KJZZ News

Don’t ignore your jury summons. That is that mantra behind the county’s new rules, which will force potential jurors who fail to respond to explain why in court. More than half of Maricopa County residents who receive jury summons fail to respond.
July 16, 2013
Ahwatukee residents and officials are dealing with the damage of Monday night's storm Tuesday. Six of the 12 schools of the Kyrene School District in the town were hit by the storm. Storm damage in an Ahwatukee neighborhood.
July 16, 2013
A series of strong rain storms has prompted officials to lift fire restrictions in five Arizona National Forests, but the active monsoon season does not mean the fire danger is completely over. Fire restrictions will be lifted Wednesday in the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forests in central and northern Arizona, and restrictions will be lifted on Friday in the Coronado National forest in the southeastern part of the state.
July 16, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service is getting more volunteer help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of wilderness, in Arizona.  Another 30 volunteers were trained over the weekend, for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition’s stewardship program.
July 16, 2013
Arizona gets a good grade in a new report on how well states teach financial literacy to high school students. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College gives Arizona a "B" for its efforts.
July 16, 2013
Attorneys for those in the Deferred Action Program are back in court, in an effort to force Arizona to grant their clients driver's licenses. The licenses have been denied by Governor Brewer under a state law that says people have to prove they're authorized to be in the country to get a license.
July 16, 2013
A monsoon storm in the East Valley last night damaged some homes and schools in the area and resulted in significant power outages. SRP Spokesman Scott Harelson says the outages from the storm were above average for a typical Arizona monsoon storm.
July 16, 2013
A large thunderstorm in the East Valley last night has left the city of Ahwatukee, and the surrounding area, with quite a bit of damage. KJZZ Managing Editor Al Macias went to Desert Vista High School this morning to report on the storm’s aftermath, The scoreboard fell onto the track at Desert Vista High School.
July 16, 2013
The mayor of Nogales, Ariz. is criticizing a proposal to increase border security by topping the border fence with razor-wire. Arturo Garino thinks a better idea would be to shift Border Patrol agents from checkpoints in the interior of the state, to the border.
July 16, 2013
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says a third accused looter is under arrest for stealing items from homes that were evacuated as a result of the Yarnell hill fire. Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says 22-year-old Thomas Adams was found with a gun taken from a Yarnell home.
July 16, 2013
It happened again on Interstate 17 this past weekend. An accident snarled southbound traffic Sunday afternoon leaving homebound travelers stuck in a massive jam, and geography makes the problem worse. This time the accident was near Black Canyon City.
July 16, 2013
Low-income families who want to eat healthy are now able to use food assistance debit cards at local farmers' markets. The state is using federal funds to install wireless card readers at some outdoor produce stands.
July 15, 2013
Construction has been completed on a new federal courthouse in downtown Yuma. The building is named after the judge who was killed in the Tucson shooting rampage. A grand opening ceremony for the John M.
July 15, 2013
Air quality in Pinal County has improved enough recently to meet federal standards. For four consecutive years, the region has failed to meet regulations for soot and dust particles set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
July 15, 2013
The State Senate’s Minority Leader has made her pick to fill an open seat on the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. Steven Titla will be the first Native American to serve in that role.Two commissioners stepped down around the first of this year.
July 15, 2013
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.
July 15, 2013
Drivers in the West Valley will have some new freeway miles to explore starting Monday. It is part of making the Loop 303, a freeway. The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the Loop 303, southbound, for most of the weekend to prep three new freeway lanes.
July 15, 2013
Wildfires continue to burn around the state, but there is another problem in the Phoenix area that has local health officials and some politicians worried. Farmer Ken Singh loads mulch into a dump truck for a delivery to Arizona State University.
July 15, 2013
KJZZ will air the 500th episode of This American Life at 2 p.m. Saturday. To mark the occasion, host Ira Glass created a list of his favorite epidodes.   Ira Glass hosts the 500th episode of This American Life.
July 13, 2013
The long standing controversy over cultural studies at the Tucson Unified School District continues. The district is under a federal court order to come up with a new ethnic studies curriculum after it ended its Mexican American Studies program, but now state authorities have complaints.
July 12, 2013

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