KJZZ News

Arias onlookers say goodbye to trial
After more than four months, the Jodi Arias Trial has finally gone to the jury. It’s been a long haul – and not just for the lawyers and media. Since Jan. 2, spectators have been lining up inside the Maricopa County Superior Court to watch the drama unfold.
Sept. 20, 2013
Could US-American merger mean a new name for Suns
If US Airways merges with American Airlines, the name of this center could change. (Photo by Julie Levin-KJZZ) In 1992, America West Airlines signed a 30 year, $26 million naming rights deal for the city-owned arena that is home to the Phoenix Suns.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal Aviation Administration restores funding for air traffic towers but Arizona not included
The Federal Aviation Administration said some airport traffic control towers it wanted to close late at night to save money will now be allowed to stay open. But, Wednesday’s announcement does not save some towers at Arizona airports the FAA plans to close this summer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Improvements for Highway 89 drivers, vendors
Help is on the way for drivers — and vendors — displaced by the closure of a section of Highway 89 in northern Arizona. Monday, work crews will begin improving an unpaved road that will serve temporarily as the new 89.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Arizona Congressman set to marry partner this weekend
Former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe will marry his partner of eight years in Washington, D.C. this weekend.Kolbe, who served southern Arizona in Congress for 22 years, says it’s unfortunate the state doesn’t recognize same sex marriage.
Sept. 20, 2013
High-tech hotel thieves sought by police
Phoenix police are asking for help in finding two suspects involved in a string of "high-tech" hotel burglaries. Sergeant Darren Burch says the "hotel hackers" are using portable programming devices to gain access to rooms where they can take anything they want.
Sept. 20, 2013
The cost of rising student loan debt
College graduation is a huge milestone. It also starts a countdown -- six months until the first student loan payment is due. Americans owe close to $1 trillion in student loans right now. Last fall, student loan debt surpassed consumer credit like credit cards and car loans to become the country’s largest pool of debt.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona charity sends food and relief supplies to Oklahoma City tornado victims
An Arizona charity is sending bottled water and ready-to-eat meals to tornado victims in Oklahoma. The supplies were requested by officials in Oklahoma City. St. Mary's Food Bank of Arizona is donating supplies to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado that hit Monday.
Sept. 20, 2013
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 Tucson
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. Brewer
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 Arizona
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 won
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

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