KJZZ News

Tucson museum to open aquarium
A Tucson museum is opening its first major exhibit in ten years.The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will open the Warden Aquarium this Saturday. The 1,100 square foot exhibition is called “Rivers to the Sea”.
Sept. 20, 2013
Landmark lodge closes
After more than six decades, the Greer Lodge Resort and Cabins in eastern Arizona has gone out of business.The lodge's web page says that it's now closed and directed anyone with reservations to download a refund request form.
Sept. 20, 2013
Printmaking project pairs Native artists, ASU graduate students
Five Native American artists from across the country have spent the past week at ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts on a printmaking project with graduate students. Thursday night they debut the results of their work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Evangelicals push for immigration reform
Some national evangelical leaders have announced a new effort to persuade conservative Christians and lawmakers they should support federal immigration reform.The effort is called “I Was a Stranger.” The campaign asks churches to spend 40 days studying scripture related to immigration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale advertising on New York City subways
What do New York subway riders and Arizona golf courses have in common? Hopefully a lot, if the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors’ Bureau latest campaign works. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: New Yorkers on the 42nd Street subway will be looking at pictures of the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale spas and sunny golf courses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grandparent stipend bill approved by Arizona Senate committee
Grandparents who take in their grandkids would receive a monthly stipend, under a proposal given approval Wednesday by an Arizona Senate committee. The bill calls for a $75 monthly payment from the state Department of Economic Security, if the grandchild is placed in their grandparents’ home.
Sept. 20, 2013
Avalanche warning in Coconino County
Coconino County officials are alerting motorists and people in the back-country areas of possible avalanches in the San Francisco peaks through at least Tuesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
CPS to get emergency money
Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill that will provide more money for Child Protective Services. Lawmakers have also approved a measure to send money to Arizona’s Redistricting Commission. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Election bills making way through state legislature
A bill aimed at clearing up some of the confusion and speeding up vote counts after elections cleared its first hurdle in the state Senate Tuesday. Despite its intended goal, critics of the bill say it could make voting tougher for some.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge rules against AHCCCS co-pays for childless adults
A federal judge says Arizona’s Medicaid program should not be allowed to charge certain people co-pays for medical care. U.S. District Judge David Campbell found that federal officials should not have issued a waiver allowing the state’s AHCCCS plan to charge low-income childless adults a co-pay.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cell phone ban for teen drivers clears legislative panel
Teen drivers would not be allowed to use their cell phones, or other electronic devices after getting their licenses, under a proposal moving through the Arizona legislature. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scientology link in Phoenix charter school
At-risk students at the Career Success charter school district have been exposed to teaching methods that have ties to the Church of Scientology, according to former teachers and administrators.Those ex-employees said materials they were asked to use in the classroom crossed the line that separates religion and public schools.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona snowpack still below average, despite winter storm
Despite this week’s rain and snow, water experts say the state is still below average in terms of snowpack, which leads to spring run-off. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The mountains got several inches of snow, but Dino DeSimone says it wasn’t the heavy, wet kind, which leads to more water.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill seeking to restrict school isolation rooms wins preliminary approval
The Arizona House has taken the first steps toward restricting the use of isolation rooms, in public schools.  A bill by Representative Kelly Townsend, to require a parent's permission before putting a child in isolation, has won preliminary approval in the House.
Sept. 20, 2013
LDS church changes impact higher education in Utah, Arizona
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has lowered the age of missionaries. That has led Utah's legislature to propose a bill to modify how many out-of-state students are eligible to go to a Utah college or university.
Sept. 20, 2013
Las Vegas cab strike might impact your getaway
Visitors to Las Vegas this weekend may be taking a gamble outside the casinos. The drivers for one of the largest cab companies in Vegas have authorized a strike at midnight Sunday. If it happens more than 1,700 cabbies could be parking their cars.
Sept. 20, 2013
One-fifth of Arizonans struggle with food insecurity
The Food Research and Action Center reports that 21 percent of Arizonans say they lacked money to buy food at least once last year. That ranks Arizona 14th in the United States. FRAC President Jim Weill says the benefit levels of the SNAP, or food stamp program, aren’t high enough to enough to enable people to purchase enough food.
Sept. 20, 2013
Have You Thought About Retiring To Central America?
The lure of retiring in Central America has brought Americans in droves to tropical countries like Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Cheap living. Good food. Vibrant culture. Some Baby Boomers call it Pura Vida -- the Pure Life.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley housing prices up sharply in January
New numbers from ASU show an almost unheard of jump in Phoenix-area home prices. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Mike Orr, with ASU’s WP Carey School of Business, says an increase of more than 35 percent has only happened once before, and that was during a bubble.
Sept. 20, 2013
Department of Agriculture targets citrus-killing insect
Agriculture officials are trying to prevent an insect-borne disease from wiping out citrus in western Arizona. Adult Asian Citrus Psyllid (Photo by David Hall/USDA ARS) The Asian Citrus Psyllid is only about as big as the tip of a ballpoint pen, but it can do a lot of damage.
Sept. 20, 2013

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