KJZZ News

Bedbugs Found At U Of A Library
An infestation of bed bugs forced the closure of parts of the Main Library at the University of Arizona for a time late last week. The first dead bug was noticed by a library employee, in the downstairs computer lab area last Wednesday, according to UA Facilities Management.
Oct. 3, 2013
The Uninsured Begin Signing Up For Health Coverage
Arizonans are beginning to sign up for health insurance on the new federal and state websites. Tuesday was the first day people could purchase plans on the exchange created by the Obama administration and others applied for state Medicaid coverage.
Oct. 3, 2013
Gov. Brewer Seeks To Dismiss Medicaid Lawsuit
Gov. Jan Brewer and the director of Arizona’s Medicaid program have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s plan to expand its health care program for the poor. The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit last month on behalf of some state lawmakers and others.
Oct. 3, 2013
Did You Know: There Is An Aeolian-Skinner Organ At Gammage
If you have ever been to the fall convocation at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, you have been a witness to something unique. Not the event so much as the massive pipe organ that makes the ceremony come alive.
Oct. 3, 2013
Maricopa County Project Encourages Restaurants To Open In Unusual Commercial Spaces
Maricopa County launched a new project that will change the cookie-cutter look of restaurants. It is aimed at getting new restaurants into unusual and old commercial spaces. Maricopa County will grant six month trial permits to new restaurants opening in buildings not designed for eateries.
Oct. 3, 2013
Health Insurance Exchange Opens Oct. 1
Much to the chagrin of some congressional Republicans who have tried tying the continued funding of the federal government to the elimination of the Affordable Care Act, the ACA’s implementation continues moving forward.
Oct. 3, 2013
Federal Shutdown May Force Furloughs, Cuts At State Agencies
The continued federal government shutdown is starting to affect some of Arizona's state agencies. According to the current state budget, the Arizona Department of Transportation is set to get about $178 million from the U.
Oct. 3, 2013
The Valley Sees A Rising Number Of Electronic Cigarette Stores
An online search for electronic cigarette stores shows nearly 20 in the Phoenix area. Two of the many models of electronic cigarettes Vape Escapes sell. (Photo by Alexandra Olgin-KJZZ) Electronic cigarette businesses have been popping up all over the Valley.
Oct. 3, 2013
Reveal: VA’s Opiate Overload Feeds Veterans’ Addictions, Overdose Deaths
By Aaron GlantzThe Center for Investigative ReportingBefore dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon.
Oct. 3, 2013
Phoenix International Raceway Celebrates 50th Anniversary Next Year
Phoenix International Raceway has been part of the Valley sports scene since January 1964. Next year, the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Track President Bryan Sperber promises it will be a year to remember.
Oct. 3, 2013
City of Phoenix Receives Few Public Comments At Meetings On Food Tax
For as much rancor as Phoenix’s temporary food tax has generated, public hearings on the issue have not been well-attended. As of Wednesday afternoon, the city had received 14 public comments over the course of nine meetings.
Oct. 3, 2013
Arizona Board Of Regents Asks For Budget Increase For State Universities
The Arizona Board of Regents is asking for a nearly 15 percent hike in next year’s budget for the state’s three universities and the Board of Regents itself. The regents said the nearly $100 million increase does not make up for the massive cuts made by the legislature during the recession, but that budget may not make it through intact.
Oct. 3, 2013
Shutdown Would Boot Visitors From Grand Canyon
The federal government is just hours away from potentially shutting down, and that means national parks could be closing too. Visitors to the Grand Canyon could be affected if the federal government shutdown occurs.
Oct. 3, 2013
Brewer: Both Sides To Blame For Shutdown
As the shutdown of the federal government enters its second day, Gov. Jan Brewer says she and her staff are keeping the pressure on Washington to break the logjam. The governor says both sides are to blame and that there are several places where the shutdown is impacting Arizona.
Oct. 3, 2013
Farm Bill Expires Leaving Growers Uncertain About Future Crop Insurance Rates
Arizona farmers are upset with Congress for not approving an extension to the Farm Bill before the government shutdown. Some farmers are now worried about getting government loans for next year’s crops.
Oct. 3, 2013
Chinese Auctioneers Visit Phoenix For Training
China has often been accused of stealing information and technology from other countries, but now some Chinese entrepreneurs are blatantly “borrowing” from the United States. An Arizona firm is helping them learn more about the American auction industry.
Oct. 3, 2013
Some Services For Arizonans Not Available During Shutdown
The federal government shutdown has furloughed employees, forced some agency websites to go dark, and delayed funding for social services. The standoff is likely to hurt needy Arizonans. Many of Arizona’s 42,000 federal employees are considered essential and will still be showing up to work -- people like members of the military and border agents.
Oct. 3, 2013
Court Of Appeals Approves Public Education Funding Vouchers
Another court has given the green light for Arizona lawmakers to issue what amount to public education funding vouchers to parents to educate their kids at any private or parochial school they want. Parents of students with special needs and those in schools with a ‘D’ or lower rating, get what are called empowerment scholarships, amounting to 90 percent of state aid.
Oct. 3, 2013

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