KJZZ News

What do Arizonans want?
The Center for the Future of Arizona has released a follow-up to it's 2009 report, called "The Arizona We Want 2.0." KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Lattie Coor about the updated version.
Sept. 20, 2013
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
Arizona ranchers hoping for a good summer, despite ongoing drought
Last year, farmers and ranchers across the country grappled with a devastating drought. With the hot summer months closer than many of us care to admit, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports on how dry weather in Arizona affects crops and cattle.
Sept. 20, 2013
Debate continues over $2 student fee
The Arizona Board of Regents is fighting back against a lawsuit filed over the collection of student fees. The suit asks that the Board's decision to force students to opt in to a $2 per semester fee for the Arizona Student's Association be overturned.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix pension reform sails through
Phoenix voters have overwhelmingly supported a proposal to reform the city's pension system.   Early results after the polls closed Tuesday showed Proposition 201 passing by nearly 80 percent.  The proposal is expected to save the city nearly $600 million over the next 25 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
IRS: Software glitch could delay tax refunds
The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used tofile their tax returns. The delay affects people claiming education tax credits who filed returns between Feb.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gilbert salon owner loses fish pedicure suit
A state court ruled Monday that a Gilbert spa owner does not have the right to use fish as a pedicure treatment. But it might not be the end of the legal battle. Cindy Vong was blocked from using fish as an exfoliant at her nail salon in Gilbert, because the Arizona Board of Cosmetology said it was unsanitary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson pushes ahead with firearm ordinance
Tucson is looking to tighten gun regulations. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to draft an ordinance requiring residents to report a lost or stolen gun to the Tucson Police Department within 48 hours.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hickman approved to Board of Supervisors seat
A West Valley businessman has been appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Clint Hickman replaces former supervisor Max Wilson, who resigned due to health concerns. Clint Hickman takes the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors oath of office, administered by Clerk of the Board Fran McCarroll.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firebird International Raceway to close in April
Firebird International Raceway is preparing for its final event after 30 years in the Southeast Valley. Firebird International Raceway will close its doors Saturday after a grand finale event.(Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) The motorsports landmark shuts down at the end of March and more than two dozen jobs will be lost immediately afterward, said General Manager Franki Buckman.
Sept. 20, 2013

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