“The truth is, we stop being normal people when we become police,” Officer Cristina Garcia said. “And for our family, that’s accompanied daily by anxiety: ‘Am I going to see my mom again?’ And for my granddaughters, ‘My nanita, will I see her again?’”
Part I: A Spike In Murders
Feb. 4, 2020
Hoffman: AZ Education System In State Of Emergency
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman gave her State of Education speech to lawmakers on Monday. And she said “our education system is in a state of emergency.” The problems, she stated to the House Education Committee, stem from 2,000 unfilled teaching positions, uncompetitive teacher pay, and a per pupil funding level that particularly hurts rural schools.
Feb. 3, 2020
Mexican Conservationists From Butterfly Sanctuary Found Dead
Two environmentalists protecting the Mexican sanctuary of the monarch butterfly were allegedly murdered last week. Activists and civil rights organizations are demanding answers and solutions from the Mexican government.
Feb. 3, 2020
San Tan Valley Neighborhood Most Active In U.S. For iBuyer Home Purchases
A new survey of homes sales finds a neighborhood in San Tan Valley to have the most homes sold via iBuying. The data, which measures sales from January through October 2019, shows iBuyers purchased more than 10% of the homes in eight neighborhoods across the country last year.
Feb. 3, 2020
Some Droughts Are ‘Perfect.’ Here’s Why
A "perfect drought" happens when major sources of water all experience drought at the same time. It was behind California’s dry spell early last decade, and a new study shows they go back centuries.
Feb. 3, 2020
Native Americans Can Now Apply For Faster Internet Service
As of Monday, some Native American tribes can apply to receive faster internet services. The Federal Communications Commission recently released a program for federally recognized tribes to apply for licenses that could improve or create internet service in rural areas.
Feb. 3, 2020
EX-AZ Mayoral Candidate, Sonoran Councilman Pleads Guilty To Drug Smuggling
A former Nogales, Arizona, mayoral candidate and Sonoran city councilman has pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges. He says he continues to work as a legislative adviser for a Sonoran state deputy.
Feb. 3, 2020
Ballot Initiative To Ban Title Loans Runs Out Of Cash
Backers of a bid to ask voters to outlaw title loans have quit amid the inability to raise the cash they need to get the initiative — and keep it — on the November ballot.
Feb. 3, 2020
Iowa Caucuses: Live Blog And Results
The Iowa caucuses are the first contest in the 2020 presidential race. Follow NPR's live blog for news and scenes from the field, as well as live results and streaming special coverage.
Iowa Satellite Caucus In Arizona
Feb. 3, 2020
Raytheon Picks Tucson For Headquarters Of Missiles Unit
Raytheon Company is completing its merger with United Technologies Corporation and has announced Tucson as its headquarters for the newly named Missiles & Defense division.
Feb. 3, 2020
Heres What Happened This Week In Arizona History: Feb. 2-8
This week in 1900, Charles Hayden, who established the famous Tempe flour mill and ferry, died. Here's a collection of more interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Feb. 3, 2020
Attention Young Latino Voters: We Want To Hear From You
KJZZ, The World and NPR member stations from across the United States are teaming up to tell the story of a fast-growing and important voting bloc: young Latinos. We are calling the project "Every 30 Seconds," because every 30 seconds, a Latino turns 18 in the U.S. and becomes eligible to vote.
Feb. 3, 2020
Coronavirus Risk Remains Low In Arizona
As airlines are suspending flights to mainland China due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, health officials have confirmed more than 14,000 cases worldwide. Doctors in Arizona though are urging residents to keep the outbreak in perspective.
Feb. 3, 2020
California Tribe Gives $5 Million For ASU Program, Building
A California-based Native American tribe has given Arizona State University $5 million to help renovate a historic downtown Los Angeles building used by the school and set up an endowment for an Indian law program. About half the gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will go toward the Herald Examiner Building.
Feb. 3, 2020
Proposed Bill Would Ban Out-Of-State Campaign Contributions
An Arizona state legislator is proposing a bill that would prohibit candidates from accepting contributions from out of state donors. But the director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission says it's very likely unconstitutional.
Feb. 3, 2020
Border Wall Legislation Stalls In Arizona Legislature
Legislation that would allow property owners who live along Arizona’s border with Mexico to erect border fences without a permit has stalled, after a Republican no-vote left the party’s caucus without a majority.
Feb. 3, 2020
Arizona U-MATTER Program Helping Opioid Population Avoid Jail
In little over one year, law enforcement in Pima County have managed to redirect more than 1,000 residents addicted to opioids. The program called Unified Medication Assisted Treatment Targeted Engagement Response U-MATTER also helps keep the addicted out of jail.
Feb. 3, 2020
WATCH: Senate Impeachment Trial — Week 3
The U.S. Senate has acquitted President Donald Trump of impeachment, ending only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country and tested civic norms. He was found not guilty of both articles of impeachment.
KJZZ Explains: Impeachment
Feb. 3, 2020
Waymo Contracts With UPS For Package Delivery
Phoenix will, yet again, be a testing ground for self-driving vehicles. This time, it's for UPS and its partnership with Waymo in a plan announced Wednesday.
Feb. 3, 2020
FEMA Proposes Changes To Flood Maps Around Maricopa County
The federal government has updated maps showing new areas at risk of flooding around Maricopa County. The Federal Emergency Management Area maps show around Scottsdale, Phoenix and unincorporated parts of Maricopa County may see changes in insurance rates because of increased flooding risk.
Feb. 3, 2020