KJZZ News

Prosecutors move to execute death row inmate
Prosecutors are seeking a warrant to execute an inmate convicted of murdering an elderly man more than 30 years ago. 70-year-old Edward Schad has been on death row since 1985. He was found guilty of murdering 74-year-old Bisbee resident Leroy Graves, whose body was found strangled near Prescott in August 1978.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix police buy new TASERs, will pay over five years
Buy it now, spread out your payments over a few years -- that sounds like an offer that comes along with a mattress or a car. But what about a weapon that’ll zap you full of electricity? KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports on a plan to help law enforcement replace old equipment.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale City Council delays voting on budget cuts
At its final meeting, the current Glendale City Council did not vote on a major budget cut. Members voted to table a proposal to trim $6 million – which would mean about 64 full time jobs. The current council decided it was best to wait until Mayor-elect Jerry Weiers and three council members are sworn in next week, and until Glendale has a permanent city manager.
Sept. 20, 2013
New tech helps Tempe PD fight crime
The Tempe Police Department says new technology is helping them combat crime. Police say they used a new reporting system to catch a robbery suspect earlier this week.  Officers say they can now wirelessly upload information related to a crime to immediately alert all police to new information.
Sept. 20, 2013
Impact of pro sports labor disputes
Maury Brown, President of the Business of Sports Networks, explains how labor disputes in professional sports are often perceived differently from lockouts and strikes in other industries.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez
“I fell in love with broadcasting when I was 14,” said KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez.Arroyo Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico to Puerto Rican and Belgian parents and grew up in La Villita, a predominantly Mexican-American community in Southside Chicago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Avondale unveils yet-to-be-filled industrial complex
A mammoth manufacturing and industrial center  will soon open in Avondale. Right now there are no tenants for the facility. Developers and the city are confident that is going to change. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports city leaders believe it is another sign of a rebounding economy in the West Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill targeting bath salts, spice compounds introduced
Drug experts say synthetic drugs can be more addictive than other drugs because the strength varies from one product to another. Now a bill aimed at outlawing synthetic drugs, such as bath salts and spice, is making its way through the Arizona legislature.
Sept. 20, 2013
Recent rains good for reservoir system
Recent rains have been good for the Salt and Verde river watersheds. The metro Phoenix area depends on the six reservoirs along the rivers for much of its water needs. But as KJZZ’s Al Macias reports that despite the rain it’s been a dry winter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Frigid temps blamed for fish deaths
That cold snap a few weeks ago didn’t just kill off tender plants. Thousands of tropical fish in Tempe Town lake also perished. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports. Thousands of fish in Tempe Town Lake perished during the recent cold snap.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal judge overturns Arizona law targeting Planned Parenthood
A federal judge has overturned a 2012 Arizona anti-abortion law targeting Planned Parenthood. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.U.S. District Judge Neil Wake said the law's ban on Medicaid funding for non-abortion health care provided by doctors and clinics that also perform abortions violates federal Medicaid law.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways and American Airlines to merge, creating worlds largest carrier
Tempe-based US Airways and bankrupt American Airlines have officially announced their intention to merge. The new company will keep the American Airlines name and be based out of Dallas-Fort Worth. Current American CEO Tom Horton said at a press conference that while there will be job losses, the two companies complement one another.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale, business owners look to improve downtown safety
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will deliver his State of the City address Thursday morning. He’ll give the speech in downtown Scottsdale – the city is currently working with some businesses in that part of town to address security concerns, after a bouncer at a bar was stabbed to death last month.
Sept. 20, 2013
Common Core standards coming to Arizona schools
For a long time now, advocates have pushed for reform that would improve important benchmarks like this. Today, we begin a weeklong series called Educating Arizona that explores the challenges in our public school system - from the elementary to university level.
Sept. 20, 2013
Barber protests closing of Tucson mail processing center
The Morris K. Udall Post Office in Tucson processed outgoing mail for the last time Friday, and U.S. Representative Ron Barber is upset about it.  Barber strongly opposes the Postal Service decision to close this mail processing center and send all outgoing mail in southern Arizona to Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
State launches Valley Fever education campaign
Some Arizonans who get a lung disease common in the Southwest are not being treated properly by their doctors. But, the University of Arizona and State Department of Health Services have joined efforts to train physicians who may not know a lot about Valley Fever.
Sept. 20, 2013
Convicted murderer granted stay of execution
Prosecutors will ask the nation’s highest court to allow a convicted murderer’s execution to go forward.  Edward Schad was scheduled to be put to death at the state prison in Florence on Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Future growth leads Peoria to build new school
The Peoria Unified School District is making plans to add another elementary school. The district says it’s needed because of what it says is explosive growth in the northwest Valley. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Central Arizona Project has enough water to cope with global warming
Central Arizona Project is preparing for a severe water shortage if global warming leads to drier conditions over the next decade. CAP officials said scientific models of climate change they are monitoring indicate the state will experience hotter and drier conditions through the year 2025.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson mulls rule on lost and stolen guns
If your gun is lost or stolen, do you have to tell police? In Tucson, the answer will soon be yes if a city proposal gets the green light. But the idea has proved instantly controversial. Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik is behind the measure, which would require gun owners to notify police within 48 hours of their weapon being lost or stolen.
Sept. 20, 2013

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