KJZZ News

State high court rules Arias eligible for death penalty
Jodi Arias’s effort to get a potential death sentence in her murder case set aside was rejected by the state’s highest court today. Arias has been charged with the June 2008 stabbing and shooting death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, at his home in Mesa.
Sept. 20, 2013
Discussion of sequester cuts continues between state leaders
Governor Jan Brewer was among several state leaders who met Monday with President Barack Obama to go over the pending sequester budget cuts, due to take effect Friday.  She says the president urged the governors to pressure their congressional delegations to avoid the cuts, but the Republican governor says she's not likely to do that.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro fare hike hits Friday
If you ride Valley Metro buses or the light rail, you better take some extra change starting March 1.   One-way tickets will cost 25 cents more. Valley Metro says the price hike is necessary to keep up with operational costs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona preservationists list most endangered historic places
A group of Arizona preservationists has unveiled its list of most endangered historic places in Arizona.MARK BRODIE: So, there are lists you want to be on, and lists you probably want to avoid. This morning, we’re gonna talk about one of the latter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson prison on lockdown after fight
More than 1,000 inmates at a state prison in Tucson remain on lockdown after a riot broke out Sunday. It’s the second fight involving prisoners at the prison within the past six months. State Corrections officials say the fight involved more than 400 inmates; 17 prisoners were injured and two prison staff members received minor wounds in the riot that involved Mexican-American, White and African-American prisoners.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kyl takes a new job in Washington
Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl has a new job. KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.The Arizona Republican is now a senior policy adviser for the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Covington & Burling.
Sept. 20, 2013
Voting continues in Phoenix on 3 issues
Voting continues Monday in Phoenix, ahead of the official Election Day tomorrow. Residents are able to cast their ballots at any of 27 voting centers across the city. There are three issues on the ballot – two related to changes to the city’s public pension system, and a proposal to allow private security to issue citations to riders of public transit in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chinese solar company bails out of Arizona
The Chinese solar company Suntech announced today its factory in Goodyear will shut down next month.Suntech had been making solar panels in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear for two years. But in that time the global price of solar panels had fallen by more than 60 percent, according to GTM Research analyst Shyam Mehta.
Sept. 20, 2013
Analysis shows impact of sales tax simplification unclear
A new analysis shows it’s unclear what kind of impact proposed changes to the state’s sales tax system would have on Arizona, and its cities. Those changes include charging contractors sales tax on their materials where they buy them, rather than a percentage of their project, and only allowing the state to conduct audits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Write Now makes kids critics
From the cast of “Glee” to the “Twilight” franchise, it seems there are more young characters in the media these days than ever.But how do you make these fictional youngsters actually connect with real-world kids? Write Now is a theater festival sponsored by Childsplay in Tempe and Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis that tries to answer that question.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona teenagers can expect a tight summer job market
Arizona teenagers looking for a summer job might have to settle for volunteer work or an unpaid internship.  The state’s job market is expected to be very tight for young people who want to make some cash during their school break.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Sandra Day OConnor and Scott OConnor
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that records the stories from everyday people. Sandra Day O'Connor and her son, Scott O'Connor (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps) The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Will climate change crush Phoenixs future?
Author and conservationist William deBuys argued in a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed that the future of Phoenix is unsustainable, largely because of the impact of climate change. deBuys and Grady Gammage, attorney and Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow, debated whether Phoenix has done enough to prepare for a hotter future.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona judge rules pregnant man cant divorce wife
A transgender Arizona man who made headlines for being pregnant as a man has been denied a divorce from his current wife. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge decided their marriage can't be legally recognized or dissolved in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Border Patrol warns of Arizona desert dangers
The Border Patrol is warning of the dangers of crossing the Arizona desert as temperatures shoot up this month. Spokesman Brent Cagen says there were 177 deaths in the southern Arizona desert last year and that border crossers are faced with many hazards.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marana council decides not to sign tourism deal
The town of Marana may develop its own tourism bureau. The Marana Town Council could not reach an agreement with the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau. Council members voted Tuesday to seek other options to promote tourism.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mercury collection programs are failing, toxic compounds ending up in trash
A new report says voluntary programs to keep mercury thermostats out of the trash in Arizona, and across the country, are failing. Michael Bender of the Mercury Policy Project says the programs, run by manufacturers, have captured just a small portion of the thermostats that have come out of service in the last ten years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Joshua trees in the Southwest are blooming beyond expectation this year
The iconic Joshua trees of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts are blooming beyond expectation this year. Joshua trees throughout the Southwest are blooming with millions of greenish-white flowers, and many biologists are trying to understand why.
Sept. 20, 2013
Latino-inspired baby food launches
A new line of baby food is hitting the market this summer. Beech-Nut and Latino based food company Goya have joined to create Latino flavored food. The Swiss-based Beech-Nut Company and Spain’s Goya Food are launching what they call Latin flavored baby food combinations.
Sept. 20, 2013

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