KJZZ News

Waymo Contracts With UPS For Package Delivery
Phoenix will, yet again, be a testing ground for self-driving vehicles. This time, it's for UPS and its partnership with Waymo in a plan announced Wednesday.
Feb. 3, 2020
FEMA Proposes Changes To Flood Maps Around Maricopa County
The federal government has updated maps showing new areas at risk of flooding around Maricopa County. The Federal Emergency Management Area maps show around Scottsdale, Phoenix and unincorporated parts of Maricopa County may see changes in insurance rates because of increased flooding risk.
Feb. 3, 2020
Rising Violence: Sonora, Mexico, Contends With Jump In Murder
High-profile acts of violence in Sonora, Mexico, have been big news on both sides of the border in recent months. But murder has been on the rise in the state for a number of years, with most victims quickly vanishing from the headlines. KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk in Hermosillo reports on the homicide surge in Sonora — and what is being done about it.
Feb. 3, 2020
Can Other Cities Learn From Tempe’s Housing Plan?
When Tempe City Council members approved an affordable housing strategy last year it included three priorities.
Feb. 3, 2020
Study Shows Acoustic Communication Evolved Independently In Land Vertebrate Groups
Animals use acoustic signals to recognize one another, select mates and define territory. But when, how and why did this ability evolve? A new study offers some answers.
Feb. 3, 2020
Phoenix Could Extend Electric Scooter Pilot Program
When Phoenix launched its e-scooter pilot program last September, it required vendors enforce geofencing technology. That prohibits riders from going outside the program’s boundaries — Seventh Street to Seventh Avenue from Buckeye to McDowell Roads.
Feb. 3, 2020
Bill Would Require Efficient Toilets And Faucets In Arizona
A bill with bipartisan sponsorship in the Arizona Legislature would require new toilets, shower heads and faucets to use less water. That would include any plumbing fixture that hardware stores or big box retailers like Home Depot would purchase or sell.
Feb. 3, 2020
Bloomberg Holds His Largest Campaign Rally Ever
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg held a rally in Phoenix on Saturday. It was Bloomberg's first visit to Arizona as a presidential candidate. Though the crowd lacked the energy of a Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders rally, the more than 1,500 attendees made it the largest campaign event Bloomberg has hosted since announcing his campaign in November 2019.
Feb. 2, 2020
Yavapai Supervisors Plan Vote On Gun Rights Measure
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors plans to vote Wednesday on whether to designate the county as a Second Amendment sanctuary. According to the Prescott Daily Courier, the board has heard testimony from dozens of people on both the pros and cons of the proposal.
Feb. 2, 2020
Cold Weather Headed To The Phoenix Area This Week
The nice weather is on its way out as a cold front moves in to the Phoenix area. National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Daniel says to expect much colder temperatures across the state early this week, starting Sunday.
Feb. 2, 2020
U.S. Senate Votes Not To Allow Additional Witness Testimony In Impeachment Trial
The U.S. Senate on Friday voted 51 to 49 not to allow additional witness testimony in the impeachment trial of President Trump.
Jan. 31, 2020
Brnovich Asks For Stay Of Ballot Collection Decision
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put a stay on a lower court decision striking down a state election law banning third parties from collecting ballots for people. He intends to eventually appeal the ruling, but wants the justices to stop any immediate change.
Jan. 31, 2020
What We Know – And Don’t Know – About The 2019 Novel Coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported six cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus, including one in Arizona. Recently, it confirmed the first person-to-person transmission in the U.S., even as global cases climb toward 10,000. Here’s what we do – and don't – know.
Jan. 31, 2020
Send Your AZ Poem For National Haiku Writing Month
February is National Haiku Writing Month — and The Show wants your haiku! Your haiku may be read on air or featured on the Word podcast. We’ll randomly choose one poet on The Show on Feb. 28, 2020, who will receive a KJZZ prize.
Jan. 31, 2020
TGen Encourages Students To Get Into The Lab
There has been an increased emphasis in recent years on the so-called STEM subjects in schools. Phoenix-based TGen is also looking to help students interested in the sciences, with a pair of programs aimed at getting them into the lab
Jan. 31, 2020
Lawmaker Proposes $5 Million To Shelter Homeless Seniors
State Sen. David Livingston has introduced a bill seeking emergency funding to house homeless seniors. I spoke with the senator earlier and started by asking him how we got here and when he became aware of the problem.
Jan. 31, 2020
Symphonys President Wants To Make Art Accessible To Everyone
The Phoenix Symphony is on the cusp of celebrating 75 years at the core of the Valley’s arts community. Like most if not all nonprofits, the symphony is looking to the future and trying to build the next generation of patrons and donors, while continuing to offer a growing variety of musical options. To that end, the Phoenix Symphony has a new president and CEO, Suzanne Wilson.
Jan. 31, 2020
All-Female ASU Comedy Show Aims For Laughs — And Empowerment
Bella Tindall wants to be a comedian. The recent Arizona State University graduated created “Funny for a Girl” while she was in school, acting, writing sketches and doing stand-up, among other things.
Jan. 31, 2020
Navajo Code Talker Dies Joe Vandever Dies At 96
One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died. Joe Vandever died Friday. He was 96. Joe Vandever enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps in Santa Fe in 1943. He served as a Code Talker during World War II in Guam, Okinawa, and the occupations of both Japan and China.
Jan. 31, 2020
Arizona On Short List For DLCC Spending
Many political observers expect Arizona to live up to a purple label it claimed in the 2018 election cycle. That’s one reason why the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has included the state on its short list of seven where it will spend money to flip the House and Senate to Democratic majorities.
Jan. 31, 2020

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