KJZZ News

Valley public transportation ramps up for July 4
Public transportation in the East Valley is ramped up for the July 4 festivities. The light rail will operate on holiday hours for those celebrating July 4. (Photo courtesy of Valley Metro)  The light rail is operating on a holiday schedule, running every 20 minutes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Despite heat, thousands show up for Phoenix fireworks show
Spectators in the city of Phoenix saw 355 shells per minute explode in the night sky this Fourth of July. More than 75,000 residents watched the show at Steele Indian School Park, with thousands more lining nearby streets.
Sept. 20, 2013
Survey: Rural Residents Feel Ignored By Washington
A new poll shows a majority of the country’s rural residents feel they’re being ignored by the federal government.  The study comes in the wake of the second defeat in two years, of a Farm Bill, by the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Senator To Be Tribal Liaison
Late last month, the Obama Administration announced a new senior advisor position, the first-ever liaison to Native American tribes on environmental issues, and the man filling the position will be Arizona state Senator Jack Jackson Jr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Loop 303 Open Monday After Weekend Closures
Drivers in the West Valley will have some new freeway miles to explore starting Monday. It is part of making the Loop 303, a freeway. The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the Loop 303, southbound, for most of the weekend to prep three new freeway lanes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon In East Valley Damages Homes, School
A large thunderstorm in the East Valley last night has left the city of Ahwatukee, and the surrounding area, with quite a bit of damage. KJZZ Managing Editor Al Macias went to Desert Vista High School this morning to report on the storm’s aftermath, The scoreboard fell onto the track at Desert Vista High School.
Sept. 20, 2013
Are Processed Foods A Cause Of Obesity?
How often are you tempted to eat something that may not be very good for you? Many scientists, doctors and journalists have blamed process foods for the obesity epidemic in the U.S.  The current issue of The Atlantic explores whether ignoring Americans' taste for so-called junk food instead of fruits and vegetables is exacerbating food-related health problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dust Storm Season Also Means Noisy Cell Phones
It’s July, and that means the summer monsoon season is upon us. Dust storms of Biblical proportions may assault Phoenix the same way they always have, but what’s new is the way we hear about them. For some of us, those automatic smartphone warnings are getting downright annoying.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon Guide Struck By Lightning
Park rangers at the Grand Canyon are warning visitors to be on the alert for thunderstorms after a river guide was struck by lightning. Spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, says the guide had to be airlifted out of the canyon Sunday night.
Sept. 20, 2013
Thunderbird Graduate School Of International Management Beginning For-Profit Partnership
Another longtime Valley institution of higher learning, the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, is also going to undergo dramatic changes. Earlier this month, the Glendale-based school announced a partnership with for-profit Laureate Education Inc.
Sept. 20, 2013
High Schooler Creates Historic Playing Cards
Do you remember what kinds of activities you did in high school? We would be willing to bet they were not anything like what Alexandra Melikian has been doing. An example of some of the historic playing cards Alexandra created.
Sept. 20, 2013
Amazon To Hire Hundreds Of Workers In Phoenix Area
Online retailer Amazon is hiring a few hundred people for its operations in the Phoenix area. It is part of Amazon’s effort to create 5,000 new positions nationwide. Officials with Amazon say the new hires are needed to meet increasing customer demand.
Sept. 20, 2013
Investigation Continues In Bus Driver?s Responsibility For Rescue Efforts
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says it'll take several more days to decide whether a tour bus driver will be charged for trying to cross a flooded wash, Sunday, near Dolan Springs. Spokeswoman Trish Carter says the driver may be responsible for rescue efforts if it's found he ignored barriers or warning signs to cross the flooded area, but that it'll be up to the county attorney's office in the end.
Sept. 20, 2013
Red Cross Opens Shelter After Supai Village Evacuation
The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Peach Springs to help dozens of Havasupai men, women and children who had to be evacuated from Supai Village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  Flooding there knocked out their fresh drinking water and ruptured a sewage leak.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley School District To Expect 500 New Students
School starts this week for several Valley districts.The Phoenix Union High School District is looking at a spike in enrollment this year with as many as 500 new students. While some students may end up as no-shows once school starts, the influx may signal overcrowding.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State University Students May Live In Four-Star Hotel
More than 80 students may have to call a four-star hotel their “home” when classes start at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus August 22. For the first time, Taylor Place, the only dorm on campus, is overcrowded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Staff Changes And The Future Of Arizona Theatre Company
A few weeks ago, we talked with the longtime artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company, David Ira Goldstein, about his plans to retire from the company following two decades in charge. It was around that time The Arizona Republic reported the company was $1 million in the red.
Sept. 20, 2013
President Obama Expected To Sign Bill Lowering College Student Loan Rates
President Obama is scheduled to sign a bill Friday that will lower college student loan rates. After months of congressional wrangling and a missed deadline, loan rates doubled on July 1. The Senate and House approved a new bill just before the summer recess.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Reviews Proposal To Fine Store Owners For Abandoned Shopping Carts
The Tucson City Council is fed up with abandoned shopping carts, and it is reviewing a proposal to fine retailers who are repeat offenders.  Store owners would see the fines added to their city water bills each month.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Home Furniture Market Picking Up
The home furnishing industry is starting to pick up again as the nation’s housing market continues to improve. According to Furniture Today, an industry newspaper, sales are expected to increase more than 4 percent this year.
Sept. 20, 2013

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