KJZZ News

Biggs, Lesko Vote Against Bipartisan Relief Package
The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a coronavirus relief package early Saturday that would offer free tests and increase paid sick leave for the public. President Donald Trump said he supported the bill, which now heads to the Senate, and said he would sign it as soon as possible. But 40 Republicans voted no on the bill — including two from Arizona.
March 14, 2020
Phoenix-Area Shoppers Brave Crowds, Long Lines
People are eschewing public gatherings, and employees are being sent home from offices, instructed to work from home. But people are still gathering in large numbers at Phoenix-area stores, with lines stretching out the door as they attempt to stock up on supplies, preparing to remain home with their families for an unknown amount of time.
March 14, 2020
Camelback Mountain Closed After Hiker Gets Trapped Under Boulder
The city of Phoenix has closed the hiking trails along Camelback Mountain until further notice after a hiker was trapped under a boulder. The Phoenix Fire Department rescued the out-of-town hiker, whose lower body became stuck under the 300-pound rock as he leaned against it to stabilize himself.
March 14, 2020
Ducey Signs Bill Allocating $55 Million To Health Services
The Arizona Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey fast-tracked an emergency measure Thursday allocating up to $55 million to the Arizona Department of Health Services to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
March 14, 2020
Great Wolf Lodge Temporarily Closes Arizona Resort
Less than six months after it opened, Arizona’s first indoor water park resort is temporarily closing. Starting Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m., the Great Wolf Lodge will close. It's part of the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District.
March 14, 2020
AZ School Employee Tests Presumptively Positive For The Coronavirus
Pima Unified School District in Graham County in southeastern Arizona said on Friday evening that an elementary school employee has presumptively tested positive for the coronavirus. An estimated 166 students are believed to have come in contact with her, said superintendent Sean Rickert.
March 14, 2020
Beauty Retailer Glossier Delays Phoenix Opening
Many businesses are being affected by the coronavirus and some — like those in the beauty industry — face unique challenges.
March 14, 2020
Phoenix Closes Senior Centers, Suspends Evictions From City-Owned Housing
The city of Phoenix is shutting down its senior centers, suspending city-sponsored public gatherings, and imposing a moratorium on evictions from city-owned public housing. Mayor Kate Gallego says there’s no estimate on when these services could be re-established.
March 13, 2020
This Week
This week's number: 250,000. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it at KJZZ.org.
March 13, 2020
Blood Banks Seeing Shortages As The Coronavirus Fears Increase
Fears over the coronavirus have led to a drop in blood donations, which is endangering those in need of transfusions. More than 100 blood drives and donor appointments have been canceled in recent days. The coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, and the risk of spreading the virus through blood is minimal.
March 13, 2020
Phoenix Mother Of 5 Worries School Closure Will Hurt Her Financially
The Alhambra Elementary School District announced Thursday afternoon that it’s closing all of its schools starting Monday until further notice in response to the global coronavirus outbreak. One Phoenix mother has two childcare choices: hire an expensive sitter or take time off work. She said both will hurt her finances.
March 13, 2020
Uproar Over Mailing Of Primary Ballots In Maricopa County
As polling places in nursing homes, senior centers, and schools close over coronavirus fears, the Maricopa County Recorders Office is sending mail-in ballots to all voters, regardless of whether or not they're on the early voting list. Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit and sought a temporary restraining order to keep the Recorder's Office from mailing out ballots.
March 13, 2020
How Coronavirus Could Affect Phoenix Spending On Police, Fire, Parks
The coronavirus outbreak and economic uncertainty is creating challenges for local governments as they plan their budgets. Going into the next fiscal year that starts July 1, Phoenix has a general fund surplus of about $28 million.
March 13, 2020
Artificial Intelligence Jobs Gaining Steam In Arizona
A new study from ZipRecruiter shows that just four states dominate the Artificial Intelligence industry right now: California, Washington, New York and Massachusetts. But the same study shows AI jobs are picking up steam in five other states — including right here in Arizona. For that perspective, The Show talked with Alexi Venneri, CEO of Digital Air Strike.
March 13, 2020
Cosanti Foundation Now Offering Tours Of Dome House
Picture this: A glass dome house in the desert. It’s an unlikely concept that came to life in 1949, born from the minds of Paolo Soleri and Mark Mills. In the years since, not many people have had the chance to tour it. But now, the Cosanti Foundation is partnering with Modern Phoenix to offer a few tours of the property, which has beguiled architects for decades.
March 13, 2020
UA Researcher Talks About Mini Moon Discovery
Last month, earthlings were introduced to a new neighbor — affectionately dubbed “mini-moon” — the unregistered object was detected by two researchers, including Kacper Wierzchos of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory’s Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson. Mini moon 2020 CD-3 has already drifted out of orbit. Wierzchos about the mini moon.
March 13, 2020
GCU Fires Mens Basketball Coach Dan Majerle
As pro sports leagues and the NCAA announced plans to suspend their seasons, the industry came to a rapid halt. That didn’t stop Grand Canyon University from making a personnel change, the firing of head men’s basketball coach Dan Majerle, former Phoenix Suns star. Brad Cesmat, CEO of Sports360 AZ and longtime Valley sportscaster, joined The Show to talk about the move.
March 13, 2020
What Does It Mean To Self-Quarantine, And How Are People Handling It?
As the coronavirus — and concerns about it — continue to spread, a number of people who may have been exposed to the virus have said they were going to self-quarantine. To talk through how people are handling this, The Show talked with Dr. Cecilia Rosales with the University of Arizona College of Public Health. She's also the associate dean for the Phoenix campus.
March 13, 2020
5 Soldiers Dance Performance Deals With Modern Warfare
Artists in every field usually believe they were born to do what they do — from writing to the visual arts to music. That certainly applies to dancer Rosie Kay, and she felt it in the strongest way when she was injured during a performance. Kay is in the Phoenix area for a Mesa Arts Center performance of her piece "5 Soldiers," which came about in part because of her injury and led to a dance about modern warfare.
March 13, 2020
Economist Discusses Impacts Coronavirus Could Have
Gov. Doug Ducey this week acknowledged the virus is having an effect on the economy but told reporters Arizona is in a better financial position to handle it than it has been in years. To talk more about the potential impact on the budget is economist Jim Rounds.
March 13, 2020

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