KJZZ News

Tucson program seeks to help recent dropouts earn high school diploma
The Tucson Mayor is joining forces with Sunnyside Unified School District to encourage dropouts to earn their high school diploma through a new program.The partnership, announced Thursday, is called GradLink.
Sept. 20, 2013
Should an African-American represent Phoenixs Eighth District council seat?
Tension is boiling over on whether the Eighth District seat on the Phoenix City Council needs to be held by an African-American.Former Councilman Calvin Goode argued that perspective in an Arizona Republic letter to the editor, writing that the Eighth was intended to be for an African-American when districts were drawn three decades ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix braces for another night of freezing cold
Cold has descended on an area of the country that's known for it's near-perfect weather this time of year. For days now, Southern California and Arizona have suffered through nights of sub-freezing temperatures.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jerry Lewis on the importance of cooperation
Former State Senator Jerry Lewis, best known for defeating then-Senate President Russell Pearce in the 2011 recall election, says Arizona lawmakers need to look past party affiliation and work to do what's best for the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
As cancer treatment improves, oncology centers expand
Cancer is the second most common killer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control -- so it’s no surprise that cancer treatment gets a lot of attention. Later today, an outpatient cancer facility in Gilbert will break ground on a 100,000 square-foot expansion.
Sept. 20, 2013
What do Arizonans want?
The Center for the Future of Arizona has released a follow-up to it's 2009 report, called "The Arizona We Want 2.0." KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Lattie Coor about the updated version.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cactus thief sentenced
A Scottsdale man has been sentenced for stealing cacti from public lands in Arizona. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver this week sentenced 46-year-old Kenneth Brian Cobb to five years of supervised probation and eight months of weekend incarceration for the theft.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mormon church to build where student housing currently stands at ASU Polytechnic
Arizona State University has made a deal with the Mormon church to build an Institute of Religion on the Polytechnic Campus in East Mesa. It’ll require the demolition of 13 student family housing units.
Sept. 20, 2013
Text spam bill passes Arizona House committee
A bill that would ban companies from flooding cell phones users with spam-like text messages has passed an Arizona House committee.This bill is a form of the ‘do not call list’ for regular phones according to Rep.
Sept. 20, 2013
Actors Theater cancels remaining shows
A theater company that has operated in downtown Phoenix for 20 years has canceled the rest of its season. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the Actors Theater announced Tuesday it is leaving the Herberger Theater because of financial trouble.
Sept. 20, 2013
US-American merger long in the making, but far from done
After more than a year of speculation and negotiation, the merger between US Airways and American Airlines is official. The new airline will keep American’s name and be worth about $11 billion. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, the merger creates the largest carrier in the world.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tribe calls for criminal investigation into freeway development group
The Gila River Indian Tribal council called for an investigation yesterday into a group that wants to route a freeway through the Gila River Indian Reservation. The South Mountain freeway project has been 30 years in the making.
Sept. 20, 2013
Camels are part of Arizona history
We know there was a Civil War skirmish in Arizona 150 years ago, but there was also a camel troop in the state around the same time. For about 10 years, the Turf Paradise in Phoenix has hosted Camel races.
Sept. 20, 2013
Looming defense cuts have Arizona industry worried
Arizona’s aerospace and defense industry stands to lose big if lawmakers in Washington allow sequestration cuts to start at the end of this week. The state is the sixth-largest recipient of Defense department contracts in the country, and the federal government funneled about $13 billion to Arizona aerospace and defense companies in the state last year alone.
Sept. 20, 2013
No timetable yet for US 89 repairs
A large stretch of the US Route 89 south of Page remains closed a week after a landslide buckled the pavement.   A section of US 89 in northern Arizona collapsed Feb. 20. (Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Transportation) The Arizona Department of Transportation still has no timetable for when the road will re-open, and it will be a  couple more weeks before ADOT engineers finish surveying the ground under the roadway, which sunk about five feet into the ground.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation peaks interest of uranium mining companies, again
Uranium mining companies are showing renewed interest in the Navajo Nation. The Farmington Daily Times reports several companies have begged the Tribe for permission to once again mine the uranium-rich land it sits upon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill to outlaw synthetic drugs
A House bill to outlaw the latest dangerous drug compounds continues to sail through the Arizona Legislature, earning unanimous approval Monday from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill aimed at putting a dent into synthetic drug compounds by banning the 'backbone' chemicals, even if they're changed a little later.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranchers hoping for a good summer, despite ongoing drought
Last year, farmers and ranchers across the country grappled with a devastating drought. With the hot summer months closer than many of us care to admit, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports on how dry weather in Arizona affects crops and cattle.
Sept. 20, 2013
Debate continues over $2 student fee
The Arizona Board of Regents is fighting back against a lawsuit filed over the collection of student fees. The suit asks that the Board's decision to force students to opt in to a $2 per semester fee for the Arizona Student's Association be overturned.
Sept. 20, 2013

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