KJZZ News

Schools Struggle To Pay For Common Core Implementation
School starts back up in most Valley districts over the next few weeks, and when students get back in the classroom, they will be facing new standards in English and math, if they have not already started with them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Captive Breeding Program May Help Save Endangered Mount Graham Red Squirrels
A tiny red squirrel on the brink of extinction is keeping wildlife biologists busy.  Scientists are trying to catch some Mount Graham Red Squirrels for a breeding program, but doing that will not be easy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer To Meet Obama At Airport On Arrival To Phoenix
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will once again meet President Obama on the airport tarmac Tuesday when the president visits the Valley for a speech on housing at Desert Vista High School. Last time that happened, the president found himself with a gubernatorial finger in the face, but the governor's press aide, Andrew Wilder, does not expect that this time around.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa Elementary School A Model For Rest Of District
Mesa Public Schools will open their doors Wednesday, and one elementary school will serve as a model for the rest of the district’s 55 K-6 schools. Eisenhower Center for Innovation, formerly Eisenhower Elementary, is "integrating" new technology into the classroom according to district spokeswoman Helen Hollands.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ Town Hall: Phoenix City Council District 6
The second of four KJZZ Town Halls on the Phoenix City Council Elections was held Wednesday and focused on the candidates of District 6. The KJZZ Town Hall featuring the Phoenix City Council District 6 candidates.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man Electrocuted While Attempting To Steal Copper Wire
A southwest Arizona man is hospitalized after getting a huge jolt of electricity while allegedly attempting to steal copper wire from a wooden power pole near Wellton. Alfonso Zavala of the Yuma County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Joshua Hess is in critical condition after making a tragic mistake.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bisbees Queen Mine Tour May Shut Down
A popular tourist attraction in Southeastern Arizona may be closing down.  Bisbee’s underground mine tour may be a safety hazard. City officials say the mining company that owns the property has notified them it’s terminating the lease for the Queen Mine Tour out of safety concerns.
Sept. 20, 2013
Apache County Attorney Questions State Senator Over Residency
The top prosecutor in Apache County is warning a newly-appointed legislator that he needs to prove his residency or lose his seat.  When State Senator Jack Jackson, Jr. resigned to take a job in Washington, D.
Sept. 20, 2013
MLB To Consider Instant Replay
Baseball fans may see fewer managers arguing with umpires next year. Instant replay for almost every play of a game has tentatively been approved for next season. Owners, umpires and the players union must give the plan final approval.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fires Continue To Burn Across The State
Several fires continue to burn across Arizona. Two of those in the Tonto National Forest were caused by lightning last week. The White and Cain fires have burned more than 1200 acres.  Lightning can be seen over the mountains in the Prescott National Forest on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Understanding And Prosecuting Mercy Killings
Two recent cases in the Valley brought the term “mercy killing” to the forefront. In one, 86-year-old George Sanders shot his wife, Virginia. He said she insisted that he kill her to alleviate her suffering, related to a number of health problems, including multiple sclerosis.
Sept. 20, 2013
Student Veterans Face Excess Tuition Costs
Iraq war veteran Brian Oller has spent more than $22,000 to pay out-of-state tuition at the University of California, San Diego. The Lubbock, Texas, native said he hopes to get in-state tuition this fall after appealing to the college’s residence deputy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans Earning 19 Percent Less Than National Average
Arizonans have long lagged behind the rest of the country in per capita earnings, and a new report finds it’s worse than ever.  Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business analyzed per capita earnings from 2011, and found that on average Arizona residents made 19 percent less than the national average in direct compensation – that’s wages and salaries.
Sept. 20, 2013
Riding La Bestia, The Immigration Train
In 2010, Fronteras Desk contributor Lorne Matalon rode on a train known as La Bestia (The Beast) ferrying Central Americans through Mexico. That train derailed last weekend, killing at least six Hondurans and critically injuring at least 16 others.
Sept. 20, 2013
Department Of Justice Decision Could Protect Ariz. Medical Marijuana Law
The Department of Justice says it will not try to void laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, even though possession of pot remains a felony under federal law.
Sept. 20, 2013
Storms Move In To Southern Arizona
Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties have seen some heavy thunderstorms this morning that have left some parts of the area with flash flood warnings. But National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Rasmussan says this type of storm is common for this time of year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Solutions For Dealing With High State Unemployment
We wonder where the jobs are in Arizona. We are nowhere close to the deep hole of the Great Recession when the state’s unemployment rate was 10.8 percent. The latest figures from July put the rate at 8 percent, but that still seems pretty high.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Phoenix Has Its Very Own Castle
The house was built in 1929 as a resort. After years of restoration, the castle that sits on a hill in the middle of Phoenix has become a visitors' destination, Tovrea Castle.   The path leading up to the front of the castle.
Sept. 20, 2013
Backers Of Two Ballot Referendum Petition Drives Approaching Deadline
Backers of two ballot referendum petition drives are rapidly approaching deadlines to get them before Arizona voters in 2014. Barry Hess of the Libertarian Party said the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee has collected at least 130,000 signatures in its attempt to block an omnibus election law from taking effect.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gay Marriage Will Not Be On Ariz. Ballot In 2014
Organizers of an initiative campaign for a 2014 ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Arizona are dropping that effort in favor of waiting until 2016.  The Equal Marriage Campaign says it had support but that key national advocacy groups withheld backing that was needed to make a 2014 ballot measure.
Sept. 20, 2013

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