KJZZ News

The cost of rising student loan debt
College graduation is a huge milestone. It also starts a countdown -- six months until the first student loan payment is due. Americans owe close to $1 trillion in student loans right now. Last fall, student loan debt surpassed consumer credit like credit cards and car loans to become the country’s largest pool of debt.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona charity sends food and relief supplies to Oklahoma City tornado victims
An Arizona charity is sending bottled water and ready-to-eat meals to tornado victims in Oklahoma. The supplies were requested by officials in Oklahoma City. St. Mary's Food Bank of Arizona is donating supplies to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado that hit Monday.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Findings Released On Dual Language Learners
A paper released this month concludes there are strong benefits to dual language instruction for children who grow up speaking a language other than English at home. The number of kids entering school who grow up with two languages has grown by 40 percent in the last decade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation suit against Urban Outfitters on hold
The Navajo Nation’s case against Urban Outfitters is on hold while the parties work toward a settlement. The Nation sued Urban Outfitters in March of last year, saying the clothing company violated trademarks of the Navajo name.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man allegedly tries to open emergency exit door on in-flight airplane
An Arizona man is in federal custody after allegedly attempting to open the emergency exit door on an Alaska Airlines plane as it was landing in Portland, Ore. Some passengers and crew members restrained 23-year-old Alexander Herrera.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two men cooperating in Tucson cactus vandalism case
Officials with a Southern Arizona National Park say two men have come forward and are cooperating with an investigation into cactus vandalism there. Late last week, at least one saguaro cactus was knocked over and cut in half at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Oklahoma military jets ride out the storms at Tucsons Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Tucson’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is acting as a storm shelter to some military jets from Oklahoma. The planes were moved to Arizona because more violent weather is expected in Oklahoma’s “tornado alley.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pac-12 conference tries to limit football-related head injuries
The Pac-12 conference, which includes Arizona State and the University of Arizona, says it will be implementing new rules for football practices in an effort to cut down on injuries.The effort is primarily focused on limiting concussions and head trauma.
Sept. 20, 2013
Does Arizona have enough water to deal with drought and other challenges?
The Valley's rapid growth likely wouldn't have been possible without water from the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project. But the Southwest's ongoing drought has some concerned about whether Arizona will have enough water for the future.
Sept. 20, 2013
W.P. Carey School says real estate bubble unlikely
A new report from Arizona State University’s business school found the Valley is not likely to see another housing bubble in the near future. During the recent recession, Arizona was among the hardest-hit states in the nation, in large part due to massive investments in real estate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hot town--summer in the Valley
Summer won't officially arrive for another week, but the Valley is already facing excessive heat warnings.Meteorologist and Channel 12 storm chaser Matthew Pace said we will have our typically hot summer days, and he is predicting an average monsoon season of blowing dust and thunderstorms.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona preservationists update strategy to protect historic landmarks
The recent fight to save a Phoenix home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has sparked new interest in protecting Arizona’s historic buildings. The Buckhorn Baths Motel in Mesa. (Photo by Steve Shadley-KJZZ) This week in Mesa, preservationists, architects and city planners have gathered to identify culturally significant landmarks that need their attention.
Sept. 20, 2013
Voter group threatens to sue over new states new campaign finance law
A voter rights group said it will file a lawsuit challenging a campaign finance reform measure lawmakers approved in the final hours of the session.Under the new law, local candidates will see their contribution limit from private donors go up from $500 to $5,000, and statewide candidates would also get up to $5,000 compared to their current limit of $1,000.
Sept. 20, 2013
Environmental Protection Agency to review Apache power plants clean air plan
The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to review a clean air plan submitted by owners of the Apache Generating Station coal-fired power plant. The move is considered unusual for the EPA, because it may allow the plant to install less expensive technology than required by the federal government.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is a new musical revamping a historic tale. KJZZ theater critic, Robrt Pela has a review. A rock musical American history lesson that commences with the line, “Here’s the thing about the Indians!” then segues into a song whose refrain is, “Populism, yeah, yeah!” cannot be all bad, and in its brand-new, Ron May-directed Phoenix Theatre production, it is sublime.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medicaid Expansion may generate job growth in health sector
The newly-approved expansion of Arizona's Medicaid system will be good for the health sector of the state's economy, according to economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Economic Security. “I don’t know how the whole exchange process will be structured and what that means in terms of employment, but I certainly would expect some amount of growth in employment in this sector,” Murth said.
Sept. 20, 2013
High court strikes down federal marriage provision
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Fire contained, but not out
Fire officials now say they have fully contained the Doce Fire, burning northwest of Prescott. The blaze, which charred about 10-and-a-half-square acres of the Prescott National Forest, is not, however, completely out, according to fire spokesman Bill Morse.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressional bill would expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Four members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation this week introduced a bill that would expand the boundaries of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Pinal County. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Cordova.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon season appears to have arrived early
If you were thinking the monsoon arrived a bit early in the year, you are right. Weather experts said temperatures in the last two weeks seem to signal the approach of the season. Meteorologists say high temperatures, dry lighting storms and the muggy humidity are not uncommon when monsoon approaches.
Sept. 20, 2013

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