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Howard Gray School at Banner Mental Health Facility in Scottsdale (Photo by Steve Shadley - KJZZ) English teacher Dave Bachmann (Photo by Steve Shadley - KJZZ) Kids with autism don’t always do well in public schools.
April 04, 2013
The director of Arizona’s veterans’ services department is now out of a job. He was forced out Wednesday after hiring a female former state representative who then slammed women troops in combat.
April 04, 2013
One day after his release, Louis Taylor says he’s trying to adjust to his freedom. Taylor was released from prison on Tuesday, after serving 40 years behind bars. Louis Taylor breaks down as he talks about when he was convicted in 1973 of setting the Pioneer Hotel fire and responsible for the deaths of 29 people who died in the blaze.
April 03, 2013
There has been no shortage of discussions about how Phoenix has grown and evolved, and how it’ll grow and evolve in the future. An event starting Thursday will continue those talks and look to present some new ideas, at the second annual Phoenix Urban Design Week.
April 03, 2013
Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced 149 airport control towers would close starting next week, as a result of the sequester budget cuts. Four of those towers are in Arizona.
April 03, 2013
Bisbee has become Arizona’s first town to recognize civil unions, after the city council last night approved an ordinance, on a 5-2  vote. The Arizona attorney general has said he will sue to try and block it.
April 03, 2013
The Morrison Institute for Public Policy, in partnership with KJZZ, hosted a forum on bullying Tuesday. KJZZ's Mark Brodie moderated a panel discussion, which included Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Director Charles Flanagan, Westwood High School’s Counseling Department Chair Anna Cicero, State Representative Eric Meyer and the Morrison Institute’s Senior Analyst and Statistician Eric Hedberg.
April 03, 2013
The U.S. Department of Education is monitoring the Maricopa County Community College District for alleged discrimination.   The Maricopa County Community College District office in Tempe. (Photo by Emily Johnson - KJZZ) A complaint accused the district of requiring citizenship information from some student immigrants who are qualified to stay in the U.
April 03, 2013
The Tucson Unified School District is on the hunt for a new superintendent. The TUSD’s governing board approved the search Tuesday night. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the district will use an external firm to conduct the national search.
April 03, 2013
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at saving the state's $1.5 billion spaceport.Martinez said the move will prevent lawsuit abuse and make it easier for the industry to thrive in New Mexico.
April 03, 2013
People who commit high-profile acts of gun violence are often mentally ill, like Adam Lanza, James Holmes and Jared Loughner. Conversations about gun control often come with calls for improved mental health care, but while people understand the mental health care system needs to be improved, that doesn’t mean they can tell when someone actually needs help.
April 03, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. — After serving most of his life behind bars, 59-year-old Louis Taylor walked out of the Arizona State Prison in Tucson a free man Tuesday. He was 16 years old when he was convicted of starting a 1970 Tucson hotel fire that killed dozens of people.
April 02, 2013
The Associated Press Stylebook no longer will sanction using the term "illegal immigrant." The decision has been applauded by Latino advocates. For years, many protested the AP and other journalism organizations, including The New York Times, over usage of what they believed to be an offensive term.
April 02, 2013
Mohave County has given the green light to workers who want to carry guns into its administration building in Kingman. The Board of Supervisors passed the measure Monday, only a few weeks after allowing the public to take guns into all county buildings after a three-year ban.
April 02, 2013
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.
April 02, 2013
A major producer of frozen foods is recalling products distributed in Arizona and several other states because of concerns about E. coli contamination. David McAtee of the Yavapai County Health Department says the voluntary recall involves Farm Rich Brand frozen meals and snacks, produced between Nov.
April 02, 2013
Two types of cactus may be getting special status in Arizona. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is once again asking for public input on its plans to protect the increasingly rare plants. The Acuna cactus (L) and Fickeisen plains cactus (R) could both get federal protection.
April 02, 2013
The Arizona Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would ban cities and counties from destroying guns turned in at buybacks. That approval came after 18 Democratic attempts to amend the bill – all were unsuccessful.
April 02, 2013
April marks the start of Ozone Season in the Valley, which runs through September -- a longer-than-average season for higher levels of ozone pollution. Ozone is produced when heat and sunlight interact with vehicle emissions and other chemicals in the air, so the long, hot days of summer are prime conditions for producing elevated ozone levels.
April 02, 2013
A man convicted of setting the Tucson Pioneer Hotel fire that killed dozens of people more than 40 years ago is expected to be set free Tuesday. Louis Taylor was 16 years old when he was convicted of setting the fire.
April 02, 2013

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