KJZZ News

Mormon church to build where student housing currently stands at ASU Polytechnic
Arizona State University has made a deal with the Mormon church to build an Institute of Religion on the Polytechnic Campus in East Mesa. It’ll require the demolition of 13 student family housing units.
Sept. 20, 2013
Text spam bill passes Arizona House committee
A bill that would ban companies from flooding cell phones users with spam-like text messages has passed an Arizona House committee.This bill is a form of the ‘do not call list’ for regular phones according to Rep.
Sept. 20, 2013
Actors Theater cancels remaining shows
A theater company that has operated in downtown Phoenix for 20 years has canceled the rest of its season. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the Actors Theater announced Tuesday it is leaving the Herberger Theater because of financial trouble.
Sept. 20, 2013
US-American merger long in the making, but far from done
After more than a year of speculation and negotiation, the merger between US Airways and American Airlines is official. The new airline will keep American’s name and be worth about $11 billion. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, the merger creates the largest carrier in the world.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tribe calls for criminal investigation into freeway development group
The Gila River Indian Tribal council called for an investigation yesterday into a group that wants to route a freeway through the Gila River Indian Reservation. The South Mountain freeway project has been 30 years in the making.
Sept. 20, 2013
Camels are part of Arizona history
We know there was a Civil War skirmish in Arizona 150 years ago, but there was also a camel troop in the state around the same time. For about 10 years, the Turf Paradise in Phoenix has hosted Camel races.
Sept. 20, 2013
Looming defense cuts have Arizona industry worried
Arizona’s aerospace and defense industry stands to lose big if lawmakers in Washington allow sequestration cuts to start at the end of this week. The state is the sixth-largest recipient of Defense department contracts in the country, and the federal government funneled about $13 billion to Arizona aerospace and defense companies in the state last year alone.
Sept. 20, 2013
No timetable yet for US 89 repairs
A large stretch of the US Route 89 south of Page remains closed a week after a landslide buckled the pavement.   A section of US 89 in northern Arizona collapsed Feb. 20. (Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Transportation) The Arizona Department of Transportation still has no timetable for when the road will re-open, and it will be a  couple more weeks before ADOT engineers finish surveying the ground under the roadway, which sunk about five feet into the ground.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation peaks interest of uranium mining companies, again
Uranium mining companies are showing renewed interest in the Navajo Nation. The Farmington Daily Times reports several companies have begged the Tribe for permission to once again mine the uranium-rich land it sits upon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill to outlaw synthetic drugs
A House bill to outlaw the latest dangerous drug compounds continues to sail through the Arizona Legislature, earning unanimous approval Monday from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill aimed at putting a dent into synthetic drug compounds by banning the 'backbone' chemicals, even if they're changed a little later.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranchers hoping for a good summer, despite ongoing drought
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Debate continues over $2 student fee
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix pension reform sails through
Phoenix voters have overwhelmingly supported a proposal to reform the city's pension system.   Early results after the polls closed Tuesday showed Proposition 201 passing by nearly 80 percent.  The proposal is expected to save the city nearly $600 million over the next 25 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
IRS: Software glitch could delay tax refunds
The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used tofile their tax returns. The delay affects people claiming education tax credits who filed returns between Feb.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gilbert salon owner loses fish pedicure suit
A state court ruled Monday that a Gilbert spa owner does not have the right to use fish as a pedicure treatment. But it might not be the end of the legal battle. Cindy Vong was blocked from using fish as an exfoliant at her nail salon in Gilbert, because the Arizona Board of Cosmetology said it was unsanitary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson pushes ahead with firearm ordinance
Tucson is looking to tighten gun regulations. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to draft an ordinance requiring residents to report a lost or stolen gun to the Tucson Police Department within 48 hours.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hickman approved to Board of Supervisors seat
A West Valley businessman has been appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Clint Hickman replaces former supervisor Max Wilson, who resigned due to health concerns. Clint Hickman takes the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors oath of office, administered by Clerk of the Board Fran McCarroll.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firebird International Raceway to close in April
Firebird International Raceway is preparing for its final event after 30 years in the Southeast Valley. Firebird International Raceway will close its doors Saturday after a grand finale event.(Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) The motorsports landmark shuts down at the end of March and more than two dozen jobs will be lost immediately afterward, said General Manager Franki Buckman.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways, American one step closer to merger
Tempe-based US Airways is one step closer to merging with American Airlines following a judge’s decision Wednesday. American has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since late 2011, so it needed a court’s approval before the deal could go forward.
Sept. 20, 2013
Diamondbacks sporting new look for Opening Day
The Arizona Diamondbacks open their season tonight at Chase Field against the St. Louis Cardinals. It will be a much different team that takes the field for Arizona, with two of the three starting outfielders, Chris Young and Justin Upton, having been traded.
Sept. 20, 2013

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