KJZZ News

Scam Asks People To Pay Utility Bills Over The Phone
Police in Mesa are investigating a scam they say appears to be spreading across Arizona. Detective Steve Berry explains it involves your electrical service. “They had received phone calls from an individual saying that they were behind on their bill and that if they didn’t go get a cash card of some sort and provide that number and information over the phone, that their utilities would be turned off,” Berry said.
Sept. 26, 2013
Allegiant Again Canceling Flights To Check MD-80s
Allegiant Air said it is still on schedule to finish inspecting the emergency slides in its fleet of MD-80 jets by the end of the month. The inspections have caused delays and cancellations for thousands of passengers.
Sept. 26, 2013
Interactive Website Identifies Arizona Natural Hazards
The Arizona Geological Survey and the state Division of Emergency Management are teaming up to give you a way to identify and deal with natural hazards. It’s an interactive website focusing on four hazards that are common to Arizona: earthquakes, earth fissures, floods and wildfires.
Sept. 26, 2013
Allegiant Airlines Grounds MD-80 Jets For Inspections
Arizona passengers scheduled to fly on Allegiant Airlines could experience flight delays or cancellations through the weekend. Allegiant has grounded most of its jets to inspect emergency exit slides.Allegiant stopped flying all 52 of its MD-80 airplanes after passengers were forced to evacuate a jet at the Las Vegas airport on Monday.
Sept. 26, 2013
Campaign Finance Law Comes With A Surprise
The election law changes that raised Arizona's campaign contribution limits are also providing candidates with an unwanted and apparently unintended surprise.  The surprise is a new requirement that candidates have separate campaign finance committees for the primary and general election elections, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.
Sept. 26, 2013
Budget Request May Enable Child Protective Services To Hire Nearly 400 More Workers
Staff and funding shortages at Arizona’s Child Protective Services have been troublesome for many years. The situation had become so stark that the most recent legislative session got started with an overwhelming vote in favor of emergency funding for CPS, but Clarence Carter, director of the state Department of Economic Security which oversees CPS, has made a significant budget request for the next fiscal year.
Sept. 26, 2013
Did You Know: Papago Park Was A Prisoner Of War Camp
The camp opened nearly 70 years ago and was located just north of where KJZZ Tempe studios are located today. The prisoner of war camp was one of 500 across the country. A newspaper article with pictures of the escaped POW fugitives courtesy of the Arizona Historical Society.
Sept. 26, 2013
Local Leaders Mixed On Bill To Defund Affordable Care Act
Republicans in the United States House of Representatives have expressed their disapproval of the Affordable Health Act by passing a short-term spending plan that would defund it. Leaders of the U.S. Senate have said the measure is dead on arrival there.
Sept. 26, 2013
The Impact Of Bank Layoffs In The Valley
Wells Fargo has let more than 500 employees go. Since August, JPMorgan Chase has dropped more than 750 jobs, most of those in Phoenix and Tempe.  Kristena Hansen of The Phoenix Business Journal has been reporting on the layoffs.
Sept. 26, 2013
Obama praises Intels massive investment
President Obama stood in front of one of the largest construction cranes in the world Wednesday and praised the high-tech manufacturer Intel for creating new jobs. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the president was in Arizona on a national tour promoting his vision for the economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Latino Gap: One students journey through English Immersion classes
Over the last fifteen years, California, Arizona, and Massachusetts have all replaced bilingual education with English Immersion. This was supposed to help close the achievement gap. But by most measures – it hasn’t.
Sept. 20, 2013
Route of Loop 202 extension affected by funding
Members of the Gila River Indian Community will vote Tuesday on whether to allow a new freeway to be built on tribal land.  The extension of Loop 202 around South Mountain was proposed more than 25 years ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jails in Yavapai County to begin scanning inmates irises
Yavapai County is rolling out some new technology to keep track of inmates. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is installing equipment to identify prisoners by scanning their irises. The technology will replace fingerprint identification at the Camp Verde and Prescott jails.
Sept. 20, 2013
Presumptive U of A President to be in Tucson
The likely next president of the University of Arizona will be in Tucson on Monday, to meet with members of the community. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Dr. Ann Weaver Hart will be in Tucson for about two and a half days.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate approves renewal process for public employee union dues
The state senate passed a bill that forces members of public employee union to annually request union dues be deducted from their paychecks. Supporters argue government shouldn’t be in the business of collecting union dues.
Sept. 20, 2013
Paul Babeu denies he made threats and declares homosexuality
Last week the Phoenix New Times released a story about Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu threatening his Hispanic ex-lover with deportation if he made their relationship public. Tim McGuire, the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School, talks about the media’s responsibilities when reporting on the personal lives of elected officials.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix mayor to visit Mexico
Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton is headed to Mexico this week. He and city manager David Cavazos are the only two American officials invited to speak to Mexico’s annual Conference of Municipalities. Stanton and Cavazos will speak about long-term planning and financial management at the city level.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Review of The Pillowman
Theater critic Robrt Pela reviews Desert Stages Theatre’s production of The Pillowman. Desert Stages Theatre’s artistic director Terry Helland is clearly mad. Onto the tiny black box stage of his Actor’s Café, he continues to wedge dark, offbeat plays that no doubt strike terror in the hearts of the mainstream theatergoers who turn up in droves for the more bland fare on the playhouse’s main stage.
Sept. 20, 2013

Pages