KJZZ News

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
Recognizing the importance of arts and culture in American society
Funding for non-profits arts organization has been difficult to come by, but Ben Cameron – inaugural Thought Leader in Residence for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust — argues that arts and culture must react to changing demographics.
Sept. 20, 2013
Regents to analyze tuition breaks for some undocumented immigrants
The Arizona Board of Regents expects to consider whether college students in the country illegally are eligible for in-state tuition. Arizona's three public universities. (Image courtesy Arizona Board of Regents) Friday afternoon, the presidents of ASU, NAU, and U of A released their tuition proposals for the upcoming school year.
Sept. 20, 2013
St. Patricks Day DUIs decrease from 2012
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says DUI numbers for the St. Patrick's Day holiday were down from last year with 273 people arrested, compared to 289, a year ago. Office Director Alberto Gutier says the numbers show the effort to combat drunk driving, is working.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Suns and Diamondbacks owner says the combination of sports and business in Phoenix is working
Jerry Colangelo brought the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks to the Valley and continues to be influential in the worlds of sports and business.Colangelo explains how Grand Canyon University's leap into Division One athletics--and the hiring of former NBA star Dan Majerle as its head men's basketball coach--will be a plus for the Valley sports scene.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: One out of six Arizona teens use tobacco products
New research from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids finds it's getting tougher to keep kids away from tobacco, and the Centers for Disease Control say more than one in six Arizona teens either smokes or chews tobacco products.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson mail to be directed through Phoenix sooner
Mail heading for Tucson will be processed in Phoenix starting this year.  The U.S. Postal Service originally planned on the change next year, but moved up the date, as part of a its plan to save money.
Sept. 20, 2013

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