KJZZ News

U.S. Supreme Court guts key part of Voting Rights Act
For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down an opinion that could have a big impact on elections in Arizona. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, the court’s conservative justices struck down a key part of landmark civil rights-era legislation.
Jun. 25, 2013
Urban legend busted: heat does not prevent planes from flying
Tomorrow marks the 23rd anniversary of the hottest day in Phoenix history. The high hit 122 on that day in 1990, and that caused a problem for air travelers. Sky Harbor spokeswoman Deborah Ostricher said it was not the heat that prevented the planes from taking off, despite what has turned into an urban legend.
Jun. 25, 2013
Goods stolen from train in eastern Arizona recovered in an abandoned U-Haul
Coconino County Sheriff's deputies have recovered a number of items that had been stolen from a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight train in eastern Arizona. Lieutenant Jim Coffey said the loot was recovered in an abandoned U-Haul truck at a motel parking lot in Williams.
Jun. 25, 2013
Northern Mexico fires could cause health problems in Cochise County
Cochise County health officials are warning that  fires in northern Mexico near Cananea could cause health problems. Three fires are burning about 15 miles south of the U.S. Mexico border, but strong winds could blow smoke into portions of Cochise County.
Jun. 25, 2013
Supreme Court
The Supreme Court’s decision to return a Texas affirmative action case to a lower court will not impact Arizonan schools. Arizonans will not be impacted. Arizona State University spokesman, Skip Derra said Arizona voters amended the state constitution in 2010 to end the use of affirmative action.
Jun. 24, 2013
Tucson Unified School District has a tight deadline to develop ethnic studies curriculum
The Tucson Unified School District is preparing to offer "culturally relevant courses" as required under a federal desegregation order, but ethnic studies supporters do not believe the district can get state approval to meet this fall’s deadline.
Jun. 24, 2013
Chickens that sparked Chandler controversy now missing
A flock of hens that ignited controversy over the city of Chandler’s backyard chicken ban has gone missing. Jellybean, seen above with Banjo the cat, is one of the 12 chickens that went missing late last week from the Papay household.
Jun. 24, 2013
New Program Schedule Begins July 2013
Here is a preview of the July 2013 program schedule-- with all of your new and old favorites.DATEMON-THU, BEGINS 7/1FRIDAYS, BEGIN 7/12SATURDAYS, BEGIN 7/13SUNDAYS BEGIN 7/143 a.m.Morning EditionMorning EditionBBC World ServiceBBC World Service4 a.
Jun. 24, 2013
Follow-up with a Doce Fire evacuee
Firefighters are starting to get a handle on the Doce Fire, burning west of Prescott. It’s reported to be about 50-percent contained and most of the homeowners who had been evacuated have been allowed to return home.
Jun. 24, 2013
Black bear found in Sierra Vista
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has captured and relocated a black bear found up a tree in Sierra Vista, Friday. Spokesman Mark Hart says the one-year-old male was darted with a tranquilizer, tagged and taken to a mountain range miles away.
Jun. 24, 2013
Second Reddington Pass Fire sparks stage two fire restrictions
For the second time in nine days, there's a fire burning near the community of Reddington, on the Coronado National Forest. Fire information officer Gerry Perry says crews responded to another human caused fire this weekend, and that it's important that stage two fire restrictions are in place in all of the National Forests.
Jun. 24, 2013
Despite increasing sales, retail jobs decrease
Arizona's retail trade appears to be on the decline.  Department of Economic Security economist Aruna Murthy says it seems like a paradox, that when sales are up, related jobs are down, but she thinks there are good reasons, “We are finding a lot of the stores we go into, they are either having automatic checkouts or they’re hiring fewer people,” Murthy said.
Jun. 24, 2013
Medicaid Expansion may generate job growth in health sector
The newly-approved expansion of Arizona's Medicaid system will be good for the health sector of the state's economy, according to economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Economic Security. “I don’t know how the whole exchange process will be structured and what that means in terms of employment, but I certainly would expect some amount of growth in employment in this sector,” Murth said.
Jun. 24, 2013
Arizona ranks second to last in child well-being
Arizona has slipped a spot in the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings on the well-being of children, dropping from 46th to 47th in the nation. Children's Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says she is most concerned about the fact that 67-percent of state kids are not enrolled in pre-school, ranking Arizona second to last.
Jun. 24, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Patricia Trausch and Patty Trausch
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.
Jun. 24, 2013
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approving new budget
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
Jun. 24, 2013
Wallenda tightrope walk over Arizona canyon benefits Navajo Nation
Nik Wallenda is scheduled to make the big walk across a northern Arizona canyon Sunday at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. The Florida daredevil will attempt to cross a portion of the Little Colorado River on a wire tightrope.
Jun. 23, 2013
Opponents of Medicaid expansion to start collecting signatures to refer to voters
Less than a week after Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Medicaid expansion plan into law, opponents are starting to collect signatures to put it on the ballot.They will start canvasing Saturday afternoon, and if they can collect 86,405 valid signatuers by September 11, the law will be put on hold, pending the November, 2014 election.
Jun. 22, 2013
Arpaio files appeal in racial profiling case
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is fighting back against a judge’s ruling that his agency engaged in racial profiling. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has long been accused of targeting Latino drivers.
Jun. 21, 2013
Prescott Bluegrass Festival still scheduled, despite Doce Fire
The Prescott Bluegrass Festival is still scheduled to begin Saturday. The Doce fire has not cancelled the event. Even though the fire continues to burn, the Chamber of Commerce said there is no smoke downtown, and all roads are still open.
Jun. 21, 2013

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