KJZZ News

Valley mayors call for reforming states education system
Several Valley mayors say they’re best suited to bring together lawmakers, community and education leaders to improve the state’s education system. Their first attempt is to create an education coalition made of mayors from across the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veteran Stories: Recovering from PTSD
It’s hard to know how many veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. We know that the number receiving government compensation for those conditions went up more than 200 percent in the last decade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Herb Paine: Lessons of the Elections
The law of diminishing returns states that there’s a point where the more you invest, the less you get.The 2012 elections proved that point pretty well. After spending nearly $6 billion in the presidential elections and millions in Arizona, what have we got? Continued gridlock.
Sept. 20, 2013
Appeals court says Open Meeting Law applies to Redistricting Commission
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that the body responsible for drawing legislative and congressional district maps has to follow the state’s open meeting laws, but that prosecutors cannot restart an investigation into whether that happened.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation schools host wind power turbines
Three new wind turbines spin outside the Leupp Schools on the Navajo Nation. On the roof are enough solar panels to generate 10 kilowatts of electricity to help power the school while stimulating classroom learning.
Sept. 20, 2013
Frank Lloyd Wright house in Arcadia spared
A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Phoenix that was slated for demolition has been saved. As Peter O’Dowd reports, an anonymous buyer purchased the home for an undisclosed price. The David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Optimistic outlook for 2013 real estate market
Analysts say the Valley’s housing market has turned around. Earlier this week, the Standard and Poor’s/Case-Shiller Index showed Phoenix home prices had risen faster than any of the other nineteen cities the index tracks.
Sept. 20, 2013
DUI suspected as man crashes into photo radar van
A man is in custody in Tucson after allegedly crashing his car into a parked photo radar van. KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.Tucson police say 25-year-old Matthew Jones is being held on suspicion of felony criminal damage and driving under the influence.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Airlines board to discuss merger
Members of American Airlines’ Board of Directors are meeting today…in part to discuss a possible merger with Tempe-based U.S. Airways.Directors of American Airlines' parent company aren’t expected to decide on a merger plan yet.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix airports boosting Valleys economy
An Arizona State University study shows three Phoenix airports are helping boost the Valley’s economy. The Economic Impact of the Phoenix Airport System report shows the total is in the billions of dollars.
Sept. 20, 2013
Art gallery to help conserve Arizonas forests
The Arizona Nature Conservancy has developed a new approach to restoring the state’s forests – an art gallery. The conservancy wants to start cutting trees effectively, and get the public involved in restoration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Jan Brewer releases budget proposal
Governor Jan Brewer’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes new money for Child Protective Services, Medicaid expansion and implementing new education standards. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reactions to Governor Jan Brewers proposed budget
Governor Jan Brewer's Budget Director John Arnold explains how the administration decided on its spending priorities in the $8.9 billion package. Ann-Eve Pedersen of the Arizona Education Parent Network gives details on why she thinks the budget doesn't provide nearly enough funding for K-12 education.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona legislature expected to vote this week on CPS money
State lawmakers appear to be fast-tracking measures that would give money to Child Protective Services, and the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
Sept. 20, 2013
Conservationists buy land to expand Petrified Forest National Park
Two conservation groups this week bought more than 4,000 acres of land, with plans to sell it to the National Park Service. Badland exposures of the Triassic Chinle Formation. (Photo by Andrew Kearns, courtesy of the National Park Service.
Sept. 20, 2013
Education funding in Arizona
Performance funding for Arizona's K-12 schools is part of Governor Jan Brewer's proposed budget. Common Core standards are also on the verge of being implemented.Rebecca Gau, Director of the Governor's Office of Education Innovation, and Expect More Arizona President and CEO Pearl Chang Esau discuss the reforms and how much more funding Arizona's schools need.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Cactus League and the business of spring
The sound of construction on the Chicago Cubs’ new baseball spring training facility at the former Riverview Park in Mesa is music to the ears of some of the most enthusiastic of Cactus League fans. Tab Baker, who is overseeing the project for Hunt Construction, gave me a tour of the site last week.
Sept. 20, 2013

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