more than $15,000 dollars.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park seeks to improve facilities
After years of budget cuts, officials at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, north of Payson, are starting to look at repairing and updating facilities.  Currently the park is operating solely from gate fees, but this year Governor Jan Brewer’s proposed budget designates $2 million of Arizona lottery money to help state parks make improvements.
Sept. 20, 2013
Charter board: No problem with school using materials linked to Scientology
The head of the state’s charter school board has found no reason to be concerned that teaching materials used in a Phoenix charter school have links to the Church of Scientology. A mailing from the Church of Scientology describes the link between the church and Applied Scholastics.
Sept. 20, 2013
Drought-affected businesses may qualify for federal loans
Some southwestern businesses affected by the ongoing drought may be eligible for federal loans. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer low-interest federal disaster loans to small, non-farm businesses in Arizona, and certain counties in California, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.
Sept. 20, 2013
SCOTUS wont hear Arpaios appeal
The role of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pink underwear policy could be back in court soon as part of a wrongful death case. The U.S. Supreme Court decided today not to hear an appeal by Arpaio, making a re-trial more likely.
Sept. 20, 2013
Preparing for the Valleys violent dust storms
The Valley's violent dust storms may be a few months away, but the National Weather Service and Arizona Department of Transportation are trying to get people prepared.Tim Tait of ADOT and Ken Waters of the National Weather Service explain how quickly dust storms develop and how drivers should react.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona National Guard Faces Sequester Cuts
The Arizona National Guard faces some deep spending cuts under the sequestration effort to limit the size of the federal budget. The chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass said the sequester will be devastating to the Department of Defense and the National Guard.
Sept. 20, 2013
This Election Day sticker brought to you by ...
In the United States, more people say they vote in elections than actually do. One way to prove it is some physical evidence of visiting a polling place. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, perhaps the most common piece of proof is provided to Valley voters with help from a sponsor.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valleys population still growing, but not as quickly
The Valley's population is still growing. KJZZ's Al Macias reports growth isn't as fast as it once was, but it's picking up.The latest U.S. Census estimate, released Thursday, says there are about 135,000 more people in the Valley than there were following the 2010 Census.
Sept. 20, 2013
New proposal expected in sales tax simplification debate
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Michel Marizco
Michel Marizco serves as KJZZ's Fronteras: the Changing America Desk Senior Field Correspondent in Tucson, AZ.  His work focuses on transnational trafficking syndicates, immigration, federal law enforcement and those weird, wild stories that make the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewers Medicaid expansion plan gets its first hearing
Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand access to healthcare for the poor in Arizona got its first hearing in front of the legislature Wednesday, two months after the governor first proposed growing the state’s Medicaid program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bathroom bill gets a makeover
Proposed legislation that would have made it a crime to use the wrong bathroom has been scrapped, but it’s being replaced by a new version. Representative Kavanagh revises the 'Bathroom Bill', his proposed amendment to bill S.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley physician is part of dream teams fighting cancer
Dr. Daniel Von Hoff of Scottsdale Healhcare and TGen spoke about efforts to cure cancer, including the dream teams of physicians coming together with complementary areas of expertise.Von Hoff was featured in the latest edition of Time Magazine in the cover story, "How to Cure Cancer.
Sept. 20, 2013

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