KJZZ News

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
Border Patrol warns of Arizona desert dangers
The Border Patrol is warning of the dangers of crossing the Arizona desert as temperatures shoot up this month. Spokesman Brent Cagen says there were 177 deaths in the southern Arizona desert last year and that border crossers are faced with many hazards.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marana council decides not to sign tourism deal
The town of Marana may develop its own tourism bureau. The Marana Town Council could not reach an agreement with the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau. Council members voted Tuesday to seek other options to promote tourism.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mercury collection programs are failing, toxic compounds ending up in trash
A new report says voluntary programs to keep mercury thermostats out of the trash in Arizona, and across the country, are failing. Michael Bender of the Mercury Policy Project says the programs, run by manufacturers, have captured just a small portion of the thermostats that have come out of service in the last ten years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Joshua trees in the Southwest are blooming beyond expectation this year
The iconic Joshua trees of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts are blooming beyond expectation this year. Joshua trees throughout the Southwest are blooming with millions of greenish-white flowers, and many biologists are trying to understand why.
Sept. 20, 2013
Latino-inspired baby food launches
A new line of baby food is hitting the market this summer. Beech-Nut and Latino based food company Goya have joined to create Latino flavored food. The Swiss-based Beech-Nut Company and Spain’s Goya Food are launching what they call Latin flavored baby food combinations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Funding for Highway 89 alternative route secured
The Arizona Department of Transportation says it will move as quickly as possible to pave Navajo Route 20 as a temporary route around a section of Highway 89, which collapsed south of Page on Feb. 20, now that the funding has been approved.
Sept. 20, 2013
Game and Fish opens some areas closed for bald eagle breeding
The Arizona Game and Fish Department lifted restrictions on four areas closed off to allow bald eagles to breed yesterday. The Arizona Game and Fish Department lifted restrictions on four areas closed off to allow bald eagles to breed yesterday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Horne to meet with city attorneys regarding civil unions
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is calling city attorneys to a closed-door meeting later this month to explain what he thinks their communities can and can not offer domestic partners. The AG plans to sketch out what he says are the limits of city authority, saying that while he pretty much has his mind made up on the subject, he is willing to listen.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Environmental Protection Agency faces lawsuits over new clean air guidelines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is facing lawsuits, because it missed its own deadline to issue final rules to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants in Arizona and other states. The goal is to clean up particulates that contribute to haze over Grand Canyon and other national parks.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU baseball team officially moving to a new home
Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix will make it official Tuesday. ASU’s baseball team will be moving from its long time home at Packard stadium to Phoenix Municipal stadium. Packard Stadium has been home to the Arizona State baseball team for 40 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
House approves foster care vaccination bill
A requirement that foster parents immunize their own children before being granted licenses would go away under a bill approved Tuesday in the Arizona House.  Chandler Republican Bob Robson says the state is already taking care of the health of foster children.
Sept. 20, 2013
Student arrested after Embry Riddle parking lot explosion
Police in Prescott have arrested an 18-year-old Embry Riddle University student for setting off an explosion in the college parking lot in Prescott. Lieutenant Ken Morley says James Levine was arrested after an anonymous tip, but it is unclear why the White Plains, N.
Sept. 20, 2013
New mural adds color to midtown Phoenix
No one used to notice the large, grey parking structure at the corner of First Avenue and Thomas Road. But those days are over. The new mural, spray painted against a parking structure, now towers over Thomas Road, near Central Avenue.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation continues exploring whether to purchase a coal mine
The Navajo Nation is moving closer to taking over a coal mine on the reservation.Tribal lawmakers have voted to form a limited liability company that would run the Navajo Mine near Farmington, New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Representative Sinema is focused on college affordability
Arizona's 9th Congressional District Representative Kyrsten Sinema is working to get her fellow congressional members to focus on the importance of college affordability. In two months, student loan interest rates will rise unless Congress acts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sumo marathoner strikes again
This Saturday, a man who weighs 407 pounds will run the Shiprock Marathon in New Mexico. Sumo wrestler and marathoner Kelly Gneiting doesn't do subtle. Here's the cover of his book, "Fat Passion." (Photo courtesy of Dustin Snipes) And that’s not wishful thinking.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sumo champ completes third marathon
The 400-pound marathoner has done it again. Kelly Gneiting completed his third marathon on Saturday. (Photo by Stina Sieg - KJZZ) Kelly Gneiting, a heavyweight sumo wrestling champion, ran the Shiprock Marathon on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013

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