KJZZ News

Is it their year? Cubs, 14 other teams kick off spring training in the Valley
Spring training baseball is underway. In Florida and Arizona, teams are taking the field to show fans and foes what they've got. Each team has loyal followers, but arguably the most diehard root for the team from the north side of Chicago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Changes to remedial education aim to keep students on track and in school
Teaching Arizona’s students is a challenge at every grade level, but perhaps especially so in the nation’s largest community college system. Of recent high school graduates coming into the Maricopa Community Colleges, 40 percent can’t read at a college level, and 30 percent can’t write at a college level.
Sept. 20, 2013
The joys of riding South Mountain
It’s only five miles from downtown Phoenix, but South Mountain Park is another world. It’s the largest city park in the country, with acres of saguaros, hiking trails and wide-open spaces. This time of year, it’s an antidote to city life.
Sept. 20, 2013
The story behind StoryCorps
For more than a decade, the public radio project StoryCorps has been inviting America to sit down and chat. Lisa Polito, left, and Leslee Dean are traveling with StoryCorps -- which is parked at Phoenix Art Museum through March 23.
Sept. 20, 2013
Resolution to establish Arizona sovereignty passed through Senate
The Arizona Senate has given its approval to a resolution allowing the state to challenge federal government orders.  It would allow the state to reject orders from Washington it believes are unconstitutional.
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
Phoenix pension reform sails through
Phoenix voters have overwhelmingly supported a proposal to reform the city's pension system.   Early results after the polls closed Tuesday showed Proposition 201 passing by nearly 80 percent.  The proposal is expected to save the city nearly $600 million over the next 25 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
IRS: Software glitch could delay tax refunds
The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used tofile their tax returns. The delay affects people claiming education tax credits who filed returns between Feb.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gilbert salon owner loses fish pedicure suit
A state court ruled Monday that a Gilbert spa owner does not have the right to use fish as a pedicure treatment. But it might not be the end of the legal battle. Cindy Vong was blocked from using fish as an exfoliant at her nail salon in Gilbert, because the Arizona Board of Cosmetology said it was unsanitary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson pushes ahead with firearm ordinance
Tucson is looking to tighten gun regulations. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to draft an ordinance requiring residents to report a lost or stolen gun to the Tucson Police Department within 48 hours.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hickman approved to Board of Supervisors seat
A West Valley businessman has been appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Clint Hickman replaces former supervisor Max Wilson, who resigned due to health concerns. Clint Hickman takes the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors oath of office, administered by Clerk of the Board Fran McCarroll.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firebird International Raceway to close in April
Firebird International Raceway is preparing for its final event after 30 years in the Southeast Valley. Firebird International Raceway will close its doors Saturday after a grand finale event.(Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) The motorsports landmark shuts down at the end of March and more than two dozen jobs will be lost immediately afterward, said General Manager Franki Buckman.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways, American one step closer to merger
Tempe-based US Airways is one step closer to merging with American Airlines following a judge’s decision Wednesday. American has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since late 2011, so it needed a court’s approval before the deal could go forward.
Sept. 20, 2013
Diamondbacks sporting new look for Opening Day
The Arizona Diamondbacks open their season tonight at Chase Field against the St. Louis Cardinals. It will be a much different team that takes the field for Arizona, with two of the three starting outfielders, Chris Young and Justin Upton, having been traded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Community College District responds to discrimination complaint
The U.S. Department of Education is monitoring the Maricopa County Community College District for alleged discrimination.   The Maricopa County Community College District office in Tempe. (Photo by Emily Johnson - KJZZ) A complaint accused the district of requiring citizenship information from some student immigrants who are qualified to stay in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate says no to firing experienced teachers
The Arizona Senate rejected a bill Thursday making it easier to fire some low-performing teachers The measure would have allowed experienced teachers to be placed on probationary status.That status allows a school board to fire a teacher with little notice.
Sept. 20, 2013
Can We Talk About Guns
Join KJZZ, The Takeaway and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Can We Talk About Guns?-- a discussion about gun culture and how our personal experiences shape our views of guns on Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge rejects delays to Hausner competency hearing
A judge has allowed a death row inmate to move forward with his request to be executed quickly. Dale Hausner was found guilty of six murders and many other crimes in connection with shootings around the Valley during 2005 and 2006.
Sept. 20, 2013
Conference brings together experts in tracking, deflecting meteors
The 2013 Planetary Defense Conference begins Monday in Flagstaff. The event hopes to raise public awareness of threats to Earth and how we can respond. The conference, held on the Northern Arizona University campus, brings together experts on tracking and deflecting meteors headed our way.
Sept. 20, 2013

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