KJZZ News

Census Bureau changes term used to designate race
The Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys. The chief of the agency's racial statistics branch says months of public feedback and census research concluded that few black Americans still identify with that designation and view the term as offensive and outdated.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator McCain on Sunday mornings
Arizona Senator John McCain is on the Sunday morning talk shows almost every week. Roll Call says McCain has appeared more than any other senator or congressman so far in 2013.B. William Silcock, Associate Professor at ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism, explains why you're likely to see McCain on Sunday mornings and whether it makes him more influential in the Senate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Banking executive: investment planners expected D.C. stalemate
Financial markets have remained steady this week despite the threat of across the board budget cuts, known as sequestration. Thousands of government workers and civilian contract employees could lose their jobs over the next several months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona asks to execute death row inmate
The state of Arizona is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to execute a 70-year-old death row inmate for killing a Bisbee man more than three decades ago. A motion filed Sunday by the state Attorney General's Office asks the Supreme Court to lift a stay that the 9th U.
Sept. 20, 2013
How long is your commute?
A new study by the Census Bureau shows that nearly 80 percent of people who drive to work in this country drive alone. The survey also shows that more than 10 million people spend two hours a day getting to and from work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rollin on the river in the West Valley
This weekend marks the 10th annual Tres Rios Nature Festival. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Avondale's Christina Underhill and Darren Julian with the Arizona Game and Fish Department about the event. One of the three rivers part of the Tres Rios Nature Festival.
Sept. 20, 2013
Crossing Antarctica with Borge Ousland
Wondering what it might be like to travel across Antarctica by yourself? National Geographic Explorer Borge Ousland has done it.Ousland explains how he prepared — mentally and physically — for the trek.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASUs new mascot design sparks outrage
Arizona State University has changed the design of its longtime mascot, Sparky. Many fans are unhappy with the updated look.Steve Goldstein talks about the uproar with Tyler Lockman, who covers ASU football for FoxSportsArizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa Unified School District copes with $1 million shortfall
The Maricopa Unified School District has announced it may close a middle school to deal with $1 million budget shortfall.  The district has nine schools in the rural community south of Phoenix with more than 6,000 students.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate to vote on new special license plate for educators
Arizona already has 53 special license plates, but it may be getting another. Lawmakers are looking to create a so-called “extraordinary educators” special license plate to raise money for public school teachers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Signs (including the ones that say For Sale) are everywhere that the Valleys housing market is recovering
Housing prices in the Valley are up and foreclosures are down. How long will it be until the area sees a stable housing market?The Arizona Republic's Catherine Reagor, realtor John Wake and attorney Robert Nagle discuss what they're looking for in the recovering market and what buyers and sellers should be wary of.
Sept. 20, 2013
Surfwear company markets organic wetsuits made of rubber from Arizona shrub
Environmentally minded surfers who catch cold ocean waves are excited about a new wetsuit made from a plant that thrives in Arizona.   Guayule is grown at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Civil rights advisory board hears testimony on SB 1070
At a forum Tuesday evening, the Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board heard testimony from members of the public about the impact of Arizona's immigration law SB 1070. The advisory board is gathering information about the implementation law in order to make future recommendations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Peeps candy celebrates 60th anniversary this year
The popular candy Peeps is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The fluffy, yellow confection was originally an Easter candy but has become a cultural icon, evolving into different shapes and colors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Diving Lady returns to Mesa
 She took her first plunge sometime in the early 1960s. A storm in 2010 ended her career, but now Mesa’s "Diving Lady" is about to return. The "Diving Lady" lit up again Tuesday night in Mesa.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Urban Design Week kicks off Thursday
There has been no shortage of discussions about how Phoenix has grown and evolved, and how it’ll grow and evolve in the future. An event starting Thursday will continue those talks and look to present some new ideas, at the second annual Phoenix Urban Design Week.
Sept. 20, 2013
FAA to delay airport tower closures
The Federal Aviation Administration says it will delay the closures of towers at 149 airports across the country, including four in Arizona.Towers were supposed to have started closing Sunday night, but the FAA says it’ll now wait until June 15.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale man, family stung after bee removal attempt
A Glendale man learned about the hazards of trying to remove bees from his home without experience. He and members of his family and their pets were stung several times, according to Glendale Fire Department spokesman Michael Young.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Congressional delegation feels political pressure as vote on gun control nears
As Congress prepares to vote on some high-profile gun control measures, the media campaigns on both sides of the issue are making a last minute push to get their messages heard in Arizona.Political observers said Arizona is among a dozen states considered an important player in the future of national gun policy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kendra Szabo
Kendra Szabo joined the KJZZ news team in January 2013 to serve as a part-time Morning Edition producer.  Fueled by an intense passion for telling accurate and compelling stories through language and design, Szabo is currently pursuing a journalism degree at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Sept. 20, 2013

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