KJZZ News

New Findings Released On Dual Language Learners
A paper released this month concludes there are strong benefits to dual language instruction for children who grow up speaking a language other than English at home. The number of kids entering school who grow up with two languages has grown by 40 percent in the last decade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation suit against Urban Outfitters on hold
The Navajo Nation’s case against Urban Outfitters is on hold while the parties work toward a settlement. The Nation sued Urban Outfitters in March of last year, saying the clothing company violated trademarks of the Navajo name.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man allegedly tries to open emergency exit door on in-flight airplane
An Arizona man is in federal custody after allegedly attempting to open the emergency exit door on an Alaska Airlines plane as it was landing in Portland, Ore. Some passengers and crew members restrained 23-year-old Alexander Herrera.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two men cooperating in Tucson cactus vandalism case
Officials with a Southern Arizona National Park say two men have come forward and are cooperating with an investigation into cactus vandalism there. Late last week, at least one saguaro cactus was knocked over and cut in half at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Oklahoma military jets ride out the storms at Tucsons Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Tucson’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is acting as a storm shelter to some military jets from Oklahoma. The planes were moved to Arizona because more violent weather is expected in Oklahoma’s “tornado alley.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pac-12 conference tries to limit football-related head injuries
The Pac-12 conference, which includes Arizona State and the University of Arizona, says it will be implementing new rules for football practices in an effort to cut down on injuries.The effort is primarily focused on limiting concussions and head trauma.
Sept. 20, 2013
Does Arizona have enough water to deal with drought and other challenges?
The Valley's rapid growth likely wouldn't have been possible without water from the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project. But the Southwest's ongoing drought has some concerned about whether Arizona will have enough water for the future.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Brewers Medicaid expansion bill fails to make it out of House committee
One of the most controversial issues in the state legislature continues to mystify lawmakers. Governor Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion bill did not receive enough support from members of her own party to advance in the House for a final vote.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reforming Arizonas justice of the peace system
There is a short list of qualifications to be a justice of the peace in Arizona. You must be a registered voter in the state. You must reside in the justice court precinct. You must understand the English language.
Sept. 20, 2013
Napolitano says border security alone wont fix immigration system
Members of the U.S. Senate are wrangling to add tougher border security provisions to the comprehensive immigration reform package. The nation’s Homeland Security chief said manpower on the border only goes so far.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medicaid expansion supporter looks back, ahead after approval
On the last day of the legislative session, Gov. Jan Brewer finally got one of her top priorities – expanding Arizona’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. But, to get it, the governor had to call a special session and take part in some public disputes with members of her party.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flake and Texas Senator John Cornyn seek common ground on immigration reform bill
The US Senate is in its second week of debate on the immigration reform bill, and there is a lot of discussion taking place behind the scenes. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, one of the eight who drew up the bill, has been meeting with Texas Senator John Cornyn, who wants the border security section of the measure strengthened, but Flake does not believe Cornyn is trying to jeopardize passage.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is a new musical revamping a historic tale. KJZZ theater critic, Robrt Pela has a review. A rock musical American history lesson that commences with the line, “Here’s the thing about the Indians!” then segues into a song whose refrain is, “Populism, yeah, yeah!” cannot be all bad, and in its brand-new, Ron May-directed Phoenix Theatre production, it is sublime.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medicaid Expansion may generate job growth in health sector
The newly-approved expansion of Arizona's Medicaid system will be good for the health sector of the state's economy, according to economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Economic Security. “I don’t know how the whole exchange process will be structured and what that means in terms of employment, but I certainly would expect some amount of growth in employment in this sector,” Murth said.
Sept. 20, 2013
High court strikes down federal marriage provision
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Fire contained, but not out
Fire officials now say they have fully contained the Doce Fire, burning northwest of Prescott. The blaze, which charred about 10-and-a-half-square acres of the Prescott National Forest, is not, however, completely out, according to fire spokesman Bill Morse.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressional bill would expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Four members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation this week introduced a bill that would expand the boundaries of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Pinal County. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Cordova.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon season appears to have arrived early
If you were thinking the monsoon arrived a bit early in the year, you are right. Weather experts said temperatures in the last two weeks seem to signal the approach of the season. Meteorologists say high temperatures, dry lighting storms and the muggy humidity are not uncommon when monsoon approaches.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prescott Rodeo honors fallen firefighters
As the country celebrates Independence Day, Prescott is still in mourning for the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday. Holiday festivities are continuing -- but not as originally planned.
Sept. 20, 2013
Holiday Weekend DUI Arrests Down
Arizona police departments were busy over the Fourth of July holiday weekend enforcing DUI and traffic laws. Last summer at this time, more than 650 DUI arrests were made, while nearly half that amount was reported this year.
Sept. 20, 2013

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