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.
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.
Mexico’s President has proposed major
telecommunications reforms that are supported by the nation’s three major
political parties.The changes
would create two new national television channels and form a powerful
independent regulatory commission along the lines of the Federal Communications
Commission in the United
Agriculture officials are trying to prevent
an insect-borne disease from wiping out citrus in western Arizona.
Adult Asian Citrus Psyllid (Photo by David Hall/USDA ARS)
The Asian Citrus Psyllid is only about as
big as the tip of a ballpoint pen, but it can do a lot of damage.
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.
Tucson bats are finding themselves homeless as
their natural habitats like caves and mines are disappearing due to urban
development. The bats tried moving into city dwellings, but now even the bats'
newfound homes are being threatened.
Governor Jan Brewer’s budget
proposal includes $2 million dollars in restored funding for Arizona State Parks,
but some advocates hope lawmakers don’t use the money for other programs.
Arizona’s 31 state parks have suffered cuts totaling
more than $80 million dollars in recent years and currently the state provides no
money for the parks from the general fund.
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that
records the stories from everyday people.
Fernanda Philbrick and Roberta Santos (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps)
The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked
at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
The state fund that holds and invests money from the
sale of Arizona
trust land has topped $4 billion for the first time ever. State Treasurer Doug
Ducey says the state's Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hit the $4 billion
mark at the end of February.
The Arizona Board of Regents is fighting
back against a lawsuit filed over the collection of student fees. The suit asks
that the Board's decision to force students to opt in to a $2 per semester fee for the Arizona Student's
Association be overturned.
History was made this week at the Phoenix
Herpetological Society when an alligator swam with a prosthetic tail for the first time. President of the society,
Russ Johnson says the tail will enable the gator to walk and swim like the rest
of his predatory kin, but it may take some time for the gator to adjust.
A state Senate Committee will again this week attempt
to vote on a bill putting more responsibility on people filing for jobless benefits. Representative Warren Petersen's
bill would require workers to submit documents, if the employer tells DES the worker quit or abandoned the
A small restaurant fire in Sky Harbor's
Terminal Four Sunday forced the evacuation of about 50 people from the food
court area. Phoenix Fire spokesman Tony Mure says they fought the blaze at Chelsea's Kitchen.
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.
The Arizona National Guard faces some deep spending cuts under the sequestration effort to limit the size of the federal budget.
The chief of
the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass said the sequester will be
devastating to the Department of Defense and the National Guard.
A new report says
Arizona ranks sixth in the nation for creating jobs related to clean energy and
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.
Last year, farmers and ranchers across the country grappled with a devastating drought. With the hot summer months closer than many of us care to admit, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports on how dry weather in Arizona affects crops and cattle.
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.
your gun is lost or stolen, do you have to tell police? In Tucson, the answer
will soon be yes if a city proposal gets the green light. But the idea has proved instantly controversial. Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik is behind the measure, which would
require gun owners to notify police within 48 hours of their weapon being lost
Pea sized hail from a strong early afternoon thunderstorm in the East Valley. (Photo by Carol Harvey - KJZZ)
Pea- and nickel-sized
hail pounded parts of the Valley Friday afternoon. The late-winter storm is also bringing snow to Northern
People like the Yazidis, Coptic Christians, and Assyrians, who have survived persecution over the centuries and are now threatened by ISIS, other Islamists or civil war. These ancient religions offer many clues about the past.