KJZZ News

Cactus thief sentenced
A Scottsdale man has been sentenced for stealing cacti from public lands in Arizona. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver this week sentenced 46-year-old Kenneth Brian Cobb to five years of supervised probation and eight months of weekend incarceration for the theft.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona one of last states to deny licenses to DACA immigrants
The number of states granting driver's licenses to young immigrants who qualify for an Obama administration program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is growing. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports Arizona is one of the last remaining states to deny licenses to these immigrants.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reports: US Airways, American Airlines to merge soon
One of the largest private employers in Arizona appears to close to a merger. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, US Airways and bankrupt American Airlines may be near a deal that’s been long in the making.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sheriffs Office internal report available -- for a hefty fee
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has released the findings of an internal investigation into hundreds of uninvestigated or mishandled sex crimes. If you want a copy of the report, it’ll cost you 50 cents a page.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grijalva, others oppose land exchange
There is another effort to exchange federal land for environmentally sensitive land in eastern Arizona. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake introduced a bill yesterday that would swap federal land with similar sized parcels owned by the Resolution Copper Company.
Sept. 20, 2013
Section of highway collapses near Page
U.S. 89 in northern Arizona has been closed until further notice due to a sizable section of the highway which has buckled and collapsed about 25 miles south of Page. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.
Sept. 20, 2013
Is it their year? Cubs, 14 other teams kick off spring training in the Valley
Spring training baseball is underway. In Florida and Arizona, teams are taking the field to show fans and foes what they've got. Each team has loyal followers, but arguably the most diehard root for the team from the north side of Chicago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Changes to remedial education aim to keep students on track and in school
Teaching Arizona’s students is a challenge at every grade level, but perhaps especially so in the nation’s largest community college system. Of recent high school graduates coming into the Maricopa Community Colleges, 40 percent can’t read at a college level, and 30 percent can’t write at a college level.
Sept. 20, 2013
The joys of riding South Mountain
It’s only five miles from downtown Phoenix, but South Mountain Park is another world. It’s the largest city park in the country, with acres of saguaros, hiking trails and wide-open spaces. This time of year, it’s an antidote to city life.
Sept. 20, 2013
The story behind StoryCorps
For more than a decade, the public radio project StoryCorps has been inviting America to sit down and chat. Lisa Polito, left, and Leslee Dean are traveling with StoryCorps -- which is parked at Phoenix Art Museum through March 23.
Sept. 20, 2013
Resolution to establish Arizona sovereignty passed through Senate
The Arizona Senate has given its approval to a resolution allowing the state to challenge federal government orders.  It would allow the state to reject orders from Washington it believes are unconstitutional.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man arrested after two bodies found buried in Phoenix backyard
A Phoenix man faces two murder charges after the discovery of human remains in a backyard. Landscapers found the bodies buried in a wooden box at a house that used to belong to Alan Champagne’s mother.
Sept. 20, 2013
Alligator swims with prosthetic tail
History was made this week at the Phoenix Herpetological Society when an alligator swam with a prosthetic tail for the first time. President of the society, Russ Johnson says the tail will enable the gator to walk and swim like the rest of his predatory kin, but it may take some time for the gator to adjust.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marking 50 years since the arrest of Ernesto Miranda
Today marks 50 years since the arrest of Ernesto Miranda, the Mesa man whose name became synonymous with the rights of criminal suspects.From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports on the lasting impact of the Supreme Court case that bears Miranda’s name.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson faces $15 million budget shortfall
Tucson may follow in the steps of Phoenix voters who approved city pension reforms last week. Tucson’s vice-mayor says the city is facing a $15 million budget gap caused by escalating retirement benefits.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale Police Commander accepts Casa Grande police chief job
 A Scottsdale Police Commander has accepted a job as police chief in Casa Grande.  KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.Casa Grande’s deputy City Manager, Larry Raines says Johnny Cervantes will replace Chief Bob Huddleston, who is retiring March 31.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU responds to Sparky backlash
It seemed like a good idea three weeks ago. That’s when ASU rolled out the new and improved version of its iconic mascot, Sparky the Sun Devil. But the university announced Monday it's already planning to change the new version.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT proposes alternative to damaged U.S.89
The state Transportation Department says it has come up with a temporary solution for drivers heading to Page and Lake Powell. The move was necessitated by a landslide last month on part of Route 89, which caused the roadway to buckle.
Sept. 20, 2013
SCOTUS decision on gay marriage could impact Arizona domestic benefits ruling
Arizona officials will be watching closely as the U.S. Supreme Court considers gay marriage today. The outcome of the case could impact a lawsuit over benefits for domestic partners for gay state and university employees.
Sept. 20, 2013
Child custody hearing bill headed to governor
A bill to require courts to hold initial hearings in custody cases sooner will go to the governor, after winning the approval of the state House of Representatives Wednesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
Sept. 20, 2013

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