KJZZ News

Homeowners in Maricopa County might see their property taxes drop by up to $20, and that means less money for the county.  The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday to keep the current property tax rate.
August 20, 2012
Some Tempe residents have noticed a change in the smell and taste of their tap water, but the city says there’s no reason to worry.  Over the last few days, Tempe’s tap water has -- for some residents -- taken on an earthy smell and taste.
August 20, 2012
If you're looking for some savings at the supermarket, the Arizona Farm Bureau advises having a plan. Julie Murphree says it starts with devising a menu before you get to the store."Once we plan and build a menu, a week's menu around that, and stick to that plan, we can avoid that impulse buying or getting something that we don't really need, which really hurts our budgets when we haven't planned ahead," Murphree said.
August 20, 2012
Older Arizonans are staying on the job longer, or returning to the workforce, as the value of retirement plans declines in a struggling economy. The Arizona Department of Administration's Aruna Murthy says that's changing the face of the state's workforce.
August 20, 2012
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will be joining about 100 young people Monday night to knock on doors in a voter registration drive. Stanton will go out with a team of 20 high school volunteers as they try to register voters.
August 20, 2012
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.
August 20, 2012
Two Arizona schools are among the nation’s top 25 coolest schools, according to a report by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. Zaharis Elementary School in Mesa made the list as an institution that provides authentic learning experiences, and Star Charter School in Flagstaff was recognized for implementing solar powered learning.
August 20, 2012
Bad weather accounts for 70 percent of all aircraft delays, according to the FAA. Those delays are costly. But it’s not just delays, turbulence related event cost airlines millions of dollars a year in injuries and damages.
August 18, 2012
Maricopa County has lost about a third of its forensic pathologists in the last four years. As KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports, the shortage is a national problem.The county is trying to lure doctors specializing in forensic pathology to its understaffed medical examiner's office.
August 17, 2012
The Obama Administration has freed up $470 million in state transportation funding. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, some of it could end up in Arizona. The money is left over from stalled earmark projects from 2003 to 2006.
August 17, 2012
The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled an initiative that would create a so-called “top two” primary will appear on the November ballot, overturning a lower court decision. The "Open Elections/Open Government" measure would do away with the partisan primary system.
August 17, 2012
Funding could be cut for three telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson. It could mean the loss of 70 jobs. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the recommendations are part of the long-term budget plans for National Science Foundation.
August 17, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending all U.S. baby boomers born between 1945 and 9165 get a one-time test for viral Hepatitis C. One in 30 baby boomers has been infected with the virus, and most don't know it.
August 17, 2012
A community’s arts and cultural scene is a reflection of its well being. The Valley’s arts and cultural institutions are alive and well thanks to you-- playing a significant role in our economy, addressing social issues, enhancing education and improving our quality of life.
August 16, 2012
Judge John Leonardo has been the U.S. Attorney for Arizona since July. U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo (Courtesy photo) He talks with KJZZ's Steve Goldstein about the plea agreement with Tucson shooter Jared Loughner and how his office will deal with Arizona's medical marijuana law.
August 16, 2012
Government and military representatives teamed up for a training exercise at the state Capitol this morning. Officials from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches were flown away in a Blackhawk helicopter that landed on the lawn of the memorial plaza across from the Capitol.
August 16, 2012
DENNIS LAMBERT: We’ve been reporting all week on the impact of climate change in the Southwest. One way the City of Mesa is responding is by installing electric vehicle charging stations at the Art Center, the Main Public Library and the Convention Center.
August 16, 2012
You may not realize it but that car seat you're riding on this morning may partially made from a soybean derivative. And if you're driving a newer-model Ford, it's almost a sure thing. The automaker held an event in Scottsdale last night to highlight the renewable aspects of its 2013 Fusion.
August 16, 2012
   Canadian pianist and composer Oscar Peterson set the standard for technique at the piano, and inspired generations of players to discover how he did it.  Oscar took music by storm with speed and drama and although he could play faster than anyone, he knew when to infuse the sound with some slow blues.
August 15, 2012
  Bill Evans is one of the most copied and studied pianists in jazz.  His development of harmonic structure infused jazz with a classical flavor and added dimensions.  Bill Evans had a profound influence on Miles Davis and his Kind of Blue release.
August 15, 2012

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