KJZZ News

Symphonys President Wants To Make Art Accessible To Everyone
The Phoenix Symphony is on the cusp of celebrating 75 years at the core of the Valley’s arts community. Like most if not all nonprofits, the symphony is looking to the future and trying to build the next generation of patrons and donors, while continuing to offer a growing variety of musical options. To that end, the Phoenix Symphony has a new president and CEO, Suzanne Wilson.
Jan. 31, 2020
All-Female ASU Comedy Show Aims For Laughs — And Empowerment
Bella Tindall wants to be a comedian. The recent Arizona State University graduated created “Funny for a Girl” while she was in school, acting, writing sketches and doing stand-up, among other things.
Jan. 31, 2020
Navajo Code Talker Dies Joe Vandever Dies At 96
One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died. Joe Vandever died Friday. He was 96. Joe Vandever enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps in Santa Fe in 1943. He served as a Code Talker during World War II in Guam, Okinawa, and the occupations of both Japan and China.
Jan. 31, 2020
Arizona On Short List For DLCC Spending
Many political observers expect Arizona to live up to a purple label it claimed in the 2018 election cycle. That’s one reason why the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has included the state on its short list of seven where it will spend money to flip the House and Senate to Democratic majorities.
Jan. 31, 2020
Bipartisan Push For Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Protections
State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to extend the state’s non-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identification. Existing law already prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin, and extends to employment, housing and public accommodations.
Jan. 31, 2020
The Takeaway: Politics With Amy Walter — Caucus Time
In the second installment of Politics with Amy Walter from Iowa, we contextualize the caucuses set to take place on Monday. Plus, a look at the role gun advocacy organizations will play come November 2020.
Jan. 31, 2020
The Friday NewsCap Jan. 31, 2020
KJZZ's Friday NewsCap revisits some of the biggest stories of the week. The Show discussed the week in news with former Corporation Commission Chair Kris Mayes and Marcus Dell’Artino of First Strategic.
Jan. 31, 2020
Dick Jacobs, ASUs Original Sun Devil Mascot, Dies At 91
The original Sparky is dead. Not the mascot itself, but the first person to put on the Sun Devil characectiture. His name is Dick Jacobs. He died Tuesday at the age of 91.
Jan. 31, 2020
Tempe Officer Won’t Be Charged In Fatal Shooting Of 14-Year-Old
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel says prosecutors wouldn't have likely won a conviction against Officer Joseph Jaen in January 2019 shooting of Antonio Arce in an alley in Tempe.
Jan. 31, 2020
ASU Coach Edwards Receives Salary Increase To $3.5M
The Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday voted to increase Herman Edwards’ annual salary to $3.5 million. According to the deal, his contract will also be extended until Dec. 31, 2024.
Jan. 31, 2020
KJZZ Explains: Impeachment — Trump And What’s Next
In December, the U.S. House of Representatives voted along party lines to impeach President Donald Trump. He’s not the first president to go through this. And he will likely serve out the remainder of his term anyway. But why? And has anyone ever been both impeached and removed from office?
Jan. 31, 2020
County Attorney Candidate Town Hall Features Discussion On Decarceration
Five Democratic candidates running for Maricopa County attorney took part in a town hall Thursday night in Mesa. The event was sponsored by the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix and the ACLU of Arizona.
Jan. 31, 2020
Tesla Announces Battery Day And Electric Semitruck Plan
Tesla is ramping up power production to put long-haul vehicles on the electric highway system by the end of the year. During the company's earnings call Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk announced plans to produce "limited volumes" of its electric semitruck in 2020 for long-haul trips.
Jan. 31, 2020
The Pulse: Hair And Our Health
Many African-American women use relaxers to straighten their hair. Reporter Micah Hazel never tried that, she always liked her hair natural. But in college she became obsessed with another hair attribute: length.
Jan. 31, 2020
Iowa Hopes To Increase Participation With Satellite Caucuses
This year, Iowa Democrats are allowing what they’re calling satellite caucuses. They’re places for people to go to participate that aren’t their regular neighborhood precincts — including snowbirds who spend their winters in Arizona.
Jan. 31, 2020
50 Female Inmates To Mens Prison
The Arizona Department of Corrections has moved 50 female inmates to a reopened unit at a men’s prison to deal with overcrowding at the Perryville women’s prison. A spokesman for Department of Corrections said the inmates were relocated to the recently reopened minimum custody Papago Unit at the Douglas prison this week.
Jan. 30, 2020
Phoenix Gets $1 Million To Get Rid Of 10 Garbage Trucks
The city of Phoenix is getting rid of some of its garbage trucks and earning a million dollars to do it. Mayor Kate Gallego announced the Cleaner Trucks initiative, a project partnered with the EPA to reduce pollutants in the air. Ten diesel garbage trucks in Phoenix are set to be permanently removed and replaced with ultra-low nitrogen oxide emission vehicles.
Jan. 30, 2020
CDC Confirms 1st Person-To-Person Transmission Of Novel Coronavirus In U.S.
The CDC has confirmed the first person-to-person transmission of novel coronavirus in the United States. The new case is in Illinois and is the spouse of a patient who recently traveled to China.
Jan. 30, 2020
Four Corners Drought Intensified By Climate Change
The Four Corners drought of 2017 and 2018 caused $3 billion in losses and led the Navajo Nation to issue an emergency drought declaration. Now, new research suggests a sizable portion of the drought’s impacts stemmed from human-induced climate change.
Jan. 30, 2020
Tough Love: How Susan Rice Sees Division In America
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice experienced the deep disagreements of the civil rights and Vietnam eras as a child — and up close working in the Clinton and Obama administrations. Rice has written about her life and career in the new book, "Tough Love."
Jan. 30, 2020

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