KJZZ News

Arizona 6th in U.S in education money coming from feds
Arizona gets more money for public schools from the federal government than all but six states. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show in 2009-2010, Arizona got just more than 18 percent of its money for elementary and secondary schools from the feds.
Sept. 20, 2013
A Battle for the Soul of Islam
Phoenix physician Dr Zuhdi Jasser talks about his book A Battle for the Soul of Islam, and explains the current struggle within Muslim communities with differing ideas. Jasser says there’s currently a battle of ideals between reformers and revivalists, the same sort of fight that led to the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
New tuberculosis medicine may be on the way
Roughly one-third of the world's population is estimated to be infected with the bacteria causing tuberculosis. As KJZZ's Lynn Kelly reports, a research division of Johnson & Johnson is seeking U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gill-destroying toxin kills thousands of fish
Wildlife officials say golden algae killed thousands of fish in a 20-mile stretch of the Salt River.  Golden algae were discovered in Texas in the 1980s; they were first found in Arizona in 2005. The algae produce a toxin that attacks the gills of fish and causes them to suffocate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Immigration lawyers advise DREAMers against haste, fraud
Under a new White House policy, immigrants brought here illegally as children can apply for deferred deportation and temporary work permits. But so-called DREAMers are being warned to proceed cautiously.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale rejects signatures to ask voters to overturn Coyotes deal
Glendale has rejected the signatures turned in by critics of the city’s deal with the prospective new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. They’d wanted to give city voters a chance to overturn the 20-year, $324 million lease agreement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Free swimming lessons aimed at preventing child drownings
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is joining with the Red Cross to prevent childhood drowning.  Nine children under the age of 12 have drowned in metro Phoenix since the first of the year, according to the Children's Safety Zone, which monitors statistics from police and fire officials in the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona?s medical marijuana program makes progress
Arizona Department of Health Services director Will Humble explains how conditions become eligible to be treated by medical marijuana and gives a rough timeline for the opening of dispensaries. Humble says that before an ailment is added to the list of conditions treated by medical marijuana he requires solid research to prove marijuana alleviates symptoms.
Sept. 20, 2013
Recall affects Trader Joes salads
There is a voluntary recall of a Trader Joe's salad blend due to a possible contamination of Listeria. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Lynn Kelly reports.The onions used in the Trader Joe's Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa & Wheatberry Salad are the issue.
Sept. 20, 2013
AIMS results show small improvements
The results are in for Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards, or AIMS test, and state education officials say there were gains in all subject areas. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: The state education department says 60 percent of Arizona students passed the science section - a six percent increase over last year.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZDHS to hold lottery for medical marijuana dispensary licenses
The Arizona Department of Health Services will hold a lottery this morning to determine which individuals or businesses will get dispensary licenses for medical marijuana.  KJZZ's Dennis Lambert spoke to DHS Director Will Humble about the dispensary licenses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Power plant changes could strain Navajo Nation budget
Navajo Nation officials say plans to shut down three units at the Four Corners power plant could strain the tribal budget. KJZZ's Al Macias reports.Tribal officials say they had been prepared for the coal-fired units to close in two years.
Sept. 20, 2013
How do you cope with the heat wave?
After a record-setting heat wave, temperatures in the Phoenix area will start to taper off. But we still wanted to see how people were handling the high temperatures.  The obligatory "proof of 115 degree temperature" photo taken Tuesday in Tempe.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kitt Peak Observatory could face funding cuts
Funding could be cut for three telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson. It could mean the loss of 70 jobs. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the recommendations are part of the long-term budget plans for National Science Foundation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mayo Clinic to spend $130 million on integrated cancer center
The Mayo Clinic plans to integrate its cancer treatment programs in Phoenix. The project will add on to a facility already under construction.  The Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Center is slated to open in 2016 and provide targeted radiation treatments.
Sept. 20, 2013
Health district starting to explore hospital funding
The first step towards replacing Maricopa County’s 40-year-old hospital was approved Wednesday. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports it could be a year before recommendations are ready on how to go about paying for a new hospital.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nearly half of Maricopa County votes early
Today may be election day, but many Maricopa County voters have already cast their ballot in the primary race. More than 45 percent of ballots are in from people who requested to vote early.The night before Election Day, the Maricopa County elections department had already received upwards of 344,000 early ballots.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain to address RNC on national security
Arizona Senator John McCain will address the Republican National Convention tonight, on the evening of his 76th birthday. Four years ago, Arizona’s senior senator was officially nominated as the GOP’s presidential candidate in Saint Paul, Minn.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds drop criminal probe against Arpaio
The U-S Department of Justice has dropped its criminal investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other high-ranking county officials.PETER O'DOWD: The Justice Department was investigating Arpaio for his role in failed public corruption cases against county officials who were at odds with him.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge: Arizona can enforce show your papers provision of SB 1070
A key part of Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB 1070, will soon take effect. A coalition of civil rights groups wanted the provision blocked, but a federal judge denied their request Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013

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