KJZZ News

Justice Sandra Day OConnor on iCivics
Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981. Since resigning from the bench, Justice O’Connor has focused on getting kids to know more about how federal, state and local governments work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Southeast Valley becoming high-tech hub
General Motors’ announcement this week that it’ll build an IT center in Chandler follows on the heels of other such decisions. And, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, there could be more on the way.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson bats moving into condos
Tucson bats are finding themselves homeless as their natural habitats like caves and mines are disappearing due to urban development. The bats tried moving into city dwellings, but now even the bats' newfound homes are being threatened.
Sept. 20, 2013
The future of photo enforcement in Arizona
A bill proceeding through the Arizona legislature would put more limits on photo enforcement on the state's highways. It's the latest controversy since the program was introduced on the Loop 101 in Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Prop 200 case
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday about part of Arizona’s Proposition 200.  The high court will decide if Arizona overreached when the state required people to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote using a federal form.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wildfire in southern Ariz. stopped, but concerns rise
Firefighters say they got a quick start on a wildfire in the Santa Cruz River, north of Tucson Monday, limiting the flames to less than an acre. Adam Goldberg with the Northwest Fire District says the potential for wildfires is growing because of the rather wet winter weather.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon University makes the jump to NCAA Division I
Grand Canyon University is investing a lot of money and energy into moving its athletic programs into Division I, the highest level of competition in the NCAA.Brad Wolverton of The Chronicle of Higher Education talks to Steve Goldstein about the challenges GCU will face— and whether its for-profit status will impact how it's viewed by the NCAA.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Marshals, local law enforcement crack down on outstanding warrants
A three-day law enforcement operation in central and southern Arizona has led to more than three dozen arrests.  Operation Southern Star II targeted fugitives with outstanding warrants for felonies including drug violations and violent crimes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hundreds of new jobs coming to Scottsdale
New jobs are coming to the Valley. The New York company ZocDoc is bringing a second U.S. office – and more than 600 jobs – to Scottsdale. Gov. Jan Brewer poses with many of the faces of ZocDoc, including its CEO, Cyrus Massoumi.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona aerospace firms seek FAA approval to test unmanned aircraft
Arizona is among 37 states seeking federal approval for the testing of unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes. The Federal Aviation Adminstration will issue permits for drone operators in six states.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers hope to refinance unemployment insurance loan
Arizona legislators want to refinance a federal loan that kept the state’s unemployment fund afloat during the recession. In 2010, Arizona took out a federal loan to keep its jobless fund solvent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal Aviation Administration to close 149 airport control towers
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. drug czar meets with local mayors
United States drug czar Gil Kerlikowske met with local mayors in Phoenix on Thursday to talk border security and drug trafficking. U.S. Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske, center, visited with (from left), Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, and Phoenix Chief of Police Daniel Garcia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature votes to scrap old definition of mental illness
Arizona lawmakers voted Monday to scrap an old definition in the law books that said people with mental illness were idiots. It existed despite the fact that most references in the statutes have been updated to be legally and medically correct.
Sept. 20, 2013
Social media stole my kidney
Comic Amy Donohue talked about her decision to donate a kidney and her efforts to serve as a spokesperson for organ donation.Donohue explained how social media stole her kidney. She donated hers to the mother of a woman she met on Twitter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Steve Shadley
KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Steve Shadley is no stranger to the issues shaping Arizona. Shadley started his public radio career more than 30 years ago while pursuing a journalism degree at Northern Arizona University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Early voting bills have some early opponents
Some groups involved with getting minorities to the polls are unhappy with legislation working its way through the Legislature. Right now, you can sign up on a permanent early voting list, meaning a ballot will be mailed to you in advance of every election.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer vetoes militia bill
Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have removed the age limit of 45 for serving in the state militia. The militia is a provision in the state constitution, but as Brewer noted in her veto letter, it has never been established or funded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona electric utilities ranked for solar power production
The state of Arizona has two of the top ten American electric utilities for production of solar power.The latest ratings from the Solar Electric Power Association show Arizona Public Service producing the fourth-most solar power and Tucson Electric the seventh-most in the country.
Sept. 20, 2013
One dead, one in critical condition after weekend vehicle collision
One man is dead, another in critical condition, after a dirt bike hit another vehicle over the weekend in Gilbert. Joaquinn Enriquez of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.
Sept. 20, 2013

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