KJZZ News

This Week: Educating Arizona
A five-part series during Morning Edition examining education in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Abuse of fireworks could mean petty offense
The punishment for the abuse of Arizona's fireworks laws would be reduced, under a bill approved by the state House.  It makes violations a petty offense, rather than the current misdemeanor.  But, the idea doesn't sit well with Yuma Democrat Lisa Otondo.
Sept. 20, 2013
$1 million federal grant will help improve Arizona math standards
The Roosevelt School District is the only one in the Valley that will benefit from a recently awarded federal education grant. The money will be used to help boost math scores among elementary students.
Sept. 20, 2013
Court rules school bond law unconstitutional
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled a 2010 state law allowing school districts to spend unused bond money without asking voters is unconstitutional.  The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel Thursday is a win for the Goldwater Institute and a loss for the Cave Creek Unified School District.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain still seeking Benghazi answers
Arizona Senator John McCain and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, are demanding answers from the Obama administration about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the two say they'll oppose the president's appointment of John Brennan to head the CIA, until they get them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer champions Medicaid expansion
Governor Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama probably don’t agree on much, but when it comes to Medicaid in Arizona, they seem to be on the same page. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer held a rally Tuesday in support of Medicaid expansion.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranks 6th in nation for clean energy job creation
A new report says Arizona ranks sixth in the nation for creating jobs related to clean energy and transportation.   The study by the E2 Environmental Entrepreneur group and the Natural Resources Defense Council says Arizona ranked behind California, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois and Connecticut  in clean energy and transportation job growth in 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
Expanded shelter helps bridge gap for homeless women veterans
Nearly 2 million women in the U.S. are veterans, but many find themselves homeless after leaving the armed services. Now, homeless women veterans in the Valley have a new resource to help them get back on their feet.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill to make workers prove unemployment eligibility advances
A state Senate committee has passed a bill that would change the way workers apply for unemployment. The Arizona Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Energy, and Military approved the measure Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Advocates tout development along Valleys light rail line, hope for more
More than 14 million people rode the Valley’s light rail system last year. Valley Metro says that was more than a 6.5 percent increase over 2011. And, some advocates are hopeful numbers like those will lead to more housing, shops, restaurants and other development along the 20-mile line.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tracy Greer
Tracy Greer serves as KJZZ's Digital Media Editor. The position satisfies both her inner tech geek and her passion for journalism. She previously held a similar position for the North County Times in San Diego County, California.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona mayors propose sales tax simplification plan
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns has released a proposal to simplify the state sales tax system. And, that plan includes taking the most contentious issue off the table for now. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wildfire risk shifts through summer season
State forestry officials are gearing up for what they expect will be an 'average' wildfire season this summer. Fire Information Officer Carrie Dennett says though, wildfires in the West have increased in severity over the last few years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Touring infamous Phoenix with the Hip Historian
Marshall Shore, the "Hip Historian," gives tours on some of Phoenix's quirkier historic spots. Shore told Steve Goldstein about his latest tour, which focuses on locations related to the infamous accused murderess Winnie Ruth Judd.
Sept. 20, 2013
Holistic health care goes to school
For many uninsured families in Phoenix, getting sick raises a question with few good answers. Go to the doctor, and they’ll likely face bills they can’t pay. Wait it out, and they might end up in the emergency room.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife trying again to protect endangered cactuses
Two types of cactus may be getting special status in Arizona. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is once again asking for public input on its plans to protect the increasingly rare plants. The Acuna cactus (L) and Fickeisen plains cactus (R) could both get federal protection.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veterans services director fired amid controversy
The director of Arizona’s veterans’ services department is now out of a job. He was forced out Wednesday after hiring a female former state representative who then slammed women troops in combat.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio plans to expand armed school volunteer posse
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio now says he plans to expand his volunteer, armed school posse, as well as the controversial paintball training he is conducting at an abandoned Phoenix-area school.
Sept. 20, 2013
Paolo Soleri dies at 93
Italian architect Paolo Soleri has died at the age of 93. Paolo Soleri was a famed architect, most well-known around Phoenix for his design of Arcosanti, the experimental community.(Photo courtesy of Arcosanti) A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri was born in Turin, Italy, in 1919, but was most well-known in Arizona as the designer of the experimental community Arcosanti.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flagstaff public school employees to receive wage hike
Public school employees in Flagstaff are set to see pay increases. The Flagstaff Unified School District approved the raises earlier this week. The Arizona Daily Sun reports, it is the first significant pay increase for the district's 1,300 employees in five years.
Sept. 20, 2013

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