KJZZ News

Legislature votes to scrap old definition of mental illness
Arizona lawmakers voted Monday to scrap an old definition in the law books that said people with mental illness were idiots. It existed despite the fact that most references in the statutes have been updated to be legally and medically correct.
Sept. 20, 2013
Social media stole my kidney
Comic Amy Donohue talked about her decision to donate a kidney and her efforts to serve as a spokesperson for organ donation.Donohue explained how social media stole her kidney. She donated hers to the mother of a woman she met on Twitter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Steve Shadley
KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Steve Shadley is no stranger to the issues shaping Arizona. Shadley started his public radio career more than 30 years ago while pursuing a journalism degree at Northern Arizona University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Early voting bills have some early opponents
Some groups involved with getting minorities to the polls are unhappy with legislation working its way through the Legislature. Right now, you can sign up on a permanent early voting list, meaning a ballot will be mailed to you in advance of every election.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer vetoes militia bill
Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have removed the age limit of 45 for serving in the state militia. The militia is a provision in the state constitution, but as Brewer noted in her veto letter, it has never been established or funded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona electric utilities ranked for solar power production
The state of Arizona has two of the top ten American electric utilities for production of solar power.The latest ratings from the Solar Electric Power Association show Arizona Public Service producing the fourth-most solar power and Tucson Electric the seventh-most in the country.
Sept. 20, 2013
One dead, one in critical condition after weekend vehicle collision
One man is dead, another in critical condition, after a dirt bike hit another vehicle over the weekend in Gilbert. Joaquinn Enriquez of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.
Sept. 20, 2013
More money for Tucson city employees
All Tucson public employees will receive a raise. The Tucson City Council approved the 55-cent-an-hour increase this week. The hike is included in Tucson's 2014 budget. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the change will take effect no later than Jan.
Sept. 20, 2013
After a wave of short sales, a coming flood of boomerang buyers
Short sales in the Valley peaked in 2011, and that meant a lot of people went from being homeowners to renters. Many had to wait to be eligible for a home loan. Now, a lot of those people are once again and the wave of boomerang buyers is just starting.
Sept. 20, 2013
FDA detains imports of Mexican cucumbers linked to Arizona
Cucumbers distributed from southern Arizona have been linked to salmonella in 18 states. The Food and Drug Administration is detaining imports of cucumbers from the Mexican company Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse.
Sept. 20, 2013
Inmates ordered out of two California prisons after Valley Fever outbreak, deaths
Thousands of inmates at two California prisons may be removed from their current facility to protect them from Valley Fever. Federal medical receiver J. Clark Kelso is in charge of improving health care at California prisons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Eighteen people charged with stealing copper from mine
Eighteen people have been indicted for allegedly stealing ten million dollars worth of raw copper from an Arizona mine. Two supervisors from the ASARCO mine were among the suspects. The thefts from the ASARCO mine near Hayden started as early as 2006, according to investigators.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District unveils plan to comply with federal desegregation order
The Tucson Unified School District has rolled out a nearly $85 million plan to desegregate its schools. The district must spend the money under an order by the U.S. Justice Department to racially diversify its staff and classrooms.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Forest Service budget cuts could cost Arizona money
The federal government is telling hundreds of counties across the country it wants some money back. The U.S. Forest Service says it has to cut its budget by five percent because of sequestration, and that could mean several counties in Arizona could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sept. 20, 2013
DPS officer killed near Yuma
A 14-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety was killed Monday night when his patrol car was hit by a tanker truck in southwestern Arizona. The crash took place as three DPS officers were investigating an injury collision in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8, about 40 miles east of Yuma.
Sept. 20, 2013
Measuring the impact of Arizonas recent job announcements
In recent months, Governor Jan Brewer has taken part in job expansion announcements in Arizona. Go Daddy's operations in the Valley are growing, and General Motors is bringing a new information technology center to Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Poll shows Latinos support comprehensive sex ed
A new poll shows strong support among Latinos for sex education, including birth control. The poll, from Planned Parenthood and the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, shows a majority of Latinos say preventing teen pregnancy is a major issue.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona voters to decide state sovereignty measure in 2014
Arizona voters appear likely to get another chance to weigh in on a proposal dealing with state sovereignty. The Arizona House on Tuesday approved a measure that would ask voters to allow the state to restrict its personnel and use of financial resources to purposes that are consistent with the Constitution, by passing an initiative or referendum or a new law, or by some other legal remedy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Memorial held for Department of Public Safety officer killed last week
 May 15 is National Police Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember officers who have fallen in the line of duty.  A memorial service was held Wednesday to honor an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer killed last week.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Lisa and Tom Hamilton
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013

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