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.
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.
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.
Tempe-based US Airways and bankrupt
American Airlines appear ready to merge. Bloomberg News reports the companies’
boards are expected approve the merger Wednesday, after lengthy negotiations. “I think a lot of
employees and a lot of people who are suffering from merger battle fatigue
think, ‘Oh my God, it’s done!’" said Holly Hegeman, founder of the airline industry magazine PlaneBusiness.
Builder confidence in the national market for newly built, single-family homes was virtually unchanged in February. But as KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports, the Western region does seem to be making progress.
Jodi Arias’s effort to get a potential
death sentence in her murder case set aside was rejected by the state’s highest
court today. Arias has been charged with the June 2008
stabbing and shooting death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, at his home in Mesa.
Jan Brewer was among several state leaders who met Monday with President Barack Obama to
go over the pending sequester budget cuts, due to take effect Friday. She says the president urged the governors to
pressure their congressional delegations to avoid the cuts, but the Republican
governor says she's not likely
to do that.
If you ride Valley Metro buses or the light rail, you better take some extra change starting March 1. One-way tickets will cost 25 cents more. Valley Metro says the price hike is necessary to keep up with operational costs.
A group of Arizona preservationists has unveiled its list of most endangered historic places in Arizona.MARK BRODIE: So, there are lists you want to be on, and lists you probably
want to avoid. This morning, we’re gonna talk about one of the latter.
More than 1,000 inmates
at a state prison in Tucson remain on lockdown after a riot broke out Sunday.
It’s the second fight involving prisoners at the prison within
the past six months.
Corrections officials say the fight involved more than 400 inmates; 17 prisoners were injured and two prison
staff members received minor wounds in the riot that involved Mexican-American,
White and African-American prisoners.
Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl has a new job. KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.The Arizona Republican is now a senior policy adviser for the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Covington & Burling.
Voting continues Monday in Phoenix, ahead of the official Election
Day tomorrow. Residents are able to cast their ballots at any of 27 voting
centers across the city. There are three issues on the ballot – two related to changes
to the city’s public pension system, and a proposal to allow private security
to issue citations to riders of public transit in Phoenix.
The Chinese solar company Suntech
announced today its factory in Goodyear will shut down next month.Suntech had
been making solar panels in the Phoenix
suburb of Goodyear for two years. But in that time the global price of solar panels had fallen by more than
60 percent, according to GTM Research analyst Shyam Mehta.
A new analysis shows it’s unclear what kind of impact proposed
changes to the state’s sales tax system would have on Arizona, and its cities. Those
changes include charging contractors sales tax on their materials where they
buy them, rather than a percentage of their project, and only allowing the state
to conduct audits.
From the cast of “Glee” to the “Twilight” franchise, it
seems there are more young characters in the media these days than ever.But
how do you make these fictional youngsters actually connect with real-world
kids? Write Now is a theater festival sponsored by Childsplay in Tempe and Indiana
Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis that tries to answer that question.
KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Jude Joffe-Block caught the radio bug while assisting a radio reporter in Mexico, and has been happiest wearing headphones and pointing microphones ever since.Joffe-Block began serving KJZZ in October 2010 as a Fronteras: Changing America Senior Field Correspondent based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Tucson City Council has passed an
ordinance aimed at reducing the city’s reliance on plastic shopping bags. Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham is the
plan’s sponsor. After hearing residents complain about plastic bag litter, he
put together a working group.
The major tenant at the Goodyear Airport
says shutting down the control tower, under the sequester budget cuts, could
force it to go elsewhere to train pilots. Matthias Kippenberg of the Airline
Training Center of Arizona, says dozens of planes perform takeoffs and landings
there every day.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery talked about federal efforts to approve comprehensive immigration reform and whether his office's identity theft prosecutions could affect whether some undocumented immigrants could become eligible to be on a path to U.
Pima County just rejected nearly $2 million in federal immigration funds, saying it allows local law enforcement to target immigrant communities. Why the county sheriff says that decision will hurt public safety.