KJZZ News

Garagiola retires from Diamondbacks booth
Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Garagiola will not be returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks this summer. At a press conference Wednesday, Garagiola said he's retiring. The 87-year-old says he's in good health, but ready to spend more time with his wife.
Sept. 20, 2013
Released latex balloons a threat to southern Arizona animals
The Univeristy of Arizona study found that helium balloons released in Tucson end up in the Saguaro National Park near Tucson. Sixty two latex balloons were found hanging on trees, melting on rocks, or scattered throughout a square kilometer in the Park’s Rincon unit east of Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Higley school district includes parents in safety talks
Two months after the Sandy Hook shooting, schools continue to look for ways to improve campus security. One East Valley school district organized a forum to get parents more involved.  One idea was rejected immediately.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona universities face growing pains
Arizona’s public universities are usually described as thriving and constantly growing. Arizona State University is the biggest in the nation by enrollment and fights off rivals to keep that rank. The University of Arizona in Tucson is in the fight too, aggressively wooing students to its campus.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pinal Countys new budget freezes spending
Pinal County Supervisors are negotiating a new budget, but funds are tight and spending for some departments will be frozen to make ends meet.  Pinal County’s spending plan for the next fiscal year starting in June is expected to reach $400 million -- that’s a slight increase over the last budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nonprofits battle for venture capital
A group of eight Arizona nonprofits will compete Tuesday in Tempe for up to $100,000 in venture capital.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: This is the third year that Social Venture Partners Arizona has held its Fast Pitch event, which gives nonprofit organizations, many of which focus on children, three minutes to explain why their mission is most deserving of investment money.
Sept. 20, 2013
Efforts Underway to Prevent Terrorist Attacks on Arizona Water Supply
Security at airports and other public places has been stepped up in Arizona to guard against terrorist attacks.  And now, officials are updating efforts to protect the state’s water supplies from sabotage or contamination by terrorist groups.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate committee looks to restrict eligibility for jobless benefits
A state Senate Committee will again this week attempt to vote on a bill putting more responsibility on people filing for jobless benefits. Representative Warren Petersen's bill would require workers to submit documents, if the employer tells DES the worker quit or abandoned the position.
Sept. 20, 2013
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Sept. 20, 2013
Local food finds niche at Sky Harbor
One of the busier airports in the country is throwing conventional food wisdom out the window. You can still get a McDonald’s Big Mac or a Starbucks' Frappucino at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, but the airport is in the midst of a major upgrade that will bring local restaurants into a space that is typically reserved for mega-corporate chains.
Sept. 20, 2013
Herb Paine: For Ourselves and Our Posterity
Good morning, Arizona! Where the coyotes run wild, spring training is full throttle, the chickens of past political decisions have come home to roost — and children are the collateral damage of a politics gone awry.
Sept. 20, 2013
M?nica Ortiz Uribe
Mónica Ortiz Uribe is a Senior Field Correspondent for KJZZ's Fronteras: the Changing America Desk in Las Cruces, NM.  Ortiz Uribe is a native of El Paso, TX, who worked as a freelance reporter for outlets such as NPR, Public Radio International and Radio Bilingue.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Barbara Sausen and Pat Sopper
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that records the stories from everyday people. Best friends Barbara Sausen and Pat Sopper (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps) The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Airways and American Airlines merger moves closer to actuality
A done deal. That's how Arizona Senator Jeff Flake describes the merger between Tempe-based US Airways and Texas-based American Airlines. Flake was asked if Phoenix will be hurt economically by the merger, but he did not think so.
Sept. 20, 2013
MCCC to raise tuition next year
Tuition is going up again at Maricopa County Community Colleges after the governing board approved a second tuition hike in three years. The decision, which came last night, will mean another $12.5 million in revenues for the district.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor to legislature: please slow down
The Speaker of the Arizona House Andy Tobin says lawmakers are on target for wrapping up their session, but he's willing to put on the brakes to give Governor Jan Brewer a break. “The governor has asked us to please slow down,” Tobin said.
Sept. 20, 2013

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