KJZZ News

Tempe council sets limits on panhandling
The Tempe City Council wants to crack down on unwanted panhandling. The council decided Thursday on changes that could please downtown business owners but may upset others. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.City council members are trying to limit street begging  which has become a growing problem in popular areas such the Mill Avenue.
Sept. 20, 2013
Qualifications for service animals to be restricted
State lawmakers are moving to narrow the list of animals people can legally claim they need for assistance, and bring wherever they go. You might think only service dogs would be in this category, as they assist the blind with navigation, aid those with disabilities in retrieving medications and assist with balance and stability.
Sept. 20, 2013
New CPS workers will help, but not fix, overwhelming need
At the end of January, Governor Jan Brewer authorized emergency funding for 50 new Child Protective Services workers. The 31 new case workers and 19 support staff have been hired, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Safety, which oversees CPS.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona military bases brace for sequestration
Arizona’s military bases are preparing for the federal budget axe under sequestration. Officials at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale said they’ll significantly reduce flying that is not related to pilot training.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislative committee looking into synthetic drugs again
The Senate Judiciary Committee today takes up the latest measure to combat synthetic drugs, like bath salts. House Republican Eddie Farnsworth's bill is aimed at making the use of the latest compounds to mimic a marijuana-like high illegal.
Sept. 20, 2013
Death row inmate execution postponed, Phoenix Catholic clergy attend vigil
The execution of an Arizona man scheduled to be put to death Wednesday has been postponed. Late Tuesday night, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Arizona’s request to lift the Ninth Circuit Court order that blocked the execution.
Sept. 20, 2013
Voting continues in Phoenix on 3 issues
Voting continues Monday in Phoenix, ahead of the official Election Day tomorrow. Residents are able to cast their ballots at any of 27 voting centers across the city. There are three issues on the ballot – two related to changes to the city’s public pension system, and a proposal to allow private security to issue citations to riders of public transit in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chinese solar company bails out of Arizona
The Chinese solar company Suntech announced today its factory in Goodyear will shut down next month.Suntech had been making solar panels in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear for two years. But in that time the global price of solar panels had fallen by more than 60 percent, according to GTM Research analyst Shyam Mehta.
Sept. 20, 2013
Analysis shows impact of sales tax simplification unclear
A new analysis shows it’s unclear what kind of impact proposed changes to the state’s sales tax system would have on Arizona, and its cities. Those changes include charging contractors sales tax on their materials where they buy them, rather than a percentage of their project, and only allowing the state to conduct audits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Write Now makes kids critics
From the cast of “Glee” to the “Twilight” franchise, it seems there are more young characters in the media these days than ever.But how do you make these fictional youngsters actually connect with real-world kids? Write Now is a theater festival sponsored by Childsplay in Tempe and Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis that tries to answer that question.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jude Joffe-Block
KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Jude Joffe-Block caught the radio bug while assisting a radio reporter in Mexico, and has been happiest wearing headphones and pointing microphones ever since.Joffe-Block began serving KJZZ in October 2010 as a Fronteras: Changing America Senior Field Correspondent based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson hopes to cut down on bag litter
The Tucson City Council has passed an ordinance aimed at reducing the city’s reliance on plastic shopping bags. Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham is the plan’s sponsor. After hearing residents complain about plastic bag litter, he put together a working group.
Sept. 20, 2013
Budget cuts may shut down Goodyear airport control tower
The major tenant at the Goodyear Airport says shutting down the control tower, under the sequester budget cuts, could force it to go elsewhere to train pilots. Matthias Kippenberg of the Airline Training Center of Arizona, says dozens of planes perform takeoffs and landings there every day.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Attorney responds to criticism, addresses immigration reform
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery talked about federal efforts to approve comprehensive immigration reform and whether his office's identity theft prosecutions could affect whether some undocumented immigrants could become eligible to be on a path to U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire danger high in southeastern Arizona over holiday weekend
Southern Arizona forest officials said the wildfire danger is high, and they want people to be careful with campfires over the holiday weekend. Although the warm weather is only beginning to set in, the threat of wildfires is already a concern in southeastern Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
E. coli threat prompts recall of some frozen food in Arizona
A major producer of frozen foods is recalling products distributed in Arizona and several other states because of concerns about E. coli contamination. David McAtee of the Yavapai County Health Department says the voluntary recall involves Farm Rich Brand frozen meals and snacks, produced between Nov.
Sept. 20, 2013
Howard Gray School caters to needs of autistic students
Howard Gray School at Banner Mental Health Facility in Scottsdale (Photo by Steve Shadley - KJZZ) English teacher Dave Bachmann (Photo by Steve Shadley - KJZZ) Kids with autism don’t always do well in public schools.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain: China could stop North Korea
Senator John McCain says the saber-rattling coming out of North Korea could be a problem. McCain told interviewers on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, China could help stop North Korea. “China does hold the key to this problem,” McCain said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bureau of Land Management offers reward for arrests in archaeological vandalism
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is investigating the vandalism of an archaeological site just over the Arizona state line near Blythe, Calif. Some of the graffiti at an archaeological site.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU researchers develop tiny lasers to speed computing
Researchers at Arizona State University have worked for years developing a tiny laser invisible to the naked eye. See if you can spot the nanolaser at an ASU engineering lab. Hint: it's 1/100 the width of a human hair.
Sept. 20, 2013

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