KJZZ News

Fourth smuggling tunnel discovered on the border
Another tunnel has been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s the fourth tunnel this week authorities have found. The latest one was discovered Friday in Nogales, Ariz.. Federal investigators say the incomplete tunnel didn't appear to be in use.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU business school dean on the economy: ?grow or die?
Bob Mittelstaedt, retiring dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business, assesses Arizona’s economy. Mittelstaedt says that Arizona is on the road to recovery with a fairly balanced budget, but that’s not enough.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio on the stand in civil trial
KJZZ's Lynn Kelly spoke to reporter Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, who is covering the civil trial against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The sheriff testified Tuesday. This is a midday update from the courthouse.
Sept. 20, 2013
New booster seat law to take effect Thursday
Hundreds of new laws will take effect this Thursday in Arizona, and among them is one that will require auto booster seats for kids younger than 8 years old or under 4'9" tall.  Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death of children, and the proper use of a safety seat reduces a child's fatality risk by 71 percent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Plan clears way for increased flights at Davis-Monthan
More training flights will be taking off and landing at Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson. A draft environmental assessment by the Air Force reports that increased flights would not significantly impact the surrounding environment.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley schools back in session this week
It's back to the classroom for many Arizona school districts this week.Here in the Valley, Tempe and Phoneix Union high school districts begin classes Monday. Mesa and Gilbert Unified get underway on Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Capital punishment in Arizona
Two experts discuss the legal process behind capital punishment as well as misconceptions and concerns while handling capital trials. Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Paul Charlton and Maricopa County public defender Andrew Clemency both agree that capital cases are the most emotionally grueling and drawn-out cases to be involved in.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix receives federal funding to hire more firefighters
The city of Phoenix is getting $4.4 million dollars from the federal government to hire 28 firefighters.  They'll replace the firefighters whose positions were eliminated when the city cut $80 million from its budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flake looking to Arizona?s open senate seat
Congressman Jeff Flake explains why he wants to be an Arizona Senator and which issues are most important to him. Flake, who has served in the House since 2001, says the biggest issue is getting the country’s debt and deficit under control.
Sept. 20, 2013
Make a plan to save some cash
If you're looking for some savings at the supermarket, the Arizona Farm Bureau advises having a plan. Julie Murphree says it starts with devising a menu before you get to the store."Once we plan and build a menu, a week's menu around that, and stick to that plan, we can avoid that impulse buying or getting something that we don't really need, which really hurts our budgets when we haven't planned ahead," Murphree said.
Sept. 20, 2013
More on SB 1070 and Open Elections Act
KJZZ’s Jude Joffe-Block explains the most controversial provision of SB 1070 and debates around the provision. Jim Small, editor at Arizona Capitol Times, explains why the Open Elections/Open Government Act didn’t get on the ballot.
Sept. 20, 2013
The case for Arizonas agricultural future
Arizona continues to face an ongoing drought, but a new paper suggests the state's farming future is important, and can be done more efficiently.Karen Smith, a former Deputy Director at the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Water Quality Director at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality wrote the paper for the Grand Canyon Institute, at which she's a Fellow.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sedona property rights wont be heard by top court
The Arizona Supreme Court won't consider appeals of a ruling stemming from a voter-approved property rights law.Separate appeals were filed by the city of Sedona and a business that owned a luxury home that the city said was a rental property.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Commerce Department promoting cross-border trade
The U.S. Commerce Department has sent a representative to the Southwest to promote cross-border trade with Mexico. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the message is that border states are missing an opportunity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sky Harbor janitors ask for respect
Janitors who clean Sky Harbor International Airport gathered Tuesday night to protest their working conditions. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the group has tried unsuccessfully to assemble a union.
Sept. 20, 2013
National Weather Service: Below normal temps expected through Tuesday
There has been quite a bit of rain over the last couple of days in the Phoenix area and across the state of Arizona. This morning Dennis Lambert spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Austin Jamison about weekend weather and what to expect in the days ahead.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix will continue water fluoridation
Following a couple of hours of testimony, a city council subcommittee decided not to recommend changes to Phoenix's water fluoridation policy.From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: The city was considering the issue for the first time since the council voted for fluoridation in 1989 as a method of helping lower rates of tooth decay in the general population.
Sept. 20, 2013
Upper Iowa University fifth school to commit to Mesa
Now it’s five colleges or universities that will be offering classes in downtown Mesa.  Upper Iowa University and the city made the latest announcement Thursday. UIU will begin offering classes in October at the city’s education center and eventually move to a permanent location.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cochise County Sheriff dies in car accident
The sheriff of Cochise County along the Arizona border died in a single car accident Tuesday night. The circumstances are still unknown. From Tucson, Michel Marizco has the story. Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was killed in a car accident Tuesday.
Sept. 20, 2013

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