KJZZ News

Giffords moves home to Tucson
Former Representative Gabby Giffords has moved home to Tucson. She had been undergoing six to eight hours of therapy a day at a Houston facility after she was shot in the head in January 2011.Her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, told the Arizona Daily Star that Giffords will continue rehabilitation in Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hazy skies over much of the Valley
While high temperatures are finally starting to let up, Wednesday has brought a haze that’s blanketing the valley.Trevor Baggiore, Deputy Director of Air Quality at the state’s environmental agency told KJZZ’s Here & Now wildfires on the Tonto National Forest are contributing to the haze in some parts of the Phoenix metro area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Water official says dry conditions are no cause for concern
Continuing drought conditions in an arid desert climate raise concerns about the availability of drinking water.  But Phoenix Water Services officials say there is no cause for alarm. Dennis Lambert talked to Gerard Silvany, principal planner in the Water Resources and Development Planning Division of the Phoenix Water Services Department, outside City Hall to discuss what the city is doing to respond to climate change.
Sept. 20, 2013
Allegiant to fly from Mesa to Hawaii
Allegiant Airlines announced nonstop service from Mesa to Hawaii starting early next year. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, it’s part of continued expansion at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.PETER O’DOWD: You can fly to Honolulu from Mesa three times a week, starting in February.
Sept. 20, 2013
Going to work on Mars time
The Mars rover Curiosity has been on the red planet for a little more than two weeks now. The robotic explorer started slowly moving from its landing site late last week. Several scientists from Arizona State University are on the research team.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa middle school trying blended learning
The U.S. Department of Education calls blended learning a new trend in education. It’s a combination of traditional classroom learning and online instruction.  As Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports, the City of Maricopa’s school district is giving it a try.
Sept. 20, 2013
Republicans optimistic about Arizona congressional races
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it’s optimistic about three potential swing districts in Arizona. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: The NRCC’s executive director singled out Districts 1, 2 and 9.
Sept. 20, 2013
Labor Day weekend DUI arrests down from last year
The state office of highway safety has released updated numbers on how many people were stopped for DUI over the Labor Day weekend. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports.Between last Wednesday and late Tuesday morning, 564 people were arrested for DUI in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bruce Forman and Cow Bop
Jazz Guitarist Bruce Forman will stop by KJZZ  Monday night to talk about his different jazz styles, and why he enjoys his group "Cow-Bop".  They will bring their unique Western Swing and bop sound to the Rhythm Room on Tuesday night.
Sept. 20, 2013
Community college enrollment down
Enrollment is down at the state’s two largest community college systems. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there’s a good reason for that drop.MACIAS: The Pima County Community College System in Tucson reports an enrollment drop of 11 percent compared to the same time last year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Deferred action work permits could help immigrants get in-state community college tuition
Undocumented immigrants accepted into the Obama administration’s deferred deportation program may be eligible for in-state tuition at the Maricopa Community Colleges.  Under a 2007 voter-approved law, undocumented immigrants have had to pay out-of-state tuition rates in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Seniors fill new urban housing developments
Urban living isn't just for hipsters anymore. Seniors are moving into the city's core along the Valley Metro light-rail line. And as KJZZ's Peter O'Dowd reports, it may be a sign of the way Baby Boomers redefine retirement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon University goes east
Grand Canyon announced plans to establish a new school on the East Coast for at least 500 students in the fall of 2014. The future campus of Grand Canyon University in Northfield, Mass. (Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon University)Craft retailer Hobby Lobby has donated a 217-acre campus in Massachusetts that will lead to the expansion of Phoenix-based Grand Canyon University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale considers its options
The Glendale City Council held a workshop on Tuesday to figure out what to do if the city's voters reject a sales tax hike. KJZZ's Steve Goldstein has more.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Glendale finds itself in dire financial straits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Congressman Steiger Dies at 83
Former Arizona Congressman Sam Steiger has died in Prescott at the age of 83. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports…STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Steiger, a Republican, served five terms in the U.S. House before running for the Senate in 1976.
Sept. 20, 2013
Declining enrollment leads to Valley school closure
Education officials have voted to close Gilbert Junior High. Last night, the Governing Board of the Gilbert Unified School District voted to close the school's doors by the 2014-2015 school year, due to declining enrollment.
Sept. 20, 2013
Stanton promotes Phoenix Access to Care Ordinance proposal
The City of Phoenix is acting to help its hospitals serve the uninsured. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Dennis Lambert has more.DENNIS LAMBERT: Mayor Greg Stanton says the action is needed to help Valley hospitals weather the storm of unreimbursed costs, which at many hospitals have more than doubled over hte last few years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mayors seek to improve schools through support
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is leading a group of mayors in an effort to improve Arizona schools. They say a sound educational system has a ripple effect throughout their communities and Arizona. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Citigroup unsure about housing market
Citigroup isn't as enthusiastic as its peers about a comeback in the housing market.From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein has more.Last week, executives at Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase declared that the long-struggling market had turned a corner.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mortgage settlement monitor wants to restore public trust
The monitor of the $25 billion national mortgage settlement is in the Valley today to talk about where the rights of homeowners fit in.From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: In February of this year, five of the largest banks in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013

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