KJZZ News

New CPS workers will help, but not fix, overwhelming need
At the end of January, Governor Jan Brewer authorized emergency funding for 50 new Child Protective Services workers. The 31 new case workers and 19 support staff have been hired, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Safety, which oversees CPS.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona military bases brace for sequestration
Arizona’s military bases are preparing for the federal budget axe under sequestration. Officials at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale said they’ll significantly reduce flying that is not related to pilot training.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislative committee looking into synthetic drugs again
The Senate Judiciary Committee today takes up the latest measure to combat synthetic drugs, like bath salts. House Republican Eddie Farnsworth's bill is aimed at making the use of the latest compounds to mimic a marijuana-like high illegal.
Sept. 20, 2013
Death row inmate execution postponed, Phoenix Catholic clergy attend vigil
The execution of an Arizona man scheduled to be put to death Wednesday has been postponed. Late Tuesday night, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Arizona’s request to lift the Ninth Circuit Court order that blocked the execution.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranks 6th in nation for clean energy job creation
A new report says Arizona ranks sixth in the nation for creating jobs related to clean energy and transportation.   The study by the E2 Environmental Entrepreneur group and the Natural Resources Defense Council says Arizona ranked behind California, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois and Connecticut  in clean energy and transportation job growth in 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
Expanded shelter helps bridge gap for homeless women veterans
Nearly 2 million women in the U.S. are veterans, but many find themselves homeless after leaving the armed services. Now, homeless women veterans in the Valley have a new resource to help them get back on their feet.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill to make workers prove unemployment eligibility advances
A state Senate committee has passed a bill that would change the way workers apply for unemployment. The Arizona Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Energy, and Military approved the measure Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Advocates tout development along Valleys light rail line, hope for more
More than 14 million people rode the Valley’s light rail system last year. Valley Metro says that was more than a 6.5 percent increase over 2011. And, some advocates are hopeful numbers like those will lead to more housing, shops, restaurants and other development along the 20-mile line.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jude Joffe-Block
KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Jude Joffe-Block caught the radio bug while assisting a radio reporter in Mexico, and has been happiest wearing headphones and pointing microphones ever since.Joffe-Block began serving KJZZ in October 2010 as a Fronteras: Changing America Senior Field Correspondent based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson hopes to cut down on bag litter
The Tucson City Council has passed an ordinance aimed at reducing the city’s reliance on plastic shopping bags. Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham is the plan’s sponsor. After hearing residents complain about plastic bag litter, he put together a working group.
Sept. 20, 2013
Budget cuts may shut down Goodyear airport control tower
The major tenant at the Goodyear Airport says shutting down the control tower, under the sequester budget cuts, could force it to go elsewhere to train pilots. Matthias Kippenberg of the Airline Training Center of Arizona, says dozens of planes perform takeoffs and landings there every day.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Attorney responds to criticism, addresses immigration reform
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery talked about federal efforts to approve comprehensive immigration reform and whether his office's identity theft prosecutions could affect whether some undocumented immigrants could become eligible to be on a path to U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire danger high in southeastern Arizona over holiday weekend
Southern Arizona forest officials said the wildfire danger is high, and they want people to be careful with campfires over the holiday weekend. Although the warm weather is only beginning to set in, the threat of wildfires is already a concern in southeastern Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
E. coli threat prompts recall of some frozen food in Arizona
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Howard Gray School caters to needs of autistic students
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain: China could stop North Korea
Senator John McCain says the saber-rattling coming out of North Korea could be a problem. McCain told interviewers on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, China could help stop North Korea. “China does hold the key to this problem,” McCain said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bureau of Land Management offers reward for arrests in archaeological vandalism
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is investigating the vandalism of an archaeological site just over the Arizona state line near Blythe, Calif. Some of the graffiti at an archaeological site.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU researchers develop tiny lasers to speed computing
Researchers at Arizona State University have worked for years developing a tiny laser invisible to the naked eye. See if you can spot the nanolaser at an ASU engineering lab. Hint: it's 1/100 the width of a human hair.
Sept. 20, 2013
State scrutinizes city use traffic cams
Arizona is tightening up its rules regarding photo enforcement cameras on roadways. Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law last week requiring cities to prove there’s a legitimate safety need before installing the cameras on state roads.
Sept. 20, 2013
Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff closed due to dust storms
Drivers who would normally use Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff should postpone their travel plans until weather conditions that closed the highway improve. Strong winds continue to impact Northern Arizona as a Spring storm continues to bring strong winds to the state.
Sept. 20, 2013

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