KJZZ News

‘Baby Shark’ Creators Release Navajo Version
Creators of the video “Baby Shark,” whose “doo doo doo” song has been a viral hit with toddlers around the world, have released a Navajo version of the tune. Pinkfong announced it unveiled the new version Sunday after holding singing auditions on the Navajo Nation.
Dec. 29, 2019
Headed To Northern Arizona To Play In The Snow? Read This
As soon as the snow starts falling in northern Arizona, visitors from the Phoenix area flock to Flagstaff for winter sports and snow play. If you’re planning to head up north to play in the snow this weekend, you’re not alone.
Dec. 27, 2019
Board Of Supervisors Votes To Uphold Assessor Petersens Suspension
The Maricopa Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to uphold its suspension of embattled County Assessor Paul Petersen, the man accused of operating an illegal adoption ring involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands.
Dec. 27, 2019
Women Say Prison Is Withholding Toilet Paper, Tampons
Three incarcerated women living in the same unit at the Perryville prison in Goodyear say the Arizona Department of Corrections is withholding toilet paper and feminine hygiene products. KJZZ is not identifying the women or their unit because they all expressed fear of retaliation for contacting the press.
Dec. 27, 2019
Some Parts Of Valley Report More Than 2 Inches Of Rain
Rainfall will be tapering across the Phoenix area on Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Some parts of Maricopa County saw significant amounts of rain.
Dec. 27, 2019
New S. Mountain Freeway Sees First Wrong-Way Driver
Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers stopped a wrong-way driver on the new South Mountain Freeway on Thursday morning — the first since the freeway opened less than a week ago.
Dec. 27, 2019
Mesa Library To Debut Storytime For Kids With Autism
Mesa’s Dobson Ranch Library is creating a brand new storytime for children with autism spectrum disorder. The library, which is now a certified autism center, will debut its new programming in the new year.
Dec. 27, 2019
KJZZ.orgs Top 5 Most-Viewed Stories Of 2019
The KJZZ News team has spent the past year reporting on breaking news, business, education, science, the border and more around Arizona. From Bedrock City to the South Mountain Freeway, here is a look back at the five most-viewed stories on KJZZ.org in 2019.
Dec. 27, 2019
Raquel Denis: Tiny Desert Concert
Raquel Denis is a practicing poet, writing about her life as an Afrolatina in Arizona and the experiences her community faces, and she is now about to put out her first EP as a musician.
Dec. 27, 2019
Study Explores How Humanity Will React To The Discovery Of Alien Life
In most media portrayals, such as "The Arrival" or "War of the Worlds," the moment earthlings realize we aren't alone in the universe is terrifying. But would humanity actually be terrified, or has most of Hollywood got it wrong?
Dec. 27, 2019
Journalist Records The First U.S. Town To Be Lost To Climate Change
Tangier Island is disappearing. The tiny community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay is likely to be the first town that will be entirely lost to climate change as water levels rise and the island turns to marsh.
Dec. 27, 2019
Science Fiction Story Collection Taps Into Modern Dystopian Anxiety
With worries surrounding climate change, artificial intelligence and unmanned aerial vehicles and drones, among other things, science fiction is a realm that easily taps into these fears and dystopian elements. What will our future look like? How long will the future be, with all of the potentially world-changing challenges?
Dec. 27, 2019
Using Buildings To Create
How can the buildings where we live and work contribute to a “cleaner” economy? A conference that focused on connecting companies and cities around this idea was held in California in October.
Dec. 27, 2019
More Parents Being Diagnosed With PTSD When Their Kids Face Cancer
When you think of post-traumatic stress disorder, war veterans might first come to mind. But there is growing recognition that it is something also suffered by parents whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
Dec. 27, 2019
Was 1999 The Best Year For Movies?
When it comes to a year that featured the top slate of American films, 1939 and 1969 are often mentioned. But a new book argues that 1999’s collection of flicks like "Election," "Office Space" and "The Matrix" puts that year in first place.
Dec. 27, 2019
Forensic Linguistics Digs Into The Science Of Language And The Law
For many of us, the term ‘forensics’ is familiar because of television dramas like "CSI" and its long list of spinoffs. In those shows, forensics means going into the lab and using the latest technology to help uncover a missing piece of an investigation. The field of forensic linguistics is similar, but has only been in broad use since the late 1960s.
Dec. 27, 2019
FTC Plans Crackdown On Spam Robocalls
The Arizona Attorney General's Office is going after companies behind those annoying unsolicited phone calls we all get. It's part of a national effort involving the Federal Trade Commission and two dozen other state and local agencies called Operation Call it Quits.
Dec. 27, 2019
Why Augmented Reality Playgrounds Could Be The Key To Getting Kids Outside
Parks and playgrounds are changing. Instead of just having slides, swings and places to climb and run around, play spaces are also starting to feature QR codes, which can connect users to augmented reality apps.
Dec. 27, 2019
What happens when kids realize their entire life is already online? That’s the question Taylor Lorenz tackles in an article in the Atlantic about so-called “sharenting,” when parents post every cute face, new word and life event on their social media accounts.
Dec. 27, 2019
How Do You Choose The Best 100 Restaurants In Phoenix?
How many restaurants do you think you’ve eaten at in the Valley? However many, it's probably not as much as Dominic Armato, the dining critic for the Arizona Republic. He's put together a list — not of the top five or top 10 Phoenix restaurants — but of the top 100!
Dec. 27, 2019

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