KJZZ News

Job returns for Arizona-Mexico trade director
The state of Arizona is reinstating a position based in Hermosillo, Sonora, to promote cross-border trade. The new director of trade and investment will help Arizona companies build business in Mexico for the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Arizona Commerce Authority.
Sept. 20, 2013
Universities participate in flu pandemic drill Tuesday
Students from Arizona’s three universities will participate in a statewide flu pandemic exercise. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, Tuesday's drill will include up to 500 people.PETER O’DOWD: Students in health-related fields from universities in Tucson, Tempe, and Flagstaff will take part.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veterans: Help reporters cover the modern veterans experience
America is learning how to serve a new generation of veterans. More than 1.5 million people served in Afghanistan and Iraq and they are returning home to economic uncertainty, government bureaucracy, and a culture that doesn't always understand the experience of war.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Indian Veterans National Memorial at the Heard Museum
For more than three centuries, Native Americans have served and sacrificed to defend the United States. Wayne L. Mitchell, left, George Blue Spruce at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial. (Photo by Dennis Lambert - KJZZ)Those commitments have been honored at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, with the American Indian Veterans National Memorial.
Sept. 20, 2013
First Arizona medical marijuana dispensary opens
The first Arizona marijuana medical dispensary opened its door Thursday in Glendale. It legally began distributing marijuana to the dozens of people who waited in line for hours to have their prescriptions filled.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pledge drive suspended
KJZZ has suspended the End-Of-Year 2012 pledge drive to broadcast live coverage of the Connecticut school shootings. Special NPR news coverage will air until 2 p.m., followed by All Things Considered.The drawing for the Escape To Paris will still be held at 6 p.
Sept. 20, 2013
Young immigrants in Michigan follow Arizonas lead, file lawsuit
Three weeks after young immigrants in Arizona filed a class action lawsuit challenging Arizona's ban on driver's licenses for deferred action recipients, a group in Michigan has done the same. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block report.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tonto National Forest to look at sustainability of recreation sites
Officials with the Tonto National Forest will be holding public meetings over the next two months. They want to get input on possible changes to the forest’s 215 developed recreation sites.They acknowledge changes are likely coming.
Sept. 20, 2013
Space Needle for downtown Phoenix?
The downtowns of some major U.S. cities are known for having unique architecture and skyscrapers, but that isn't the case in Phoenix. One development company, Novawest, is exploring the possibility of changing that with a concept that's being compared to Seattle's Space Needle.
Sept. 20, 2013
New wild horse rules
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will implement new rules restricting the private sale of wild horses and burros.The rules are in response to an investigation of Colorado livestock hauler Tom Davis, who has bought more than 1,700 horses since 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
City of Tucson to pay railroad for water main break
The Tucson City Council has approved a $990,000 settlement to Union Pacific Railroad for water main break. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.The settlement resolves a lawsuit Union Pacific filed following the massive water main break in its rail yard over two years ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal tax filing delays also affect state taxes
The Arizona Department of Revenue is warning tax payers not to file their taxes until February. The delay is due to a federal tax change caused by the fiscal cliff debate from earlier this year. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: The state revenue department says it will not process electronic returns until after Jan.
Sept. 20, 2013
What Does Inauguration Day Mean To You?
President Barack Obama will begin his second term on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Presidential Inauguration. Some see it as a grand tradition, others see it as a waste of resources.We want to know what, if anything, Inauguration Day means to you.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona leads nation in high school dropout rate, despite improvement
Arizona has one of the lowest high school graduation rates and the highest drop out rate in the country. Those are some of the facts in a report released today by the U.S. Department of Education.  KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the graduation numbers are actually an improvement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona National Guard unit deploys to Afghanistan
Even as President Barack Obama and military officials plan for the end of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, tens of thousands of American servicemen and women are being deployed to that war zone. One hundred Arizona National Guardsmen will be the latest to head overseas.
Sept. 20, 2013
Office shooting suspect found dead
Mesa police have discovered a vehicle and body matching the description of a shooting suspect from Wednesday's deadly attack at an office building in Central Phoenix. A body resembling shooting suspect Arthur Douglas Harmon was found Thursday morning at Mesa Riverview shopping center.
Sept. 20, 2013
Italian company to build solar power plant near Maricopa
An Italian company that wants to build a huge new photovoltaic solar power plant outside Maricopa, Ariz., is holding a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the facility with its neighbors. (Map courtesy of BLM) Dennis Godfrey of the Bureau of Land Management says the 1,700-acre site, about 12 miles west of Maricopa and north of the Sonoran Desert National Monument, has been designated by the BLM as a Renewable Energy Development Area,“That land is/has low resource conflicts, meaning there’s not visual or cultural or wildlife characteristics that would preclude it as being used as a renewable energy site," Godfrey said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Fest starts on Sunday
Sunday marks the start of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with its Executive Director, Jerry Mittelman and Roberta Grossman, Producer and Director of one of the films showing in the festival: "Hava Nagila: The Movie.
Sept. 20, 2013
New federal websites help students make college decision
Arizona universities and colleges are among the thousands being evaluated by the White House. Today the federal government launched a website that will help future students and parents decide what college to attend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mergers of airlines, large and small, is nothing new
The announced merger of US Airways and American Airlines is the latest in a series of such moves over the last decade. There have been half a dozen mergers involving major air carriers and equal number involving smaller regional airlines.
Sept. 20, 2013

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