KJZZ News

Arizona legislature expected to vote this week on CPS money
State lawmakers appear to be fast-tracking measures that would give money to Child Protective Services, and the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
Conservationists buy land to expand Petrified Forest National Park
Two conservation groups this week bought more than 4,000 acres of land, with plans to sell it to the National Park Service. Badland exposures of the Triassic Chinle Formation. (Photo by Andrew Kearns, courtesy of the National Park Service.
Sept. 20, 2013
Education funding in Arizona
Performance funding for Arizona's K-12 schools is part of Governor Jan Brewer's proposed budget. Common Core standards are also on the verge of being implemented.Rebecca Gau, Director of the Governor's Office of Education Innovation, and Expect More Arizona President and CEO Pearl Chang Esau discuss the reforms and how much more funding Arizona's schools need.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Cactus League and the business of spring
The sound of construction on the Chicago Cubs’ new baseball spring training facility at the former Riverview Park in Mesa is music to the ears of some of the most enthusiastic of Cactus League fans. Tab Baker, who is overseeing the project for Hunt Construction, gave me a tour of the site last week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reports say US Airways, American Airlines boards set to vote for merger
Tempe-based US Airways and bankrupt American Airlines appear ready to merge. Bloomberg News reports the companies’ boards are expected approve the merger Wednesday, after lengthy negotiations. “I think a lot of employees and a lot of people who are suffering from merger battle fatigue think, ‘Oh my God, it’s done!’" said Holly Hegeman, founder of the airline industry magazine PlaneBusiness.
Sept. 20, 2013
Homebuilder survey shows nationwide confidence unchanged
Builder confidence in the national market for newly built, single-family homes was virtually unchanged in February. But as KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports, the Western region does seem to be making progress.
Sept. 20, 2013
State high court rules Arias eligible for death penalty
Jodi Arias’s effort to get a potential death sentence in her murder case set aside was rejected by the state’s highest court today. Arias has been charged with the June 2008 stabbing and shooting death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, at his home in Mesa.
Sept. 20, 2013
Discussion of sequester cuts continues between state leaders
Governor Jan Brewer was among several state leaders who met Monday with President Barack Obama to go over the pending sequester budget cuts, due to take effect Friday.  She says the president urged the governors to pressure their congressional delegations to avoid the cuts, but the Republican governor says she's not likely to do that.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro fare hike hits Friday
If you ride Valley Metro buses or the light rail, you better take some extra change starting March 1.   One-way tickets will cost 25 cents more. Valley Metro says the price hike is necessary to keep up with operational costs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona preservationists list most endangered historic places
A group of Arizona preservationists has unveiled its list of most endangered historic places in Arizona.MARK BRODIE: So, there are lists you want to be on, and lists you probably want to avoid. This morning, we’re gonna talk about one of the latter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson prison on lockdown after fight
More than 1,000 inmates at a state prison in Tucson remain on lockdown after a riot broke out Sunday. It’s the second fight involving prisoners at the prison within the past six months. State Corrections officials say the fight involved more than 400 inmates; 17 prisoners were injured and two prison staff members received minor wounds in the riot that involved Mexican-American, White and African-American prisoners.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kyl takes a new job in Washington
Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl has a new job. KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.The Arizona Republican is now a senior policy adviser for the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Covington & Burling.
Sept. 20, 2013
Voting continues in Phoenix on 3 issues
Voting continues Monday in Phoenix, ahead of the official Election Day tomorrow. Residents are able to cast their ballots at any of 27 voting centers across the city. There are three issues on the ballot – two related to changes to the city’s public pension system, and a proposal to allow private security to issue citations to riders of public transit in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chinese solar company bails out of Arizona
The Chinese solar company Suntech announced today its factory in Goodyear will shut down next month.Suntech had been making solar panels in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear for two years. But in that time the global price of solar panels had fallen by more than 60 percent, according to GTM Research analyst Shyam Mehta.
Sept. 20, 2013
Analysis shows impact of sales tax simplification unclear
A new analysis shows it’s unclear what kind of impact proposed changes to the state’s sales tax system would have on Arizona, and its cities. Those changes include charging contractors sales tax on their materials where they buy them, rather than a percentage of their project, and only allowing the state to conduct audits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Write Now makes kids critics
From the cast of “Glee” to the “Twilight” franchise, it seems there are more young characters in the media these days than ever.But how do you make these fictional youngsters actually connect with real-world kids? Write Now is a theater festival sponsored by Childsplay in Tempe and Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis that tries to answer that question.
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

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