KJZZ News

Father tells of exploring the Appalachian Trail with 8-year-old son
The Appalachian Trail --  2,184 miles of public pathway through the wilds of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Appalachians. The trail, envisioned by forester and conservationist Benton MacKaye as a refuge from life in the industrialized metropolis, was completed in 1937.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona nabs European software company
A European-based software development company has selected Arizona for its U.S. headquarters. The governor’s office announced the arrival of Stealth Software will bring 200 tech jobs to the state. PETER O’DOWD: The company’s European headquarters are split between Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Sept. 20, 2013
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
Arizona ranks 6th in nation for clean energy job creation
A new report says Arizona ranks sixth in the nation for creating jobs related to clean energy and transportation.   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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Expanded shelter helps bridge gap for homeless women veterans
Nearly 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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill to make workers prove unemployment eligibility advances
A state Senate committee has passed a bill that would change the way workers apply for unemployment. The Arizona Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Energy, and Military approved the measure Wednesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Advocates tout development along Valleys light rail line, hope for more
More than 14 million people rode the Valley’s light rail system last year. Valley Metro says that was more than a 6.5 percent increase over 2011. And, some advocates are hopeful numbers like those will lead to more housing, shops, restaurants and other development along the 20-mile line.
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

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