KJZZ News

911 Dispatchers Face Trauma, But Arent Considered First Responders
Recent efforts to reclassify 911 operators and dispatchers as first responders federally are stalled. Those who work in the Phoenix alarm room, like Maria Abeyta, may not see trauma like police officers and firefighters, but they hear it.
Dec. 30, 2019
Heres What Happened This Week In Arizona History: Dec.29-Jan. 4
This week in 1916, after a close election, Thomas E. Campbell and George W.P. Hunt both took oaths of office as governor of Arizona — after which Hunt refused to vacate the governor's office and Campbell opened a temporary office in his home. Read about more interesting — and sometimes unusual — events this week in Arizona history.
Dec. 29, 2019
Experts Predict Solid Stock Markets In 2020
Ask anyone with a 401(k) and they’ll likely agree — 2019 was a pretty good year for them. Every major market index increased by double digits from 2018. Experts like Bob Parker with Raymond James in Scottsdale says there’s no reason not to be optimistic about the markets in 2020.
Dec. 29, 2019
Lesko: Remain In Mexico Keeps Asylum Seekers From Flooding Borders
Republican Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko spoke out in defense of President Donald Trump’s "Remain In Mexico" policy for asylum seekers. In an appearance on "Cavuto Live" on Fox News on Saturday, Lesko said asylum seekers were abusing the system and needed to be controlled.
Dec. 29, 2019
Feds File To Dissolve Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat Ruling
Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona to dissolve a prior court ruling against forest activities that threaten habitat for the Mexican spotted owl. If a judge agrees, so-called “timber management activities” would be allowed to resume in five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
Dec. 29, 2019
‘Baby Shark’ Creators Release Navajo Version
Creators of the video “Baby Shark,” whose “doo doo doo” song has been a viral hit with toddlers around the world, have released a Navajo version of the tune. Pinkfong announced it unveiled the new version Sunday after holding singing auditions on the Navajo Nation.
Dec. 29, 2019
Headed To Northern Arizona To Play In The Snow? Read This
As soon as the snow starts falling in northern Arizona, visitors from the Phoenix area flock to Flagstaff for winter sports and snow play. If you’re planning to head up north to play in the snow this weekend, you’re not alone.
Dec. 27, 2019
Board Of Supervisors Votes To Uphold Assessor Petersens Suspension
The Maricopa Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to uphold its suspension of embattled County Assessor Paul Petersen, the man accused of operating an illegal adoption ring involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands.
Dec. 27, 2019
Women Say Prison Is Withholding Toilet Paper, Tampons
Three incarcerated women living in the same unit at the Perryville prison in Goodyear say the Arizona Department of Corrections is withholding toilet paper and feminine hygiene products. KJZZ is not identifying the women or their unit because they all expressed fear of retaliation for contacting the press.
Dec. 27, 2019
Some Parts Of Valley Report More Than 2 Inches Of Rain
Rainfall will be tapering across the Phoenix area on Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Some parts of Maricopa County saw significant amounts of rain.
Dec. 27, 2019
New S. Mountain Freeway Sees First Wrong-Way Driver
Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers stopped a wrong-way driver on the new South Mountain Freeway on Thursday morning — the first since the freeway opened less than a week ago.
Dec. 27, 2019
Mesa Library To Debut Storytime For Kids With Autism
Mesa’s Dobson Ranch Library is creating a brand new storytime for children with autism spectrum disorder. The library, which is now a certified autism center, will debut its new programming in the new year.
Dec. 27, 2019
KJZZ.orgs Top 5 Most-Viewed Stories Of 2019
The KJZZ News team has spent the past year reporting on breaking news, business, education, science, the border and more around Arizona. From Bedrock City to the South Mountain Freeway, here is a look back at the five most-viewed stories on KJZZ.org in 2019.
Dec. 27, 2019
Raquel Denis: Tiny Desert Concert
Raquel Denis is a practicing poet, writing about her life as an Afrolatina in Arizona and the experiences her community faces, and she is now about to put out her first EP as a musician.
Dec. 27, 2019
Study Explores How Humanity Will React To The Discovery Of Alien Life
In most media portrayals, such as "The Arrival" or "War of the Worlds," the moment earthlings realize we aren't alone in the universe is terrifying. But would humanity actually be terrified, or has most of Hollywood got it wrong?
Dec. 27, 2019
Journalist Records The First U.S. Town To Be Lost To Climate Change
Tangier Island is disappearing. The tiny community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay is likely to be the first town that will be entirely lost to climate change as water levels rise and the island turns to marsh.
Dec. 27, 2019
Science Fiction Story Collection Taps Into Modern Dystopian Anxiety
With worries surrounding climate change, artificial intelligence and unmanned aerial vehicles and drones, among other things, science fiction is a realm that easily taps into these fears and dystopian elements. What will our future look like? How long will the future be, with all of the potentially world-changing challenges?
Dec. 27, 2019
Using Buildings To Create
How can the buildings where we live and work contribute to a “cleaner” economy? A conference that focused on connecting companies and cities around this idea was held in California in October.
Dec. 27, 2019
More Parents Being Diagnosed With PTSD When Their Kids Face Cancer
When you think of post-traumatic stress disorder, war veterans might first come to mind. But there is growing recognition that it is something also suffered by parents whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
Dec. 27, 2019
Was 1999 The Best Year For Movies?
When it comes to a year that featured the top slate of American films, 1939 and 1969 are often mentioned. But a new book argues that 1999’s collection of flicks like "Election," "Office Space" and "The Matrix" puts that year in first place.
Dec. 27, 2019

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